Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 1 (1939-1949)

Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 1 (1939-1949)

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Bear Family's ambitious multi-volume Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop chronicles a time long before rock & roll. It begins in 1939 with the Ink Spots' "If I Didn't Care," a song that contains the DNA of doo wop within Bill Kenny's lovely, keening tenor counterbalanced by the bass of Orville "Hoppy" Jones. This slight but significant shift within vocal harmony groups can be heard throughout the 30 songs on this first volume. Almost all of these sides, all cut between 1939 and 1949, are rooted in big-band pop, not gospel, so the rhythms sway instead of jump. This begins to change in the late '40s, particularly with the Orioles' "It's Too Soon to Know," which has the swing of R&B and gospel harmonies. A few other singles here also point to nascent doo wop but most of the music on Street Corner Symphonies, Vol. 1 should be viewed as prehistory for the main event -- it is instructive, at times fascinating and entertaining, and always well-annotated by Bill Dahl, but it retains a slight musty air, possibly because the bulk of this music is so dreamy it verges on the sleepy.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2012
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127172792
catalogNumber: 2717279
Rank: 88774

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Samuels   Vocals
Gus Gordon   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Leonard Caston   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
John Jennings   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Billy Vera   Illustrations
Hy Zaret   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Charlie Horner   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Mort Dixon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Eddie Seiler   Composer
Louis Singer   Composer
Patrick Toohey   Composer
Irving Berman   Composer
Roy Brodsky   Composer
Deborah Chessler   Composer
Thomas Connor   Composer
Gladyces DeJesus   Composer
Dusty Brooks   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jimmy Henderson   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Stefan Wriedt   Illustrations
William Johnson   Composer
William Skidmore   Composer
William "Pat" Best   Composer
Daryl Hutchins   Composer
Pamela Horner   Illustrations
Theodore Brooks   Composer
Terrell Leonard   Composer
Mel Wettergren   Composer
Johnnie Getz   Composer
Joe Davis   Composer
Jim Turner   Composer

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