11 August 2014 | HarlowMGM
Fantastic Collection of Sixties Girl Pop Sounds and Video
GIRL GROOVES is an excellent two hour documentary that basically consists entirely of vintage television performances from the 1960's of various female vocalists and girl groups who had big pop hits back in that era hosted by Mary Wilson on The Supremes. This is the very best of these PBS documentaries I've seen, in part because it appears we are seeing the full numbers, not "dance bits" edited in to them like apparently was done in another show. These are very rare clips and I believe everything show was a major top ten hit. Most of these appear to have be lipsynched at the time (as was common on these shows). Highlights include The Shang-ra-la's doing "Leader of the Pack" from a daytime game show with Robert Goulet doing a fun cameo as the title role (a bit that happily does not destroy the appeal of the number) and a very rare chance to see Little Peggy March sing her blockbuster "I Will Follow Him" (she appears to be among the least successful lipsynchers though but hey the girl was barely a teenager and that great voice more than makes up it). There's lots of Motown plus quite a bit of other girl pop of the era including many soloists that one might consider a bit of a stretch as having the girl group sound like Jackie De Shannon, Skeeter Davis, Aretha Franklin, Lesley Gore, Fontella Bass, Petula Clark, and Mary Wells but then this show is NOT about girl groups as is usually done when covering when of the era but pop female music as a whole (and some of their other records clearly do have the girl group sound even though they're still solo recordings). It is surprising not to see Connie Francis, Brenda Lee,Patsy Cline, Nancy Sinatra, and Jeannie C. Riley included but then the time was limited. Mary Wilson still looks great and makes a terrific hose but one can help but note her "friend Diane" is not mentioned by her legendary full name (Diana Ross, of course!) suggesting this long feud might not quite be resolved yet.