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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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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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(1988/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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SILHOUETTES: The Complete Package (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRHY1006
 

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(Rhythm Records) 30 tracks  - Tracks 17,20,and 21 previously unreleased Bill Harton is actually Bill Horton lead singer of The Silhouettes . All tracks owned by Richard Lewis Lewra Productions mastered by Steve "The Gem" Dworkin for Kathy-MO Productions -...

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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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The Drifters: Magic Moments (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLTG39561
 

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(2011/Digimode) 20 tracks, original recordings

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Bobby Hendricks: Itchy Twitchy Feeling - Singles Collection 1956-1961 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS959
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 27 Tracks - 1956-1961 -  Bobby Hendricks is the last surviving member of the original Drifters and although his time with the group was short he sang the lead on one of their greatest hits, 'Drip Drop' and the wonderful 'Suddenly There's A...

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Various: Buck Ram's Doo Wop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD735
 

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(Ace) 26 tracks (69:13) with 8 page booklet.  - Buck Ram is best known as the manager, producer, and songwriter for the Platters - however they were not the only vocal group under his direction during the 1950s and early 60s. Buck Ram's 'other' vocal groups...

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The Platters: Christmas With The Platters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSPEC554642
 

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(1998/Spectrum) 13 Tracks - Original Christmas recordings 1962-1974!

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The Coasters: The Very Best Of The Coasters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN32656
 

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(1994/Rhino) 17 tracks, original recordings, digitally remastered

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The Marcels: Summertime (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7030
 

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(Relic) 24 tracks  - The Marcels were one of the best doo-wop groups of the early sixties. Born and bred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this racially-mixed group established their own style of exaggerated bass vocals accenting sometimes frantic, double-time...

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Frankie Lymon: Little Girl (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1349
 

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​(2009/Collectables) 20 tracks 

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Various: Raging Harlem Hit Parade Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7046
 

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(Relic) 25 tracks (71:44)​  - When Bobby Robinson was asked to accept Elmore James's posthumous "influ-ence" award in the 1992 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, he finally received a measure of the recognition he has long deserved. There, standing before...

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Various: The Groups Of Beltone Records - The Golden Era Of Doo-Wops (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7066
 

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(Relic) 25 tracks  - Les Cahan's Beltone label was a fortuitous outgrowth of his Beltone Recording Studios, located at 4 West 31st Street in Manhattan. Cahan started his studio in 1947 and, at $20 per hour, in the fifties, offered a good deal to the...

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The Four Freshmen: Four Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks 1959-1960 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS862
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 54 Tracks - The Four Freshmen are one of the most unique and arguably most influential of all the male vocal groups who emerged in American pop music during the 20th Century. In fact it is hard to imagine how Brian Wilson and his Beach Boys or Frankie...

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The Ink Spots: Encore Of Golden Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJBT6019
 

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(1994/Jukebox Treasure) 20 tracks The Ink Spots were the most popular vocal group of The 1940' s,with The Mills Brothers coming in second, which is saying quite a lot for The Ink Spots. Originally The Ink Spots were a "jive" vocal group, in a jazz sense,...

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The Clovers: Dance Party (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL45978
 

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(2013/Atlantic Japan) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1959 Atlantic album!

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Various: Teenage Heaven - The Fifties Girl Group Phenomenon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDACMEM173
 

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(2009/Cherry Red-El) 33 tracks (78:59) with informative 12 page booklet  - It may seem fanciful at first sight to draw any kind of parallel between the explosion of American girl groups in the late Fifties and the eruption of punk in the mid-Seventies....

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Doo-Wop Vol.15 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7035
 

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(1996/Live Gold Productions Inc.) ​28 tracks - incedible rare Vocal Group recordings from the 'Golden Age'

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Girl Groups Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7032
 

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(1995/LG) 30 tracks - dubbed from the original 45s.

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