February 21, 2024

 NEW YORK — Mariah Carey’s been thawed and vacation music is within the air. However 60 years in the past, on November 22, one of the necessary vacation albums of all time was launched: A Christmas Reward for You from Phil Spector.

Named the best Christmas album of all time by Rolling Stone, the album featured songs by a number of the hottest woman teams, tales about whom authors Laura Flam and Emily Sieu Liebowitz have captured of their fall launch “BUT WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW? An Oral Historical past of The ’60s Woman Teams” (Hachette Books). The e-book shines the highlight on the usually ignored younger ladies and ladies who outlined the woman group period — which peaked in 1963 — and altered music historical past perpetually. 

Among the many now-lauded album’s choices have been “Frosty the Snowman,” “Sleigh Trip” and “I Noticed Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” from The Ronettes, “Santa Claus is Coming to City” and “Rudolph the Pink-Nosed Reindeer” from The Crystals and one of the standard vacation songs of all time Darlene Love’s basic “Christmas (Child Please Come Dwelling),” a tune that Spector tried to forestall Love from singing. In “BUT WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW?”, Flam and Liebowitz seize the behind-the-scenes battle that wrested management of the tune for Love (a bunch member of The Blossoms), a struggle which ultimately concerned Steven Van Zandt and David Letterman. Music icon Cher sang background on the album.

Launched the identical day that JFK was assassinated, the album flopped. The nation was in mourning, not within the vacation spirit. However the Spector Christmas album was rereleased within the early Seventies and took on a lifetime of its personal. The Ronettes “Sleigh Trip” entered the highest 10. The album additionally made Rolling Stone’s biggest albums of all time. Subsequent rereleases have seen the album chart properly into the 2020s. 

The woman group sound, epitomized by acts like The Ronettes, The Crystals, The Shirelles, The Supremes and The Vandellas, not solely present the magic for the vacations, it revolutionized American pop music. But whereas songs like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Then He Kissed Me,” and “Be My Child” are immediately acknowledged, too usually the ladies behind the hits have remained nearly nameless. 

Revealed throughout the sixtieth anniversary of the peak of the woman group period, “BUT WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW? An Oral Historical past of The ’60s Woman Teams” offers the microphone to the ladies to inform their very own tales, tales that seize the second and assist us forge a deeper connection to the songs and singers.