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The Bobbettes

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The Bobbettes were a girl group who had a 1957 top 10 hit song called “Mr. Lee”.

The group, which originally formed in Harlem, New York, in 1955, was first known as ‘The Harlem Queens.’ The girls first met while singing at the Glee Club at P.S. 109 in Harlem. They were soon discovered by James Dailey, a record producer, who also became their manager, while playing a concert at the legendary Apollo Theater’s amateur night, and were quickly signed to a contract on the Atlantic Record Label.

In 1957, the girls released their first hit single, “Mr. Lee”, a song based on a former grade school teacher of theirs. The song became their best recording ever. Over the next few years they followed up that single with such other recordings as, “I Shot Mr. Lee”, “Have Mercy Baby”, “You Are My Sweetheart”, and “Dance With Me Georgie.” The recording of “I Shot Mr. Lee”, was originally refused by the Atlantic Record Label, but the song started to climb the charts rapidly, and Atlantic was forced to release their own version of the song. In 1960, the group left the Atlantic Record Label and signed a contract with the End Records Label. For that label the girls released the songs, “Teach Me Tonight”, “I Don’t Like It Like That”, and the follow-up, “I Like It Like That.” Although the recording of, “I Like It Like That”, was the girls’ last chart topper, they continued to record for a series of record labels, including Diamond and Mayhew, before disbanding in 1974. They also toured the oldies circuits for many years after their breakup.

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