• The Pearlettes (Los Angeles, California)
    aka The Pearletts
    (By Hans-Joachim)


    Personnel :

    Sheila Galloway (Lead)

    Lynda Galloway

    Priscilla Kennedy

    Mary Meade



    The Pearlettes
    1961 - Just In Case / He’s Gone (Craig 502 / Craig 562 / Segway 1003)
    1961 - Can I Get Him / Never Be Another Boy Like You (Vee Jay 422 / Go 712)
    1962 - Duchess Of Earl / Everyday (Vee Jay 435)

    The Pearletts
    1962 - Cheated / Can This Be Love (Vault 100) 


    Biography :

    The Pearlettes were four church girls from Los Angeles. The group formed in the the late '50s while they were still attending John Muir Junior High in Los Angeles. By 1961 the group consisted of sisters Lynda and Shelia Galloway, Mary Meade, and Priscilla Kennedy. The Pearlettes first began singing together at record hops and benefits. In 1958 as The Fantasians they backed Big Dave Taylor on "Farther Up the Road." Shortly thereafter the group was renamed the Pearlettes. They were discovered by VJ chief Randall Woods, who co-produced the record with Sonny Bono. Bono would both produce and write songs for them. In 1961 the Pearlettes released "Never Be Another Boy Like You" on Bono's Go Records.

    Next they released a gospel-like song for Vault Records. Their third and final single on the Vee-Jay label, was "The Duchess of Earl" was the answer to Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" and was their most successful reaching #92.   Sheila Galloway left the group shortly there after. Priscilla Kennedy went on to sing with The Watesians -along with Brenda and Patrice Holloway (Donna, 1962) , The Four J's - along with Brenda and Patrice Holloway (4-J, 1962), The Delicates - (Challenge and Soultown, 1964/66) and The Irresistables (Imperial, 1966). Priscilla also sang under the name of Eleanor Rigby.


    Songs :

    Duchess Of Earl                           He’s Gone                                 Just In Case

                    Everyday                                Can I Get Him              Never Be Another Boy Like You

    Cheated / Can This Be Love




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