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The Shirelles

The Shirelles were an American girl group notable for their rhythm and blues, doo-wop and soul music and gaining popularity in the early 1960s. They consisted of schoolmates Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Addie "Micki" Harris, Beverly Lee. Founded in 1957 for a talent show at their high school, they were signed by Florence Greenberg of Tiara Records, their first single, "I Met Him on a Sunday", was released by Tiara and licensed by Decca Records in 1958. After a brief and unsuccessful period with Decca, they went with Greenberg to her newly formed company, Scepter Records. Working with Luther Dixon, the group rose to fame with "Tonight's the Night". After a successful period of collaboration with Dixon and promotion by Scepter, with seven top 20 hits, the Shirelles left Scepter in 1966. Afterwards, they were unable to maintain their previous popularity; the Shirelles have been described as having a "naive schoolgirl sound" that contrasted with the sexual themes of many of their songs. Several of their hits used baião-style music.

They have been credited with launching the girl group genre, with much of their music reflecting the genre's essence. Their acceptance by both white and black audiences, predating that of the Motown acts, has been noted as reflecting the early success of the Civil Rights Movement, they have received numerous honors, including the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, as well as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, named one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone in 2004. Two of their songs, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Tonight's the Night", were selected by Rolling Stone on its list of the greatest songs of all time; the group that became the Shirelles was formed in 1957 by four teenage girls from Passaic, New Jersey, under the name the Poquellos. The founding members, Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Addie "Micki" Harris, Beverly Lee, entered a talent show at Passaic High School at the suggestion of a teacher. After hearing them sing "I Met Him on a Sunday", a song they had written for the show, their classmate Mary Jane Greenberg convinced the reluctant Poquellos to meet with her mother, the owner of Tiara Records.

After several months of avoiding Greenberg and telling her that they were not interested in singing professionally, they were booked to Tiara. By the end of the year they had changed their name to the Shirelles, a combination of the first syllable of Owens' given name and -el, reminiscent of then-popular group the Chantels, after using the name the Honeytunes; that year, they released their first song, "I Met Him on a Sunday". The song was infused with pop melodies. Tiara Records, along with the Shirelles' contract, was sold to Decca Records in 1959 for $4,000. C. After two singles did poorly, including their first release—with Coley as lead vocalist—of "Dedicated to the One I Love", a cover of the "5" Royales song of the same name, Decca returned them to Greenberg and gave up on them, considering them a one-hit act. On Greenberg's new label, Scepter Records, they rereleased "Dedicated to the One I Love" as a single, which peaked at #89. In order to better promote the group, Greenberg asked songwriter Luther Dixon, who had worked with Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Pat Boone and co-written the 1959 hit "16 Candles", to write for and produce songs for them.

Dixon accepted. Their first single produced with Dixon, "Tonight's the Night", was released in 1960 and peaked at #39; the success of "Tonight's the Night" led to the girls being booked to perform with several major artists, such as Etta James and Little Richard, facilitated Scepter's move to a larger office. It was followed by "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", written by husband-wife songwriting team Gerry Goffin and Carole King. "Tonight's the Night" was used as the title song for the 1961 album Tonight's the Night, which included "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Dedicated to the One I Love". After the success of their singles, the Shirelles became frequent guests of Murray the K, who hosted them on his "All Star Rock Shows" on the New York radio station WINS. During this same period they reissued "Dedicated to the One I Love", which peaked at #3, followed by "Mama Said" "Baby It's You", written by Burt Bacharach, Luther Dixon, Mack David, "Soldier Boy", "Boys", with saxophonist King Curtis. In 1963 Dixon left Scepter, which presaged a tailing-off of the number of the Shirelles' singles to chart.

However, they carried on recording. Dionne Warwick replaced Owens and Coley, who took leave to marry their fiancés, in concerts and the group continued to record material; that year, their song "Foolish Little Girl" reached the pop/R&B Top 10, they had a cameo in the film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World. However in 1963 they learned that the trust, holding their royalties, that they were supposed to receive from Scepter on their 21st birthdays, did not exist. In response, they left the label, filed a breach of contract suit against the company. Scepter met this with a countersuit for quitti

Ken Bohan

Kenneth J. Bohan is an American recruiting executive, he is best known as founder of a Texas-based staffing and recruiting firm. Bohan is a sitting member of the City of Houston Planning Commission, appointed by Mayor Annise Parker and unanimously approved by the City Council. Bohan is the recipient of multiple lifetime achievement awards from the personnel and apartment industries. Bohan was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he is the only child of Cecilia Bohan, a dietician and stay-at-home mother, Kenneth E. Bohan, a pediatrician. Bohan attended parochial schools John Carroll Elementary and Bishop McGuinness High before enrolling at Washington University; as a sophomore, Bohan transferred to Central State University, where he received a B. S. degree. Bohan worked in a funeral home for six months before asking a college friend for help finding a job in property management. At age 21 he was named Vice President of Property Management despite no experience in real estate management. In 1977, Bohan again made a career change.

