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Biography

There are at least three groups named The Bitter Sweets:

1. a 1960s girl group from Cleveland Ohio.
2. a garage band from Vancouver, BC, Canada
2. an acoustic roots band from Melbourne, Australia

1. The Bitter Sweets (also spelled The Bittersweets) were a girl group from the 1960s: They hailed from Cleveland, Ohio and were comprised of Judi Rodgers (vocals/guitar), Louie Dula (drums), Marilyn Rodgers Green (keyboards), Penny Cash (bass), and Rosi Hollo (guitar). Their debut, “The Hurtin’ Kind” b/w “Summertime,” was released on Tema in 1965. The same year they released “What a Lonely Way to Start the Summertime” b/w “Mark My Words” on Cameo.

2. The Bitter Sweets were a garage/R&B/beat band from Vancouver, Canada, around 1966. Personnel: Rob Deans ~ Organ; Brian Fisher ~ Lead Vocals; Steve Grosvenor ~ Lead Guitar; Lawrence A. Miller (aka: Larry Turnquist) ~ Drums; Phil Smeltzer ~ Bass

3. The Bitter Sweets is an Australian band located in and around Melbourne, Formed around about 2000, they have undergone several lineup changes around the founding members, Jen & Chris, and a complete reinvention in mid 2008. An acoustic group, persistent in the use of a single condenser microphone on stage, The Bitter Sweets now consist of: Jen - vocals, stomp box, ukulele and at times, if pressed, the kazoo, Chris - guitar and banjo and Tom - double bass and lap steel. Their live performances are marked by an old fashion austerity in delivery - traditional murder ballads, bluegrass standards, sassy rockabilly, a fascination for songs about miners and trains and their original songs - a strange hybrid of country fried jazz folk blues.

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