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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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The Penguins: The Complete Releases 1954-62 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDADD3210
 

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(Acrobat Music) 42 Tracks - 16 page booklet   The Penguins were one of the several doo-wop groups of the 50s who took their name from a bird (others included The Orioles, The Ravens, The Flamingos and The Robins), and they are best known for their...

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The Ovations: Richard Kelly & The Ovations 1958-1982 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB1077
 

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(Crystal Ball) 26 tracks It started in 1958 in Harrison, New Jersey. Richard Kelly had just got out of the marines, where he did acapella singing. He was 22 years old and got together with Paul Omeletski-Bass, Mario Venancio-Baritone, and Gus Ottobreist tenor,...

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The Ovations: High School Reunion (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB1052
 

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(Crystal Ball) 28 tracks (7 acapella) plus rare jingles

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The Deep River Boys: Let's Go (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDACM4262
 

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(Acrobat) 28 tracks

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The Four Freshmen: Capitol Collectors Series (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP93197
 

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(Capitol) 21 tracks 1952 - 1961 with 16 page booklet.

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Various: Rockin 'n' Rare Doo Wops Vol.4 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRDW040
 

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(RDW) 30 tracks 30 fabulous rockin' original DooWop rarities. Featuring less well-known vocal groups of the 1950s Rock 'n' Roll era, along with some of the genre's legendary groups. Featured artists: The Harptones - The Electras - The Charts - The Dells - The...

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The Flamingos: I Only Have Eyes For You - The Best Of The End Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEM609
 

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(Sequel) 20 tracks - 4 page notes by Donn Fileti plus sessiongraphy ​

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The Flamingos: For Collectors Only (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL8803
 

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(Collectables Records) 42 tracks 'I had the rare privilege of interviewing Zeke and Jeke Carey, in Brooklyn, New York' . They are the organizers and original members of one of the most renowned rhythm and blues vocal groups to come from the fifties, the Flamingos....

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Various: Rockin 'n' Rare Doo Wops Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRDW030
 

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(RDW) 30 tracks 30 fabulous rockin' DooWop rarities. Featuring less well-known vocal groups of the 1950s Rock 'n' Roll era, along with some of the genre's legendary groups. Featured artists: The Titans - The Rivingtons - The Rob-Roys - The Five Stars - The...

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Various: A Story Untold - 1955 The Year Of Doowop (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDADD3015
 

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(Acrobat Music) 50 tracks

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The Coasters: Charlie Brown - The Outtakes (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRBD102A
 

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(Mr. R&B) 24 Tracks - Outtakes and rarities of Leiber/Stoller and Hazlewood/Sill productions between 1957-1963!

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The Coasters: The Best Of The Coasters (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDAMCY2277
 

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(Atlantic Japan) 25 Tracks - Best 1954-1962! Japan Edition!

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The Isley Brothers: Shout - The RCA Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBMG680952
 

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(BMG) 19 tracks As family businesses go, The Isley Brothers have lasted longer than most. They've been on top of just about every trend in rhythm If blues for 40 years - even pioneered some of them, Back in the '50s, they sang doo-wop and rock roll. They lit...

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RANDY & THE RAINBOWS: Better Than Ever - Hits & Lost Masters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR5059
 

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(Trust Records) 30 tracks with 12 page booklet.

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Various: Girls Will Be Girls Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWESM600
 

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(Westside) 31 tracks with 12 page booklet - rare teenage sirens (8 unissued) from the Roulette, Gone, Jubilee, Colpix, Gone, Dimension, Blaine, Satin, New Voice and Dynovoice vaults!

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The Mills Brothers: Cab Driver - The Dot & Paramount Years 1958-1972 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDECK119
 

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(Poker Records) 28 Tracks - The anthology of the best Mills Brothers recordings for the record companies Dot Records and ABC Paramount, 1958-1972, perfectly remastered!

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Phil Spector: The Philles Album Collection (7-CD) EU
Art-Nr.: CD190008
 

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(Spector/Sony Music) 88 tracks, 6 newly remasterd albums first time on CD plus bonus CD (17 rare flipsides). Hardcover Slipcase with original artwork papersleeves and 36 page booklet.

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Various: 21st Century Doo Wop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD825
 

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(Ace Records) 26 tracks Old doo woppers never die it seems - they seem to go one forever, and better yet, they infect younger brethren with the same glorious desire to maintain the craziest part of rock'n'roll. Doo wop never quite went away, and this excellent new...

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Various: Playin' Hard To Get - West Coast Girls (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD559
 

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(Ace Records) 28 tracks with 8 page booklet.  - The Challenge label was formed in 1957 by singing cowboy actor Gene Autry. Though the company's most successful act was the instrumental group The Champs (with the No 1 hit Tequila), Challenge also recorded...

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The Ronettes: Everything You Wanted To Know About The Ronettes...But Where Afraid To Ask (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFCO01
 

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(For Collectors Only) 27 tracks (3 unreleased) Tracks 1-4 and 6-10 Stereo - Digipac  - It's summer 1961, 17-year old Veronica (Ronnie) , her sister Estelle and their cousin Nedra walk into RCA recording studio for the first time to record for Moy/Colpix...

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The Velvet Candles: Today (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDET6095
 

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(El Toro Records) 12 tracks - AUGIE BURR, EDDIE PEREGRIN und MAMEN SALVADOR (Lead, Chorus) sowie JUAN IBAÑEZ (Bass & Chorus) und MIGUEL A. G. GARRO (High Tenor)  - The Velvet Candles... Today... And we should add... At Last! Eight years after our succesful...

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The Valentinos: Treasure Chest - Acappella Gems Through The Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCL3003
 

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(Clifton- Ronnie I) 26 tracks  - A sure sign of a solid vocal group is one that truly stands the test of time It could be said that very few vocal groups have stood this test True, there are many groups who have stayed together and continued performing for...

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The Willows: The Best Of The 5 Willows (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSCD6000
 

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(Allen Records) 24 tracks - rare custom pressing  - The Willows are mostly remembered as one of the countless 'one-hit-wonders' for their only hit CHURCH BELLS MAY RING.which was also covered by the DIAMONDS. Very few people have recognized that lead singer...

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The Allures: Doo-Wop Memories (Just For You) - The Allures 'Acappella' (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSCD19912
 

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(Starlight Discs) 24 tracks (73:05)  - The Allures met and formed in 1983 at one of the many United In Group Harmony Association (U.G.H.A.) Shows in North Bergen, New Jersey. After a few months of rehearsals, the group began performing in the tri-state area...

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The Quotations: 40 Years Of Doo Wop And Friendship (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDQ2000
 

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(Q-2K) 21 tracks  - As i recall , it as raining the day we met Larry. Had it not been, the Quotations probably wouldn't have come to be. Instead of walking to the train station or up Kings Highway to the Rainbow Shop, we went to Barney's pool room. There,...

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The Crests: Greatest Hits - Golden Classics (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL5009
 

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(Collectables) 18 tracks  - Relatively few 1950's vocal groups are fortunate enough to be remembered nearly 25 years after their rise to popularity, but such is the case for Johnny Maestro and the Crests. So talented and successful were the Crests that their...

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The Crests: The Best Of The Crests - Featuring Johnny Maestro (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD297
 

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(Ace Records) 18 tracks AAD 1958-1962 (9 newly remastered in Stereo)  - Between the end of 1958 and late 1960, New York based vocal group The Crests had 9 top 100 hit singles in the U.S. The most well known .of these and possibly the most well known Doo-Wop...

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Various: We Wrote 'Em & We Sing 'Em (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROAR01
 

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(Roar) 12 tracks (27:16) CD reissue of the rare 1961 MGM album.  - When it was originally released in 1961 this album was a unique concept. Otis Blackwell called his friends and fellow songwriters into the studio to cut their own versions of songs that had...

