Shirley & Company

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Shirley & Company was an American disco group, consisting of Shirley Goodman (1936–2005), Jesus Alvarez, Walter Morris, Bernadette Randle, Seldon Powell, Jonathan Williams and Clarence Oliver.

They topped the U.S. Dance chart in 1975 with "Shame Shame Shame" (U.S. Pop #12), and did extremely well in Europe: the song reached #6 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and #1 in Austria,[2] Belgium,[3] Germany[4] and the Netherlands.[5] The follow-up, "Cry Cry Cry," made it to #91 on the Hot 100 later that year.

History[edit]

'Shame, Shame, Shame' was written and produced by Sylvia Robinson, who was a co-owner of the All Platinum record label. It was intended for All Platinum artist Donnie Elbert. It was Robinson who paired veteran blues vocalist Shirley Goodman with All Platinum artist Jesus Alvarez.[6] The track, with its prominent use of the Bo Diddley beat, was one of the first international disco hits and reached number 12 on the Billboard charts. It also hit number one on the soul singles chart for one week. "Shame, Shame, Shame also went number one on the disco/dance charts for four weeks. The full-length LP Shame, Shame, Shame was recorded subsequently and came out in 1975.

The lead singer Shirley Goodman, was one half of the duo Shirley and Lee who had a mega hit 18 years earlier, in 1956, writing and recording the song "Let The Good Times Roll" for Aladdin Records. Jesus Alvarez changed his name into Jason Alvarez and became a pastor for the Love of Jesus Family Church.[7] He recorded several gospel albums.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

1974 Shame, Shame, Shame (Austria #1 / Belgium #1 / Germany #1 / Netherlands #1 / Norway #9 / Switzerland #2 / US #12 / US Dance #1 / US R'n'B #1)
1975 More Shame
1975 I Like to Dance
1975 Cry, Cry, Cry (US #91)
1975 Disco Shirley (Belgium #27 / Germany #41 / Netherlands #12)
1975 Mr. Frenchman

Albums[edit]

1975 Shame, Shame, Shame
1981 Jason Alvarez - Just Give Me Jesus[8]

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