The Golden Age of Girl Groups

The Golden Age of Girl Groups

The 1960s are the golden age of American girl pop groups. (the ones that sing) They came in three to four girls, wearing similar outfits, and sometimes even similair hairdo’s. The names of these groups started with The. The Marvelletes, The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Velvelettes, The Cookies, The Blossoms, The Exiters, The Shangri Las, The Dixie cups, The Sweet Inspirations, The Sensations, The Angels, The Orions, The Carefrees,The Jewels, The Chantels, and much much more (we’ve read that there were about 750 girl groups at one point)


Phil Spector was a big time producer of girl groups (The Ronettes, The Blossoms,The Crystals…) so was Motown (The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Velvettes….) 60% of the top 100 singles released by girl groups during the sixties came from Hitsville, U.S.A., as Motown was called.

Songs were written by professionals (such as Carole King, Nicolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Neil Sedaka) who could custom fit the music and lyrics to the needs of te teenagers. Music was made (written, produced, sold, recorded, auditoned etc etc) in The Brill Building, it was the most prestigious address in New York for the music business

“Every day we squeezed into our respective cubby holes with just enough room for a piano, a bench, and maybe a chair for the lyricist if you were lucky. You’d sit there and write and you could hear someone in the next cubby hole composing a song exactly like yours. The pressure in the Brill Building was really terrific”
-Carole King Quoted in The Sociology of Rock by Simon Frith
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Rose-Tipped Cigarettes

Rose-Tipped Cigarettes

How Chique!! Cigarettes with a red rose filter! No red lipstick smear visible; keep your filter’s “clean”

Here is a link to a video titled ‘Rose-Tipped Cigarettes’ on the British Pathé website – http://www.britishpathe.com/video/rose-tipped-cigarettes; In the east London factory of Godfrey Phillips Ltd we see various shots of rose tips being put onto Turkish cigarettes. A woman opens a box of roses, removes the leaves and puts the head in a bowl. A girl takes a rose from the bowl, sorts the petals and punches out the tip shapes with a special cutter. Girls sits at benches, sticking the rose petal tips onto Turkish cigarettes with gum. The finished cigarettes are put into carton.

Psychics

Psychic readers in Manhattan, NY.
You can find tons of psychic readers in the US of A. In Europe they are a very secretive group, almost invisible. I’m sure we have them…. are Europeans more serious people? No. Maybe it’s more of a taboo? Yes. It’s okay to visit a shrink in the USA, so if you can’t afford one you just pay a visit to a psychic for only $10,-. But that’s only a personal theory. (xoxo Dr. Mimi)