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Vocal Groups - Doo Wop - Street-Corner Music

Doo-Wop was the term applied to the singing style of American R&B vocal groups of the Fifties, originating from the fact that the harmony support to lead vocals was often de-rived from simple phrases like 'don wop'.

Such groups, generally four or five strong, usually consisted of a tenor or baritone lead singer supported by a second tenor, baritone and bass voices and were thus, basically, musically self-supporting. In fact, many recorded initially with minimal instrumental accompaniment, partly to avoid detracting from intricate vocal harmonies and partly for economics.

Street-Corner Music

The style is also known as 'street-corner music', since some groups actually rehearsed on the street comers of their neighbourhood, singing `acappella' (without instruments; literally 'as in chapel'), though often preferring the acoustic qualities of subways or hallways. Doo-wop music had its roots in the late Thirties when the Inkspots climbed to world fame featuring Bill Kenny's high tenor lead and Hoppy Jones' bass voice.

While the 'jubilee' (multi-voice harmony lead) and 'quartet' (solo lead with harmony support) styles of gospel groups were the inspiration behind the immediate postwar 'race' market success of earliest doo-wop performers the Orioles (Natural Records). Led by the cool and clear tenor of Sonny Til, and the Ravens (National) featuring Jimmy Ricks' bass lead. Coincidentally, these names were precursors of a vast number of 'bird' groups to record during the Fifties — Larks, Crows, Penguins, Flamingos, etc.

The last vestiges of the style are evident circa 1962. Leading into the era of soul vocal groups where the Bluenotes, Four Tops, Isley Brothers, etc.      read more...

   
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Various: Girls Will Be Girls Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWESM600
 

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(Westside) 31 tracks with 12 page booklet - rare teenage sirens (8 unissued) from the Roulette, Gone, Jubilee, Colpix, Gone, Dimension, Blaine, Satin, New Voice and Dynovoice vaults!

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The Jam Rock Band: Come On Baby Rock - The Complete Masters 1977-1990 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBLR33189
 

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(Bluelight Records) 26 Tracks - Rock'n'Roll-Rockabilly-Doo Wop from Finland!

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Gladys Knight & The Pips: Letter Full Of Tears (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LP6785479
 

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(Vinyl Lovers) 14 tracks - Re-isuue of the 1962 'Fury' LP album Gladys Knight and The Pips was a gritty soul outfit fronted by Georgia native Gladys Knight and backed by her brother Merald 'Bubba' Knight. and cousins William Guest and Edward Patten. Gladys....

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The Mills Brothers: Cab Driver - The Dot & Paramount Years 1958-1972 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDECK119
 

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(Poker Records) 28 Tracks - The anthology of the best Mills Brothers recordings for the record companies Dot Records and ABC Paramount, 1958-1972, perfectly remastered!

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Phil Spector: The Philles Album Collection (7-CD) EU
Art-Nr.: CD190008
 

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(Spector/Sony Music) 88 tracks, 6 newly remasterd albums first time on CD plus bonus CD (17 rare flipsides). Hardcover Slipcase with original artwork papersleeves and 36 page booklet.

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Various: 21st Century Doo Wop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD825
 

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(Ace Records) 26 tracks Old doo woppers never die it seems - they seem to go one forever, and better yet, they infect younger brethren with the same glorious desire to maintain the craziest part of rock'n'roll. Doo wop never quite went away, and this excellent new...

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Martha & The Vandellas: Heat Wave (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPDOL966
 

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(DOL) 12 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1963 'Gordy' LP album It is a scientific fact that heat moves in waves. With their recording of 'HeatWave' quickly becoming an even bigger hit than their last best-seller, 'Come And Get These Memories', Martha And The...

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The Crystals: Twist Uptown (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP2011132
 

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(Rumble Records) 11 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1962 'Philles' LP album When the five Brooklyn girls (who later became the famous singing group -The Crystals) used to sing hopefully at high school dances little did they dream that their destiny was bound...

