From email@example.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu Feb 22 13:34:04 2018
February 22, 2018 04:05 PM
Updated 7 minutes ago
The name Barbara Ann Alston may not ring a bell for younger generations, but she was among the most influential singers in rock and roll music in the ‘60s, according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Alston – who died Feb. 16 in Charlotte at age 74 – was the lead singer for Phil Spector’s girl group The Crystals, which had a string of hits including “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me.”
Her death is to be counted as part of the nation’s ongoing flu epidemic, family members said. Alston had been in intensive care at a Charlotte hospital for more than two weeks when she became one of 200 North Carolinians to die from the flu this season.
Unconfirmed but from a reliable source...
Barbara Alston, co-founder and one time lead singer of The Crystals has died at 74.
I was just listening to some Crystals's music written by Goffin/King
(the Carole King musical Beautiful has just opened in Melbourne).
Namely, He Hit Me (And it felt like a kiss) and No One Ever Tells You.
The former seems to be entirely disowned by King and wasn't mentioned in
her autobiography and probably won't be in her musical. What a great
single it was though with these as the A and B sides.