It All Started with Doo Wop

It All Started with Doo Wop


Time was when doo wop collections flooded the market -- baby boomers looking to relive their childhoods scarfed up millions of them and record companies were happy to oblige, as the material was relatively inexpensive to license. Today, those who fondly remember the '50s and early '60s are largely in their fifties and early sixties, and while they might still harbor a… See more details below


Time was when doo wop collections flooded the market -- baby boomers looking to relive their childhoods scarfed up millions of them and record companies were happy to oblige, as the material was relatively inexpensive to license. Today, those who fondly remember the '50s and early '60s are largely in their fifties and early sixties, and while they might still harbor a soft spot for the oldies, they most likely own their favorites on CD by now or at least know of a satellite radio station that plays the stuff. Time Life is the master at aggressive marketing to that demographic, though, and also the master at finding just the right tracks for these types of compilations. Label execs must have done their homework if they decided at this late date to release nine CDs' and a DVD's worth of vocal harmony music (the term preferred by hardcore doo woppers) -- someone figured there was a still a strong market for this music and set out to do it right. They succeeded wildly. It All Started with Doo Wop may just be the single most definitive collection of this music compiled into one box set. It's not that these songs can't all be found elsewhere -- this isn't about rarities (plenty of other comps will get you those). It's about the best of the best. The four actual two-CD sets falling under the banner of It All Started with Doo Wop miss few of the all-time classics. From the ballads like "Could This Be Magic" by the Dubs, "Gloria" by the Cadillacs, "Just to Be with You" by the Passions, and "Lovers Never Say Goodbye" by the Flamingos to the classic uptempo rockers like Curtis Lee's "Pretty Little Angel Eyes," "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters, "Church Bells May Ring" by the Willows, and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' "I Promise to Remember," this is as solid a set of doo wop as any out there. Some may argue whether groups like the Four Seasons and Jay & the Americans or individuals such as Jackie Wilson and solo Dion actually qualify as doo wop, but their records sound just fine in the context of the set, hardly something to complain about. The ninth/tenth discs, titled Street Corner Symphonies, aren't really anything different than the others, adding in still more classics like "Remember Then" by the Earls, "Get a Job" by the Silhouettes, "Come Go with Me" by the Del Vikings, "Book of Love" by the Monotones, and more than two dozen others. The DVD is a fun little bonus, but can get depressing, featuring live performances of recent vintage by acts (some containing at most one or two original members) such as the Cleftones, the Penguins, the Jive Five, and others. It aired as a PBS fundraiser and is reprised here courtesy of Rhino Home Video. While some of the performances are stirring, others only serve as a reminder that this music has now been around for a very, very long time -- as have those who made it happen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Time Life Records


Disc 1

  1. On Broadway  -  Drifters
  2. Blue Moon  -  Marcels
  3. 16 Candles  -  Crests
  4. You Belong To Me  -  Duprees
  5. Book of Love  -  Monotones
  6. Why Do Fools Fall In Love  -  Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  7. So Fine  -  Fiestas
  8. Daddy's Home  -  Shep & the Limelites
  9. I Do  -  Marvelows
  10. Let Me In  -  Sensations
  11. There's A Moon Out Tonight  -  Capris
  12. What's Your Name  -  Don & Juan
  13. Get a Job  -  Silhouettes
  14. Ten Commandments of Love  -  Harvey & the Moonglows
  15. Have You Heard  -  Duprees

Disc 2

  1. Come Go With Me  -  Del Vikings
  2. Little Darlin'  -  Diamonds
  3. Denise  -  Randy & the Rainbows
  4. Sincerely  -  Moonglows
  5. I Wonder Why  -  Dion & the Belmonts
  6. In the Still of the Nite  -  Five Satins
  7. Little Star  -  Elegants
  8. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)  -  Penguins
  9. Stay  - Maurice Williams
  10. One Summer Night  -  Danleers
  11. Remember Then  -  Earls
  12. Try the Impossible  -  Lee Andrews & the Hearts
  13. Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)  -  Impalas
  14. Island of Love  -  Sheppards
  15. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite  -  Spaniels

Disc 3

  1. Goin' Out Of My Head  -  Little Anthony & the Imperials
  2. Stormy Weather  -  Spaniels
  3. Since I Don't Have You  -  Skyliners
  4. Heart and Soul  -  Cleftones
  5. Ruby Baby  -  Drifters
  6. The ABC's Of Love  -  Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  7. Once In a While  -  Chimes
  8. Mr. Lee  -  Bobbettes
  9. I'm On the Outside (Looking In)  -  Little Anthony & the Imperials
  10. Every Day of the Week  -  Students
  11. Life is But a Dream  -  Harptones
  12. Church Bells May Ring  -  Willows
  13. Gloria  -  Cadillacs
  14. Tonite, Tonite  -  Mello-Kings
  15. Looking For an Echo  -  Kenny Vance & The Planotones
  16. Long Lonely Nights  -  Lee Andrews & the Hearts

