But Will You Love Me Tomorrow? An Oral History of the ’60s Girl Groups – A BUST Review

by Susan Hwang

To open But Will You Love Me Tomorrow? is to step into conversation with some of the most iconic voices in American music—many of whom you’ve never heard of. These are the women—The Ronettes, The Supremes, The Crystals, The Shirelles, and more—who blended their voices into the plush beds of harmony that defined ’60s pop, shaped the cultural identity of the nation, and changed rock ’n’ roll forever. 

Within these pages, readers learn how the mafia, drugs, and prostitution impacted radio play; why The Supremes ultimately brought “Where Did Our Love Go” to the top of the charts instead of Martha and the Vandellas; and how close La La Brooks came to decking Diana Ross. Who doesn’t want to picture The Ronettes sitting on the floor with The Beatles listening to 45s at the Plaza Hotel? Or Ronnie Spector’s mom cooking bacon and eggs for Keith Richards and Mick Jagger? Sure, it’s dishing, but it’s compelling dish, and it’s vital American history, told in the words of the people who lived it. Do not miss this must read by Laura Flam and Emily Sieu Liebowitz

Image via Hachette Books

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