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The Crystals


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Two artists exist by this name:

1) The Crystals were one of the most successful of the early , Known for their association with producer Phil Spector, they had several well-remembered hit singles such as “He’s A Rebel”, “Da Doo Ron Ron”, and “Then He Kissed Me”. They were also trailblazers for many later African-American artists.

2) The Crystals was also the name of an obscure group organised by the enigmatic Sun Ra in the mid-. Little is known about them. However, their tune “Honey In The Bee Box” was featured in the compilation album ‘Interplanetary Melodies’ on Norton Records, an album which has received critical acclaim.

3). If you are here for the Italian progressive rock band Crystals, they are not “The Crystals”. Refer to the Crystals band page for more information and please fix your tags.


In the late , Barbara Alston, Mary Thomas, Delores “Dee Dee” Kennibrew, Merna Girard and Patricia “Patsy” Wright formed a singing project called “The Crystals” in high school. Under the leadership of Alston’s uncle, Benny Wells, they wanted to aim for the big time. Soon, the quintet signed with Phil Spector’s label Philles Records. Spector then chose Alston to be the group’s lead singer, which made her very uncomfortable since she had a fear of singing in front of audiences.


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