The Cookies were a girl group with a somewhat convoluted history that became famous in the early 1960s. Formed in 1954 in Brooklyn, the group started out as a trio and there were some personnel changes along the way. They had their first big hit in 1956 with "In Paradise," which reached #9 on the R&B charts. In the late 1950s, most of the original Cookies members became the backup singers for Ray Charles, known as the Raeletts.
In 1961, the Cookies reformed with some new group members that included Earl-Jean McCrea. It was this newer lineup that charted with "Chains" (1962), "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" (1963), "Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys" (1964), and several other songs from the early 1960s as listed below. In 1964, Earl-Jean McCrea went solo and charted with the original version of "I'm Into Something Good."
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The song(s) featured on this page are on:
- Complete Cookies
- Early Girls, Vol. 1: Popsicles And Icicles (VA)
- The Best Of The Girl Groups, Vol. 2 (VA)
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- I'm Into Somethin' Good 1964
(This song also became a hit for Herman's Hermits (1964).)
- We Love And Learn 1964
(B-side of "I'm Into Somethin' Good")
- Chains 1962
- Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby) 1963
- Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys 1963
- Only To Other People 1964
(B-side of "Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys")
- Softly In The Night 1963
(B-side of "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)")
- Stranger In My Arms 1962
(B-side of "Chains")
- Will Power 1963
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