Thursday, April 7, 2011

Where Are All the Girl Groups Now?

Where are these trailblazing women today?

 Female pop & rock bands have been topping the charts for 60 years.

Girl groups -- where are they now?
The Boswell Sisters and the Andrews Sisters charted in the 1930s, but the popularity of girl groups really started taking off in the 1950s. Where are some of those trailblazing females today?
The Supremes
Diana Ross & the Supremes stormed the pop charts in the '60s. Their story was said to inspire a hit Broadway musical. Diana Ross (watch clips) and Mary Wilson are still performing today.

Wilson Phillips
Their 1990 debut album spawned three No. 1 hits, but Wilson Phillips decided to disband in 1992. While Carnie Wilson has remained in the public eye, with this live video and her appearance on this show, Chynna Phillips and Wendy Wilson are both enjoying quiet married lives. Chynna is married to this Baldwin brother.
Destiny's Child
Formed in 1997, Destiny's Child split in 2006 so its members could pursue solo projects. Though they're often compared to a modern-day Supremes, superstar front woman Beyoncé is the only member currently enjoying solo success. Michelle Williams is preparing to release her fourthalbum in 2011. Kelly Rowland is preparing to release her third.
Spice Girls
While reunion rumors have been rampant ever since the Spice Girls disbanded in 2001, they've all embarked on solo careers. Only Posh Spice has remained in the spotlight, largely due to her high-profile marriage. Mel B (Scary Spice) appeared on this show and received some unwanted press for her affair with this funny guy
The Bangles
After scoring hits in the '80s, the Bangles broke up in 1988, only to reunite in 2000. They are reportedly working on a new album. Only lead singer Susanna Hoffs attempted a solo career. She married the director of this well-known film, and they have two children.

Formed in 1979, Klymaxx worked with these well-known producers. They broke up in 1990, with five members reuniting in 2003 on this TV show. Member Cheryl Cooley tried to trademark the band name without permission, resulting in additional friction.

Formed in 1991, TLC disbanded for good in 2002, shortly after one member's death. Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas became known as the girl to whom this artist is confessing on his hit album. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins became a spokeswoman regarding this disease.

The Pointer Sisters
The Pointer Sisters had the most success when it featured Ruth, June and Anita in the '80s. In 1984, they had four Billboard Hot 100 singles in a row, including this song from this popular film. They have continued to perform, despite June's death in 2006.
The Runaways
The Runaways are a major influence on female rock bands to this day. Original members Lita Ford and Joan Jett enjoyed commercial solo success and continue to perform. A movie about their story came out in 2010.
Sister Sledge
Formed by four siblings in 1972, Sister Sledge hasn't had a charting single since 1982, but their most popular song is still heard everywhere. They continue to perform today. Check their tour schedule.
The Go-Go's
Formed in 1978, the Go-Go's broke up and reunited many times. They recently announced an anniversary tour. Lead singer Belinda Carlisle enjoyed solo success, and guitarist Jane Wiedlin appeared on this VH1 show.

The Ronettes
Produced by this music icon (and current convict), the Ronettes formed in 1960 and broke up in 1966. The lead singer married the producer and took the name Ronnie Spector. She still performs today.

Formed as a trio in the UK in 1979, Bananarama continues to perform as a duo. One of their biggest hits was this tune. Former member Siobhan Fahey now performs with this band.

En Vogue
These darlings of the early '90s had several chart-topping hits, including this tune with edgy lyrics. En Vogue officially reunited in 2010 and is said to be working on a new album.

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