Shirley (And Company) were a short-lived male-female disco group that became famous during the mid 1970s. Led by veteran R&B singer Shirley Goodman (June 19, 1936 - July 5, 2005), the group's members also included Walter Morris, Clarence Oliver, Seldon Powell, Bernadette Randle, Jonathan Williams, and principle male vocalist Jason Alvarez (b. Jesus Alvarez). Shirley (And Company) are best remembered for "Shame, Shame, Shame," an international smash dance hit which became one of the first songs to launch the disco boom of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Born in New Orleans, Shirley Goodman began singing as a child in her church choir and recorded her first demo at age 13 with a group of school friends. Her distinctive piercing soprano caught the attention of Aladdin Records owner Eddie Messner who paired her with another school friend, Leonard Lee. Shirley & Lee had several hits on both the Pop/Rock and R&B charts that included "I'm Gone" (1952), "Feel So Good" (1955), and "Let The Good Times Roll" (1956). After the duo split in 1963, Goodman worked as a session singer and provided backing vocals for such bands and artists as Sonny & Cher, Dr. John, and The Rolling Stones. Goodman was approached in late 1974 by Sylvia Robinson, previously of the duo Mickey & Sylvia and now co-owner of the All Platinum record label, who persuaded her to record the lead vocals on a song she had written, "Shame, Shame, Shame," which she would later produce.
Shirley (And Company) debuted in 1975 with "Shame, Shame, Shame," which topped the R&B charts and became a Top 20 hit on the Pop/Rock charts. This disco smash also performed well worldwide, topping the charts in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands and reaching the Top 10 in Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the U.K. The group followed up with "Cry Cry Cry," also written by Sylvia Robinson, which was a minor Pop/Rock chart hit and made the R&B Top 40. Shirley (And Company) had one final chart entry in 1976 with "I Like To Dance" which became a minor hit on the R&B charts.
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Shirley (And Company)
- Shame, Shame, Shame 1975
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