Doo Wop CDs and Vinyl-Records

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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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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Celebrating 40 Years Of Classic Hits (3-CD Box)
Various: Celebrating 40 Years Of Classic Hits (3-CD Box) Art-Nr.: CDVEEJAY400

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(Vee Jay Limited) 75 tracks (196:32) This LP sized box set includes vol 1, 2 and 3 of Vee Jay's 40th Anniversary set; a 24 page booklet (The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1993) describing the label's history and a 7" red vinyl re-issue of the...
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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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Mudshark Live (CD)
Frank Zappa & Mothers Of Invention: Mudshark Live (CD) Art-Nr.: CD904928

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(Keyhole) 13 tracks
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The Golden Gate Quartet (2-LP)
The Golden Gate Quartet: The Golden Gate Quartet (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPEMI50839

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(EMI) 28 tracks, gatefold
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The Best Of The Crests (CD)
The Crests: The Best Of The Crests (CD) Art-Nr.: CDOV389

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(Omnivore Recordings) 16 Tracks - Digipack Though there were other integrated ’50s vocal groups, The Crests demonstrated that musical and racial harmony went hand in hand. From the liner notes by Bill Dahl, “Several integrated 1950s...
$21.31
The COED Albums (CD)
The Duprees: The COED Albums (CD) Art-Nr.: CDOV390

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(Omnivore Recordings) 24 Tracks - Digipack Signed to Coed in 1962 from a demo tape left at the label, The Duprees, some of them still teenagers upon signing, combined the sounds of big band orchestrations with harmony-heavy vocals. Their...
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Pennies From Heaven - It Happened Today (7inch, 45rpm)
The Skyliners: Pennies From Heaven - It Happened Today (7inch,... Art-Nr.: 45OSR4503

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(Original Sound Records) 2 tracks
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Only You (LP)
The Platters & Various Artists: Only You (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSM3886

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(Joker) 13 tracks - Various Artists - The Platter's tracks are later (probl. 1970/80s) recordings
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Come Out Tonight (LP)
The Chaperals: Come Out Tonight (LP) Art-Nr.: BFX15318

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​(Bear Family Records) 14 tracks
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The Very Best Of Ruby & The Romantics (CD)
Ruby & The Romantics: The Very Best Of Ruby & The Romantics (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTAR1000

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(Target Records) 10 tracks - original Kapp Master!
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Come And Get These Memories (CD)
The Velons: Come And Get These Memories (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCOL5782

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(Collectables) 16 tracks
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The Paragons vs. The Jesters - War (Battle Of The Groups) (CD)
Various Artists: The Paragons vs. The Jesters - War (Battle Of... Art-Nr.: CDS8235

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(Sting Records) 25 tracks - A Classic 1950s 'Battle Of The Groups'S
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Magnet Records Single Collection (2-CD)
The Darts: Magnet Records Single Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDGLAM145

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(Rhino/7t's/Warner Musik UK) 35 tracks The Darts were a British singing group of the 70s, which cultivated the old tradition of doo-wop music or revived it. Mainly older Rock 'n' Roll songs or Rhythm & Blues titles were newly recorded....
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Buzzsaw Joint Cut 7 - James & Misty (LP)
Various: Buzzsaw Joint Cut 7 - James & Misty (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSTAG173

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(Stag-O-Lee) 16 tracks 1957-1962
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Once More - All Original Recordings (3-CD)
The Platters: Once More - All Original Recordings (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD054770

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(Golden Stars) 42 tracks
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Save The Last Dance For Me (CD, Cut-Out)
The Drifters: Save The Last Dance For Me (CD, Cut-Out) Art-Nr.: CD112225-C

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(Atlantic) 20 tracks
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Shangri-Las 65! (LP)
Shangri-Las: Shangri-Las 65! (LP) Art-Nr.: LPRAD6001

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(Radiation Records) 13 tracks
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Definitve Falcons Collection (4-CD)
The Falcons: Definitve Falcons Collection (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSOUL0020

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(History Of Soul) 4-CD in DVD Case, 114 tracks with 36 page, CD sized booklet of notes, discography, rare photos, ads and label pics. 4-CD set brings together all known recordings by the original Falcons: Eddie Floyd, Mack Rice, Wilson...
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Live, Rare & Unreleased (CD)
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers: Live, Rare & Unreleased (CD) Art-Nr.: CDLG10001

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​(Live Gold Productions) 17 tracks
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Myrmidons Of Melodrama (CD)
The Shangri-Las: Myrmidons Of Melodrama (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRPM506

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(RPM REcords) 28 Tracks - Digipack - The definitive collection, 1964-1966! Incl. rare tracks and 4 radio spots!
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The Viscaynes & Friends (LP)
The Viscaynes & Friends: The Viscaynes & Friends (LP) Art-Nr.: LPORGM2111

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(ORG Music) 10 tracks - Gatefold Cover Formed in Vallejo, California in the 1950s, The Viscaynes were a doo-wop group who are said to be the first recorded project of Sylvester Stewart (aka Sly Stone), and the launching point of his...
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Will You Love Me Tomorrow ? - Anthology (2-CD)
The Shirelles: Will You Love Me Tomorrow ? - Anthology (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDCMEDD263

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(Castle Music) 60 remastered original Scepter recordingss including rare and previously unreleased material - color booklet.
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Heralding The Hits (2-CD)
Various: Heralding The Hits (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRPMSH248

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(RPM) 50 hits & rarities from the Herald & Ember labels 1953-62
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For Collector Only (3-CD)
The Cadillacs: For Collector Only (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDCOL8800

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(Collectable Records) 60 tracks
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