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Gene Chandler: The Duke Of Earl (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPCHARLY119
 

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(Charly Records) 12 tracks, limited edition 180g vinyl reissue of the chart-topping Chicago Soul singer's 1961 album in stereo, celebrating Vee-Jay Records 60th Anniversary 1953-2013.​  - The Cinderella story of The Duke of Earl is that seldom heard and often...

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The Shirelles: Tonight's The Night (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPCRNBR16018
 

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(Cornbread) 13 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1961 'Scepter' album plus two bonus tracks  - There are several 'special' nights in everyone's life. The night of their first prom, the breathless time when they receive their first kiss, the night that they first...

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The Shirelles: The Shirelles Sing To Trumpets And Strings (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPCRNBR16023
 

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(Cornbread) 13 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1960 'Scepter' album plus one bonus track  - As a follow up to their album 'TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT', the Shirelles offer you their unique presentation of 12 original songs to the accompainment of trumpets and...

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The Drifters: Save The Last Dance For Me (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPMOV1697
 

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(Music On Vinyl) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1962 'Atlantic' LP album This LP by the fabulous Drifters is a one record 'hit parade' all to itself! On it you'll find five smash hits('Save The Last Dance For Me', 'I Count The Tears', 'Sweets For My Sweet',...

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Sha Na Na: From The Streets Of New York - Hot Sox - Sha Na Now (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO1306
 

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(Beat Goes On) 35 Tracks - All these albums from 1973, 1974 and 1975 reached the Top 200 of the USA. The single"(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet" was a hit on the radio. Since their foundation in 1969 the rock'n'roll tribute band Sha Na Na still enthuses their...

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Sha Na Na: The Night Is Still Young - The Golden Age Of Rock'n' Roll (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO1150
 

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(Beat Goes On) 42 Tracks -  The two albums from 1972 and 1973 were originally released on the label Karma Sutra. The albums contain Sha Na Nas versions of rock'n'roll classics and one or two originals by producer Jeff Barry. The Golden Age Of Rock'N' Roll' was...

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The Penguins: The Complete Releases 1954-62 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDADD3210
 

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(Acrobat Music) 42 Tracks - 16 page booklet   The Penguins were one of the several doo-wop groups of the 50s who took their name from a bird (others included The Orioles, The Ravens, The Flamingos and The Robins), and they are best known for their...

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Various: Playin' Hard To Get - West Coast Girls (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD559
 

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(Ace Records) 28 tracks with 8 page booklet.  - The Challenge label was formed in 1957 by singing cowboy actor Gene Autry. Though the company's most successful act was the instrumental group The Champs (with the No 1 hit Tequila), Challenge also recorded...

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The Ronettes: Everything You Wanted To Know About The Ronettes...But Where Afraid To Ask (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFCO01
 

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(For Collectors Only) 27 tracks (3 unreleased) Tracks 1-4 and 6-10 Stereo - Digipac  - It's summer 1961, 17-year old Veronica (Ronnie) , her sister Estelle and their cousin Nedra walk into RCA recording studio for the first time to record for Moy/Colpix...

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The Five Royales: The Real Thing (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPH802
 

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(Dr. Horse) 16 tracks - 1952 to 1961 recordings

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The Velvet Candles: Today (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDET6095
 

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(El Toro Records) 12 tracks - AUGIE BURR, EDDIE PEREGRIN und MAMEN SALVADOR (Lead, Chorus) sowie JUAN IBAÑEZ (Bass & Chorus) und MIGUEL A. G. GARRO (High Tenor)  - The Velvet Candles... Today... And we should add... At Last! Eight years after our succesful...

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The Five Royales: 17 Hits - Vintage Vault Collectors Series (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPBID8039
 

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(Rare Bid - Bellaphon) 17 tracks - Original 1950s 'King' recordings, incl. previously unreleased material In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, four cousins, Lowman 'Pete' Pauling (bass and guitar), Clarence Paul (lead), Anthony Price (baritone), Windsor King (first...

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The Valentinos: Treasure Chest - Acappella Gems Through The Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCL3003
 

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(Clifton- Ronnie I) 26 tracks  - A sure sign of a solid vocal group is one that truly stands the test of time It could be said that very few vocal groups have stood this test True, there are many groups who have stayed together and continued performing for...

