First Ever #1 Hit By A Girl Group: January 1961

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

There is much debate about what was really the first rock n roll song.  One fact that cannot be disputed is that the firt rock song to top the charts, July 1955, was by Bill Haley and the Comets -- "Rock Around the Clock". To the casual observer, that might have seemed an anomaly, a blip on the radar, at the time, but the hot 100 charts would never be the same again.

Moving forward to January 1961, the charts had another first: The first ever #1 hit by an all girl group.

 How time flies, that was 50 years ago.

Those of you old enough to remember back than, are probably suspecting that this was an achievement by the Motown power house group the Supremes. But that is not the case, the Supremes were still about three years away from their first big hit.

The story of this first girl group to top the charts is interesting. The song that propelled these teens from New Jersey to a place in music history, was a tune of teenage angst and lust, written from the girl's perspective. One of the writers, Carole King, later a songwriting and recording legend, was a young girl at the time, pregnant with the child of her song writing partner, Gerry Goffin. She could relate to the theme, referencing a moment of pleasure, as she wrote the song. Little did King know that the song would go on to be a classic, later recorded by many big stars including the late Amy Winehouse.

The quartet of teenage girls that recorded the hit song consisted of four friends,  who began singing together in junior high school. One member of the group hated the song, thought that Carole King's demo of it sounded country. The girl changed her mind during the recording session when the musicians reworked it and turned it into a pop song.

This hit was the first song, penned by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, to top the charts. To learn the identity of the mystery artists, simply change the channel on the TV by clicking on it. Heck, you can watch Have Gun Will Travel anytime. A simple click will take you back in our Active Rain time-machine to those heady days of the early 1960's. 

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Jay Markanich
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Wow, how many times has that song been remade!?  Didn't know Carol King helped write it.  She must have been about 12 at that time!

Dec 08, 2011 06:03 AM #1
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Steven L. Smith
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Jay,

It is a standard, done many times. I think Carol was shy of 20.

Dec 08, 2011 11:36 AM #2
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Steven L. Smith
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XFLruFA-9Y

 

Jay,

Here is a link to her version, up above.

Dec 08, 2011 11:38 AM #3
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Jay Markanich
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That there is the version I remember most.  Though not that particular live recording.

Dec 08, 2011 05:38 PM #4
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Steven L. Smith
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Jay,

You just are not ancient enough to remember the original.

Steve

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Dec 08, 2011 06:19 PM #5
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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I do remember the original!  From the beach!  At the same time as the stations would play ooh,eeh,ooh,aah,aah,ting,tang,walla,walla,bing,bang.

That, by the way, was my brother's first word!

Dec 08, 2011 07:49 PM #6
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Steven L. Smith
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Mr Jay,

That is my favoritist tune as well.

Nutsy

Dec 09, 2011 11:22 PM #7
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