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Micki Harris was a member of the 1960s R&B singing group, The Shirelles. They were the first all-female group of the rock era to hit the top of the charts.
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The Shirelles continued their remarkable run of success in 1962, most notably with "Soldier Boy," which became their second pop No. 1; they also scored a Top 10 pop and R&B hit with "Baby It's You."
The Shirelles managed to score one more dual pop/R&B Top 10 hit with 1963's "Foolish Little Girl," but found it difficult to maintain their previous level of success as the British Invasion led to shifting musical tastes later in the 1960s,
soon relegating pop-heavy early-1960s fare to the status of "oldies."
Though no longer chart-toppers, Harris and the Shirelles continued to tour and perform their hits before enthusiastic fans in the 1970s and 1980s. Various members went on hiatus for a few years at a time to raise young children, but Harris remained a steady presence throughout. Tragedy struck, however, when Harris suffered a massive heart attack onstage while performing in Atlanta, Georgia, in June 1982. Paramedics were unable to save her; Harris died doing what she most loved at the age of 42. In the wake of Harris' tragic death, the original Shirelles disbanded; later, different groups including various former members of the band performed under the name. But the talent and cohesion of the original quartet of high school friends would never again be matched.
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