The Shirelles was the first American girl vocal group to score a #1 on Billboard. Formed in the '60s, they were the first major female group of the rock and roll era. Unlike the Chantels, they were also popular in the UK. Best known for the '57 "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," the '58 "Mama Said," "Big John" and "Soldier Boy," Carole King was one of their early songwriters.
They wrote material for "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," led the first integrated concert in Alabama and helped Dionne Warwick get her start before the British invasion diminished their popularity. They have been activists for artist royalty issues and medical coverage. Their Hall of Fame induction came in '96.