The Chiffons were one of the top girl groups of the early 1960s. With their trademark tight harmonies, high-stepping confidence and the hit machine of Goffin and King writing songs such as “One Fine Day”, the Chiffons made music that helped define the girl-group sound of the era.
The group was originally a trio of schoolmates: Judy Craig, Patricia Bennett, and Barbara Lee; at James Monroe High School in The Bronx in 1960. In 1962, at the suggestion of songwriter Ronald Mack, the group added Sylvia Peterson, who had sung with Little Jimmy & the Tops at age 14, sharing lead vocals with Jimmy on “Say You Love Me,” the B-side of the Tops’ 1959 local hit “Puppy Love.”
The group was named the Chiffons when recording and releasing their first single, “He’s So Fine,” written by Ronald Mack, produced by the Tokens of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” fame, and released on the Laurie Records label. “He’s So Fine” hit No. 1 in the United States, selling over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc; (This sales figure would have qualified the record for platinum status under the current [as of 2011] RIAA certification standards, effective since 1975, that lowered the “gold” certification threshold to 500,000 copies and set the “platinum” threshold at 1 million.)
In 1970, George Harrison released the song “My Sweet Lord,” whose musical similarities to “He’s So Fine” prompted the estate of Ronnie Mack to file a copyright infringement claim. The Chiffons went on to record “My Sweet Lord” in 1975. A judge later found that Harrison had unintentionally plagiarized the earlier song.
Sylvia returned to the Chiffons during the ’80s. On May 15, 1992, Barbara Lee died from a heart attack, and Craig returned to the group. Peterson retired shortly thereafter and was replaced by Connie Harvey. Harvey has since left to pursue a solo career and Bennett has retired from the group.
As of 2009, Judy Craig was performing as the Chiffons with her daughter and her niece, appearing at select shows throughout the U.S. and internationally. – Wikipedia