Ooh Bop Sha Boo: King Vocal Groups, Vol. 1

Ooh Bop Sha Boo: King Vocal Groups, Vol. 1

     
 

King Records had the whole field of rock & roll, R&B, and hillbilly covered in the '50s, including doo wop groups. Here are a couple of dozen doo woppers from 1952-1961 King singles, none of them hits, and few of them by artists who had any success of note, other than the Five Keys and OtisSee more details below

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King Records had the whole field of rock & roll, R&B, and hillbilly covered in the '50s, including doo wop groups. Here are a couple of dozen doo woppers from 1952-1961 King singles, none of them hits, and few of them by artists who had any success of note, other than the Five Keys and Otis Williams & the Charms. (Note that the group called the Temptations on this disc, represented by both sides of their sole 1958 single, are not the same as the Temptations who recorded for Motown, or indeed, as a third group called the Temptations who had a Top Thirty hit with "Barbara" in 1960. Nor is the male vocal group here called the Crystals any relation to the girl group who had several Phil Spector-produced hits.) There's a good variety of styles within the doo wop genre here -- gushy slow ballads, up-tempo numbers with nonsense syllables galore, and gymnastic vocal harmony arrangements. In the up-tempo approach, the Guytones' "Ooh Bop Sha Boo (Give All Your Love to Me)" is one of the best cuts; the Tenderfoots' "Those Golden Bells" has that mellow, melodramatic sound common in mid-'50s doo wop, just before it got toughened up by the rock & roll explosion; Otis Williams & the Charms' 1961 single "So Can I" has a nice, slightly modernized tinge; and the same group's earlier "Let Some Love in Your Heart" has some really fine harmonizing, leaning more toward an adult pop style than doo wop usually did. But most of this is pretty ordinary doo wop, sometimes stereotypically so, of interest almost exclusively to avid collectors of the genre. And the Federals' cover of "Come Go With Me," released in competition with the huge Del Vikings' hit version of the same song, is depressingly inferior to the one that became a smash.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667198325
catalogNumber:
983
Rank:
176386

Tracks

  1. Ooh Bop Sha Boo (Give All Your Love to Me)  -  Guytones
  2. Come Go With Me  -  Federals
  3. Deep in My Heart for You  -  Pyramids
  4. Standing Alone
  5. So Can I  -  Otis Williams & the Charms
  6. I Need Your Tenderness  -  Chanters
  7. My Angel  -  Californians
  8. Lonely Rain  -  Mascots
  9. God Only Knows  -  Crystals
  10. You Broke the Only Heart  -  Five Keys
  11. I'm Yours Anyhow  -  Tenderfoots
  12. Dear Mother  -  Hurricanes
  13. Let Some Love in Your Heart  -  Otis Williams & the Charms
  14. Who Knows, Do You?  -  Swallows
  15. Tell Me (How Was I to Know)  -  Guytones
  16. My, My, Darling  -  Chanters
  17. The Story of My Heart  -  Mascots
  18. Roach's Rock
  19. Ask Me  - Kenny Martin
  20. Tell Me You're Mine  -  Five Jets
  21. My Baby's Gone  -  Velvet Keys
  22. Those Golden Bells  -  Tenderfoots
  23. Blue Flowers  -  Strangers
  24. Eternally  -  Swallows

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Thompson   Group Member
Bill Davis   Group Member
Otis Williams   Group Member
Michael Cruz   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
John Grant   Group Member
Bill Isles   Group Member
Charles Lee   Group Member
Eddie Levert   Leader,Group Member
Ramon Lopez   Group Member
Bobby Massey   Group Member
Matthew Nelson   Group Member
William Powell   Group Member
Carl White   Group Member
Walter Williams   Group Member
Eddie Rich   Group Member
Tony Lopez Rivera   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Carl Stewart   Group Member
Rudy West   Group Member
Herman "Junior" Denby   Group Member
Elliott Green   Group Member
Bud Johnson   Group Member
Fred Paige   Group Member
Larry Pendergrass   Group Member
Maryland Pierce   Group Member
Dickie Smith   Group Member
Bernie West   Group Member
Ray Peña   Baritone (Vocal),Group Member
Ken Fox   Group Member
Norris Mack   Group Member
Vernon Britton   Group Member
Rudy "Unc-Funk" Anderson   Group Member
Henry Austin   Group Member
Willie Rockwell   Group Member
Frederick P. Williams   Group Member
William Clarke   Group Member
Efraín Rivera   Leader,Group Member
Joe Murphy   Leader,Group Member
Alfred Frazier   Group Member
John Harris   Group Member
Tom Williams   Group Member
Earl Hurley   Group Member
Matt Williams   Group Member
James H. Brown   Group Member
John Cales   Bass (Vocal),Group Member
Lionel Cobbs   Group Member
Lorenzo Cook   Group Member
Joe Dandy   Group Member
John Dorsey   Group Member
Wilfred Gerald   Group Member
Woodrow Jackson   Group Member
Frederick "Money" Johnson   Group Member
Tommy Malon   Leader,Group Member
Vincent Pascale   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal),Group Member
James Pendor   Group Member
Kenneth Perdue   Group Member
Pringle Sims   Group Member
Philip Spina   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Thomas "Dickie" Threatt   Group Member
Stanley Wagner   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Ronnie Willis   Group Member
Lonnie Carter   Group Member

Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer
Alan Ross   Composer
Richard Parker   Composer
Nick Robbins   Mastering
Carl White   Composer
Danny Overbea   Composer
Joe Seneca   Composer
Elliott Green   Composer
Fred Paige   Composer
Larry Pendergrass   Composer
Joe Penn   Composer
Clarence E. Quick   Composer
Vernon Britton   Composer
Joe Murphy   Composer
Gordon Skadberg   Liner Notes
Earl White   Composer
Ruben Wright   Composer
Raymond D. Martinez   Composer
John Brizant   Arranger
Woodrow Jackson   Composer
Vincent Pascale   Composer
Stanley Wagner   Composer

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