Street Corner Essentials

Street Corner Essentials


Hip-O's 2001 release, Street Corner Essentials, intends to showcase many of the greatest doo wop singles of the genre's classic period -- namely the late '50s and early '60s. This doesn't mean just the biggest hits; as a matter of fact, the compilers divide this 50-track, double-disc collection down the middle, devoting the first disc to "The Hits" and the…  See more details below


Hip-O's 2001 release, Street Corner Essentials, intends to showcase many of the greatest doo wop singles of the genre's classic period -- namely the late '50s and early '60s. This doesn't mean just the biggest hits; as a matter of fact, the compilers divide this 50-track, double-disc collection down the middle, devoting the first disc to "The Hits" and the second to "The Rare Sides." Since it primarily draws from the Universal vaults, this doesn't contain every great doo wop side, and there are several songs, such as "Happy Happy Birthday Baby" and "Little Darlin," that aren't represented by the biggest hit versions. And if you want to get technical about it, a bunch of songs toward the end of disc one (and some of disc two) aren't strictly doo wop either, at least by the most rigid definition of the style. That doesn't mean this is a con, though. Hardly. While Rhino's The Doo Wop Box remains the classic summary/introduction to this music and its two sequels get nearly all the other great songs, this is where a lot of listeners -- those who love this music dearly, but aren't obsessive -- should turn next, since even if there is some duplication with that set, it's not that much and the singles on disc one are by and large very good. Then, there's that glorious second disc, which will please those aforementioned fans and the obsessive, since it is song-for-song stronger or equal to the first, and it has the added bonus of all the songs making their U.S. debut on CD. There may not be anything here that is a flat-out knockout, but every one of these rather obscure sides -- some by names as familiar as the Crests with their "16 Candles" sequel "You Blew out the Candles"; some by names quite obscure; and some just plain curiosities, like an early single by Jimmy Castor (later known for such gonzo-funk anthems as "Bertha Butt Boogie" and "Trogolodyte") -- provides great listening for the ferociously dedicated and casual doo wop lover alike. That might not quite make it essential, but Street Corner Essentials still would be welcome in any collection of classic R&B.

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Hip-O Records

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Disc 1

  1. Nadine
  2. Darling Dear  -  Counts
  3. Sincerely  -  Moonglows
  4. Rolling Stone
  5. I'll Be Home  -  Flamingos
  6. Come Go With Me  -  Del Vikings
  7. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
  8. Little Darlin'  -  Gladiolas
  9. Long Lonely Nights
  10. Book of Love
  11. Been So Long  -  Pastels
  12. So Tough
  13. Oh Julie  -  Crescendos
  14. Tell Me Why  -  Norman Fox & The Rob Roys
  15. I Met Him on a Sunday
  16. One Summer Night
  17. Little Star
  18. You Cheated  -  Shields
  19. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  20. (Sorry) I Ran All the Way Home  -  Impalas
  21. Sea of Love  -  Phil Phillips with the Twilights
  22. Over the Rainbow
  23. Let Me In  -  Sensations
  24. I Really Love You  -  Stereos
  25. Imagination

Disc 2

  1. White Cliffs of Dover  -  Blue Jays
  2. Tryin to Get to You
  3. My Baby's Gone
  4. Show Me the Way
  5. Woke Up This Morning
  6. I Promise to Remember
  7. I Want to Love You  -  Sentimentals
  8. Sugar Mama  -  Orbits
  9. M.T.Y.L.T.T.
  10. Dance, Girl, Dance  -  Norman Fox & The Rob Roys
  11. That's the Way I Feel
  12. Ding Dong  -  Quin-Tones
  13. Joanie
  14. My Gloria
  15. Dorothy  -  Hi Fives
  16. Your Memory
  17. Don't Be a Fool  -  Explorers
  18. If I Only Had Magic  -  Dubs
  19. Echo  -  Emotions
  20. Two Hearts Are Better Than One  -  Dubs
  21. My Heart Belongs to Only You  -  Standards
  22. You Blew Out the Candles
  23. Honest I Will
  24. Be My Girl (Please Be Mine)  -  Four-Evers
  25. Stars

