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(1996/EZ) 32 tracks


VITO AND THE SALUTATIONS - Unchained Melodies Medium 1
1: Gloria  
2: Hey Hey Baby  
3: Your Way  
4: Unchained Melody  
5: Be My Girlfriend  
6: Extraordinary Girl  
7: Bring Back Yesterday  
8: Hello Dolly  
9: Can I Depend On You  
10: High Noon  
11: Get A Job  
12: Liverpool Bound  
13: I Look At The Moon  
14: Walkin'  
15: Girls I Know  
16: Let's Untwist The Twist  
17: So Wonderful  
18: Eenie Meenie  
19: Unchained Melody  
20: No More Love  
21: Over The Rainbow  
22: Day-O  
23: Keep A Light In The Window  
24: You And Your Lies  
25: Zoom  
26: My Hero  
27: Peace Of Mind  
28: Dear Lord  
29: So Much  
30: I Want You To Be My Baby  
31: Don't Count On Me  
32: I'd Best Be Going  


Artikeleigenschaften von VITO AND THE SALUTATIONS: Unchained Melodies


  • Albumtitel: Unchained Melodies

  • Format CD
  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Music Genre R&B, Soul
  • Music Style Vocal Groups / Doo Wop
  • Music Sub-Genre 255 Vocal Groups/Doo Wop
  • Title Unchained Melodies
  • Release date 1996
  • Label DESPO CD

  • SubGenre R&B Music - Classic R&B

  • EAN: 0800488316019

  • weight in Kg 0.100

Artist description "Vito And The Salutations"

Vito & The Salutations

Vito & The Salutations

Unchained Melody

Daring young doo-woppers were speeding up beloved ballads so much that they were barely recognizable. The Earls' 1961 rendition of The Harptones' classic Life Is But A Dream is a fine example. So is this wildly innovative treatment of the stately Unchained Melody, a '55 smash for both Roy Hamilton and Al Hibbler, whose competing recordings really didn't differ much. No word on how they felt about Vito & The Salutations' blistering revival of their shared hit.

Brooklynites Bob De Pallo and Barry Solomon were harmonizing in the New York subway in 1961 when a passerby recommended them to producer Dave Rick. The pair brought in 14-year-old Vito Balsamo as their lead singer. He in turn recruited baritone Bobby Mitchell. They rehearsed for a day and successfully auditioned for Rick with The Crests' My Juanita. Their name stemmed from deejay Jocko Henderson's catchphrase "Greetings and salutations."

The quartet debuted on tiny Rayna Records with a lovely revival of The Cadillacs' 1954 classic Gloria (done straight - no speeding up) and Rick's Let's Untwist The Twist as a flip. It was a brisk local seller, but Rayna couldn't take it further. The rest of The Salutations quit, but Vito put together a fresh lineup out of Jefferson High School with tenors Randy Silverman and Shelly Buchansky, baritone Lenny Citran, and bass Frankie Fox. Rick escorted them to another minuscule concern, Kram Records, to remake The Heartbeats' Your Way (these guys dug the classics). 

The group moved up in class when they hooked on with Al Silver's Herald Records, once home to The Turbans and Nutmegs. That's where they joyfully deconstructed Unchained Melody, turning it into a stomping, nearly acappella rocker with rapid-fire vocal interplay, falsetto interjections, and an extended passage from bass singer Fox, who arranged it. Out on Herald in the summer of '63 with Rick and Fox's Hey, Hey, Baby as a flip, Unchained Melody was a #66 pop seller late that year. Their early '64 original Extraordinary Girl sounded a lot like it, other than a yakety sax that momentarily pops up. Stops at Wells, Regina, Apt, Boom, Red Boy, and Rust couldn't right the ship commercially, though their renditions of Day-O, High Noon, and Hello, Dolly careened as crazily as Unchained Melody

Various - Street Corner Symphonies Vol.15, 1963 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop

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