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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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...

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Greatest Hits
JACKS: Greatest Hits Art-Nr.: REL5023

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LP on RELIC RECORDS by JACKS - Greatest Hits
$15.32
Vol.49, Golden Groups-Times Square Acappella
Various: Vol.49, Golden Groups-Times Square Acappella Art-Nr.: REL5079

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$15.32
Billboard Top R&B Hits - 1961
Various: Billboard Top R&B Hits - 1961 Art-Nr.: LPR170647

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​(1989/Rhino) 10 tracks - Rare Rhino LP! Cut-out!
$18.94
Best
KODAKS: Best Art-Nr.: REL5083

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LP on RELIC RECORDS by KODAKS - Best
$15.32
Louie, Louie (1953-56)
Richard Berry: Louie, Louie (1953-56) Art-Nr.: JD901

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-Louie Louie (1953-56) Earth Angel
$21.31 $29.63
Image Of A Girl
SAFARIS: Image Of A Girl Art-Nr.: LPIMAGE1000

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(1991/IMAGE) 19 tracks (2 unreleased) 1950/60s
$17.22
Flamingo Favorites (1960) re-issue Vinyl LP
The Flamingos: Flamingo Favorites (1960) re-issue Vinyl LP Art-Nr.: LPEND307

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12 tracks - Reproduction of END LP 307 (1960)
$17.75
Just For You Vol.1 (Vinyl-LP)
The Belmonts: Just For You Vol.1 (Vinyl-LP) Art-Nr.: LPCB102

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THE BELMONTS first catapulted to National fame along with Dion in 1959, when “I Wonder Why” skyrocked up,the charts. Many hits followed and eventually, like most groups, it was time for a parting of the ways. Individual goals and...
$17.75
The Best Of
The Heartbeats: The Best Of Art-Nr.: CDRN70952

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(1990/RHINO) 20 tracks - last stock copies ​
$23.69
The Best Of The Chantels
CHANTELS: The Best Of The Chantels Art-Nr.: CDRN70954

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(1990/Rhino) 18 songs.
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The Best Of The Cadillacs
The Cadillacs: The Best Of The Cadillacs Art-Nr.: CDRN70955

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​(1990/Sequel Records) 18 songs.
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Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
The Orioles: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Art-Nr.: CDRBD800

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​(Mr. R&B) 16 tracks. 1949-55
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Can't Do Sixty No More
The Du-Droppers: Can't Do Sixty No More Art-Nr.: CDRBD805

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(1987/Mr. R&B ) 17 tracks and the story of a vocal group. Rare Swedish CD containing original RCA Victor recordings, 1952-55 incl. some great session musicians, like Jesse Stone, Mickey Baker, 'Big' Al Sears, Sam 'The Man' Taylor, 'Riff'...
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Please, Mr. Johnson
The Cadillacs: Please, Mr. Johnson Art-Nr.: CDRBD801

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(1986/Mr.R&B) 19 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original Josie recordings, 1955-60, 4-page booklet with the story and session details.
$23.69
Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Frankie Lymon: Why Do Fools Fall In Love Art-Nr.: CDINS5054

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(1991/Instant) 24 songs.
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Cadillacs Meet Orioles
Various: Cadillacs Meet Orioles Art-Nr.: CDCOL5412

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(1991/Rhino) 12 songs.
$20.13
Golden Classics
MYSTICS: Golden Classics Art-Nr.: CDCOL5043

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​(1996/Collectables Records) 16 songs.
$23.69
Wish Upon A Star & Alone With Dion
Dion & The Belmonts: Wish Upon A Star & Alone With Dion Art-Nr.: CDCH945

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CD on ACE RECORDS by DION & THE BELMONTS - Wish Upon A Star & Alone With Dion
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Carlo & The Belmonts
CARLO & THE BELMONTS: Carlo & The Belmonts Art-Nr.: CDCHD251

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CD on ACE RECORDS by CARLO & THE BELMONTS - Carlo & The Belmonts
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Best Of The Rest
The Crests: Best Of The Rest Art-Nr.: CDCHD322

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(2006/ACE) 29 tracks 1959-61 many stereo (8 prev.unreleased, 4 alt.)
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Doin'The Hully Gully - Dance By The Light - Party
The Olympics: Doin'The Hully Gully - Dance By The Light - Party Art-Nr.: CDCHD324

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(1991/Ace Records) 26 Songs
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Just Walkin' In The Rain (CD)
PRISONAIRES: Just Walkin' In The Rain (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15523

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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 67 mns. The only major Sun vocal group was a good one. The Prisonaires were five inmates of Tennessee State Penitentiary led by the incredible tenor of Johnny Bragg. This is the...
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The Four Lovers 1956
FOUR LOVERS (FOUR SEASONS): The Four Lovers 1956 Art-Nr.: BCD15424

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 73 mns. The forerunner of the Four Seasons, the Lovers included Frankie Valli, Nick and Tommy DeVito, and Hank Majewski. When they were signed to RCA, they recorded vocal group...
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One Summer Night (CD)
The Danleers: One Summer Night (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15503

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 59 mns. Or perhaps you know them as the Dandleers at least that's the way the label read on their first release on the tiny, Mercury-distributed Amp 3 label. True one-hit...
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