This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Shirley Alston Reeves.
Shirley Alston Reeves (original lead singer of the Shirelles) and The Chiffons will bring doo wop classics of the 50’s and 60’s to the Suncoast Showroom June 25-26.
New Jersey native Reeves made her debut in 1958 with the Shirelles, the first female pop/rock ‘n’ roll group credited with the girl group sound. During the height of their fame in the 60’s, the Shirelles became best-known for their huge hits, including “I Met Him on a Sunday,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Mama Said” and “Soldier Boy.”
Reeves left the group in 1975 to work on a solo career where she started performing under the name “Lady Rose.” That same year, she recorded the album “With a Little Help From My Friends,” which featured members of The Flamingos, The Drifters, Shep & the Limelites, and other notable groups.
Reeves was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Shirelles in 1996 and the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2014.