Girl group honored by Paul McCartney

July 31, 2004 at 1:11 AM
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LIVERPOOL, England, July 31 (UPI) -- Paul McCartney presented the girl band The Bangles with "rock-and-roll" diplomas Friday.

The diplomas give the group honorary status at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and are equivalent to an honorary degree.

The Bangles, Vicki and Debbi Paterson, Susanna Hoffs and Michael Steele, produced a number of hits in the 1980s and broke up in 1989. Their numbers include Eternal Flame, Manic Monday and Going Down to Liverpool.

McCartney, now Sir Paul, founded the Liverpool Institute in 1996, following the model of New York's High School of Performing Arts.

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