Friday, May 11, 2012
Pass the Helium Please
I was driving around western MI this week for business and my rental car had a Sirius XM radio. I enjoyed listening to the “50’s at 5” channel for hours since their playlist includes many unfrequently-heard Doo-Wop and Rock N’ Roll of the 1950’s. Listening for that length of time I did conclude something that wasn’t so obvious to me ever before - female backup singers of that day all sang in squeaky high voices. They were all breathing helium at the recording studios, I think. But in the case of female lead singers, some were just plain young – girls really. Here’s two that both had hits in 1960 and both were only 15 years old at the time of their recordings: Rosie and the Originals (Rosie Hamlin) and Kathy Young and the Innocents.