Looking through history to trace the roots of Fifth Harmony’s all-female pop group style.
National Standards: 7, 8, 9, 11
Prepare: Have the class read Influences: Fifth Harmony to The Shirelles (page 22 of the student edition). With summaries of each artist, the article traces back the influence from Fifth Harmony to the Shirelles.
- Fifth Harmony – all-female pop group, who says their style was influenced by female vocal ensembles of the past, including…
- Destiny’s Child – one of the most successful R&B groups of all time, whose styles are rooted in an earlier era and artists like…
- The Pointer Sisters – this group’s repertoire spanned multiple genres, but their signature soul-pop style was inspired by acts like…
- The Shirelles – R&B/pop pioneers, considered by some historians to be the first African-American “girl group.” With hits like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” they anticipated the success of Motown.
Begin: Have students listen to the following videos, read the biographies linked in each artist’s name, and compare their work.
Performing “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”:
How does the performance of this song embody the early R&B/pop genre?
The official music video for 1985 hit “Dare Me”:
How does this song compare and contrast to the Shirelles’?
Their music video for “Say My Name” from their 1999 release The Writing’s on the Wall:
How does “Say My Name” compare and contrast to “Dare Me”? Are there any traces of the Shirelles?
The official music video for “Sledgehammer” from their 2014 album Reflection:
What influences from the previous artists can be heard in Fifth Harmony’s music?