Shirelles Singer Doris Kenner-Jackson Died
Doris Kenner-Jackson (Middle)

From: (Bob Timmers)

Shirelles singer Doris Kenner-Jackson dead at 58

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Doris Kenner-Jackson of the pop-rock group the Shirelles, whose soaring harmonies on "Soldier Boy" and a number of other songs brought huge success in the early 1960s, died Friday Febr. 4, 2000 at age 58. Doris, who had breast cancer, died at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, her cousin Evelyn Jackson said from her home in Goldsboro, N.C.

The Shirelles, composed of Doris Jackson, Shirley Alston Reeves, Beverly Lee and the late Addie "Micki" Harris, began their career at a high school talent show in Passaic, N.J., in 1957, singing their own composition, "I Met Him On Sunday." A classmate who heard them told her mother, independent record producer Florence Greenberg, who helped them record the song the following year. Aided by legendary producer Phil Specter, they turned out a string of hits through the early '60s, including "Tonight's The Night," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Soldier Boy," "Baby It's You," and "Dedicated To The One I Love," the latter featuring Jackson on lead vocal. Their songs, like those of several other popular "girl groups" of the early '60s including Specter's Ronettes, were notable for their tight harmonies, bouncy upbeat lyrics and lush musical arrangements known as Specter's "Wall of Sound." Jackson, who was born in North Carolina, moved to New Jersey as a child, where she sang in church and with friends. After their early success with "I Met Him on Sunday," all four of the group dropped out of high school to pursue their musical careers, each earning diplomas later.

--- The Shirelles, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame (1996) ---

The Shirelles were one of the first girl groups of the late Fifties and early Sixties. Formed in 1957, when members Shirley Alston Reeves, Addie "Micki" Harris, Doris Kenner Jackson and Beverly Lee were high school students in New Jersey, the girls were discovered by a high school friend whose mother, Florence Greenberg, owned a small record label. Their first hit, "I Met Him on a Sunday" (1958), not only established the group, but gave Greenberg the money to launch the legendary Scepter record label. In 1959 they hit again with "Dedicated to the One I Love," followed by " Tonight's the Night" in 1960. Their biggest hit, the Goffin-King classic "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," became the first Number One single by an all-girl group in the rock era when it was released in 1960. Their series of hits climaxed in 1962 with their second American Number One hit, "Soldier Boy." The group broke up in the late Sixties and re-formed in the Seventies and Eighties for a series of popular revival concerts. Micki Harris died in 1982 and the three surviving members recorded together for the last time on a 1983 Dionne Warwick record singing "Will You Love Me Tomorrow."

Courtesy of The Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame