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« on: May 07, 2006, 07:14:10 PM »

Somebody help me make a list... I've been listening to Jan & Dean "Baby Talk" today and I love stuff like this... not necessarily your standard doo-wop but more of the stuff with interesting vocal rhythms "baaahhh, daaa bahhhh, daaaa oom whop oom whop oooom whop whop"  Usually bass vocals. 

Stuff like "Blue Moon" etc.  Anybody got anymore that just kill them?  I'm trying to make a CD.

"Good To My Baby" comes to mind, but I want a whole CD of like 20 by everybody. 

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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2006, 07:16:08 PM »

"I Wonder Why" - Dion & The Belmonts works too. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2006, 05:58:02 AM »

Get a job - The Silhouettes (if I'm right)
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oh man, there are so many... Look at amazon or whatever after doo-wop. The 50s had very much of that

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Try "She's still talking baby talk" by jan & Dean
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2006, 12:38:09 PM »

I love Dion. He’s coming to my town in August, and I hope he plays my personal favorite, “No One Knows”.

Also, if he played his 1968 self-titled album in it’s entirety, I think I’d soil myself. Love that record, and it is an absolute crime that it is not in print!
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2006, 12:45:44 PM »

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It's "Who Put the Bomp" by Barry Mann, one half of the famed Mann/Weil songwriting team. I agree with the song choice. I would also add the following:

"When You Dance" - The Turbans
"Tell Me Why" - RobRoys
"Tonight I Fell In Love" - Satins
"Tonight (Could Be The Night)" - The Velvets
"I Need Someone" - The Belmonts (after Dion)
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2006, 06:41:24 AM »

Any doo-wop compilation damn well better have 'Speedo' by the Cadillacs.
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2006, 07:32:30 AM »

Yeah, that one's good.  I've got to try the other ones listed. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2006, 01:52:51 PM »

more "bop"/doo-wop songs if you didn't know about them:

Jan & Dean: Tennessee, Sunday Kind of Love, Heart and Soul
Jennie Lee - Jan & Arnie [pre Jan & Dean]
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2006, 07:14:05 PM »

Any doo-wop compilation damn well better have 'Speedo' by the Cadillacs.

Did anyone ever notice that the "bop bop a diddle it" on "Speedo" sounds a lot like the "bop bop a diddle it" on The Beach Boys' "Add Some Music To Your Day". The a capella version on the Hawthorne CD really brings it out...
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2006, 02:42:44 PM »

If you can find a single copy of the Cadets Stranded in the Jungle get it.   The flip side, side B, has a tune called I Want You.  One of my all time favorite R&B "do wop" sort of songs.

There has to be hundreds of great songs like this lost out there on B sides, never to be heard again, even with the proliferation of music on CD.  Some of the better used record stores offer a chance to get ahold of some of the lesser known A sides of popular do wop and R&B groups.........as well as those B sides that never made it to albums.
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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2006, 05:38:15 PM »

Frank Zappa does great doo wop.
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2006, 03:17:05 PM »

I love Doo-Wop. If anyone's looking for a good sampler CD instead of putting down alot of green for the Doo-Wop box sets, I heartily recommend this compilation:

Street Corner Serenade


tracklist:
1. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - The Teenagers, featuring Frankie Lymon
2. Whispering Bells - The Dell-Vikings, featuring Krips Johnson
3. Speedo - The Cadillacs, with Jesse Powell Orch.
4. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - The Penguins
5. Little Star - The Elegants
6. I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts
7. Book Of Love - The Monotones
8. Sincerely - The Moonglows
9. Come Go With Me - The Dell Vikings
10. Only You (And You Alone) - The Platters
11. Hushabye - The Mystics
12. There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
13. I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos
14. A Teenager In Love - Dion & The Belmonts
15. 16 Candles - The Crests
16. Stay - Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
17. Oh What A Nite - The Dells
18. There's A Moon Out Tonight - The Capris
19. Blue Moon - The Marcels
20. Get A Job - The Silhouettes
21. Barbara Ann - The Regents
22. In The Still Of The Nite - The Five Satins

Incredible selection. Every one of 'em are classics. BUY. NOW.
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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2006, 01:41:36 AM »

an obvious one for Smiley fans-

Gee- The Crows

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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2006, 02:28:59 AM »

That compilation looks real good, I only have eyes for you is brilliant, its real spooky sounding, like something from outer space.
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2006, 04:39:53 AM »

@Summer_Days: Looks great. Are these the original recordings or re-recordings?
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« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2006, 12:05:02 PM »

More (early) Jan & Arnie / Jan & Dean examples . . .


