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The Bobbettes

The Bobbettes were among the first successful girl groups of the rock era; in a field dominated by male artists, their 1957 hit "Mr. Lee" not only cracked the pop Top Ten, but also hit number one on the R&B charts. Originally dubbed the Harlem Queens, the group teamed sisters Emma and Jannie Pought with Laura Webb, Helen Gathers, and Reather Dixon; first meeting in 1955 while singing in the glee club at Harlem's P.S. 109, soon the girls were appearing at the Apollo Theater's legendary amateur nights, and through manager James Dailey, they landed a contract with Atlantic. Inspired by one of their school teachers, the Bobbettes' debut "Mr. Lee" appeared in mid-1957 and was also their biggest hit; four Atlantic follow-ups failed to chart, and after issuing the ballad "You Are My Sweetheart" in 1959, the group left the label for the Triple-X imprint. There, "I Shot Mr. Lee" -- a song recorded for but rejected by Atlantic -- began to climb the charts, forcing Atlantic to release their own version and effectively killing the single's momentum; although the subsequent "Have Mercy Baby" and "Dance with Me Georgie" both emerged as minor hits, in 1960 the Bobbettes moved to End Records, cutting the standard "Teach Me Tonight." 1962's "I Don't Like It Like That," an answer song to the Chris Kenner hit "I Like It Like That," was the group's last chart entry, although they continued recording for a series of labels -- most notably Diamond and Mayhew -- through 1974, touring oldies circuits in years to follow. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974

Disc 1

2. That Old Black Magic

3. Annie Laurie

4. Midnight Special

7. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

10. Hey Little Girl

11. Mardi Gras In New Orleans

17. Don't You Know I Love You

18. Shouldn't I Know

19. The Chill Is On

23. Wheel Of Fortune

24. Sweet Sixteen

Disc 2

4. A Beggar For Your Kisses

6. Good Lovin'

10. Soul On Fire

11. Money Honey

12. Lovey Dovey

13. Such A Night

14. Tipitina

16. Honey Love

17. Whatcha Gonna Do

18. Shake, Rattle And Roll

22. After The Lights Go Down Low

23. Tomorrow Night

24. Tweedle Dee

Disc 3

1. The Door Is Still Open

2. Flip Flop And Fly

5. Play It Fair

6. Adorable

7. Smokey Joe's Cafe

8. Ruby Baby

10. The Chicken And The Hawk (Up, Up And Away)

11. Devil Or Angel

14. Jim Dandy

15. Down In Mexico

18. Love Love Love

21. Since I Met You Baby

23. Without Love (There Is Nothing)

24. Fools Fall In Love

25. Midnight Special Train

26. Empty Arms

27. C.C. Rider

28. Searchin'

Disc 4

1. Young Blood

2. Mr. Lee

3. Long Lonely Nights

4. Betty And Dupree

5. What Am I Living For

6. Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes

8. A Lover's Question

11. Charlie Brown

13. There Goes My Baby

14. Along Came Jones

17. Dance With Me

19. This Magic Moment

21. Shoppin' For Clothes

25. Gee Whiz, Look At His Eyes

27. Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)

Disc 5

1. Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)

4. I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)

6. I Found A Love

8. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)

11. See See Rider

13. If You Need Me

15. Hello Stranger

16. On Broadway

17. Just One Look

19. Land Of A 1000 Dances

21. Release Me

22. Mercy Mercy

23. Under The Boardwalk

24. And I Love Him

27. Baby, I'm Yours

Disc 6

1. Teasin' You

2. Got To Get You Off My Mind

10. When A Man Loves A Woman

11. 634-5789

13. Cool Jerk

20. Sweet Soul Music

Disc 7

8. Memphis Soul Stew

11. Tighten Up - Pt. 1

14. Too Weak To Fight

15. Can I Change My Mind

16. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

17. Take A Letter, Maria

18. Rainy Night In Georgia

19. Turn Back The Hands Of Time

Disc 8

2. Precious, Precious

3. Groove Me

4. Patches

5. Don't Knock My Love - Pt. 1

7. Thin Line Between Love And Hate

10. You've Got A Friend

11. Clean Up Woman

12. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

13. Killing Me Softly With His Song

15. I'll Be Around

17. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)

18. Sideshow

20. Love Won't Let Me Wait

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Track List: Atlantic Top 60: Doo Wop, Rock And Bobby Socks

1. Shake, Rattle And Roll

6. Queen Of The Hop

7. Plain Jane

9. C.C. Rider

10. Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes

14. You Went Back On Your Word Little Girl

15. Come What May

16. Money Honey

18. Still

25. Mr. Lee

26. The Door Is Still Open

29. So Young

31. Little Mama

33. Love Bug

36. Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash

37. I Played The Fool

38. Middle Of The Night

39. Along Came Jones

40. Charlie Brown

41. I'm A Hog For You

43. Run Red Run

44. Searchin'

45. That Is Rock And Roll

47. Young Blood

48. Ruby Baby

49. Fools Fall In Love

50. Drip Drop

53. Saturday Night At The Movies

54. Come On Over To My Place

55. Smokey Joe's Cafe

56. Betty And Dupree

57. Wheel Of Fortune

58. What Am I Living For

60. Since I Met You Baby

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Track List: The 50s

1. Jim Dandy

2. Lipstick On Your Collar

3. Maybe

4. Sweet Nothin's

5. Mr. Lee

6. Eddie My Love

7. Lollipop

8. Lucky Lips

9. Born Too Late

10. Lullaby Of The Bells

11. The Big Hurt

12. What A Diff'rence A Day Makes

13. Please Mr. Disc Jockey

14. The Wayward Wind

15. Alone (Why Must I Be Alone)

16. Pink Shoe Laces

17. Cry Baby

18. Ivory Tower

20. Teach Me Tonight

22. Tonight You Belong To Me

23. Don't You Know

24. Lonely Nights

25. Cry Me A River

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