EACC presents the Shirelles, America’s Original Dream Girls, on Saturday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center as part of the 2017-18 Performance Season’s Spotlight Series. Purchase Tickets HERE.
Don’t miss all of the great hits performed live by the Shirelles, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and originators of the Girl Group Sound, starring original and founding member, Beverly Lee. The Shirelles were the first all-girl group of the Rock and Roll era to score a number one record, and sustain a high visibility presence in the pop culture for over 40 years.
Beginning in 1958 as schoolgirls in Passaic, New Jersey, the Shirelles quickly became rock and roll’s first female super group and inspired a legion of female groups that followed. Their long string of hits including “ Soldier Boy,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Mama Said,” and so many others have been recorded by hundreds of artists, including the Beatles, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Pattie LaBelle, Roberta Flack, Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds, the Mamas & Papas, Bernadette Peters, Smokey Robinson, and hundreds of others. The lasting appeal of their classic hits has continued through a wide variety of radio recordings, as well as features in scores of films and television shows.
Since their debut at New York’s legendary Apollo Theater, the Shirelles have graced many stages throughout the world, countless supper clubs, discos, state fairs, ballrooms, performance centers, and casinos. Years of nonstop touring have led them to performances in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and every state in the United States. In addition to performing, the Shirelles were among the first women to write their own music and helped launch the careers of songwriters such as Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Ashford & Simpson and Van McCoy.
Their history includes headlining the first integrated show in Alabama, participating in early bus tours and package shows with some of the originators of Rock & Roll, and performing for President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Shirelles were among the first entertainers to become involved in the battle against AIDs and have also been involved with fundraisers for the USO and the Mental Health Association in Passaic County in New Jersey, where co-founder Beverly Lee has served on the Board of Directors.
In addition to their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, the Shirelles have been awarded the Soul of America Music Award and Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. The Shirelles continue to thrill audiences worldwide with their high-energy shows that include their legendary sound with spirited dancing and comedy for a performance of their own signature style that millions of fans have come to expect from the famous female super group.
Tickets for the Shirelles’ performance are $39 and may be purchased online, by calling 870-633-4480, ext. 352, or in person at the Fine Arts Center Ticket Office. Group discounts and season subscription packages are available and save 20%.
|The Shirelles starring original member Beverly Lee (middle).|