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The Shirelles were an American girl group that achieved popularity in the early 1960s.

Their acceptance by both white and black audiences, predating that of the Motown acts, has been noted as reflecting the early success of the Civil Rights Movement.

After a successful period of collaboration with Dixon and promotion by Scepter, with seven top 20 hits, the Shirelles left Scepter in 1966.

That year, they released their first song, "I Met Him on a Sunday"; after local success, it was licensed to Decca Records for national broadcast and charted at #50.

The song was influenced by doo-wop, but infused with pop melodies.

The songs were implicitly directed at female listeners, with the male subjects of songs being referred to as "he" instead of "you"; Steve Huey of All Music notes that the Shirelles defined "the so-called girl group sound with their soft, sweet harmonies and yearning innocence", with their songs predating Motown in their widespread crossing of racial demographics, both in the US and in Britain.

He also notes that they spawned "legions of imitators", and laid a blueprint for future female pop stars to follow.

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