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Various: The Best Of Owl Records Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOWL1001
 

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(Owl Records) 30 Tracks - Owl Records was a late 60s-early 70s Doo-Wop reissue label. The tracks on this wonderful compilation are either unreleased (at the time) alternate cuts or hard-to-find album releases!

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Various: Forever Doo Wop, Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKNEW738
 

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(Kenwest Music) 36 Tracks - The most important 1950s Doo-Wop hits on one compilation with two discs!

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Various: Forever Doo Wop, Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKNEW739
 

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(Kenwest Music) 36 Tracks - The most important 1950s Doo-Wop hits on one compilation with two discs!

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The Crystals: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSS200
 

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(Spectacular Sound) 16 Tracks - Original 1960s Philles recordings!

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The Coasters: 36 All-Time Greatest Hits (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOP3609
 

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(Timeless Music) 36 Tracks - Original recordings 1955-1962!

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The Vogues: From The Original Master Tapes (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP3537
 

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(WEA) 16 tracks - very rare, originally sealed japanese compilation of the Reprise rcordings.

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The Arrogants: Starlight Serenade Presents The Arrogants (Doo-Wop Acapella) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSCD19941
 

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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 discovered, in 1961,...

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Various: Starlight Serenade Vol.7 - 1950s Doo-Wop Groups Acapella (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSCD19935
 

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(Starlight Discs) 28 tracks (70:50)​

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The Belmonts: Cigars, Acapella, Candy (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWMC5353
 

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(Elektra Japan) 9 tracks Buddah 1972 Stereo (35:34)  - Wonderful Street Corner Revival, recorded at Mayfair Sound Studios, New York City. High Quality japanese pressing with 16 page booklet of notes by Greil Marcus (english/japanese) and all lyrics. Doo Wop...

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The Four Seasons: Sherry And 11 Others (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBR79
 

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(BR Music) 12 Tracks - Stereo - Their best recordings throughout the wild 1960s! Big Girls Don't Cry! Rare 1980s pressing!

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The Five Du-Tones: The Five Du-Tones (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROS878
 

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(1996/Ring Of Stars) 21 Tracks - Their best recordings throughout the wild 1960s! Shake A Tail Feather!

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Tom & Jerry (Simon & Garfunkel): Their Greatest Hits Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDOMINO1013
 

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(1993/Domino) 22 Tracks - The early years of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel as Tom & Jerry, 1960-1964! Teenage classics!

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Various: WOGL-OLDIES 98 - History Of Rock Vol.2 - Street Corner Sounds (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2552
 

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(1989/Collectables) 24 Tracks - Original 1950s Doo-Wop from New York's famous street corners! Featuring some of the best vocal group sounds!

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Various: Memories Of Times Square Record Shop Vol.5 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL05176
 

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(1993/Collectables) 14 Tracks - Original 1950s Doo-Wop from New York's street corners as being sold at the time in the legendary Times Square Record Shop!

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Various: Memories Of Times Square Record Shop Vol.4 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL05175
 

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(1993/Collectables) 14 Tracks - Original 1950s Doo-Wop from New York's street corners as being sold at the time in the legendary Times Square Record Shop!

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Various: Memories Of Times Square Record Shop Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL05174
 

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(1993/Collectables) 14 Tracks - Original 1950s Doo-Wop from New York's street corners as being sold at the time in the legendary Times Square Record Shop!

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Various: Memories Of Times Square Record Shop Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL05173
 

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(1993/Collectables) 14 Tracks - Original 1950s Doo-Wop from New York's street corners as being sold at the time in the legendary Times Square Record Shop!

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The Ravens: Old Man River - Savoy Jazz Collection (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDCOCY78187
 

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(1994/Savoy Japan) 15 Tracks (42:45) - Original Savoy masters, 1947-1950! Legendary singing group pre-Doo-Wop! Originally sealed!

