Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Carol Johnson of The Exciters

Former Exciters member Carol Johnson has died aged 62. The Exciters were one of the best girl groups of the sixties, with a string of hits written by top songwriters like Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich that lived up to their stage name including Tell Him, He's Got the Power, Get Him, the original of Do Wah Diddy Diddy and a remake of A Little Bit of Soap (a copy of which I coincidentally bought yesterday in Reckless's continuing closing down sale). They included a male member in Herb Rooney, but their records had the classic sixties girl group sound. They also made history by recording what was probably the first full colour pop video (see it on YouTube here http://youtube.com/watch?v=ah-tui1ubnU ) for a jukebox company. Carol left the group before their disco hits of the seventies, but was a key group member in their glory years.


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