After being offered a job as a personnel consultant by an agency he approached to help him find a new position, Bohan decided to open his own personnel agency. Bohan founded The Liberty Group in 1977 and opened for business with one employee on January 2, 1978, to provide direct hire placements to the Houston apartment industry; the company was named after the Liberty National Bank and Trust Company, the largest bank in Oklahoma City at the time. In addition, according to Bohan the new company "...provided me my entrée into business as an entrepreneur,'my liberty.'" During The Liberty Group's early years Bohan expanded the company's services to provide national executive search and direct hire for commercial real estate. In the early 2000s, the company opened a new division recruiting for IT positions. In 2005, the company opened a banking executive search division focused on commercial banking and SBA positions. In 1990, Bohan opened a temporary staffing division focused on the Houston apartment industry.

The firm opened additional Texas offices, expanding to Dallas in 2006, San Antonio in 2008, Austin in 2009, Arlington in 2013. The company expanded on a national scale in 2014, opening apartment staffing offices in Washington, DC, Raleigh-Durham, Orlando. In 1995, Bohan and a business partner, Mary Hubbell, opened a new venture, Liberty Screening Services; this company conducts drug testing. In 2011, Bohan and a business partner, Gary Wood, opened United Global Solutions; this contract and direct hire recruiting firm focuses on five industries: business intelligence and analytics and finance, oil and gas, IT. After serving on two election committees for Mayor Annise Parker, Bohan asked the mayor for additional ways in which he could serve the City of Houston. On June 13, 2012, both Bohan and Eileen Subinsky were named by Mayor Annise Parker to the Houston Planning Commission. According to the Commission, Bohan's responsibilities include "...review and approv subdivision and development plats. The Commission studies and makes recommendations to City Council on development issues in Houston."

In 2001, Bohan was awarded the Harold B. Nelson Memorial Award by the National Association of Personnel Services; the Nelson Award is the highest individual honor presented to an individual by NAPS. According to the organization, the award is given to "...that person/persons who has most distinguished himself/herself in the course of a lifetime of service to the private placement industry, or as a result of a specific action in a given year." The award is not given every year. On August 23, 2012, The Houston Apartment Association awarded Bohan its Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his numerous contributions to the multifamily industry. Prior to the presentation of the award, Houston Apartment Association President Jenifer Paneral cited Bohan's "tireless dedication and contributions to the industry and the association" over more than 40 years; as additional evidence for his award, Mayor Annise Parker said, "Ken Bohan has an impressive list of accomplishments that reflect his passion for community service...

His steadfast involvement in the community has made an impression on us all, we know Houston is a better city with residents like Ken around." The Houston Apartment Association recognizes a member of the apartment industry with its annual award. Bohan's award was only the fourth time in 52 years that a supplier to the apartment industry had been so recognized

Iowa Senate, District 2

The 2nd District of the Iowa Senate is located in northwestern Iowa, is composed of Cherokee, O'Brien and Sioux Counties. Randy Feenstra is the senator representing the 2nd District; the area of the 2nd District contains two Iowa House of Representatives districts: The 3rd District The 4th District The district is located in Iowa's 4th congressional district, represented by U. S. Representative Steve King; the district has been represented by: David T. Brigham, 1856–1859 Gideon S. Bailey, 1860–1861 Abner H. McCrary, 1862–1865 Eliab Doud, 1866–1869 Jacob G. Vale, 1870–1873 James B. Pease, 1874–1877 Horatio A. Wonn, 1878–1879 Henry C. Traverse, 1880–1881 Alexander Brown, 1882–1883 John W. Carr, 1884–1887 B. R. Vale, 1888–1895 Thomas Bell, 1896–1899 Henry H. Brighton, 1900–1903 James Elerick, 1904–1908 William S. Allen, 1909–1912 John Taylor, 1913–1916 George Ball, 1917–1920 Charles Fulton, 1921–1928 A. V. Blackford, 1929–1932 John N. Calhoun, 1933–1936 Sanford Zeigler Jr. 1937–1944 Alden Doud Jr. 1945–1952 Charles Nelson, 1953–1956 Norval Evans, 1957–1960 Dewey Phelps, 1961–1964 Max E. Reno, 1965–1968 Charles Mogged, 1969–1970 Marvin W. Smith, 1971–1972 Irvin L. Bergman, 1973–1980 Richard Vande Hoef, 1981–1982 Donald Doyle, 1983–1992 Bradly Banks, 1993–1996 John Redwine, 1997–2002 Kenneth Veenstra, 2003–2004 Dave Mulder, 2005–2008 Randy Feenstra, 2009–present Iowa General Assembly Iowa Senate