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Various: Rare And Unreleased Group Harmony Vol.6 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCS106
 

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(City Sounds) 24 tracks 1957-1965 (7 unreleased)

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Ronnie & The Hi-Lites: Ronnie & The Hi-Lites And Little Joe & The Flips - All Their Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDUGGH703
 

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(UGGH) 23 tracks  - An overlooked group of the early '60s, Ronnie and the Hi-Lites had a short career but a lot of talent. That talent was developed in the late 1950s in Jersey City, New Jersey, where Sonny Caldwell (18, first tenor), John Witney (17, second...

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The Four Epics: Still Standing In The Moonlight - After All These Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJMX21001
 

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(JMX2) 31 tracks - 8 page booklet  - The 4-Epics got together in South Philly in the early part of 1959. The original group consisted of Jack McKnight-Tenor, Jim Mullen-Baritone, Mickey Neil-2nd Tenor and Bobby Riccobene-Bass. This line up lasted for three...

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The Checkers: White Cliffs Of Dover - The Very Best Of The Checkers (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2888
 

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(Collectables) 22 tracks (56:59) original King recordings  - The Checkers were formed as an off-shoot of the wildly successful vocal group The Dominoes. Billy Ward's group had one of the first R & B hits that also made the Pop charts as well in Sixty...

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Various: Doo-Wop Dynamite Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD21792
 

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(Charly) 20 tracks (54:25)  - Doo Wop was the ultimate do-it-yourself music, not even requiring skiffle's outlay on a cheap guitar, washboard and tea chest - a cappella harmonising, typically by groups of young blacks on New York City street corners....

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Various: In The Still Of The Night - 1950's Rock'n'Roll Revival (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEB651
 

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(Sequel) 14 tracks (56:30)  - Performed Live at Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum, 29th November 1969.

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The Shells: Badder Than Badd - Real Acapella (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJBT411
 

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(Juke Box Treasures) 20 tracks  - The Shells are a truly great vocal group, for they manage to cre-ate the sound of a five or six man group, from only four members. Each of The Shells are "Lead" voices, which means that each of them is also quite accomplished...

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The Orioles: For Collector Only (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL8801
 

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(Collectables) 60 tracks​

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Various: For Collector's Only (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL7003
 

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(Collectables) 40 tracks​  - I started collecting records when my parents bought me a Stromberg Carlson record player for my 13th birthday in 1956. I remember going to downtown Brooklyn to the record shop next to the Fox Theater and buying my first three...

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Various: Spotlite On Melba Records Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL5636
 

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(1995/Collectables) 14 tracks - Doo-Wop & Rhythm and Blues

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Various: The Philly Doo Wop Sound - Lost Masters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB1007
 

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(Crystal Ball) 26 tracks (60:16)  - ​The Philadelphia sound in the early 60's began the transition from street corner Doo Wop to great soul harmony. Partners Frank Bendinelli and Leroy Lovett would find fame with their B & L Productions working with groups...

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The Penguins: The Best Of Penguins - The Mercury Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD532735
 

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(PolyGram/Mercury Chronicles Series) 21 tracks, digitally remastered, includes essay and track annotation. Sealed US pressing - essential!

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The Five Keys: Hucklebuck With Jimmy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLAMP711
 

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(Lamp Records) 26 rare Aladdin tracks

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The Five Keys: Dream On - The King Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCR265
 

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(Charly) 24 tracks 1959-1960 with 8 page booklet.

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The Clovers: The Clovers (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL5961
 

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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 14 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1957 Atlantic album!

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The Flamingos: I Only Have Eyes For You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1344
 

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(2009/Collectables) 20 tracks - Doo Wop Classics

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Various: The Arthur Crier Story - He Put The Bomp (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD1022
 

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(2012/Cat King Cole) 30 tracks - "Arthur Crier came from the Morrisania section of the Bronx in New York City. He started his singing career in 1953 with The Chimes recording 4 sides of which -Rose Marie" is featured here. He next moved to a group known as The...

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The Manhattans: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDA21151
 

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(CBS) 10 tracks, total time 37:40 min.

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The Drifters: Saturday Night At The Movies (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPML1014
 

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(2000/Planet Media) 18 tracks

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