Vocal Groups & Doo Wop

The essence of Doo-Wop was simplicity

Crying In The Chapel

 

The Orioles were also the first group to gain 'mass-market' acceptance when 'Crying In The Chapel' became a national pop hit in 1953. The song's pop success was due to the relative sophistication of the Orioles' delivery which, in contrast to that of the earthier R&B hits of the time, did not immediately give away their colour.

 

The following year, 1954, was perhaps the turning-point for acceptance of doo-wop (and R&B in general) with the Crows "Gee', the Chords' Sh-Boom' and the Penguins' `Earth Angel' selling in huge quantities 'across the board', paving the way for the subsequent success and popularity of the Platters, Coasters, Drifters, Moonglows, etc. during the rock'n'roll heyday of the mid- and late Fifties.

 

From New York to Los Angeles

 

This, in turn, inspired the literally hundreds of similar groups in Doo-Wop hotbeds like New York and Philadelphia in the East, and Los Angeles in the West, many of which had national hits. The essence of Doo-Wop was simplicity, and passing years saw arrangers become more ambitious. Until vocal harmonies became engulfed in string and brass sections of studio orchestras.

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Vocal Groups & Doo Wop

The essence of Doo-Wop was simplicity

Crying In The Chapel

 

The Orioles were also the first group to gain 'mass-market' acceptance when 'Crying In The Chapel' became a national pop hit in 1953. The song's pop success was due to the relative sophistication of the Orioles' delivery which, in contrast to that of the earthier R&B hits of the time, did not immediately give away their colour.

 

The following year, 1954, was perhaps the turning-point for acceptance of doo-wop (and R&B in general) with the Crows "Gee', the Chords' Sh-Boom' and the Penguins' `Earth Angel' selling in huge quantities 'across the board', paving the way for the subsequent success and popularity of the Platters, Coasters, Drifters, Moonglows, etc. during the rock'n'roll heyday of the mid- and late Fifties.

 

From New York to Los Angeles

 

This, in turn, inspired the literally hundreds of similar groups in Doo-Wop hotbeds like New York and Philadelphia in the East, and Los Angeles in the West, many of which had national hits. The essence of Doo-Wop was simplicity, and passing years saw arrangers become more ambitious. Until vocal harmonies became engulfed in string and brass sections of studio orchestras.

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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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Classic Rhythm And Blues Records - Vintage Vault Collectors Series (LP)
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(Bellaphon/Gusto Records) 14 tracks - Stereo German pressing The Five Keys originated with the Sentimental Four, a group formed in the late 1940s in Newport News, Virginia, by brothers Raphael and Ripley Ingram and Rudy and Bernie West,...
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Doop-a-Go-Go Party (LP & CD)
Various: Doop-a-Go-Go Party (LP & CD) Art-Nr.: LPVID35

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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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Earth Angel (LP)
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(Bear Family Records) 20 tracks Mercury/Wing 1955-1956 (3 unissued)
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Motortown Group Sounds Vol.3 (CD)
Various: Motortown Group Sounds Vol.3 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMD5503

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White And Still All Right - Ed Engel: White Groups 50s And Early 60s
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​(Crackerjack Books) Paperback, English, 21.5 x 27.5 cm, 84 pages , rare b&w illustrations, stories and discographies - rare Doo Wop book! stock copy with storage marks on the cover
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Malt Shop Memories - Doo Wop Live (CD)
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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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Bronx Blues - The Columbia Recordings (CD)
Dion: Bronx Blues - The Columbia Recordings (CD) Art-Nr.: CD469060-C

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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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Destination Jail Vol. 2 - 24 More Songs From Behind The Bars (CD)
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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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(Beantown) 16 tracks, recorded 1956-1959
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On The Dancefloor With Dion DiMucci (CD)
Dion: On The Dancefloor With Dion DiMucci (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17740

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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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Only You (CD)
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Echoes Down The Hall - 16 Original Doo-Wop Classics (CD)
Various: Echoes Down The Hall - 16 Original Doo-Wop... Art-Nr.: CDAR8605

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(1989/Arista) 16 Tracks - Rare compilation in special package clear longbox (see photo scans)!
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(Gusto) 14 tracks - Original King-Federal recordings when Jackie wilson did the lead vocals with the Dominoes! The LP is originally sealed!
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(Fuel 2000) 14 tracks - Cut-Out drill hole in barcode. Premier sound quality! Rare CD! Liner Notes by Bill Dahl!
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On The Dancefloor With A Fingersnap - 31 Pops To Make The Party Shake! (CD)
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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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The Rhythm Of The Rain - 30 Melodic Drops for Cloudy Days (CD)
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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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Hy Lit Presents Collectors Gold WRCP (2-LP, Gold Vinyl)
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(Collectables) 24 tracks on colored vinyl (gold-yellow) - original 1950s doo wop monster hits plus rarities selected by legendary doo wop DJ Hy Lith (WRCP Philadelphia).
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Starlight Serenade Presents The Arrogants (Doo-Wop Acapella) (CD)
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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...
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1950s Doo-Wop Groups 'Acappella' Vol.4 (CD)
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1950s Doo-Wop Groups Acapella Vol.5 (CD)
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Soul On Fire - The Detroit Soul Story 1957 - 1977 (3-CD Box) Various: Soul On Fire - The Detroit Soul Story 1957 -... Art-Nr.: CDTOCKBX2

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(Cherry Red) 86 tracks, papersleeves in slipcover box. The box set includes a deluxe 36-page booklet with a comprehensive history of the Motor City's black soul music scene. This 3 CD box set documents an alternative history of Black...
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Girls Can Tell - Rock Originals Collection Vol.20 (CD)
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(Fnac Music) 14 tracks Although they were originally from New Orleans, the Dixie-Cups rose to fame on a New York label: Red Bird. They were discovered by Joe Jones, famous for his own records "You Talk Too Much" and "California Sun"....
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