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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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Vol.10, 1958 Street Corner Symphonies Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.10, 1958 Street Corner Symphonies Art-Nr.: BCD17288

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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 10 - 1958 The term 'doo-wop' is bandied about much too freely as a catch-all phrase...
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Vol.12, 1960 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.12, 1960 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17290

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1-CD album Digipac (4x) with extensive booklet, 28 titles. Playtime approx. 69 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Volume 12 - 1960 The vocal group sound was splitting in several directions as the new decade...
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Vol.14, 1962 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.14, 1962 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17292

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1-CD-Album Digipak (4-plated) with 84-page booklet, 34 tracks. Total playing time approx. 88 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Volume 14 - 1962 America's longterm love affair with doo-wop was beginning to fade a...
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Vol.07, 1955 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.07, 1955 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17285

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1-CD DigiPac (4-plated) with c. 80-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time approx. 88 mns. 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...
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Vol.08, 1956 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.08, 1956 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17286

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1-CD DigiPac (4-plated) with c. 80-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 86 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Volume 8 - 1956 If this collection sounds like it rocks a little harder than its predecessors...
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Vol.11, 1959 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.11, 1959 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17289

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1-CD-Album Digipak (4-plated) with 84-page booklet, 34 tracks. Total playing time approx. 84 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Volume 11 - 1959 Cutting edge R&B vocal groups were beginning to move away from the...
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Vol.09, 1957 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.09, 1957 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17287

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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...
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Vol.13, 1961 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.13, 1961 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17291

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1-CD-Album Digipak (4-plated) with 84-page booklet, 35 tracks. Total playing time approx. 88 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Volume 13 - 1961 The vocal group scene was a veritable dichotomy in 1961....
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Vol.06, 1954 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.06, 1954 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17284

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1-CD DigiPac (4-plated) with c. 80-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 89 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Volume 6 - 1954 Rock 'n' roll was busting out all over in 1954 and R&B vocal groups were in...
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Vol.02, 1950 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.02, 1950 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17280

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1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 84-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 83 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Volume 2 - 1950 1950 was something of a transitional year for African-American vocal...
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Vol.01, 1939-1949 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.01, 1939-1949 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17279

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1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 84-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 87 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story of Doo Wop Volume 1 - 1939-1949 The roots of the 1950s rhythm and blues vocal group explosion were...
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Vol.03, 1951 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.03, 1951 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17281

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1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 84-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 89 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story of Doo Wop Volume 3 - 1951 The old guard continued to steadily lose ground within the black vocal...
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Vol.04, 1952 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.04, 1952 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17282

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1-CD DigiPac (4-plated) with 84-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 85 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Volume 4 - 1952 The R&B vocal group landscape was shifting in 1952. Groups that would persevere...
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Vol.05, 1953 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Various - Street Corner Symphonies: Vol.05, 1953 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Art-Nr.: BCD17283

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1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 84-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 88 mns. Street Corner Symphonies The Complete Story Of Doo Wop Volume 5 - 1953 The R&B vocal group explosion was in full swing by 1953. Incendiary...
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