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The Willows: The Best Of The 5 Willows (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSCD6000
 

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(Allen Records) 24 tracks - rare custom pressing  - The Willows are mostly remembered as one of the countless 'one-hit-wonders' for their only hit CHURCH BELLS MAY RING.which was also covered by the DIAMONDS. Very few people have recognized that lead singer...

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The Allures: Doo-Wop Memories (Just For You) - The Allures 'Acappella' (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSCD19912
 

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(Starlight Discs) 24 tracks (73:05)  - The Allures met and formed in 1983 at one of the many United In Group Harmony Association (U.G.H.A.) Shows in North Bergen, New Jersey. After a few months of rehearsals, the group began performing in the tri-state area...

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Various: The Apollo Acappella Audition Album (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPREL5075
 

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(Relic) 16 tracks  - If you're a longtime fan of acappella— maybe you even go back to the mid-60's when 'I' m In Love' by the Velvet Angels almost became a Philly smash, and'Stormy Weather' by the Zircons graced the N.Y. airwaves — you're probably wondering...

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The Mellokings: Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPREL5035
 

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(Relic) 18 tracks  - Certainly one of the most consistent popular oldies record over the years has been The Mellokings' 'Tonite Tonite.' Strangely enough, the song was not a hit when released (except in certain regions) nor does it seem to have ever been a...

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The Quotations: 40 Years Of Doo Wop And Friendship (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDQ2000
 

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(Q-2K) 21 tracks  - As i recall , it as raining the day we met Larry. Had it not been, the Quotations probably wouldn't have come to be. Instead of walking to the train station or up Kings Highway to the Rainbow Shop, we went to Barney's pool room. There,...

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The Crests: Greatest Hits - Golden Classics (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL5009
 

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(Collectables) 18 tracks  - Relatively few 1950's vocal groups are fortunate enough to be remembered nearly 25 years after their rise to popularity, but such is the case for Johnny Maestro and the Crests. So talented and successful were the Crests that their...

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The Crests: The Best Of The Crests - Featuring Johnny Maestro (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD297
 

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(Ace Records) 18 tracks AAD 1958-1962 (9 newly remastered in Stereo)  - Between the end of 1958 and late 1960, New York based vocal group The Crests had 9 top 100 hit singles in the U.S. The most well known .of these and possibly the most well known Doo-Wop...

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Various: We Wrote 'Em & We Sing 'Em (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROAR01
 

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(Roar) 12 tracks (27:16) CD reissue of the rare 1961 MGM album.  - When it was originally released in 1961 this album was a unique concept. Otis Blackwell called his friends and fellow songwriters into the studio to cut their own versions of songs that had...

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The Penguins: Earth Angel (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCH249
 

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​(Ace) 18 tracks - Original 'Dootone' recordings

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Various: The Best Of Owl Records Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOWL1001
 

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(Owl Records) 30 Tracks - Owl Records was a late 60s-early 70s Doo-Wop reissue label. The tracks on this wonderful compilation are either unreleased (at the time) alternate cuts or hard-to-find album releases!

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Various: Forever Doo Wop, Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKNEW738
 

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(Kenwest Music) 36 Tracks - The most important 1950s Doo-Wop hits on one compilation with two discs!

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Various: Forever Doo Wop, Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKNEW739
 

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(Kenwest Music) 36 Tracks - The most important 1950s Doo-Wop hits on one compilation with two discs!

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The Chiffons: Greatest Recordings (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCH293
 

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​(Ace UK) 20 tracks - Original 'Laurie' recordings from 1963 to 1976

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The Crystals: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSS200
 

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(Spectacular Sound) 16 Tracks - Original 1960s Philles recordings!

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The Coasters: 36 All-Time Greatest Hits (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOP3609
 

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(Timeless Music) 36 Tracks - Original recordings 1955-1962!

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The Vogues: From The Original Master Tapes (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP3537
 

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(WEA) 16 tracks - very rare, originally sealed japanese compilation of the Reprise rcordings.

