Joan Marie Johnson, founding member of the Dixie Cups, dies aged 72
Joan Marie Johnson - co-founder of New Orleans pop trio the Dixie Cups, who recorded such classics as Chapel of Love and Iko Iko - has died aged 72.
The band famously knocked the Beatles' Love Me Do off the number one spot in the US with Chapel of Love in 1964.
Co-written by Phil Spector, the Dixie Cups' first single went on to sell a million copies.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later included it in a list of 500 Songs said to have "shaped rock and roll".
The Dixie Cups were formed in New Orleans when Johnson invited Barbara Ann Hawkins to sing with her in a high school talent... read more
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