The Crystals

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The Crystals
Origin New York City, United States
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 1961–1967
1971-present
Labels Philles Records
Associated acts Darlene Love
Members
Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew
Patricia Pritchett-Lewis
Melissa Antoinette "MelSoulTree" Grant
Past members
Barbara Alston
Mary Thomas
Myrna Girard
Patricia "Patsy" Wright
Dolores "LaLa" Brooks
Frances Collins
Darlene Love

The Crystals are a New York City based musical group. They were one of the defining acts during the girl group era of the 1960s.

They formed in 1961 with five girls: Barbara Alston, Mary Thomas, Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew, Myrna Giraud and Patricia "Patsy" Wright. The group were later joined by Darlene Love for a short time. Dee Dee Kenniebrew still performs in the group, now a trio.

Their 1961–1964 chart hits, included "There's No Other (Like My Baby)", "Uptown", "He's Sure the Boy I Love", "He's a Rebel", "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" and "Then He Kissed Me". Phil Spector was their producer from 1962.

One of their numbers in 1962, by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, was "He Hit Me (and It Felt Like a Kiss)". It was based on their babysitter's account. It was withdrawn after complaints to radio stations over the lyrics.[1]

The recordings had three successive female lead singers, and were all produced by Phil Spector. The latter three songs were originally ranked #267,[2] #114, and #493 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3] However, two songs were dropped from the magazine's 2010 update.[4]

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