ICONIC rock and roll singer Barbara Ann Alston has died aged 74.
Alston, who was lead singer for the influential 60s girl group The Crystals, passed away on February 16 after contracting the flu, her daughter Donielle Prophete revealed today.
Alston, who has now become one of 200 from North Carolina, to die from the flu this season, had spent more than two weeks in intensive care at a hospital in Charlotte, the Charlotte Observer reported.
The Crystals were among the others who helped fuel the rise of girl bands in the 1960s.
They became renowned for their work with producer Phil Spector, helping him create the studio production technique, Wall of Sound.
The technique allowed producers to gain a full sound on music recordings, making two or three instrumentalists play the same parts to generate a fuller tone on songs.
US singer Darlene Love expressed her grief on Facebook.
She wrote: "Very said to hear that Barbara Alston from the Crystals passed away. May she rest in peace!"
Alston was buried on Friday at A.E Grier and Sons Chapel in Charlotte at 1pm.
Fellow Crystals member, Dee Dee Kennibrew, was scheduled to speak at the ceremony.
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