Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats


From the late 1950s through the early '60s, the pop charts were full of street corner harmony as scores of vocal groups formed and hit the recording studios. Drawing on the grandfathered styles of the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots, and later the Ravens and the Orioles…  See more details below


From the late 1950s through the early '60s, the pop charts were full of street corner harmony as scores of vocal groups formed and hit the recording studios. Drawing on the grandfathered styles of the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots, and later the Ravens and the Orioles (which led to a grand procession of groups named after birds), these quartets and quintets added in a little gospel plus a slight dose of the old jump blues and hooked themselves to the rock & roll train as it flew past. In time, the grittier R&B roots were smoothed out for the teen market, and doo wop -- an umbrella term for all of these vocal incarnations -- was well on its way to becoming its own sort of instant, self-referencing nostalgia when the Beatles and the British Invasion hit to finish the matter. This three-disc set spreads its net fairly wide to include some early Motown acts as well as groups like the Platters and the Drifters who are probably closer to mainstream R&B than they are to doo wop proper, if you're into splitting hairs. Either way, the end result is an impressive starter box for the genre, although a few tracks from the Mills Brothers, the Ink Spots, the Ravens, the Orioles, and the other late-'40s vocal groups who helped set the template for the harmony group form would have made a nice fourth-disc addition.

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Shout Factory

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Disc 1

  1. Come Back My Love
  2. The Glory of Love
  3. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
  4. Love Walked In
  5. Twilight Time
  6. Blue Velvet
  7. The Wind
  8. Work with Me Annie
  9. My Memories of You
  10. Down on My Knees
  11. The Letter
  12. A Casual Look
  13. Please Send Me Someone to Love
  14. Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams)
  15. Count Every Star
  16. Every Night (I Pray)
  17. I Met Him on Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)
  18. Bad Boy
  19. Sixty-Minute Man
  20. Star Dust

Disc 2

  1. For Sentimental Reasons
  2. The Girl I Love
  3. I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent
  4. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  5. Come Softly to Me
  6. Chapel of Dreams
  7. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
  8. Don't You Just Know It
  9. Little Bitty Pretty One
  10. Down the Aisle of Love
  11. A Million to One
  12. Once Upon a Time
  13. Moonlight Cocktails
  14. Deep Purple
  15. At the Hop
  16. Little Darlin'
  17. Lonely Way
  18. Sea of Love
  19. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You)
  20. I Believe

Disc 3

  1. A Wonderful Dream
  2. Village of Love
  3. The Angels Listened In
  4. It Happened Today
  5. My Own True Love
  6. Love Came to Me
  7. Come on Little Angel
  8. I Count the Tears
  9. Let Me In
  10. Smoky Places
  11. I'm a Happy Man
  12. This Magic Moment
  13. Angel Baby
  14. Who But the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
  15. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  16. A Thousand Stars
  17. You've Really Got a Hold on Me
  18. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  19. You Were Mine
  20. Forever

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Percy Mayfield   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Vernon Green   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Nolan Strong   Composer
Maurice Williams   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Nathaniel Mayer   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Lil Armstrong   Composer
Jimmy Beaumont   Composer
William Best   Composer
Raoul Cita   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Dion DiMucci   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Alan Dunn   Composer
Bob Edwards   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Gilbert Lopez   Composer
Nevins   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Eugene Pearson   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Luckey Roberts   Composer
Jimmy Shirl   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith   Composer
Max Steiner   Composer
Margo Sylvia   Composer
Deek Watson   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Dorothy Brown   Composer
Yvonne Baker   Composer
George Goldner   Composer
Avon Long   Composer
Bill Dahl   Essay
Robert Byrd   Composer
Phyllis Carr   Composer
Gretchen Christopher   Composer
Doris Coley   Composer
Barbara Ellis   Composer
Addie Harris   Composer
Beverley Lee   Composer
Lee Morris   Composer
Billy Myles   Composer
Esther Navarro   Composer
Shirley Owens   Composer
Casey Spencer   Composer
Gary Troxel   Composer
Janet Vogel   Composer
Paul Leo Politi   Composer
George Khoury   Composer
Bobby Mansfield   Composer
George Matola   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Rose Marks   Composer
Joe Rock   Composer
Joseph Rock   Composer
Shane Sheppard   Composer
Arthur Singer   Composer
James Beaumont   Composer
Bruno Coquatrix   Composer
Nick Curinga   Composer
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
John Roberts   Artwork
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Thomas Bogdany   Composer
Freddie Gorman   Composer
Derek Dressler   Discographical Annotation
Jeff Palo   Producer
John Falbo   Composer
Paul Giacalone   Composer
Jimmy Johnson   Composer

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