THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER,
597-Shirley & Company-Shame, Shame, Shame.
1975-Number 6 single.
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Shirley & Company were an act put together by Sylvia Robinson to record the 1974 Album ‘Shame, Shame, Shame.’ The act consisted of six studio musicians, and two singers who would promote the songs in the media. Shirley was Shirley Goodman (1936-2005) who had initially found success in the 1950’s as part of the duo ‘Shirley and Lee, with Leonard Lee (1935-1976,) together they had two Billboard top 40 singles in 1956. Also worth noting is that Shirley was also a backing vocalist for other artists, she can be heard on The Rolling Stones 1972 Album ‘Exile On Main Street.’
The other vocalist on this song is Jason Alvarez, who was born Jesus Alvarus in Havana, Cuba, on December 28th, 1951. Since 1981 he has been a solo artist releasing 10 Albums in the ‘Christian R&B,’ and ‘Jesus Music,’ genres, he became an ordained minister in 1982.There is a debate about who actually wrote ‘Shame, Shame. Shame,’ as both Sylvia Robinson, and Donnie Elbert (1936-1989) both claimed authorship. This led to a rift, with Elbert leaving the ‘All Platinum’ record label, and Robinson remained the sole writer credited.
Sylvia Robinson was born Sylvia Vanderpool on May 29th, 1935, in Harlem, New York, United States, and died on September 29th, 2011, due to congestive heart failure. She is a very important figure, particularly in the development of ‘Hip-Hop.’ She first found success as half of the duo ‘Micky & Sylvia,’ who had the 1956 Billboard Number 11 hit single with ‘Love Is Strange,’ In 1973 she had a solo hit with ‘Pillow Talk,’ a song she had written. Robinson initially offered it to Al Green, but he turned it down, saying it’s suggestive lyrics went against his religious beliefs. The ‘orgasmic gasps,’ and moaning on the song, predate Donna Summer’s ‘Love to Love You Baby’ (see also best songs 78) by two years. Robinson has also been part of two consortium’s who have set up record labels. In 1967 she helped form ‘All Platinum Records,’ (see also best songs 466) and in 1979 she was part of the team responsible for the founding of ‘Sugar Hill Records.’ Two of ‘Hip-Hop’s’ most important songs ‘Rappers Delight,’ by The Sugar Hill Gang,’ (see also best songs 17) and ‘The Message,’ by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five (see also best songs 290) would probably not have happened without her influence, this led to her becoming known as the ‘Mother of Hip- Hop.
‘Got my sunroof down, got my diamonds in the back, put on your shaky wig woman, if you don’t I ain’t comin’ back.’