Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts HistorySauer, Anne
Jackson Jills, 1963
|The Jackson Jills, Tufts' oldest all female a cappella group, was founded in 1963, as a counterpart to the all-male Beelzebubs.|
Although their name is often misheard as the 'Jacks 'n' Jills,' the group is actually named after Jackson College. The Jills perform extensively around campus, often singing with the Beelzebubs, and have also toured to other schools. The Jackson Jills embarked upon their first major tour in 1975, traveling throughout the eastern coastal United States with the Beelzebubs.
The Jackson Jills released their first album in 1973, and since then have received much critical acclaim. The group received the award for Best Female Collegiate Album twice, once in 1996 for "Raising Atlantis," and again in 1998 for "Not Guilty." The group has also captured numerous awards from the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America.
As of 2001, the Jackson Jills continue to tour and perform at numerous campus events. Their most recent album, "Headcase," was released in 2004.
Source: TC Summer 1963
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