But Will You Love Me Tomorrow? An Oral History of the ’60s Girl Groups

Hachette. Sept. 2023. 448p. ISBN 9780306829772. $31. MUSIC
Fans of 1960s girl groups most likely remember the Supremes, the Ronettes, and the Shirelles, but many other groups have seemingly been forgotten. Songs such as “He’s a Rebel” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” were huge hits that helped bands such as the Crystals and the Shirelles to corner the market during the 1960s. Sadly, many of the artists who comprised those groups were young women who were considered interchangeable and fleeting investments. Writer/interior designer Flam and award-winning poet Liebowitz (National Park) believe the women of these singing groups, early influencers of the music and culture of today, deserve to be acknowledged. To create this fascinating and epic-sized oral history, the authors interviewed more than 100 people who sang, wrote, created, and popularized the genre, often left out of musical history. This book is also filled with reminiscences about the Brill Building, Phil Spector, Motown, and the early days of pop.
VERDICT A noble effort that will likely appeal to music scholars and the genre’s fans.
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