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Q: Female backup singers who died of drug overdoses ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: Female backup singers who died of drug overdoses
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: chico1945-ga
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Posted: 06 Nov 2004 13:16 PST
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Question ID: 425426
when did marjie hendriks, member of the female groups The Cookies and
The Raelettes die of a drug overdose?
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Subject: Re: Female backup singers who died of drug overdoses
From: googlenut-ga on 06 Nov 2004 22:42 PST
Hello chico1945-ga,

According to, the correct spelling of her name is Margie
Hendrix, however I?ve seen her name spelled at least three different
ways on the web.  A search for Margie Hendrix at the Social Security
Death Index comes up with someone by that name that was born March 13,
1939 and died July 1973.  The social security number was issued in New
York.  According to, the Cookies were formed in Brooklyn,
New York in 1953.  She would have been pretty young at the time, about
14, but I guess it?s possible.

Social Security Death Index (search for Margie Hendrix)
Born 13 Mar 1939, died Jul 1973, Issued New York
The Cookies
?The original Cookies were Margie Hendrix, Ethel "Earl-Jean" McCrea,
and Pat Lyles , who started singing together in Brooklyn in the early
'50s, made their recording debut on the Lamp imprint of Aladdin
Records in 1954, and were signed to Atlantic Records in 1955 by
producer/songwriter Jesse Stone.?

However, according to, ?Margie Hendricks? didn?t join
the Cookies until 1956.  This would make her approximately 17 at the
time, if the death index record is indeed her. 
?1956-59.......Margie Hendricks replaced Beulah Robertson(Margie had
seven 45's issued in her own name on Lamp,Tangerine,Mercury and sound
stage 7)?

Subject: Re: Female backup singers who died of drug overdoses
From: parrot_person-ga on 04 Dec 2004 23:38 PST
According to the credits for the new "Ray" movie, it is spelled Margie
Hendricks.  The search engine the last poster provided, shows someone by
that name who lived from 1935-1979, which could be her.
Subject: Re: Female backup singers who died of drug overdoses
From: pinkfreud-ga on 05 Dec 2004 12:48 PST
I found this:

"Regina King plays Margie Hendricks, one of Charles' backup vocals,
the Raelettes, in the late 1950s. As a Raelette, Hendricks soon
learned how to behave under Charles' terms, or to 'let Ray,' and it
eventually led her to her own demise of a drug overdose in 1964."

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