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Belvin   Tenor (Vocal)
Crests   Track Performer
Emotions   Track Performer
Four Tops   Track Performer
Platters   Track Performer
Maurice Williams   Vocals
Gene Ammons   Vocals
Tony Williams   Vocals
Elegants   Track Performer
Ted Weems   Baritone (Vocal)
Dubs   Track Performer
Shirley Alston   Vocals
Crescendos   Track Performer
Jimmy Hall   Vocals
Herb Reed   Bass (Vocal)
Tony Thomas   Tenor (Vocal)
Bill Carlisle   Tenor (Vocal)
Moonglows   Track Performer
Mel Williams   Tenor (Vocal)
Monotones   Track Performer
Demensions   Track Performer
Five Satins   Track Performer
Jay Joe Adams   Baritone (Vocal)
Prentiss Barnes   Bass
Johnny Bragg   Vocals
Jake Carey   Bass (Vocal)
Zeke Carey   Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Carlucci   Tenor (Vocal)
Warren Davis   Tenor (Vocal)
Frankie Ervin   Vocals
Norman Fox & The Rob Roys   Vocals
Harvey Fuqua   Tenor (Vocal)
Gladiolas   Track Performer
Dan Hicks   Bass (Vocal)
Paul Kearney   Tenor (Vocal)
James Lee   Bass (Vocal)
Gilbert Lopez   Vocals
George Malone   Tenor (Vocal)
Marigolds   Track Performer
Nate Nelson   Vocals
Original Casuals   Track Performer
Fred Parris   Vocals
Charles Patrick   Vocals
Quin-Tones   Track Performer
Lee Scott   Vocals
Levi Stubbs   Vocals
Margo Sylvia   Vocals
Zola Taylor   Vocals
Robert Thierer   Baritone (Vocal)
Ed Thurman   Tenor (Vocal)
Bob Trotman   Tenor (Vocal)
Steve Tudanger   Tenor (Vocal)
Cal Valentine   Vocals
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Baritone (Vocal)
William Weatherspoon   Tenor (Vocal)
William Stewart   Baritone (Vocal)
Paul Wilson   Baritone (Vocal)
Sam Armstrong   Vocals
Yvonne Baker   Vocals
Wendell "Breeze" Calhoun   Bass
Charles Carruthers   Vocals
Thomas "Butch" Curry   Tenor (Vocal)
Richard Curtain   Vocals
Charlotte Davis   Vocals
Sam Griggs   Tenor (Vocal)
Alphonso Howell   Bass (Vocal)
Paul Robi   Baritone (Vocal)
Lester Russaw   Tenor (Vocal)
John Sylvia   Bass
Richard Travis   Tenor (Vocal)
Norman P. Wade   Bass (Vocal)
J.B. Willingham   Baritone (Vocal)
Roy Calhoun   Tenor (Vocal)
Bill Griggs   Bass (Vocal)
Stanley Mitchell   Vocals
John Ryanes   Bass (Vocal)
Warren Ryanes   Baritone (Vocal)
Arthur Lee Andrew Thompson   Vocals
Tommy Williams   Bass (Vocal)
James Ancrum   Vocals
Lew Arno   Tenor (Vocal)
Richard Blandon   Vocals
Kenneth Brigham   Vocals
Cordell Brown   Tenor (Vocal)
Phyllis Carr   Vocals
J.T. Carter   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Jeannie Crist   Vocals
Luther Dixon   Tenor (Vocal)
Five Notes   Track Performer
Tommy Fortner   Vocals
Joe "Speedo" Frazier   Vocals
Earl Gainey   Tenor (Vocal)
Talmadge Gough   Tenor (Vocal)
Tommy Grate   Bass (Vocal)
Harvey Hershkowitz   Baritone (Vocal)
Carolyn Holmes   Vocals
Doris Coley Kenner   Vocals
Beverley Lee   Vocals
John Arthur Lee   Tenor (Vocal)
David Lerchey   Baritone (Vocal)
Howard Margolin   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Marisa Martelli   Soprano (Vocal)
William Massey   Tenor (Vocal)
Orbits   Track Performer
Vito Picone   Vocals
Clarence E. Quick   Bass (Vocal)
Quotations   Track Performer
Carman Romano   Baritone (Vocal)
Charles Sutton   Baritone (Vocal)
Billy Thomas   Vocals
Harold Torres   Tenor (Vocal)
Tune Weavers   Track Performer
Arthur Venosa   Tenor (Vocal)
Jimmy Weston   Vocals
Norman Wright   Vocals
David Carroll & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Lee Andrews   Track Performer
Phil Phillips with the Twilights   Track Performer
Don Jackson   Tenor (Vocal)
"TNT" Braggs   Vocals
Nat McCune   Baritone
Tony Maltese   Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Valentine   Vocals
Coronets   Track Performer
Stereos   Track Performer
George Lewis   Baritone (Vocal)
Ben Knight   Bass (Vocal)
Bay Bops   Track Performer
Willie Ephraim   Tenor (Vocal)
Sylvester Hopkins   Baritone (Vocal)
Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson   Vocals
Roosevelt Mays   Bass (Vocal)
Nick Zagami   Baritone (Vocal)
Bobby Serrao   Vocals
George Taylor   Vocals
Barney Zarzana   Vocals
Richard Wagner   Baritone (Vocal)
George Lanius   Vocals
Willie Wilson   Bass (Vocal)
Bruce Robinson   Vocals
Robert "Red Top" Young   Baritone (Vocal)
Standards   Track Performer
Hal Hebb   Tenor (Vocal)
Willie Jones   Baritone (Vocal)
Explorers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Calvin Carter   Composer
Warren Davis   Composer
Marshall Buzzy Helfand   Composer
George Malone   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Charles Patrick   Composer
George Khoury   Composer
Stephen B. Wilson   Art Direction
Phillip Baptiste   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Frank Daniels   Composer
Dorothy Daniels   Composer

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