Barbara Alston, lead singer of The Crystals, dies aged 74

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 25, 2018

Alston's daughter Donielle Prophete told BBC News she died February 16 due to the illness.

Barbara Alston, a singer for the 1960s girl group The Crystals, that made its name with hits like "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me", has died at the age of 74. Alston, never being comfortable fronting the group, stepped back with Brooks taking over lead duties on such hits as "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" (1963 / #3) and "Then He Kissed Me" (1963 / #6). Along with groups like the Ronettes, they helped popularize Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" production style.

Alston was, initially, the main lead singer for the group, heading their first three singles, "There's No Other (Like My Baby)" (1961 / #20), "Uptown" (1962 / #13) and "He Hit Me (and It Felt Like a Kiss)" (1962 / Did Not Chart).

U.S. singer Darlene Love expressed her grief on Facebook. "She loved the sisterhood part of it, the travelling".

The Crystals were originally a quintet consisting of Alston, Dee Dee Kennibrew, Mary Thomas, Patricia Wright and La La Brooks - all of whom grew up singing in church.

The band were put together by big band sideman Benyn Wells, who also happened to be Alston's uncle when they were still at school.

The song, written by Carole King, was controversial for its depiction of domestic violence and producer Spector eventually pulled the song from rotation.

Speaking of her mother, Prophete spoke of her reluctance being seen as the lead: "I just found out recently [that] she had a real problem with being the lead".

"My sister says mum wanted to do the choreography and stuff like that".

But Alston remained proud of the band, and stayed involved with their career into her 70s, her daughter said.

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