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The Arrogants: Starlight Serenade Presents The Arrogants (Doo-Wop Acapella) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSCD19941
 

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(Starlight Discs) 21 tracks​  - The Arrogants originated from the Red Hook section of South Brooklyn, N.Y. The original group members consisted of Frank Ayala, Sal Giarraffa, Augie Muizzo, Mike Munoz and Marcial Rivera, The group was discovered, in 1961,...

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Various: Starlight Serenade Vol.7 - 1950s Doo-Wop Groups Acapella (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSCD19935
 

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(Starlight Discs) 28 tracks (70:50)​

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The Belmonts: Cigars, Acapella, Candy (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWMC5353
 

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(Elektra Japan) 9 tracks Buddah 1972 Stereo (35:34)  - Wonderful Street Corner Revival, recorded at Mayfair Sound Studios, New York City. High Quality japanese pressing with 16 page booklet of notes by Greil Marcus (english/japanese) and all lyrics. Doo Wop...

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The Sheps: It Was Destiny (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCLIF3026
 

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(1994/Clifton Records) 23 Tracks - A tribute to the authentic roots, 1950s Rhythm'n'Blues Vocal Groups!

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The Four Seasons: Sherry And 11 Others (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBR79
 

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(1988/BR Music) 12 Tracks - Stereo - Their best recordings throughout the wild 1960s! Big Girls Don't Cry! Rare 1980s pressing!

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The Five Du-Tones: The Five Du-Tones (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROS878
 

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(1996/Ring Of Stars) 21 Tracks - Their best recordings throughout the wild 1960s! Shake A Tail Feather!

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Tom & Jerry (Simon & Garfunkel): Their Greatest Hits Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDOMINO1013
 

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(1993/Domino) 22 Tracks - The early years of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel as Tom & Jerry, 1960-1964! Teenage classics!

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Various: WOGL-OLDIES 98 - History Of Rock Vol.2 - Street Corner Sounds (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2552
 

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(1989/Collectables) 24 Tracks - Original 1950s Doo-Wop from New York's famous street corners! Featuring some of the best vocal group sounds!

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Various: Memories Of Times Square Record Shop Vol.5 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL05176
 

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(1993/Collectables) 14 Tracks - Original 1950s Doo-Wop from New York's street corners as being sold at the time in the legendary Times Square Record Shop!

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Various: Memories Of Times Square Record Shop Vol.4 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL05175
 

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(1993/Collectables) 14 Tracks - Original 1950s Doo-Wop from New York's street corners as being sold at the time in the legendary Times Square Record Shop!

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Various: Memories Of Times Square Record Shop Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL05174
 

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(1993/Collectables) 14 Tracks - Original 1950s Doo-Wop from New York's street corners as being sold at the time in the legendary Times Square Record Shop!

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Various: Memories Of Times Square Record Shop Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL05173
 

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(1993/Collectables) 14 Tracks - Original 1950s Doo-Wop from New York's street corners as being sold at the time in the legendary Times Square Record Shop!

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The Ravens: Old Man River - Savoy Jazz Collection (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDCOCY78187
 

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(1994/Savoy Japan) 15 Tracks (42:45) - Original Savoy masters, 1947-1950! Legendary singing group pre-Doo-Wop! Originally sealed!

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Regency: Starlight Serenade Presents Regency (Acapella) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSCD19942
 

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(1994/Starlight Discs) 21 Tracks - Original New York City Acapella Doo-Wop made in '94! Regency - A singing group second to none!

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Various: Rare And Unreleased Group Harmony Vol.6 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCS106
 

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(City Sounds) 24 tracks 1957-1965 (7 unreleased)

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Various: The Unavailable 16 & The Original Nitty Gritty (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVEEJAY708
 

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(Vee Jay) 28 tracks (77:00) Digitaly remasterd reissue of 2 incredible rare original 1950s LPs (VJ 1051 + VJ 1084) - superb sound quality!  - This CD is a reissue of two Tee-Jay albums from 1962 and 1963, respectively, the middle of the first "oldies"...

