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Dawn of Doo-Wop

The Dawn of Doo-Wop

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England's Proper label issued this 100-track attempt to sum up the state of black harmony groups between 1940 and 1952. Though there's a lot of incredible music from the era, this four-disc set overly concentrates on slow ballads instead of up-tempo numbers. The first disc, "Digging the Roots," begins right where it should, with tracks by the forefathers of doo wop:


England's Proper label issued this 100-track attempt to sum up the state of black harmony groups between 1940 and 1952. Though there's a lot of incredible music from the era, this four-disc set overly concentrates on slow ballads instead of up-tempo numbers. The first disc, "Digging the Roots," begins right where it should, with tracks by the forefathers of doo wop: the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots. Unfortunately, instead of a swinging track like "Tiger Rag" or even "The Glow Worm," The Dawn of Doo-Wop programs the Mills Brothers' "Paper Doll" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love" and the Ink Spots' "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano." Following hot on their heels are a variety of groups influenced by either (or both) of the above, including the Four Vagabonds, the Toppers, the Syncopaters, the Deep River Boys, and, best of all, the Ravens. Most of these are ballads too, with only a pair of good-time, up-tempo songs: "Shorty's Got to Go" by Bill Johnson & His Musical Notes and "Boogie Woogie on a Saturday Night" by Steve Gibson & the Red Caps. The second disc, "Birdland," has 25 tracks, all by "bird" groups (the Orioles, the Larks, the Swallows, the Ravens, the Robins, etc.), while the third, "Doo-Wop Dreamin'," slows the tempo even more. Finally, the set gets moving a bit on the final disc ("Doo-Wop Dancin'"), with swinging novelties from the Swallows ("It Ain't the Meat"), the Royales ("Too Much of a Little Bit"), the Dominoes ("Sixty Minute Man"), the Treniers ("Go Go Go"), and the Clovers ("Fool Fool Fool"). Fans of doo wop will undoubtedly discover many new groups on this set, but wading through all the down-tempo material is quite a chore.

Product Details

Release Date:
Proper Box Uk


Disc 1

  1. When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
  2. Natchez Mississippi Blues
  3. Paper Doll
  4. Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer
  5. Just for You @@Red Caps
  6. You Always Hurt the One You Love
  7. I'm Living for You
  8. In a Palace of Stone
  9. To Each His Own
  10. I Sold My Heart to the Junk Man
  11. That Chick's Too Young to Fry
  12. Bye Bye Baby Blues
  13. P.S. I Love You
  14. Ol' Man River
  15. Near to You
  16. Together
  17. Shorty's Got to Go
  18. Across the Alley from the Alamo
  19. You're Breaking My Heart
  20. River Stay Away From My Door @@Syncopaters
  21. These Are the Things I Want to Share With You @@Syncopaters
  22. Loch Lomond @@Four Rockets
  23. White Christmas
  24. Milky Way White
  25. Boogie Woogie on a Saturday Night

Disc 2

  1. It's Too Soon to Know
  2. Be I Bumble Bee or Not
  3. Will You Be Mine
  4. When I Leave These Prison Walls
  5. I'm Through
  6. Careless Love
  7. I'm Just a Fool in Love
  8. Eyesight to the Blind
  9. Dearest
  10. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)
  11. Hold Me Squeeze Me
  12. School Girl Blues
  13. Wishing for You
  14. Darlin'
  15. I'm Gonna Take to the Road
  16. If I Didn't Love You So
  17. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
  18. Since You've Been Away
  19. My Reverie
  20. Our Romance Is Over
  21. If You Didn't Mean It
  22. I Miss You So
  23. Eternally
  24. There's Rain in My Eyes
  25. Coffee Cigarettes and Tears @@Larks

Disc 3

  1. She's Gone
  2. Where Are You @@Mello-Moods
  3. With a Broken Heart
  4. Don't You Ever Mind Them @@Melody Masters
  5. Don't Say You're Sorry Again
  6. Give Me One More Chance
  7. Shouldn't I Know
  8. Do Something for Me
  9. Too Late Baby
  10. What Does It Matter?
  11. Journey's End
  12. I'd Rather Have You Under the Moon
  13. Can't Get You Off My Mind
  14. Weeping Willow Blues
  15. You Captured My Heart @@Sultans
  16. The Glory of Love
  17. I'll Always Love You
  18. Cool Saturday Night
  19. Summertime Gal
  20. I Am With You
  21. I Don't Believe in Tomorrow
  22. Missing You
  23. Christmas Is Coming at Last
  24. These Things I Miss
  25. As Long as I Live

Disc 4

  1. Too Much of a Little Bit
  2. Rockin'
  3. Roll Roll Pretty Baby
  4. Fool, Fool, Fool
  5. I Ain't Fattening Frogs for Snakes
  6. If It's So
  7. Please Don't Leave Me
  8. Rival Blues
  9. How Long Must I Wait for You
  10. Buzz Buzz Buzz
  11. Don't You Know I Love You
  12. Hey Little Girl
  13. Old MacDonald
  14. Sixty Minute Man
  15. Turkey Hop
  16. That's What You're Doing to Me
  17. It Ain't the Meat
  18. Pretty Baby Blues
  19. Ooh...It Feels So Good @@Larks
  20. I'm Living O.K.
  21. Chicken Blues
  22. Hucklebuck With Jimmy
  23. Tuscaloosa @@Red Caps
  24. Lemon Squeezing Daddy
  25. Go Go Go

