Rhythm and Blues
Because they were under-age at the beginning of their career, their label Scepter Records held their royalties in trust. In 1963,The Shirelles learned that the trust did not exist. They filed a breach of contract suit against the company. Scepter met this with a countersuit. Both suits were withdrawn in 1965 after both sides reached an agreement. Knowing that Scepter had misrepresented the trust disappointed The Shirelles, who said they “felt like foolish little girls.” That’s a little bit of music business background.
The song, however, which was written by Helen Miller and Howard Greenfield, is about a different kind of foolishness. It tells the story of a fickle girl who broke her boyfriend’s heart and now wants him back because she loves him. Unfortunately, he’s found someone else. The song went to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the R&B chart in 1963 and appeared on their 1963 album “Foolish Little Girl.”
The Shirelles formed in 1957, originally as The Poquellos (aka The Pequellos). The group consisted of schoolmates Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Addie Harris, and Beverly Lee. Their sweet vocals and harmonies make them one of the great girl groups.