19 June 2012

Dance With Me Georgie-The Bobbettes-'60-Triple X 106.wmv

The Bobbettes, five young girls from Harlem, became the first all-girl doo-wop group to have a #1 R&B hit and a Top Ten pop hit with their first single, "Mr. Lee," in 1957. Lead singer Reather Dixon (born in 1945), second lead Emma Pought (1944), her soprano sister Jannie Pought (1945), tenor Laura Webb (1943) and alto Helen Gathers (1944) began singing together, along with a couple of other girls, at Public School #109 under the name The Harlem Queens. When local promoter James Daily saw them at an Apollo Theater talent night in late 1956, he took over their management, changed their name to The Bobbettes because he felt the name The Harlem Queens was too raunchy for underage girls (Reather was only eleven at the time), and landed them a contract with Atlantic Records.