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Da Do Ron Ron: The Girl Group Sound of The 1960s

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Da Do Ron Ron: The Girl Group Sound of The 1960s

<p>Do you remember "<em>Chapel of Love</em>", "<em>Please Mr Postman</em>" or "<em>Be My Baby</em>"? The 1960s were a decade of cultural and social changeand as the women’s movement began, women were

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Do you remember "Chapel of Love", "Please Mr Postman" or "Be My Baby"? The 1960s were a decade of cultural and social changeand as the women’s movement began, women were becoming more independent and high profile as leaders in entertainment. From the early 1960s women began to dominate the charts. Groups such as the Shirelles, Ronettes, Marvelettes, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas and others began to make a big impression on popular culture. See, hear and survey some highlights from this period. We’ll begin with early rock and soul singers such as Big Mamma Thornton and Pop Divas such as Mary Wells. We’ll then explore the Girl Group Sounds of the 1960s groups from both pop and soul. Many rare video clips, mostly out-of-print now, will be shown.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The Girl Groups: Part One: Look at the bridging singers who led to the Girl Group Sound. Mary Wells the first “Queen of Pop and Soul” will be presented in concert. We will also hear Betty Everett, Barbara Lewis, Dionne Warwick and others who contributed to this genre. We will hear some of the groups, like the Chantells who were popular during the 1950s Doo-Wop era. We will then explore the girl group sound through Black Groups such as the Ronettes, Crystals, Dixie Cups, the Chiffons, Martha and the Vandellas, the Supremes and others. And the white groups such as the Shangra-Las, Angels, and more.
  • Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves – Girl Groups Part Two: In the final segment we will view the now very rare and out-of-print film “Sister's are Doing It for Themselves”. This was broadcast in the USA in the 1980s and was a revival concert of 1960s Girl Groups that toured the States. It features wonderful performances from classic acts such as The Dixie Cups, The pioneering Shirelles, The Angels, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (original members) and many more.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Investigate the place of the Girl Group sound in American and World Pop Music.
  2. Discuss and compare some of the leading personalities who set the standards and defined this type of music.
  3. Recognise the contributions of women to Blues, Pop and Soul music and how this tradition has carried on today (women are still in the charts today more than males).
  4. Evaluate the changes that occurred in the development of this musical style and how it was affected by social changes and musical blending.
  5. Investigate how R&B today owes its popularity to Girl Group music. To also discuss the future of this music.