When Phil Spector discovered
The Crystals, not one was yet out of high school. Their first recording,
There's No Other (Like My Baby) was also their first hit which catapulted
them straight to the "Apollo" theatre. They continued their successful
recordings with five more TOP TEN records: Uptown, He's A Rebel, He's Sure
The Boy I Love, Da Doo Ron Ron, and Then He Kissed Me. Two of the
TOP 50 most popular records in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame belong to
The Crystals. The group has scaled from five members to three. The Crystals
now consist of Dee Dee Kenniebrew, who was there from the very first recording,
Patricia Pritchett-Lewis and MelSoulTree.
DOLORES "DEE DEE" KENNIEBREW
Dee Dee started singing
professionally at age 15 with The Crystals, honing her craft while working
and watching acts like "Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, The Commodores,"
and many others. Dee Dee went to school with Gregory Hines, Patty Duke,
and Bernadette Peters among other celebraties. While the original girls
left one by one in the sixties for various personal reasons and other pursuits,
she has carried on The Crystals all the way into the new millennium. "I
hung in for the fans that have stuck with me through the years. Fans whom
I promised that as long as they wanted to hear the songs, I would not stop
singing them. I appreciate them so much. We've had over 40 years together
now. I've managed to acquire a whole lot of new fans right into the
new century and that .....I just love!
Pat has been blessed with
one of the finest gifts of live showmanship seen in a long time. The fact
that she acts only enhances her ability. You might see her in an episode
of "Law and Order", “One Life To Live”, “As the World Turns” or “Saturday
Night Live.” If you are a patron of the theater arts you might have seen
her in “Invisible Fences” ( Staged Reading-Lark Theatre), “Truth” (Staged
Screenplay- Inter-borough Repertory Theatre), “Having Our Say”, (Martha’s
Vineyard Playhouse), “In The Upper Room”, (Symphony Space), “Black Nativity,
“Brown Women Who Fly”, Henry Street Settlement) or on the national tour
with Theatre works U.S.A. The Crystals are blessed to have her.
A truly faithful person,
Patricia thanks God for her gifts, her husband, her family, her friends
and fans for their unwavering love and support.
MelSoulTree joined The Crystals
in 2002. Affectionately known as the “baby” of the group she is not new
to the entertainment industry. Before joining the legendary Crystals, MelSoulTree
toured internationally throughout the countries of Germany, France, Switzerland,
Argentina, Chile and Uruguay singing Gospel, R&B and Jazz. She has
been featured as a soloist for the prestigious Duke Ellington and Princeton
Orchestras. MelSoulTree was also cast by the Billie Holliday Theatre for
the musical “Raisin Hell."