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    Mid 1950s. Shepherd Sisters: two nice minor hits, Gone With the Wind and Alone:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    Mid 1950s. Shepherd Sisters: two nice minor hits, Gone With the Wind and Alone:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UevPWVRLP1Y

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXx5LBI7Nkk
    "Alone" is such a great tune - sounding as if the Andrews Sisters were dating Dion and the Belmonts and the relationship was becoming rather rocky hence the full title - "Alone (Why Must I Be Alone).

    My first thought upon seeing the word "Alone" was the tune released by Heart in 1987 which reached # 1 and stayed there for 3 weeks - charting for a total of 21 weeks - and it was their biggest hit - a knock-it-out-of-the-park power ballad courtesy of vocalist extraordinaire Ann Wilson. While technically not a "girl group" in the conventional sense - and I reckon they would rightly bristle at such a designation - let's add them to the "Definitive Guide" and if either Ann or Nancy object - I'll take the hit...

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    Well, if bands with two or more female singers qualify....

    Dutch band Pussycat (with three female singers) had an international hit with Mississippi (#1 in UK, Germany, Netherlands and other countries). I much prefer these later songs though (charted in the Netherlands):

    Pussycat - If You Ever Come To Amsterdam

    Pussycat - Wet day in September
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Well, if bands with two or more female singers qualify....

    Dutch band Pussycat (with three female singers) had an international hit with Mississippi (#1 in UK, Germany, Netherlands and other countries). I much prefer these later songs though (charted in the Netherlands):

    Pussycat - If You Ever Come To Amsterdam

    Pussycat - Wet day in September
    They don't but because it was actually me breaking my own rule I decided to be uncharacteristically forgiving of myself as is my wont...

    I'll break the rule one more time because I really like the tunes that you posted...

    After this "girl groups" needs to retain its generally accepted designation which will in all likelihood vary depending upon what kind of mood I'm currently in - whether I'm feeling mercurial or temperamental or out-of-sorts or most likely some combination of all three.

    Even "duos" is stretching the concept a bit out of shape as a "duo" technically is defined as two people - and if two people are allowed to be considered a "group" then it makes the concept of "group sex" completely meaningless... What, if anything, that has to do with anything, is completely beyond me but we need to tighten the concept lest Debbie Harry and Linda Ronstadt make appearances here based upon their being "smokin' hot female lead vocalists".... The "All-Genres Definitive Guide to Smokin' Hot Female Lead Vocalists" thread will make an appearance sometime in the near future... so be patient, eh?

    Right now I'm busy working on the "Accordions, Bagpipes, Banjos, Drums, and Fiddles Appreciation Society" thread that I've been cooking up for a while... It'll be a right corker! - Must viewing!
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    Happy indeed to see the Wilson Sisters featured in the thread! My heart was always with Heart: great songs, great voices, especially Ann's. Here they are as The Lovemongers......

    The Strange Magic of: The Lovemongers

    P.S.: Céline Dion sings a moving version of Alone in either Taiwan or maybe Hong Kong where she finds herself crying, as are several of the audience.

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    I'd like to include The Corrs. Mostly girls, for sure. Something about girl drummers, especially.......

    The Strange Magic of: The Corrs

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    on the development of these "Strange Magic of - " threads! I did a search and was more than pleasantly surprised to see the wide-ranging assortment of acts across myriad sub-genres - impressively catholic in breadth and depth. "Strange Magic" indeed!

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    Who more sweetly feminine than L7? They will melt the heart of the shyest boy, especially happy drummer Demetra Plakas, clearly enjoying herself..........

    The Strange Magic of: L7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie John View Post
    on the development of these "Strange Magic of - " threads! I did a search and was more than pleasantly surprised to see the wide-ranging assortment of acts across myriad sub-genres - impressively catholic in breadth and depth. "Strange Magic" indeed!
    Thank you! I fall well within the mass audience for Popular Music, generally liking, with The Crowd, the leading groups and artists of the day, with only a small proportion of obscure personal favorites in the mix. I assembled the SM series to remind myself of the decades of pleasure that such popular groups have given me and millions of others, and felt there needed to be more of a balance here on the TC Non-Classical forum so that artists and groups whom one might never find mentioned here (like Heart, for example) would have their moment in our pale sun. Your thread continues that impulse.

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    As a kid watching variety shows like the Ed Sullivan Show the Dean Martin Show, I always ran into the Kim Sisters (they were on Ed Sullivan 22 times). They had a No. 7 hit with a cover of Charlie Brown, making them "the most commercially successful Asian artists in the United States" (Wiki).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    Who more sweetly feminine than L7? They will melt the heart of the shyest boy, especially happy drummer Demetra Plakas, clearly enjoying herself..........

    The Strange Magic of: L7
    L7 - "Pretend We're Dead" - reached # 8 on the Billboard Alternative singles chart -

    Weeks charted - 13

    Reached # 21 on the UK Singles Chart


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    Thank you! I fall well within the mass audience for Popular Music, generally liking, with The Crowd, the leading groups and artists of the day, with only a small proportion of obscure personal favorites in the mix. I assembled the SM series to remind myself of the decades of pleasure that such popular groups have given me and millions of others, and felt there needed to be more of a balance here on the TC Non-Classical forum so that artists and groups whom one might never find mentioned here (like Heart, for example) would have their moment in our pale sun. Your thread continues that impulse.
    Reading through some of the threads here I was puzzled by the frequent references to your being the "lowest common denominator" and "anhedonia" and such...

    If you're looking for a kindred spirit to join forces with - look no further...

    If you've found that being the "lowest common denominator" is just too exhausting and dispiriting to continue and you wish to pass the baton - I'll gladly take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    They had a No. 7 hit with a cover of Charlie Brown, making them "the most commercially successful Asian artists in the United States" (Wiki).
    I wondered about this part, because Japanese crooner Kyu Sakamoto scored a number 1 hit in the USA one year later. Turns out that the right wiki quote is "the first commercially successful Asian artists in the United States".
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    Wilson Phillips - "Hold On" - Debuted 03-17-1990

    Peak Position # 1

    Weeks charted - 25


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    LaBelle - "Lady Marmalade" - Debuted 01-04-1975

    Peak position - # 1

    Weeks charted - 18


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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4LWIP7SAjY

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