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    How many girl groups......

    Does anyone know how many 'girl groups' recorded for Motown?
    I'm aware of The Supremes, Martha and Vandellas, The Marvelettes,
    and The Velvelettes. I know the Blackberries recorded an LP that
    was never released. Where there more groups?
    Last edited by lakeside; 06-28-2021 at 03:06 PM.

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    High Inergy.
    Mary Jane Girls.
    Lewis Sisters?

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    Sisters Love
    Wright Specials
    Last edited by calvin; 06-30-2021 at 08:24 AM.

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    The Good Girls
    The Lollipops

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    Scherrie and Susaye
    Three Ounces of Love
    Saundra Mallett and the Vandellas
    Christine Schumacher and the Supremes
    LaBrenda Bren and the BelJeans
    Last edited by marybrewster; 06-28-2021 at 03:42 PM.

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    The Andantes?

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    Joanne & The Triangles
    The Vells

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    The Emotions and the Pointer Sisters

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    Wow...thanks everyone. I had forgotten about the Pointers and Emotions as
    well as 3 Ounces of Love. I'd never heard of some of these other groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calvin View Post
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    The LaSalles
    The LaSalles were actually a band- 3 guys and a female lead singer, Kathy Lynn. They also went by the name Kathy Lynn & The Playboys.
    Their story is in the description of this video:
    https://youtu.be/xrpqJbAFmg4

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    Harem
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    All had Motown albums

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    The LaSalles had a 45 release on VIP 25036 in 1962 "La La La La La" & "This Is True"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnlQ3cEn0PI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNs_Zn8IED0

    Other Female groups:
    The Darnells [[aka Marvelettes & Andantes) "Too Hurt To Cry" & "Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye"

    The Burnadettes were a female Gospel Group led by musical director Joseph Norris issued on Divinity 99007 1963
    Last edited by Graham Jarvis; 06-30-2021 at 04:46 AM.

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    The Gospel Stars [[1961 Tamla LP)

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    Frances Nero & The Andantes & originals on "Keep On Loving Me"?

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    The Coyote Sisters

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    ...some of these are mixed groups...

    The Guinn Family
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Boones / The Pat Boone Family
    The Nu Page
    Celebration
    The Undisputed Truth
    The Allens
    The Monitors
    DeBarge / The Debarges
    The Supremes & The Four Tops
    The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Devastating Affair

    Grape
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Jarvis View Post
    The LaSalles had a 45 release on VIP 25036 in 1962 "La La La La La" & "This Is True"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnlQ3cEn0PI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNs_Zn8IED0

    Other Female groups:
    The Darnells [[aka Marvelettes & Andantes) "Too Hurt To Cry" & "Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye"

    The Burnadettes were a female Gospel Group led by musical director Joseph Norris issued on Divinity 99007 1963
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    VIP didn't even start until December 1963. That record is from 1966. And weren't The LaSalles a mixed group? I heard male voices as well as female in "La, La, La ,La, La"..

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    VIP didn't even start until December 1963. That record is from 1966. And weren't The LaSalles a mixed group? I heard male voices as well as female in "La, La, La ,La, La"..
    Robb, I don't know if I typed this in invisible text or what but here is the reply I gave to Calvin about the LaSalles; They were a band, not a vocal group. One female lead singer. [[And yes, the record was way after 1962.)

    Originally Posted by calvin View Post
    Sisters Love
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    The LaSalles

    [[My reply)
    The LaSalles were actually a band- 3 guys and a female lead singer, Kathy Lynn. They also went by the name Kathy Lynn & The Playboys.
    Their story is in the description of this video:
    https://youtu.be/xrpqJbAFmg4

    So given the fact that the LaSalles were a self-contained band, the extra voices heard on La La La were probably just session singers. I'm not even certain they recorded at Motown.
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    The Lollipops

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    Pointer Sisters were never on Motown!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyrie View Post
    Pointer Sisters were never on Motown!
    ...afraid so Lyrie...!

    https://www.discogs.com/The-Pointer-.../master/292055

    Grape

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    The Pointer Sisters and Bonnie Pointer on Motown
    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/cookep...fAWbnK-dB9cfH]

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    Bonnie fared far better at Motown than her sisters did. Her cover of Heaven Must Have
    Sent You hit big. I still remember all the hoopla that broke out over Free Me From My
    Freedom. though. That "Tie Me To a Tree" lyric caused some folks to lose it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaitingWatchingLookingForAChance View Post
    The LaSalles were actually a band- 3 guys and a female lead singer, Kathy Lynn. They also went by the name Kathy Lynn & The Playboys.
    Their story is in the description of this video:
    https://youtu.be/xrpqJbAFmg4

    And, it sounded to me like there were male voices among the background singers [[a mixed group?).

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    Yeah my bad on the LaSalles. I don't know what I was thinking, maybe that band name just sounds like a girl group name to me so I remembered it that way, but I should have checked it. I don't hear male voices in the backing vocals but I could be wrong about that too. I never heard of them until Motown Complete Singles, even after that I didn't pay them much attention as their two songs in that set didn't really interest me.

    As for someone mentioning 1962 as the date for "La La La La La", that's probably confusion with the original 1962 "Little" Stevie Wonder version of that song.
    Last edited by calvin; 07-11-2021 at 12:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyrie View Post
    Pointer Sisters were never on Motown!
    They were for a brief time in the early 1990s, then they moved to SBK around 1992.

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    PAL issued in the UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by brother_love View Post
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    PAL issued in the UK
    Seeing this, I can't help but think of all the singers who thought they were gonna be stars. And it didn't happen. Or did it? Did PAL have chart success?

    [[And lest anyone thinks that was a mean dig at the group, it wasn't because I too had those dreams! At least PAL got a single, an album and TV appearances!)6
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    If I'd have had work released on Motown that would have been stardom enough for me.

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    Robb
    Sorry been away, the LaSalles "La La La La La", is from 1962, it was however issued in 1966 on VIP.
    They were not a girl group anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Jarvis View Post
    the LaSalles "La La La La La", is from 1962, it was however issued in 1966 on VIP.
    I believe that 1962 Jobete refers to the year of the publishing copyright, not the recording date - which makes sense because Stevie Wonder released the first version of that song in 1962. According to Motown Complete Singles the LaSalles' recording date is unknown but the group [under another name] recorded for Swan in 1964/65 and then came to Motown.
    Last edited by calvin; 07-16-2021 at 02:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    If I'd have had work released on Motown that would have been stardom enough for me.
    True. VERY true!

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    Then there's that other well known Motown girl group, Mary Wells....
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cookep...57719556185146

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    Then there's that other well known Motown girl group, Mary Wells....
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cookep...57719556185146
    Aha. I see what they did there. Maybe another collection could have included The Velvelettes amongst Motown's top Female Solo artists!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    Then there's that other well known Motown girl group, Mary Wells....
    ...their lead singer was fantastic......!!

    Grape

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaitingWatchingLookingForAChance View Post
    Aha. I see what they did there. Maybe another collection could have included The Velvelettes amongst Motown's top Female Solo artists!
    HahHa! Good one, Waiting!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    HahHa! Good one, Waiting!!!
    [[grin!)��!!

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