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The Chiffons

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New York, United States (1960 – present)

The Chiffons are an all originating from The Bronx area of New York in 1960, best known for hit singles such as “One Fine Day” and “Sweet Talkin’ Guy” that are staples of radio.

The Chiffons’ sassy flair made them one of the top Girl Groups of the early ’60s. With their trademark tight harmonies, high-stepping confidence and the hit machine of Gerry Goffin and Carole King writing songs such as “One Fine Day,” the Chiffons made music that helped define the Girl Group sound of the era.

The group comprised Judy Craig (lead singer), Patricia Bennett, and Barbara Lee. Sylvia Peterson was added to the group in 1963.

The group had already recorded a handful of singles when they hit the number one spot in the United States with the song “He’s So Fine.”

George Harrison’s 1971 “My Sweet Lord” was musically almost identical, prompting a copyright infringement claim. The Chiffons went on to record “My Sweet Lord” in 1975. A judge later found that Harrison had unintentionally plagiarized the earlier song.

Their first hit was followed by other notable tunes such as Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “One Fine Day”, “Sweet Talkin’ Guy” and “I Have a Boyfriend”, although many of their recordings were derivative of the period. Their Top 40 single “I Have A Boyfriend” was playing on Dallas station KLIF on November 22, 1963 and was interrupted by the first radio bulletins of the JFK assassination. The group also released material under the title The Four Pennies. They released two singles on the Rust Label.

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