The Beehive hairstyle is also known as the B-52 (after the bulbous nose of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber), which also happens to be the name of an American rock band. Gee, what are the chances they’ll come up in this topic! The beehive style of lacquered big hair was developed in 1960 by Margaret Vinci Heldt, but really originates from the earlier bouffant. Essentially, its a big pile of hair on top of your head – just think Marge Simpson or Russell Brand if you’re confused.
Amy Winehouse is a big “beehiver”, so much so that it’s almost become her trademark, along with drug addiction. But boy oh boy can she sing. The single Back to Black, released in 2007, from the album of the same name, released in 2006, shows off her hair best. The song was covered by Glee in season two by Naya Rivera’s character Santana Lopez.
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (Single) (2007)
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The B-52’s (their music company is called “Boo-Fant” Records) formed in 1976 and comprised of Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Fred Schnieder, and brother and sister Cindy and Ricky Wilson. Sadly Ricky passed away in 1985. The band released their seventh studio album Funplex in 2008. Cindy and Kate were well known for wearing their iconic bouffant and beehive wigs. On a side note, the apostrophe was dropped from the band’s name in 2008.
|The B-52’s – The B-52’s (1979)||The B-52’s – Wild Planet (1980)|
Beyoncé Knowles‘s hit single Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), from her third studio album I Am… Sasha Fierce, shows “Sasha Fierce” in silhouette and sporting a bouffant or beehive. The song was inspired by Knowles’ and Jay-Z’s secret marriage in April 2008.
Beyoncé Knowles – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (2008)
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The legendary Dusty Springfield (nee Mary O’Brien) was known for her trademark beehive, usually peroxide blonde. Dusty in Memphis was her landmark album and included the hit Son of a Preacher Man. Simply Dusty is a 2000 4-CD box set featuring over 90 digitally remastered tracks and includes specially commissioned tributes from Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Carole King, Neil Tennant and Paul McCartney.
|Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis (2000)
||Dusty Springfield – Simply Dusty (1969)
The Ronettes, a 1960s girl group from New York, consisted of lead singer Veronica Bennett (later known as Ronnie Spector: she was married to Phil Spector from 1968 to 1974), her sister, Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley. Their debut LP includes 5 hit singles, two of which, Be My Baby and Walking in the Rain, are ranked #22 and #26, on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The girls personify the popularity of the beehive in the ’60s.
The Ronettes – Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes
Featuring Veronica (12″) (1964)
And lastly, I just have to mention Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders. In the band’s music video for the 1979 single hit Brass in Pocket, Hynde portrays a waitress in a “greasy spoon” and she has, you guessed it, a beehive hairdo. The three male customers in the video are members of her band. It was the seventh video played during MTV’s launch on August 1, 1981. (Video Link).