On Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:42:24 PM UTC-5, MJ Emigh wrote:
> On Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 4:46:36 PM UTC-6, That Derek wrote:
> > http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article201611459.html
> > The lead singer of influential ‘60s girl group lived in Charlotte.
> She was a very sweet person. I'm not sure if she was ever "lead singer," though. The version of the Crystals I worked a few shows with many years ago featured LaLa as the lead with Barbara and another gal as back-up. I can't recall what it was, but there was a song they performed where all three had solos, but that was a bit unusual. In any case, she was a real sweetheart.
Per Rolling Stone:
Alston sang lead vocals on the Crystals' "There's No Other (Like My Baby)," the first single released on producer Phil Spector's Philles Records in 1961; Spector had discovered the vocal group while recording demos for Hill & Range Publishers. Spector also served as producer on the Alston-led Crystals songs "Uptown" and the controversial 1962 single "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)," written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.
Following the release of "He Hit Me," which failed to reach the Hot 100, Spector took hold of the Crystals moniker (without the Crystals' knowledge) and applied the name to recordings by Darlene Love and the Blossoms; Love sang lead on the "Crystals" classics "He's a Rebel," one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The original Crystals reassumed their own name in 1963 and released two more Spector-produced hits, "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me." However, for those singles and subsequent recordings from the era, the publicity-shy Alston had relinquished the lead-singing role to Dolores "LaLa" Brooks.
"I just found out recently [that] she had a real problem with being the lead," [Alston's daughter Donielle] Prophete told the BBC of her mother. "They loved her voice and they kept pushing her to the front but she was shy."
Alston left the Crystals in 1965 but briefly rejoined the girl group for a 1967 reunion.