Shirley Alston Reeves
Performing Saturday, February 2, 2019
Shirley Alston Reeves was the Original Lead Singer of the Shirelles. While attending Passaic High School in Henderson, North Carolina, she co-founded The Shirelles and sang lead vocals for the group. Bridging doo-wop and uptown New York pop-soul, the group projected a beguiling mixture of tenderness and innocence that was grounded in R&B as much as pop/rock. The Shirelles soon became known throughout the world when they placed six singles in the Top Ten, and their songs have become classics.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, (written by Carole King and Gerry Goffini), was featured in the colossal hit movie Dirty Dancing” with Shirley on lead vocal. “Mama Said” also led by Ms. Reeves was used in a major promotional campaign for Pepto Bismol. She also has a Wendy’s commercial in her long list of achievements, as well as one of the first rock ‘n roll Coca-Cola commercials.
Ms. Reeves also co-starred in the Rock ‘n’ Roll film with the Shirelles “Let The Good Times Roll.” All-time Shirelles favorites include “Tonight’s The Night” (penned by Ms. Reeves), “Baby It’s You”, the soulful sounding “This Is Dedicated To The One I Love,” “Foolish Little Girl,” and, of course, the group’s 5 million selling hit “Soldier Boy.”