Singer who was one of the original Shirelles, the R&B quartet that redefined American music in the 1950s.
She performed at parties and talent shows around Passaic, New Jersey with several friends and signed a record deal with Tiara Records.
She was the lead singer and the most emotionally affecting of the Shirelles, whose records sold millions of copies.
She was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina and moved with her family to Passaic, New Jersey in her teenage years.
Her group paved the way for future female ensembles like The Supremes, which included Mary Wilson.