The Velvelettes

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: motown soul 60s female vocalists northern soul girl groups Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Two pairs of sisters, Millie and Cal Gill, and Bertha and Norma Barbee, formed the original Velvelettes line-up in 1961 at Western Michigan State University. After recording a one-off single, ‘There He Goes’, for IPG Records in 1963, they were signed to Motown Records, where they were placed in the hands of fledgling producer Norman Whitfield. This partnership spawned three classic singles, ‘Needle In A Haystack’, ‘He Was Really Sayin’ Something’ and ‘These Things Will Keep Me Lovin’ You’, which epitomized Motown’s approach to the all girl-group sound. A flurry of personnel changes effectively halted the Velvelettes’ progress in 1965: Millie Gill and the Barbee sisters left, to be replaced briefly by two future members of Martha And The Vandellas, Sandra Tilley and Betty Kelly (16 September 1944), and Annette McMullen. This line-up also dissolved after a few months. In 1970, ‘These Things Will Keep Me...

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