Disc 4

  1. Up On the Roof  -  Drifters
  2. Gypsy Woman  -  Impressions
  3. Sh-Boom  -  Chords
  4. Little Girl of Mine  -  Cleftones
  5. Treasure of Love  - Clyde McPhatter
  6. Tears on My Pillow  -  Little Anthony & the Imperials
  7. I Promise To Remember  -  Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  8. Till Then  -  Classics
  9. A Sunday Kind of Love  -  Harptones
  10. Trickle, Trickle  -  Videos
  11. I Sold My Heart To the Junkman  -  Blue-Belles
  12. Tear Drops  -  Lee Andrews & the Hearts
  13. This I Swear  -  Skyliners
  14. Two People In the World  -  Little Anthony & the Imperials
  15. Unchaines Melody  -  Vito & the Salutations
  16. Diamonds and Pearls  -  Paradons

Disc 5

  1. Big Girls Don't Cry  -  Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  2. Come Softly To Me  -  Fleetwoods
  3. A Lover's Question  - Clyde McPhatter
  4. I Only Have Eyes For You  -  Flamingos
  5. Where Did Our Love Go  -  Supremes
  6. This Magic Moment  -  Drifters
  7. For Your Precious Love  -  Jerry Butler & the Impressions
  8. Pretty Little Angel Eyes  - Curtis Lee
  9. Oh, What a Night  -  Dells
  10. Dedicated To the One I Love  -  Shirelles
  11. Crying in the Chapel  -  Orioles
  12. Speedoo  -  Cadillacs
  13. Don't Asky Me (To Be Lonely)  -  Dubs
  14. At My Front Door  -  El Dorados
  15. That's My Desire  -  Channels
  16. Maybe  -  Chantels
  17. Every Beat of My Heart  -  Gladys Knight & the Pips

Disc 6

  1. Stand By Me  - Ben E. King
  2. Will You Love Me Tomorrow  -  Shirelles
  3. Rag Doll  -  Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  4. Barbara-Ann  -  Regents
  5. A Thousand Miles Away  -  Heartbeats
  6. Lonely Teardrops  - Jackie Wilson
  7. I Count the Tears  -  Drifters
  8. Over the Mountain, Across the Sea  -  Johnnie & Joe
  9. Deserie  -  Charts
  10. The Million To One  - Jimmy Charles
  11. Gee  -  Crows
  12. I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent  -  Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  13. Could This Be Magic  -  Dubs
  14. When We Get Married  -  Dreamlovers
  15. Soldier Boy  -  Shirelles
  16. Bad Girl  -  Miracles
  17. The Closer You Are  -  Channels

Disc 7

  1. A Teenager in Love  -  Dion & the Belmonts
  2. One Fine Day  -  Chiffons
  3. Hushabye  -  Mystics
  4. When You're Young and In Love  -  Marvelettes
  5. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow  -  Rivingtons
  6. The Great Pretender  -  Platters
  7. My Girl
  8. Ruby Baby  -  Dion
  9. Tra La La  -  Majors
  10. She Cried  -  Jay & the Americans
  11. I'm a Happy Man  - Eugene Pitt
  12. When You Dance  -  Turbans
  13. You Cheated  -  Shields
  14. You Were Mine  -  Fireflies
  15. Honest I Do  -  Innocents
  16. Where or When  -  Dion & the Belmonts
  17. The Glory of Love  -  Five Keys

Disc 8

  1. The Wanderer  -  Dion
  2. Tonight (Could Be the Night)  -  Velvets
  3. You're So Fine  -  Falcons
  4. He's So Fine  -  Chiffons
  5. Love Potion No. 9  -  Clovers
  6. That's My Desire  -  Dion & the Belmonts
  7. Step By Step  -  Crests
  8. My Prayer  -  Platters
  9. Runaround Sue  -  Dion
  10. Eddie My Love  -  Teen Queens
  11. Just To Be With You  -  Passions
  12. Cara, Mia  -  Jay & the Americans
  13. Please Say You Want Me  -  Schoolboys
  14. What Time Is It?  - Eugene Pitt
  15. Why Don't You Write Me?  -  Jacks
  16. Ling Ting Tong  -  Five Keys
  17. We Belong Together  -  Robert & Johnny

