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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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Recorded as Jerry Landis & Artie Garr - 1950s Recordings (CD)
Simon & Garfunkel: Recorded as Jerry Landis & Artie Garr - 1950s... Art-Nr.: CD32773

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(Laserlight-GER) 18 tracks (40:53), original 1950s recordings made by Simon & Garfunkel under various pseudonyms such as Jerry Landis & Artie Garr, Tom & Jerry, Tom Graph & True Taylor! Great 50s Rock'n'Roll and Doo-Wop! The Lone Teen...
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The Crew Cuts: Earth Angel (CD) Art-Nr.: CD292222

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Big Ralph Sings Playing' Hard To Get (LP, 180g Vinyl & CD, Ltd.)
Big Ralph: Big Ralph Sings Playing' Hard To Get (LP, 180g... Art-Nr.: LPCMS01621

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(Starcatcher Records) 180g Vinyl -18 tracks (44:30), CD - 20 tracks (55:19), 8 page inlay (LP-sized) including all lyrics, Limited Edition (300). Finest New York Doo Wop and Teenage Rock'n'Roll by Raffaello DiLindi aka Big Ralph.*****
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R&B in DC 1940-1960 - Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop, Rockin’ Rhythm and more… (16-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Various - History: R&B in DC 1940-1960 - Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop,... Art-Nr.: BCD17052

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Limited and numbered edition of 1,500 copies! 16-CD box set (LP-size) with 352-page hardcover book, 472 tracks. Playing time c. 20 hrs Dear Richard & Jay, I just opened the package you sent, Jay's labor of love, his Washington, DC box...
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Christmas ...There's Trouble Brewin' - 16 Serious Rockin' Crackers for your Christmas Hop (LP, Green Vinyl)
Various - Season's Greetings: Christmas ...There's Trouble Brewin' - 16... Art-Nr.: BAF18071

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1-LP 12inch (colored vinyl), 16 tracks. Total playing time approx. 38 min. Christmas card enclosed! On the market there are innumerable Xmas CDs with so-called R 'n' R recordings - but only Bear Family Records ® delivers such an album of...
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1950s Doo-Wop Groups 'Acappella' Vol.2 (CD)
Various Artists: 1950s Doo-Wop Groups 'Acappella' Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSCD19911

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(Starlight Discs) 27 tracks (66:46)​ featuring John Kuse & The Excellents a Bronx, New York Group whose primary claim to fame is the Doo Wop classic 'Coney Island Baby' and many other great groups!
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Hot 'n' Hip Harmony (CD)
Various Artists: Hot 'n' Hip Harmony (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSWEET001

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Meet Me At The Hop - 33 Cruisin' Dreams (CD)
Various Artists: Meet Me At The Hop - 33 Cruisin' Dreams (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17633

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time c. 79 min. This lovely compilation on Bear Family could well be the alternative soundtrack to cult movies like 'American Graffiti', 'American Diner', or 'Lemon Popsicle'!...
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Come Dance With Me (LP)
Various: Come Dance With Me (LP) Art-Nr.: LPMH001101

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(Murray Hill) 14 tracks 1954-1956 (mostly unissued) few copies! For sheer excitement and colorful vocal tricks, there's no equal to New York City's contribution to fifties R&B group harmony. Other cities could perhaps claim groups which...
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High-School Days (CD)
The Mallor-Kings: High-School Days (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBLAU724

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(​Blau Produccions) 13 tracks - gatefold digisleeve
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Graduation Night(CD)
The Mallor-Kings: Graduation Night(CD) Art-Nr.: CDBLAU769

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(​Blau Produccions) 20 tracks - gatefold digisleeve
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The Best Of The Sapphires (CD)
The Sapphires: The Best Of The Sapphires (CD) Art-Nr.: CDNEM676

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(SEQUEL) 22 tracks (Swan & ABC 1963-66)
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Yellow Moon - The Complete Recordings 1961-1962 (CD)
Sly & The Viscaynes: Yellow Moon - The Complete Recordings 1961-1962... Art-Nr.: CDCHD1589

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(Ace Records) 19 tracks- digipac with 32 page booklet Their entire output in upgraded sound from the correct master sources, including recently discovered tapes and unissued demos, with a booklet jammed with illustrations from the...
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The "5" Royales - Rock (CD)
The 5 Royales: The "5" Royales - Rock (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17522

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1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. With the fantastic Five Royales, we introduce another significant element in the transformation of African-American music from gospel to R&B to soul in...
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Made In Germany (CD)
The Crystalairs: Made In Germany (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTESSY1002

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(Tessy Records) 21 Tracks Brandnew album with 21 german language Doo Wop Tracks featuring great cover versions of Dion 'Sandy' 'King Without A Queen' or The Drifters 'Under the Boardwalk', Ben E. King 'Stand By Me' and many others. Pure...
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Streetcorner Harmony (CD)
The Del Jays: Streetcorner Harmony (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTESSY1001

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(Tessy Records) 15 Tracks Brandnew album contains 15 Doo Wop Tracks (14 english / 1 german) All Acappella with a full Blast!******
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Masterworks 1961-1971 (3-CD)
Jay & The Americans: Masterworks 1961-1971 (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDUAS6453

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(UAS) 3-CD Jewelcase, 87 Tracks, 20 Page full color souvenir booklet. All original hits plus most single sides & album tracks 1961-1971, original stereo digitally remastered.
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I Remember (LP)
The Five Discs: I Remember (LP) Art-Nr.: LPFD25300

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(Tone Records) 14 tracks The Five Discs started singing in 1957 on street corners in the East N.Y. section of Brooklyn. They first performed as The Flames at church dances and clubs around the New York area. Original members of the group...
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Dance Girl, Dance - My Dearest One (7inch, 45rpm)
Norman Fox & The Rob Roys: Dance Girl, Dance - My Dearest One (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45REP06005

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Genius two-sider of pure New York Doo Wop Magic - nice reproduction of Backbeat #508 from 1957.
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Malt Shop Memories - Live (CD)
Various: Malt Shop Memories - Live (CD) Art-Nr.: CDLG90009

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(Live Gold Productions) 17 tracks (55:27) taken from various New York Doo Wop live shows and featuring comments by DJ legend Gus Gossert! Gus Gossert hosted "The Time Capsule Do-Wopp Shows on WCBS-FM radio and WPIX-FM radio in New York...
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Rock My Soul (2-CD)
The Golden Gate Quartet: Rock My Soul (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDEMI166422

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(EMI Pathé Marconi S.A.) 31 tracks, reprint 1989
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If I Didn't Care (LP)
The Ink Spots: If I Didn't Care (LP) Art-Nr.: LP13062

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(The Entertainers) 16 tracks - Guest: Ella Fitzgerald
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The Casanovas Sing - You Are My Queen (LP)
The Casanovas: The Casanovas Sing - You Are My Queen (LP) Art-Nr.: LPREL5073

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(Relic) 16 tracks
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The Best Of The Elegants (LP)
The Elegants: The Best Of The Elegants (LP) Art-Nr.: LPMH000210

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(MURRAY HILL) 12 tracks (3 alt/unreleased) Quality Murray Hill pressings with discography and extensive notes -
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Love Vows On The Telephone (CD)
The BrillianTears: Love Vows On The Telephone (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTV1045

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(Teensville Records) 21 tracks - digipac - Harmony Highlight featuring 11 brand new Teen/Doo Wop Originals The BrillianTears are back! This time with some new amazing contributors to this Doo Wop Super group - Joining The Leader Frankie...
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