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Otis   Vibes
Trumpeteers   Track Performer
Mills Brothers   Track Performer
Clovers   Track Performer
Five Keys   Track Performer
Clyde McPhatter   Tenor (Vocal)
Bobby Nunn   Bass (Vocal)
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Harris   Guitar
Oscar Moore   Guitar
Ink Spots   Track Performer
Joe Lamont   Baritone (Vocal)
Don Hill   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Deep River Boys   Track Performer
Jimmy Ricks   Bass (Vocal)
Striders   Track Performer
John Mills   Vocals
Sonny Thompson   Piano
Skeeter Best   Guitar,Vocals
Four Vagabonds   Track Performer
Eddie Beal   Piano
Leard Bell   Drums
James Albert Bethea   Bass (Vocal)
Howard Biggs   Piano
Frank Carroll   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Mario Delagarde   Baritone Saxophone
Alfred Elkins   Vocals
Four Blues   Track Performer
Henry Green   Drums
Pete "Guitar" Lewis   Guitar
Johnny Miller   Baritone Saxophone
Donald Mills   Vocals
Harry Mills   Vocals
Herbert Mills   Vocals
Jimmy Moore   Vocals
Gene Mumford   Vocals
Orioles   Track Performer
Rhythm Kings   Track Performer
Ty Terrell   Tenor (Vocal)
Treniers   Track Performer
Egbert Victor   Piano,Vocals
Ernest Warren   Vocals
James Waters   Baritone (Vocal)
Devonia Williams   Piano
Gene Wright   Vocals
Charlie Drayton   Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Rich   Tenor (Vocal)
Bill Sanford   Piano
Benny Cotton   Bass (Vocal)
Doles Dickens   Baritone Saxophone
Eugene Teague   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Rudy West   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Cornell Wiley   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Sonny Til   Tenor (Vocal)
Joseph Armstrong   Baritone (Vocal)
Matthew McQuater   Tenor (Vocal)
Pico Payne   Vocals
Charlie White   Tenor (Vocal)
Otto "Jeff" Jeffries   Vocals
David McNeil   Bass (Vocal)
Lowman Pauling   Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Norval Taborn   Baritone (Vocal)
Cedric Wallace   Baritone Saxophone
Raymond Barnes   Tenor (Vocal)
Romaine Brown   Piano,Vocals
Alden Bunn   Guitar,Vocals
Cardinals   Track Performer
Obediah Carter   Vocals
Herman "Junior" Denby   Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal),String Bass
Charlie Fuqua   Vocals
Tommy Gaither   Guitar
Ripley Ingram   Vocals
Ollie Jones   Tenor (Vocal)
Orville "Hoppy" Jones   Vocals
Bill Kenny   Vocals
Herb Kenny   Vocals
Maithe Marshall   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Danny Owens   Vocals
Dave Patillo   Vocals
Maryland Pierce   Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Leonard Puzey   Tenor (Vocal)
Hadie Rowe   Baritone (Vocal)
Thermon Ruth   Tenor (Vocal)
Alexander Sharp   Tenor (Vocal)
Dickie Smith   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Jimmy Springs   Vocals
Johnny Tanner   Vocals
Bernie West   Bass (Vocal)
Basin Street Boys   Track Performer
Howard H. Scott   Vocals
Louis Heyward   Baritone (Vocal)
Gene Gilbeaux   Piano
Warren Suttles   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Claude Trenier   Vocals
Cliff Trenier   Vocals
Herman Washington   Baritone Saxophone
Tom Leonard   Vocals
Arthur Butler   Vocals
Arthur Davey   Vocals
Royal Brent   Vocals
Dozier Boys   Track Performer
Bill Johnson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Eric Miller   Guitar,Background Vocals
Artie Waters   Vocals
Johnny Moore Band   Guitar
Billy Richards   Baritone (Vocal)
Bobby Baylor   Tenor (Vocal)
Harry Douglass   Baritone (Vocal)
Vernon Gardner   Tenor (Vocal)
Earl Hurley   Tenor (Vocal)
George Lawson   Tenor (Vocal)
Earl Plummer   Vocals
Edward Ware   Bass (Vocal)
Cameron Williams   Piano
Rivals   Track Performer
William Samuels   Vocals
Buddy Bailey   Tenor (Vocal)
Jack Aydelotte   Piano,Tenor (Vocal)
Leon Hardy   Bass (Vocal)
Ormand Wilson   Vocals
Raleigh Tunrage   Tenor (Vocal)
Joseph "Smokey" Johnson   Vocals
Bobby Rae Williams   Vocals
James Riley   Vocals
Meredith Brothers   Tenor (Vocal)
Bill Minor   Drums,Tenor (Vocal)
Steve Gibson   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Brown   Bass (Vocal)
Richard Cannon   Vocals
Royal J. Abbit   Piano
Lee Barnes   Piano,Vocals
Edward Bibbs   Guitar
Billy "Butterball" Bowen   Vocals
Harrient Calander   Soprano (Vocal)
Gus Gordon   Drums,Vocals
Freddy Francis   Baritone (Vocal)
Cliff Givins   Bass (Vocal)
Ray Jr. Grant   Guitar,Bass (Vocal)
Jimmy Robinson   Bass,Vocals
Roy Richards   Baritone (Vocal)
Joe Jones   Piano,Drums,Bass Saxophone

Technical Credits

Eddie Beal   Contributor
Frank Culley   Contributor
Gene Gilbeaux   Contributor
E. Gray   Arranger

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The Dawn of Doo-Wop 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a good box set. I wouldn't really agree with the AMG reviewer mostly, but there were a few slow ballads. But what's wrong with that? I liked them. He was particularly wrong about The Ravens who had a lot of uptempo songs in this set. Overall, I enjoyed the box set.