On Thursday, news emerged about the death of a legendary singer, Barbara Alston. She was the former lead singer of the hit girl band from the 60s, The Crystals.
The Crystals made their claim to fame with their hit songs throughout the 60s, including “Then He Kissed Me" and "There's No Other Like My Baby."
The girl group started out in 1961 and the founding members included Dee Dee Kennibrew, Mary Thomas, Patricia Wright, La La Brooks, and Alston.
Reportedly, all five of the founding members grew up singing in their church choirs. Big Band sideman Benyn Wells, Alston’s uncle, put together the group.
Though many saw Brooks as the lead singer of the group, their producer, Phil Spector, considered Alston as the lead.
Alston’s daughter, Danielle Prophete, said that her mother never wanted to be seen as the lead, however. She said that while everyone loved her voice, Alston was shy.
The girl group gained a lot of public attention, although some of it negative, when they came out with their controversial song “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss),” written by Carole King.
Sadly, her daughter announced the iconic singer’s death at the age of 74.
She told BBC that her mother “loved the Crystals.” She said, “She always talked about singing with them, the work they created together. She loved the sisterhood part of it, the traveling.”
At this time, details of her death have not been confirmed. However, some reports have claimed that Alston's official cause of death was the flu and that she passed away on February 16.
Please keep Alston’s daughter and other family members in your prayers as they deal with this difficult loss. In other recent news, a lawmaker received good news over a bill to put "In God We Trust" on public school property.