- Jacqueline Warwick
Popular music phenomenon involving pre-teen and teen girls that was especially prevalent in the early to mid-1960s and had a significant echo in the 1990s with such groups as Destiny’s Child and the Spice Girls. Most girl groups comprised between three and five members, all adolescent girls, who generally dressed alike and performed simple choreography while they sang about themes of importance to girl culture. For the most part songwriting credits on girl group records are attributed to professional songwriters, instruments were played by professional session players, and the songs treat such topics as crushes on boys, wedding fantasies, the strictness of parents, and the travails of adolescent romance. Some of the best known groups are the Shirelles, the Crystals, the Marvelettes, Little Eva, and Lesley Gore (the last two associated with the genre although nominally solo artists). The Supremes and the Shangri-Las are generally considered girl groups, although their chief popularity came after the main girl group phenomenon had ended. Between ...