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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
One of New York's finest early doo wop groups' early sides from 1956 to 1961 first recorded on Whirling Disc, Fury, and Port Records. Only two Gone releases from 1957-1958 are missing -- must be a licensing problem. The Channels were not only unique vocally, Earl Lewis' leads rank up there and Clifton Wright's bass expressions gets A's for creativity; but if you didn't know the Channels were five African-Americans you could only guess at their ethnicity. As Eddie Levert the O'Jays once said about the song "Wildflower" the first time he heard it: "I thought it was a white guy trying to do a black thing but discovered it was a black guy Donny Gerrard, an African-American,...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
One of New York's finest early doo wop groups' early sides from 1956 to 1961 first recorded on Whirling Disc, Fury, and Port Records. Only two Gone releases from 1957-1958 are missing -- must be a licensing problem. The Channels were not only unique vocally, Earl Lewis' leads rank up there and Clifton Wright's bass expressions gets A's for creativity; but if you didn't know the Channels were five African-Americans you could only guess at their ethnicity. As Eddie Levert the O'Jays once said about the song "Wildflower" the first time he heard it: "I thought it was a white guy trying to do a black thing but discovered it was a black guy Donny Gerrard, an African-American, was Skylark's lead singer doing a white thing." The Channels deliver buttery, stuttering doo wop at its best -- check out "I Really Love You," "Flames in My Heart," or "The Gleam in Your Eyes"; they were also exquisite at jump R&B, i.e., "What Do You Do" and "My Loving Baby." Lewis wrote many of these tracks only to find producer
ecord label owner Bobby Robinson's name listed as co-writer when the record came out. Such is music, such is life. Essential for doo wop lovers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/1990
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431501221
  • Catalog Number: 5012
  • Sales rank: 160,666

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earl Lewis & the Channels Primary Artist, Track Performer
Earl Lewis Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
B.B. King Composer
Charlie Horner Liner Notes
Jules Taub Composer
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