Published Feb 23, 2018Barbara Ann Alston of Phil Spector girl ground the Crystals has died at the age of 74. According to her daughter, she passed away last Friday (February 16) after contracting the flu.
Alston was best known for her role as a singer in the '60s girl group the Crystals. Along with groups like the Ronettes, they helped popularize Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" production style.
Alston sang lead on many of the band's early hits, including "There's No Other Like My Baby" and the controversial Carole King and Gerry Goffin-penned "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)."
The band went on to find success with other singles like the La La Brooks-led "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me."
Alston's funeral is scheduled to take place today, with fellow Crystals bandmate Dee Dee Kennibrew expected to speak at the service.