A Shirelle speaks of Jackie

For my money, THE girl group of all time was The Shirelles. For those of you too young to know about them, here is a taste of them from YouTube:

The Shirelles had hit after hit after hit. Among the biggest were “Tonight’s the Night,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Soldier Boy,” and “Mama Said.” Throughout the Sixties, the Shirelles worked many a venue with Jackie Wilson.  In Showtime at the Apollo: The Story of Harlem’s World Famous Theater, author Ted Fox quotes Beverly Lee, a founding member of the group, about Jackie Wilson’s appearances on the Apollo stage:

He would bring the house down when he sang “To Be Loved” and they put that little red pinlight on him. He drove the women crazy. We were friends with him and we were drooling. But he was always a very warm and friendly person. He was magnetic. He had such drawing power. He loved to greet you with a nice kiss and a smile; always up and up, a lot of energy. He was like a very slinky, powerful leopard onstage. There was nothing he couldn’t do there. He was very sexy. When he would do his little shadowboxing, as I call it—his little movements, and how he handled the mike—he was just amazing.

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