Shirley Matthews

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Shirley Matthews
Harrow, Ontario, Canada
DiedJanuary 2013 (aged 70–71)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Singer, CEO

Shirley Matthews was a Canadian pop singer born in Harrow, Ontario in 1942.

Matthews sang in a church choir and at high school dances prior to embarking on a career in music. She worked in a Bell Telephone office while singing nights at the Club Bluenote in Toronto.[1] Her debut single, "Big Town Boy", was a major hit in Canada in 1964, selling over a million copies.[2] She won the RPM Gold Leaf Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1964.[1] Later singles failed to duplicate "Big Town Boy"'s success.

"Big Town Boy" debuted on 1050 CHUM in Toronto on 2 December 1963, the same day as the Beatle's "She Loves You".[3]

In 1967, she married, taking the name Shirley Vedder, and quit the music industry, eventually becoming the CEO of a chain of racquetball and sports fitness clubs.[1]

On January 8, 2013, Shirley died in Toronto, Ontario.[4]