Disc 9

  1. Yakety Ysk  -  Coasters
  2. Whispering Bells  -  Del Vikings
  3. I Want You To Be My Girl  -  Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  4. Stay In My Corner  -  Dells
  5. Devil or Angel  -  Clovers
  6. There Goes By Baby  -  Drifters
  7. Lovers Never Say Goodbye  -  Flamingos
  8. Buzz-Buzz-Buzz  -  Hollywood Flames
  9. Florence  -  Paragons
  10. Searchin'  -  Coasters
  11. Sister Sookey  -  Turbans
  12. Story Untold  -  Nutmegs
  13. Blue Velvet  -  Clovers
  14. Come Back My Love  -  Wrens
  15. Sixty-Minute Man  -  Dominoes
  16. The Wind  -  Jesters

Disc 10

  1. Only You (And You Alone)  -  Platters
  2. The Great Pretender  -  Platters
  3. Come Go With Me  -  Del Vikings
  4. This I Swear  -  Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners
  5. Since I Don't Have You  -  Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners
  6. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)  -  Penguins
  7. Duke of Earl  - Gene Chandler
  8. 16 Candles  -  Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge
  9. Worst That Could Happen  -  Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge
  10. Long Lonely Nights  -  Lee Andrews & the Hearts
  11. Little Girl of Mine  -  Cleftones
  12. Heart and Soul  -  Cleftones
  13. There's a Moon Out Tonight  -  Capris
  14. Blue Moon  -  Marcels
  15. My True Story  -  Jive Five
  16. What Time Is It?  -  Jive Five
  17. Just To Be With You  -  Legends of Doo Wop
  18. Oh Rosemarie  -  Legends of Doo Wop
  19. Guardian Angel  -  Legends of Doo Wop
  20. That's My Desire  -  Earl Lewis & the Channels
  21. The Closer You Are  -  Earl Lewis & the Channels

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer
Lee Andrews   Composer
Jesse Belvin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Alan Freed   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Frankie Lymon   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Hugh Gillespie   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Raoul Cita   Composer
Ted Daryll   Composer
Dion DiMucci   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Dubin   Composer
M. Edwards   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Johnny Funches   Composer
Rex Garvin   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
George Gordy   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
R. Miller   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
B. Smith   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Frazier   Composer
J. Harris   Composer
B. Strong   Composer
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Richard Blandon   Composer
Don Burch   Composer
Candelaria   Composer
Carl Feaster   Composer
Helen Gathers   Composer
Vito Picone   Composer
Emma Pought   Composer
Jannie Pought   Composer
Darron Stankey   Composer
Arthur Venosa   Composer
Joe VerScharen   Composer
M. Robinson   Composer
John Dolphin   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Frank LaVere   Composer
Joe Luccisano   Composer
Lou Stallman   Composer
Striano   Composer
Tulio Trapani   Composer
Fred Fassert   Composer
Gentile   Composer
Mimi Uniman   Composer
B. Feldman   Composer
D. Hayes   Composer
A. Jones   Composer
C. Bassett   Composer
M. Craft   Composer
G. Richards   Composer
Paul Giacalone   Composer
L. Kirkland   Composer
R. Martin   Composer
F. Green   Composer
E. Abner   Composer
L. Douglas   Composer
Clare Loveday   Composer
C. Spencer   Composer
W. Lester   Composer
A. Collins   Composer
B. Meyers   Composer
T. Boyce   Composer
J. Sheppard   Composer
G. Troxel   Composer
B. Ellis   Composer
E. Lewis   Composer
P. Winley   Composer
J. Vogel   Composer
A. Leonard   Composer
A. Khent   Composer
R. Calhoun   Composer
R. Marks   Composer
N. Strong   Composer
V. Johnson   Composer
S. Rhodes   Composer
W. Davis   Composer
D. Henderson   Composer
L. Lange   Composer
J. Butler   Composer
T. Curry   Composer
H. Warren   Composer
C. White   Composer
C. Price   Composer
J. Beaumont   Composer
A. Lewis   Composer
H. Weiss   Composer
O. Jones   Composer
R. Edwards   Composer
R. Weeks   Composer
N. Meade   Composer
E. Navarro   Composer
R. Reicheg   Composer
V. McCoy   Composer
S. Vincent   Composer
C. Patrick   Composer
W. Robinson   Composer
W. Miller   Composer
S. Marcus   Composer
W. Horton   Composer
M. Kalfin   Composer
W. Hunter   Composer
W. Edwards   Composer
E. Wright   Composer
F. Parris   Composer
E. Maresca   Composer
D. Hogan   Composer
J. Keyes   Composer
L. Cooper   Composer
J. Kennedy   Composer
J. Goldstein   Composer
J. Gutierrez   Composer
J. Martin   Composer
B. Wayne   Composer
B. Nelson   Composer
B. Green   Composer
B. Belle   Composer
P. Wilson   Composer
T. Powers   Composer
T. Randazzo   Composer
Caroll Lovesday   Composer
Helmy Kresa   Composer
L. Prima   Composer

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