1966: The Saturday Review gives thumbs up to “Things Are Changing,” a multi-group recording project done in ’65 to help advertise Equal Opportunity Employment programs during the Johnson administration (a hold-over concept from Kennedy’s youth programs). Phil Spector records a version of “Things Are Changing” with The Blossoms, featuring Darlene Love doing a powerful lead vocal. The backing track had actually been recorded earlier for a Ronettes version of Brian Wilson’s “Don’t Hurt My Little Sister,” on which Brian Wilson substituted for Leon Russell at the piano bench.
1966:The Ronettes record Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich’s “I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine” at United Recording Studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The track stands out in the Ronettes’ repertoire as their most dramatic number, and is recorded at the height of Phil Spector’s grandiose “River Deep, Mountain High” period. “I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine” is not released until the mid-’70s Phil Spector International Records series of LPs.
1961: The Paris Sisters appear on American Bandstand singing “Be My Boy.”
1969: The Checkmates’ “Love Is All I Have To Give” and The Ronettes’ “You Came, You Saw, You Conquered” enter the charts.