Shirley And Lee

Real Name:
Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee
Profile:
Shirley Goodman (June 19, 1936–July 5, 2005) and Leonard Lee (June 29, 1936–October 23, 1976) were two singers from New Orleans who jointly became known as the “Sweethearts of the Blues.” Born ten days apart, they met when they were children, and both of them sang in their Baptist church. They were discovered by studio owner Cosimo Matassa, who heard Goodman and Lee as part of a school singing group when they were thirteen years old. Matassa got Aladdin Records owner Eddie Messner interested in pairing them as a duo, and New Orleans veteran producer Dave Bartholomew produced their first recording, “I’m Gone,” in 1952, and backed the teenaged singers with many of the most skilled session musicians in New Orleans at the time, including saxophonists Alvin “Red” Tyler, Herb Hardesty and Lee Allen, bassist Frank Fields, and drummer Earl Palmer. “I’m Gone” climbed to No. 2 on the rhythm and blues charts in 1952. This success was followed by a string of other duets, including “Shirley, Come Back to Me,” “Shirley’s Back,” and “The Proposal,” backed with “Two Happy People.” These songs gave Shirley and Lee their stage name, and each new release continued the saga of these presumed teenage sweethearts, which added to the duo’s popularity, though they were never romantically involved; Shirley married contractor Calvin Z. Pixley in 1955. Although both Shirley and Lee sang, theirs was often a call-and-response style rather than a two-part harmony.
Flagging sales prompted Shirley and Lee to change their song topics, starting with “Feels So Good” in 1955. In 1957 they released their most popular song, the anthem “Let the Good Times Roll,” which sold over a million copies. The song was considered too suggestive by many radio stations, and they banned it from their airwaves. Shirley and Lee remained with Aladdin Records until 1959, when they moved to Warwick Records, followed by Imperial Records in 1962. The duo never equaled their biggest hit, and broke up in 1963.
Lee released some singles on his own before he died of a heart attack on October 23, 1976. Shirley moved to Los Angeles, California, and continued singing. She contributed background vocals to Sonny and Cher, as well as the double album Exile on Main Street (1972) by the Rolling Stones and Dr. John’s Gumbo (1972). She quit music for a while in the early 1970s before she reacquainted herself with Sylvia Robinson of the group Mickey and Sylvia, who was also the owner of the All Platinum label. Robinson recorded Shirley on the pre-disco hit “Shame, Shame, Shame” as Shirley and Company on Vibration Records in 1974. This track made it to No. 1 on the rhythm and blues charts and No. 12 on the Billboard pop charts. Her next single, “Cry Cry Cry,” did not sell nearly as well, and Shirley stopped singing professionally. She moved back to New Orleans, where she successfully sued to get her back royalties for “Let the Good Times Roll.” After suffering a stroke, Shirley moved to Los Angeles in 1994. She died there on July 5, 2005, and was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans.
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Albums

Shirley And Lee - Let The Good Times Roll album art Shirley & Lee* Let The Good Times Roll (Album, Comp) Aladdin (6) US 1956 Sell This Version
MAN5025 Shirley And Lee - Happy Days album art Shirley & Lee* Happy Days(LP) Manhattan Records (3) MAN5025 1980 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Shirley And Lee - I'm Gone / Lee Goofed album art Shirley & Lee* I'm Gone / Lee Goofed (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1952 Sell This Version
3153 Shirley And Lee - I'm Gone / Sweethearts album art Shirley And Lee With Dave Bartholomew And His Orchestra Shirley And Lee With Dave Bartholomew And His Orchestra - I'm Gone / Sweethearts(Shellac, 10") Aladdin (6) 3153 US 1952 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - Baby / Shirley, Come Back Me album art Shirley & Lee* Baby / Shirley, Come Back Me Aladdin (6) US 1953 Sell This Version
3205 Shirley And Lee - The Proposal / Two Happy People album art Shirley And Lee The Proposal / Two Happy People(Shellac, 10") Aladdin (6) 3205 US 1953 Sell This Version
3192 Shirley And Lee - Shirley's Back / So In Love album art Shirley And Lee Shirley's Back / So In Love(Shellac, 10") Aladdin (6) 3192 US 1953 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - Why Did I / Lee Goofed album art Shirley And Lee Why Did I / Lee Goofed (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1954 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - Keep On / Confessin' album art Shirley & Lee* Keep On / Confessin' (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1954 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - I'll Do It / Lee's Dream album art Shirley And Lee I'll Do It / Lee's Dream (Single) Vogue Pop US 1955 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - You'd Be Thinking Of Me / Feel So Good album art Shirley & Lee* You'd Be Thinking Of Me / Feel So Good (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1955 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - Let The Good Times Roll / Do You Mean To Hurt Me So album art Shirley & Lee* Let The Good Times Roll / Do You Mean To Hurt Me So (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1956 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - I Feel Good / Now That It's Over album art Shirley & Lee* I Feel Good / Now That It's Over (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1956 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - I Want To Dance / Marry Me album art Shirley And Lee I Want To Dance / Marry Me (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1956 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - That's What I'll Do / A Little Word album art Shirley And Lee That's What I'll Do / A Little Word Aladdin (6) US 1956 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - When I Saw You / That's What I Wanna Do album art Shirley & Lee* When I Saw You / That's What I Wanna Do (Single) Aladdin (6) UK 1956 Sell This Version
3313 Shirley And Lee - That's What I'll Do / A Little Word album art Shirley And Lee That's What I'll Do / A Little Word(7") Aladdin (6) 3313 US 1956 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - Rockin' With The Clock album art Shirley & Lee* Rockin' With The Clock (Single) Aladdin (6) UK 1957 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - Don't You Know I Love You / Rock All Nite album art Shirley And Lee Don't You Know I Love You / Rock All Nite (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1957 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - Everybody's Rockin' / Don't Leave Me Here To Cry album art Shirley And Lee Everybody's Rockin' / Don't Leave Me Here To Cry (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1958 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - Come On And Have Your Fun / All I Want To Do Is Cry album art Shirley & Lee* Come On And Have Your Fun / All I Want To Do Is Cry (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1959 Sell This Version
45-v 9156 Shirley And Lee True Love(7") Vogue Pop 45-v 9156 UK 1959 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - I've Been Loved Before album art Shirley And Lee I've Been Loved Before Warwick US 1960 Sell This Version
VE.170145 Shirley And Lee - Shirley & Lee album art Shirley And Lee Shirley & Lee(7", EP) Vogue Records VE.170145 UK 1960 Sell This Version
Shirley And Lee - Let The Good Times Roll / Keep Loving Me album art Shirley and Lee Let The Good Times Roll / Keep Loving Me (Single) Warwick UK 1960 Sell This Version