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Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.09, 1957 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop

1-CD DigiPac (4-plated) with c. 80-page booklet, 34 tracks. Playing time approx. 88 mns.

Street Corner Symphonies
The Complete Story Of Doo Wop
Volume 9 - 1957

Rock and roll had conquered the vocal group field by 1957, so much that "old-timers" like The Clovers, Drifters, and Midnighters - indeed, most groups sporting even a hint of a bluesy influence in their harmonic blend - were experiencing a decided downturn in sales figures despite cranking out quality platters.  One welcome exception: The '5' Royales, who made a comeback after three years off the charts by updating their sound with Lowman Pauling's brash lead guitar.

The demographics for freshly minted groups were skewing younger than ever. What the great majority of them were singing was classic street corner harmony, an indigenous style that would eventually become known as doo-wop. New York-based newcomers such as The Paragons, Jesters, Cellos, Charts, Shells, Velours, and Rob-Roys were reshaping the sound in compelling ways of their own. Gender barriers were falling like never before. Two of 1957's biggest discoveries, The Chantels and Bobbettes, were New York schoolgirls who scored major hits at the very beginning of their respective careers, boding well for the slow but steady rise of female aggregations.  

The proto-doo-wop sound could be viewed as a form of urban folk music, created without the aid of any musical instruments. Teenagers in Harlem, Philly, and Chicago gathered under the illumination of a streetlamp or in the cool, echo-laden confines of a subway station to sing the songs of their more experienced idols (and maybe one or two of their own creations), hoping a wandering talent scout would overhear their efforts and offer them a recording contract. Time and again, that's exactly what happened, though precious few groups got rich off their budding talents, even with records on the shelf. White groups were starting to fully assimilate the doo-wop sound instead of making bland covers for pop airplay. Case in point: The Mello-Kings' debut single Tonite, Tonite stood with the year's best vocal group releases.

The humorous creations of writer/producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, as expertly delivered by their handpicked quartet, The Coasters, were at last finding the mammoth audience they merited.  And while The Silhouettes weren't as youthful as some of the fresh new faces cited above, the Philadelphia quartet's Get A Job was in all likelihood the year's most important vocal group smash.


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Various - Street Corner Symphonies - Vol.09, 1957 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop CD 1
01 Get A Job Silhouettes, The
02 Maybe Chantels, The
03 Little Darlin' Gladiolas, The
04 To The Aisle Five Satins, The
05 Searchin' Coasters, The
06 Florence Paragons, The
07 Dedicated To The One I Love '5' Royales, The
08 Book Of Love Monotones, The
09 Lonely Nights Lee Andrews & the Hearts
10 Mr. Lee Bobbettes, The with Reggie Obr
11 Been So Long Pastels, The
12 Whispering Bells Dell-Vikings, The featuring Kr
13 Baby Oh Baby Shells, The
14 Everyone's Laughing Spaniels, The with Al Smith's
15 Silhouettes Rays, The
16 Tell Me Why Norman Fox & The Rob Roys
17 Why Do You Have To Go Dells, The
18 Lover Boy Cleftones, The
19 Deserie Charts, The
20 My Girlfriend Cadillacs, The
21 Could This Be Magic Dubs, The
22 Walking Along Solitaires, The
23 Little Bitty Pretty One Bobby Day and Satellites, The
24 Tonite, Tonite Mello-Kings, The
25 Peanuts Little Joe & The Thrillers
26 Don't Say Goodnight Valentines, The
27 Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am The Japanese Sandma Cellos, The
28 Happy, Happy Birthday Baby Tune Weavers
29 Dance With Me El Torros, The
30 Can I Come Over Tonight Velours, The and Sammy Lowe Or
31 Buzz-Buzz-Buzz Hollywood Flames, The
32 So Strange Jesters, The with David Clowne
33 Congratulations Turbans, The
34 Four O'Clock In The Morning Stanley Mitchell and The Torna
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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.09, 1957 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop CD 1
01 Get A Job
02 Maybe
03 Little Darlin'
04 To The Aisle
05 Searchin'
06 Florence
07 Dedicated To The One I Love
08 Book Of Love
09 Lonely Nights
10 Mr. Lee
11 Been So Long
12 Whispering Bells
13 Baby Oh Baby
14 Everyone's Laughing
15 Silhouettes
16 Tell Me Why
17 Why Do You Have To Go
18 Lover Boy
19 Deserie
20 My Girlfriend
21 Could This Be Magic
22 Walking Along
23 Little Bitty Pretty One
24 Tonite, Tonite
25 Peanuts
26 Don't Say Goodnight
27 Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am The Japanese Sandma
28 Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
29 Dance With Me
30 Can I Come Over Tonight
31 Buzz-Buzz-Buzz
32 So Strange
33 Congratulations
34 Four O'Clock In The Morning