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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Bertha McNeal.

Author: Bertha McNeal; Larry Crowe; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
Database:WorldCat
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Singer Bertha McNeal was born on June 12, 1940 in Shannon, Mississippi and raised in Flint, Michigan. In 1961, McNeal and Mildred Arbor formed a singing group called the “Velvelettes” at Western Michigan University. McNeal recruited her cousin, Norma Fairhurst, to join the group, and Arbor enlisted her younger sister, Carolyn Street, and Street’s best friend, Betty Kelley. The group signed to Motown Records in late  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Bertha McNeal
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Bertha McNeal; Larry Crowe; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1000519380
Credits: Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Performer(s): Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
Kalamazoo, Michigan
2014 June 26.
Recorded
Kalamazoo, Michigan
2014 June 27.
Description: 1 online resource (10 video files (5 hr., 3 min., 17 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Bertha McNeal
Bertha McNeal

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Singer Bertha McNeal was born on June 12, 1940 in Shannon, Mississippi and raised in Flint, Michigan. In 1961, McNeal and Mildred Arbor formed a singing group called the “Velvelettes” at Western Michigan University. McNeal recruited her cousin, Norma Fairhurst, to join the group, and Arbor enlisted her younger sister, Carolyn Street, and Street’s best friend, Betty Kelley. The group signed to Motown Records in late 1962. From 1963 to 1967, the Velvelettes released a number of singles including charting hits "Needle In A Haystack", "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'” and "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You” which became a hit in the United Kingdom. The Velvelettes disbanded in 1969 but reunited in 1984. They recorded the album One Door Closes in 1990. Motown Records later released three more albums: The Very Best of the Velvelettes (1999), The Velvelettes: The Best Of (2001), and The Velvelettes: The Motown Anthology (2004).

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