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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...

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... read more »
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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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Chapel Of Love (CD)
DIXIE CUPS: Chapel Of Love (CD) Art-Nr.: CD811021

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(Sun Records) 12 tracks The Dixie Cups are an American pop music girl group from the 1960s. The trio consisted of sisters Barbara and Rosa Lee Hawkins and their cousin Joan Johnson. They first sang together in elementary school....
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(Juke Box Music Factory) 16 tracks After the "Voices Super Sound" compilation, El Vidocq wanted to continue exploring vocals, vocal harmonies and choirs... a doo-wop theme, or gospel, or even choirs? In the end, it's become a bit of all...
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(Official Records) 11 tracks 1957-60 (Checker/Casa Grande) Given the huge number of black vocal groups scrambling for their place in the sun during the late fifties it was perhaps inevi-table that many were unjustly relegated to the...
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(Columbia) 20 tracks (55:04) 1962-65 with 12 page booklet. - Original sealed cut-out CD with 0,5cm cut in jewelbox (see photo) European pressing - new stock copy. Including 5 previously unissued recordings!
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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 24 tracks. Total playing time approx. 70 min. With 'Destination Jail, Vol. 2', Bear Family Records® offers another intriguing collection of blues and rhythm & blues obscurities and classics from the '40s to the...
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1-CD (Digipak) with 36 page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 78 min. Bear Family Records® welcomes Dion DiMucci - one of the most successful artists of his generation - to our 'Dancefloor' series. He was the lead singer in...
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(1989/Arista) 16 Tracks - Rare compilation in special package clear longbox (see photo scans)!
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1-CD (Digipak) with 36 page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. In the CD series 'On The Dancefloor With ...' featuring the best danceable music, Bear Family Records® here deals with those songs that are accompanied by...
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1 CD with 36 page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. Depending on the personal state of mind: rain can be perceived as unpleasantly wet or wonderfully refreshing. At all times and across all genres, composers and...
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