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The Chiffons

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New York, United States (1960 – present)

The Chiffons are an all originating from New York, New York in 1960, best known for their hit singles such as “One Fine Day” and “Sweet Talkin’ Guy” that are staples of radio. Foreshadowing the later success of many African-American and artists of the period, the Chiffons’ sassy flair made them one of the top girl groups of the early .

This all got started when the girls met at James Monroe High School in the Bronx, New York. Lead singer Judy Craig was a mere 14-year-old while Patricia Bennett and Barbara Lee were both only 13, all of them facing a lot of challenges if they wanted to be stars. Yet they felt enough determination to hook up with writer/manager Ronnie Mack and sign with Big Deal Records. Though still an embryonic group, their version of “Tonight’s the Night” went up to #76 in September 1960, showing the group’s potential. Soon their trademark tight harmonies, coupled with their high-stepping confidence and the production duo Gerry Goffin and Carole King writing for them, earned the Chiffons had popular success in song after song.

Made up of the aforementioned Judy Craig, Patricia Bennett, and Barbara Lee at first, Sylvia Peterson of Little Jimmie And The Tops came into the group in 1963. That year, their song “He’s So Fine” was the #1 record on both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts. The Chiffons’ seemed to have completely ‘made it’, appearing on programs such as ‘American Bandstand’.

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