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Street Corner Symphonies
The Complete Story Of Doo Wop
Volume 7 - 1955

More R&B vocal groups than ever populated the musical landscape in 1955, the majority of them aiming their sound directly at the rock and roll demographic that was expanding every day. Those new groups were getting younger too. Frankie Lymon, the pubescent lead tenor of The Teenagers, was all of 13 when their debut single Why Do Fools Fall In Love took the country by storm late in the year. It spawned an avalanche of 'kiddie lead' imitators, particularly in New York and on the East Coast, where devoted fans simply couldn't get enough of the new sound.

A lot of heavy hitters continued to thrive in '55. The Moonglows, Clovers, Five Keys, Midnighters, Robins, Charms, Spiders, and Cardinals were still going strong. The Drifters were in flux, thanks to Clyde McPhatter receiving his draft notice, but that didn't stop them from posting one smash after another as the lead torch passed from Clyde to Johnny Moore. A slew of newcomers found their way onto the R&B hit parade, even as weak white covers often deep-sixed the superior originals from crossover contention. The Cadillacs, El Dorados (autos were now rivaling birds as group names), Nutmegs, Colts, Hearts, Turbans, Diablos, Four Fellows, Jacks, and Marigolds climbed the charts for the first time, the sort of wholesale youth movement that was unheard of in years past.

Biggest of all were The Platters. They weren't recording neophytes; they'd cut a series of R&B singles for Cincinnati-based Federal Records that few people had noticed. But since their manager Buck Ram got the Los Angeles quintet signed to the major Mercury label and steered them in more of a pop direction, The Platters had polished their sound to a bright sheen. Tony Williams' stratospheric lead tenor possessed a universal accessibility that would render them the top-selling black vocal group of their era.

More than ever, the instrumental backing was as exciting as the groups themselves. Once upon a time, The Ink Spots and The Mills Brothers operated with the sparsest of accompaniments. Now sizzling sax solos by session aces Sam 'The Man' Taylor, Jimmy Wright, Red Holloway, and Lee Allen jacked up excitement levels to the boiling point. This was cutting edge music for teens and the young at heart; the socking backbeats that drove it reflected that. Vocal groups were a hotter commodity than ever on the R&B and rock and roll circuits.

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Various - Street Corner Symphonies - Vol.07, 1955 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop CD 1
01 Why Do Fools Fall In Love Teenagers, The featuring Frank
02 Most Of All Moonglows, The
03 Speedoo Cadillacs, The with Jesse Powe
04 Close Your Eyes Five Keys, The
05 At My Front Door El Dorados, The
06 Adorable Colts, The
07 What'Cha Gonna Do Clyde McPhatter and The Drifte
08 Story Untold Nutmegs, The
09 Only You (And You Alone) Platters, The
10 Don't Change Your Pretty Ways Midnighters, The
11 Lonely Nights Hearts, The with Al Sears Orch
12 When You Dance Turbans, The
13 Got The Water Boiling Regals, The
14 The Way You Dog Me Around Diablos, The featuring Nolan S
15 Chop Chop Boom Danderliers, The & Dallas Tayl
16 Soldier Boy Four Fellows, The with The Abi
17 Come Back My Love Wrens, The
18 Why Don't You Write Me Jacks, The
19 Witchcraft Spiders, The
20 Life Is But A Dream Harptones, The
21 Smokey Joe's Café Robins, The
22 Smoke From Your Cigarette Mellows, The featuring Lillian
23 You Tickle Me Baby Royal Jokers, The
24 Heaven And Paradise Don Julian & The Meadowlarks
25 You Baby You Cleftones, The with Jimmy Wrig
26 Burn That Candle Cues, The
27 It Wasn't A Lie Fi-Tones Quintette, The, Acc.
28 Rollin' Stone Marigolds, The
29 Newly Wed Orchids, The
30 Zindy Lou Chimes, The
31 Lily Maebelle Valentines, The
32 The Door Is Still Open Cardinals, The
33 Red Hots And Chili Mac Moroccos, The, Vocal by Ralph
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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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Tracklist
Various - Street Corner Symphonies - Vol.07, 1955 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop CD 1
01 Why Do Fools Fall In Love
02 Most Of All
03 Speedoo
04 Close Your Eyes
05 At My Front Door
06 Adorable
07 What'Cha Gonna Do
08 Story Untold
09 Only You (And You Alone)
10 Don't Change Your Pretty Ways
11 Lonely Nights
12 When You Dance
13 Got The Water Boiling
14 The Way You Dog Me Around
15 Chop Chop Boom
16 Soldier Boy
17 Come Back My Love
18 Why Don't You Write Me
19 Witchcraft
20 Life Is But A Dream
21 Smokey Joe's Café
22 Smoke From Your Cigarette
23 You Tickle Me Baby
24 Heaven And Paradise
25 You Baby You
26 Burn That Candle
27 It Wasn't A Lie
28 Rollin' Stone
29 Newly Wed
30 Zindy Lou
31 Lily Maebelle
32 The Door Is Still Open
33 Red Hots And Chili Mac