Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Ranked #64 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Rock N Roll
Their charted US Pop hits from 1961-1962 included "Will You Love Me Tommorrow" #1, "Dedicated To The One I Love" #3 (a reissue from 1959 #89), the two-sided "What A Sweet Thing That Was" #54 / "A Thing Of The Past" #41, Mama Said" #4, Big John (Get Up)" #21 (not the Jimmy Dean song), "Baby It's You" #8, and "Soldier Boy" #1.
They had breakthrough hit in 1958 with "I Met Him On A Sunday" #49 US Pop and followed with "Doin' The Runday" which received only minimal US east coast radio airplay.
The long term popularity of their 1961 hit Big John (Get Up)", #21 US Pop, was hindered by Jimmy Dean's eventual Country and Pop standard, "Big Bad John", which was released shortly after The Shirelles' "Big John" song. Suddenly, The Shirelles entry stopped receiving airplay, as DJs preferred not to play 2 songs with practically the same title.
They were inducted into the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and Entertainment category.
Attended Passaic High School in Passaic, New Jersey.