INTERVIEW: Shirley Alston Reeves Relives the Shirelles’ Girl Group Era

October 19th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

There was a standing joke at Scepter Records. Label head Florence Greenberg told the Shirelles that for their next single she would release whichever song group leader Shirley Alston Reeves thought wasn’t going to make it.

Shirley – one of headliners on Saturday’s Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors in Schenecatdy – remembers when noted songwriter Carole King pitched “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” to the group in 1960. “(Carol) did it slower and played it on piano. I thought it was a country and western song. I said, ‘This is not my song. I don’t think it’s going to be a Shirelles song.’”

It became the Shirelles’ first number one million seller. “So after that Florence would ask me which song I didn’t like, that I didn’t think would make it, and that’s the one she said she was going to put out.”

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