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Ronnie & The Hi-Lites: Ronnie & The Hi-Lites And Little Joe & The Flips - All Their Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDUGGH703
 

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(UGGH) 23 tracks  - An overlooked group of the early '60s, Ronnie and the Hi-Lites had a short career but a lot of talent. That talent was developed in the late 1950s in Jersey City, New Jersey, where Sonny Caldwell (18, first tenor), John Witney (17, second...

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The Four Epics: Still Standing In The Moonlight - After All These Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJMX21001
 

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(JMX2) 31 tracks - 8 page booklet  - The 4-Epics got together in South Philly in the early part of 1959. The original group consisted of Jack McKnight-Tenor, Jim Mullen-Baritone, Mickey Neil-2nd Tenor and Bobby Riccobene-Bass. This line up lasted for three...

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The Checkers: White Cliffs Of Dover - The Very Best Of The Checkers (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2888
 

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(Collectables) 22 tracks (56:59) original King recordings  - The Checkers were formed as an off-shoot of the wildly successful vocal group The Dominoes. Billy Ward's group had one of the first R & B hits that also made the Pop charts as well in Sixty...

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Various: Doo-Wop Dynamite Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD21792
 

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(Charly) 20 tracks (54:25)  - Doo Wop was the ultimate do-it-yourself music, not even requiring skiffle's outlay on a cheap guitar, washboard and tea chest - a cappella harmonising, typically by groups of young blacks on New York City street corners....

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Rocky Sharpe & The Replays: Lookin' For An Echo - The Best Of Rocky Sharpe & The Replays (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWIKD194
 

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(ACE) 27 tracks (77:35) including all the Hits plus rarities with 16 page booklet. Superb and Essential collection. (Bear Family Records)  - Rocky Sharpe And The Replays made practically all of their best recordings for Chiswick Records and this CD has...

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Various: In The Still Of The Night - 1950's Rock'n'Roll Revival (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEB651
 

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(Sequel) 14 tracks (56:30)  - Performed Live at Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum, 29th November 1969.

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The Shells: Badder Than Badd - Real Acapella (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJBT411
 

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(Juke Box Treasures) 20 tracks  - The Shells are a truly great vocal group, for they manage to cre-ate the sound of a five or six man group, from only four members. Each of The Shells are "Lead" voices, which means that each of them is also quite accomplished...

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The Orioles: For Collector Only (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL8801
 

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(Collectables) 60 tracks​

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Various: For Collector's Only (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL7003
 

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(Collectables) 40 tracks​  - I started collecting records when my parents bought me a Stromberg Carlson record player for my 13th birthday in 1956. I remember going to downtown Brooklyn to the record shop next to the Fox Theater and buying my first three...

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The Ronettes: The Colpix Years 1961 - 1963 (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPCORN16042
 

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(Cornbread) 12 tracks - Album comes with download code Nedra, Estelle and the voice of Veronica. Beehives, Phil Spector anti "Be My Baby". Mascara vibrato and 'Baby I Love You'. Slit sarongs, castanets and 'Walking In The Rain'. Takes you back? Well, let's go way...

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Various: Spotlite On Melba Records Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL5636
 

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(1995/Collectables) 14 tracks - Doo-Wop & Rhythm and Blues

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Various: The Philly Doo Wop Sound - Lost Masters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB1007
 

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(Crystal Ball) 26 tracks (60:16)  - ​The Philadelphia sound in the early 60's began the transition from street corner Doo Wop to great soul harmony. Partners Frank Bendinelli and Leroy Lovett would find fame with their B & L Productions working with groups...

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The Penguins: The Best Of Penguins - The Mercury Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD532735
 

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(PolyGram/Mercury Chronicles Series) 21 tracks, digitally remastered, includes essay and track annotation. Sealed US pressing - essential!

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Various: Beyond The Wall Of Sound - 18 Girl Group Classics From The 60s (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPROXY106
 

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(Roxy) 18 tracks - Girl Group compilation, including mostly unknown tracks from the early 1960s

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