Bonnie Lou - (Jan & Arnie) - 1958

The Beat that Can't Be Beat - (Jan & Arnie) - 1958

Jeanette, Get Your Hair Done - 1959

There's a Girl - 1959

My Heart Sings - 1959

White Tenneis Sneakers - 1960

Cindy - 1960

Gee - 1960

Judy's An Angel - 1961

Don't Fly Away - 1961

Wanted, One Girl - 1961

Frosty (The Snow Man) - 1962



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« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2006, 12:24:05 PM »

@Summer_Days: Looks great. Are these the original recordings or re-recordings?

As far as I know, they are the originals. They sound downright vintage to me! Beautiful stuff.

Sure, it could use stuff like 'Gee', etc... but what's there makes fora good sampler. I'm still thinking about getting the Doo Wop box sets to satiate my appetite.
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« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2015, 06:18:26 AM »

This for me is the greatest doo-wop song of all time----and one of the greatest 45s: "I Only Have Eyes For You" by The Flamingos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBeL0acxpzI
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« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2015, 08:41:46 AM »

It is, very good.  Always sounds so sad to me, I don't think it's supposed to be, though.

A similar one that I always loved and thought was just smmmmmmokey was "You Belong To Me" by the Dufrees.... lots of others did it too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIEBErVs0fY


The Dufrees did a great one called 'Have You Heard" too....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uugCEibK1Q

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« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2015, 09:11:02 AM »

It is, very good.  Always sounds so sad to me, I don't think it's supposed to be, though.

A similar one that I always loved and thought was just smmmmmmokey was "You Belong To Me" by the Dufrees.... lots of others did it too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIEBErVs0fY


The Dufrees did a great one called 'Have You Heard" too....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uugCEibK1Q

Very nice, those two. But "IOHEFY" is so unusual in comparison. Those three opening guitar chords seem to open up a door into another world of sound and colour. The middle-eight is relatively earthbound but the rest is like nothing else before or since. Those shoo-bop-shoo-bops call to mind much later vocal groups like The Dells----soul with a touch of aggro. I remember hearing the end as a child when it got a lone play on BBC Radio and it scared the hell out of me! That record is a law unto itself...
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« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2015, 03:28:00 PM »

I only have eyes for you is brilliant, its real spooky sounding, like something from outer space.

I only just noticed this remark from nine years ago. I couldn't agree more, sir. :=)  

And guess what!

http://peternreum.blogspot.nl/2015/09/my-search-for-perfect-record-by-peter.html
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« Reply #21 on: September 25, 2015, 12:04:18 AM »

You're like hypehat, john. Smwr on the board he listed it his favorite doo wop song or some such. Search "flamingo" by user "hypehat".

For me, words "great" & "doo wop" don't go well together. It's like saying "ballet is exciting" (yaawn). Anyway, I do have favorite, ofc. I can find favorite in any genre. Lemme introduce the fabulous The Tokens! go to Youtube.
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« Reply #22 on: September 25, 2015, 12:58:51 AM »

"Heavenly Father" by the Supremes with Flo on lead, particularly the middle eight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB_jRWIFA44
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« Reply #23 on: September 26, 2015, 01:29:34 PM »

"Heavenly Father" by the Supremes with Flo on lead, particularly the middle eight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB_jRWIFA44

I'm not allowed to hear it, unfortunately, but I did catch a few seconds of it here (no middle eight, sad to say):

http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B003LYZWAU/ref=dm_mu_dp_trk38

Very nice indeed. That's when they were The Primettes, right?
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« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2015, 03:47:19 AM »

"Heavenly Father" by the Supremes with Flo on lead, particularly the middle eight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB_jRWIFA44

I'm not allowed to hear it, unfortunately, but I did catch a few seconds of it here (no middle eight, sad to say):

http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B003LYZWAU/ref=dm_mu_dp_trk38

Very nice indeed. That's when they were The Primettes, right?

Not sure. I have it as a bonus track on a reissue of Florence's solo album. It's an older song, so there may be other good versions of it out there.
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