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The Crystals singer Barbara Ann Alston, who recorded hits like Da Doo Ron Ron and Then He Kissed Me, has died at the age of 74.
Alston sang lead vocals on their first three singles, including the US top 20 hit There’s No Other Like My Baby.
She died on Friday 16 February after contracting flu, her daughter said.
“She loved The Crystals,” Donielle Prophete told BBC News. “She always talked about singing with them, the work they created together. 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 the church.
A ‘shy’ lead singer
They were put together by big band sideman Benny Wells – who happened to be Alston’s uncle – while they were still at school. They were later discovered by Spector while cutting demos for the publisher Hill & Range.
Brooks was seen as the lead singer, but Spector disagreed and championed a reluctant Alston instead.
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