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Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.02, 1950 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop

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Street Corner Symphonies
The Complete Story Of Doo Wop
Volume 2 - 1950

1950 was something of a transitional year for African-American vocal groups, though it probably wasn't all that apparent at the time.

The venerated old-timers such as The Mills Brothers, Delta Rhythm Boys, and Jubalaires were still popular entities, their immaculately honed harmonies and rich, inviting leads harking back to an earlier stage of the art's development, when widespread pop acceptance was the first and foremost goal of any group. The first two aggregations to emerge as genuine rhythm and blues stars during the postwar era, The Ravens and The Orioles, continued to soar, though neither had hits over the course of 1950 on the same exalted level that they'd enjoyed during the late '40s. The ascension of peerless Ravens bass singer Jimmy Ricks had spawned a slew of groups boasting a deep-voiced front man of their own. Thanks to his mammoth success, Jimmy had a lot more competition now.

Orioles lead tenor Sonny Til - the genre's first matinee idol, thanks to his group's smash 1948 ballad It's Too Soon To Know and a string of similarly intimate followups that were nearly as successful - was about to find out how fickle fame could be. In 1949, his Orioles reeled off a half-dozen hits, but they'd post none at all one short year later. Til's crown was about to be snatched away by a daring young tenor whose gospel-fired vocal histrionics were like nothing the secular world had ever encountered in a vocal group setting.

Clyde McPhatter was the sensational lead tenor of The Dominoes, a new group assembled by vocal coach/songwriter Billy Ward with hopes of creating a sound not all that far removed from that of The Ink Spots. Clyde's flights of vocal fancy would render Ward's dream moot, to the great benefit of countless vocal groups to come who did their best to follow in Clyde's footsteps. McPhatter would prove the most influential lead tenor of his era; his first single with The Dominoes, Do Something For Me, is one of the many highlights of this jam-packed collection.

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01 Count Every Star Ravens
02 Turkey Hop, Part 1 ROBINS & Johnny Otis Orch.
03 I'd Rather Be Wrong Than Blue Beavers
04 Do Something For Me Dominoes
05 When You Come Back To Me Clovers
06 Chief, Turn The Hose On Me Cap-Tans
07 If You See The Tears In My Eyes Delta Rhythm Boys
08 At Night Orioles
09 Jumping Jack Three Riffs
10 I'll Never Love Anyone Else Gibson, Steve and The Red Caps
11 I've Got No Time Whispers
12 I Will Wait Four Buddies
13 Old Fashioned Love Four Tunes
14 Cool Saturday Night Striders
15 Do You Love Me Cats and The Fiddle
16 I Don't Mind Being All Alone Colemans
17 Gone (My Baby's Gone) Blenders
18 I'll Never, Never Let You Go Shadows
19 She's Gone Dozier Boys
20 As Long As I Live Four Blues
21 I DonÆt Have To Ride No More Ravens
22 Mr. Blues Masterkeys
23 Please Believe In Me Carols
24 Nevertheless Mills Brothers
25 My Heart Cries For You 5 Larks
26 Young Girl Flames
27 Who Was There To Blame Four Aces
28 Lover Come Back To Me King Odom Four
29 Rival Blues Rivals
30 A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes Jubalaires
Street Corner Symphonies Doo-Wop is one of the foundation stones of Rock 'n' Roll. BEAR... more
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Street Corner Symphonies

  • Doo-Wop is one of the foundation stones of Rock 'n' Roll.
  • BEAR FAMILY will issue the defintive story of Doo-Wop from 1939-1963!
  • The first five volumes covering 1939-1953 are out now! q Every Doo-Wop hit!
  • Every neglected classic!
  • Every ground-breaking record!
  • Detailed song-by-song notes and amazing rare photos from the golden era!

Street Corner Symphonies

Like Rap, Doo-Wop music was an urban American art-form. It was sung on street-corners, in stairwells of tenement apartments, in high school toilets... and it was preserved for posterity in recording studios. Most of the performers were African American, and many of the songs were romantic – in sharp contrast to the bleak reality of urban African American life at the time. Doo- Wop had its origins in the black pop and gospel groups of the pre-World War II era, but it flourished in the years after World War II and became a major contributing force to the evolution of Rock 'n' Roll.

In fact, some eminent cultural historians cite re- cords like Sixty Minute Man and Gee as among the first Rock 'n' Roll records. Both of those classics, along with many more, are on BEAR FAMILY's defintive history of Doo-Wop, 'Street Corner Symphonies.' As always, you can trust BEAR FAMILY to get it right. Starting in 1939 with pre-Doo-Wop acts like the Golden Gate Quartet, the Ink Spots, and the Mills Brothers, 'Street Corner Sym- phonies' will take the story until the end of the Doo-Wop era in 1963. The first five volumes cover the years 1939 to 1953: in other words, Doo-Wop's true golden era. There are simply too many hits to list – just look at the track listing! Suffice to say that these were the records that provided the soundtrack to the Rock 'n' Roll revolution... and the records that changed American and global popular music forever.

This series has been compiled and annotated by R&B music's foremost scholar, Chicago's Bill Dahl, and every song comes with detailed notes and illustrations. There have been plenty of Doo-Wop compilations, even a few Doo-Wop boxed sets, but this se- ries is the last word on the genre. Truly definitive! Every hit, every underground classic, every song that lit up the airwaves at the dawn of rock 'n' roll. Every shoop, every doop, every doo-doo-wah! 

 

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Bear Family, the best reissue label in the world, has followed up its year-by-year survey of R & B, \Blowing The Fuse\", with a similar annual overview of vocal harmony groups, called \"Street Corner Symphonies\". Congratulations, Bear Family!
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