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Subject: Archive: Shirley Brickley, Oct. 13, 1977

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Date Posted: Saturday, October 13, 05:49:57pm

R&B Singer. Shirley Brickley was born in in 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she began her interest in music.

While attending Overbrook High School, Shirley, Rosetta Hightower, Marlena Davis, and Shirley's sisters, Audrey and Jean, created the musical group, 'Audrey And The Teenetts.' The group played locally in the high school and around the city of Philadelphia. Later on Audrey and Jean left the group and were replaced by fellow student, Stephen Caldwell.

In 1961 the group auditioned for Kal Mann and Dave Appell, who signed them to the Cameo Records Label. They then changed the groups name too, 'The Orlons.' In 1961 they released there first song, "I'll Be True" and "Happy Birthday 21" in 1962. That same year they provided the back-up vocals for Dee Dee Sharp's "Mashed Potato Theme" and her follow-up, "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)."

In 1963 they released "South Street" and "Crossfire." A year later they released "Shimmy Shimmy" "Rules Of Love" and "Knock Knock." In 1966 they left Cameo Records and signed on with the Calla Records Label and in 1967 to the ABC Records Label.

The group continued into the 1970s until Rosetta moved to England.

In October of 1977 Shirley was shot and killed in her home by an unknown assailant. She was 33 years old.

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