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« Reply #25 on: September 27, 2015, 08:38:00 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.

Not sure how much of this is reliable but it makes for an interesting read:

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-primettes-mn0000415096 

This Mary Wilson-led B-side from 1960 is pretty cool:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK5CmbFbYII

That flute reminds me of the alternative version of the Boys' "I'm So Young". Great piano too...
 
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« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2017, 12:09:41 PM »

Found this cool track in Winamp by typing "doo wop": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2ptDgMOzc0

Lead by Earl Carroll, sings "...but my real name is Mr. Earl". After the Cadillacs would join the Coasters.
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« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2017, 12:24:18 PM »

Found this cool track in Winamp by typing "doo wop": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2ptDgMOzc0

Lead by Earl Carroll, sings "...but my real name is Mr. Earl". After the Cadillacs would join the Coasters.

A doo wop classic!

This next one has always intrigued me. "Daddy's Home" has a most curious history attached to it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8DICjr5jBI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shep_and_the_Limelites
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« Reply #28 on: May 27, 2018, 06:22:56 AM »

Here's one I was alerted to only today. "You" by The Aquatones features the dulcet tones of 17-year-old Lynne Nixon (see the wiki page). Their lone hit just missed the US top 20 in 1958. Truly wonderful stuff to melt the JK heart:

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Aquatones
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« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2019, 02:57:58 AM »

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

I love this 12-year-old description. Indeed, The Flamingos' wondrous "I Only Have Eyes For You" sounds like nothing on earth!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvzNeh4Mq1o
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« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2019, 03:31:30 AM »

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

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

Ron always did have good taste. I believe this group is a favourite of yours too, RR (thinking of that other forum)...
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« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2019, 05:38:29 PM »

Ron's swell sport, nice to discuss music with. Maybe he'll chime in.
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« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2019, 09:18:56 AM »

Ron's swell sport, nice to discuss music with. Maybe he'll chime in.

Indeed, it would be nice. But he hasn't put in an appearance since May 2016 so I rather fear he's left the fold. Angry
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« Reply #33 on: March 23, 2019, 10:01:30 AM »

I'm well aware. And? Summer_Days appeared after long hiatus, Ron may as well.
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« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2019, 05:25:55 AM »

I'm well aware. And? Summer_Days appeared after long hiatus, Ron may as well.

There's no need to shout. Grin I hope you're right. Wink
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« Reply #35 on: April 06, 2019, 04:20:57 AM »

Some pensive doo wop to suit the JK mood right now:   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngZh6ZSRoYg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Skyliners
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« Reply #36 on: April 06, 2019, 05:50:18 AM »

My overall fave in the doo wop category would be RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET, by ____________.
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« Reply #37 on: April 06, 2019, 05:57:42 AM »

My overall fave in the doo wop category would be RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET, by ____________.

The Five Keys?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_20n3QljmA

The Platters?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwOpwhxn1wE

The Jarmels?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYphb6-ZC8U

None of the above?
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« Reply #38 on: April 06, 2019, 09:48:11 AM »

My overall fave in the doo wop category would be RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET, by ____________.

The Five Keys?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_20n3QljmA

The Platters?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwOpwhxn1wE

The Jarmels?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYphb6-ZC8U

None of the above?
That's the reason I left it blank. I've liked the versions I've heard. The Five Keys & The Spiders versions two that I really like.
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« Reply #39 on: April 08, 2019, 02:28:30 PM »

That's the reason I left it blank. I've liked the versions I've heard. The Five Keys & The Spiders versions two that I really like.

Lots by The Spiders on YouTube...

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFPhURL_cI0KWPmK8GYdLo51Lqg3FeucC

...but not "RSITS". Pity. Huh

I do appreciate the early things but it's "baroque" doo wop that really does it for me, stuff like Jive Five's "My True Story":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glOMdK8gfbo
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« Reply #40 on: April 24, 2019, 05:16:40 AM »

Ritchie Valens's ballad "Donna" has always seemed to me to be doo wop sans vocal harmonies. It's just the mood it projects; and the guitar lines suggest voices:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMcHbh6HBDk

Oddly, there's another doo-woppish song called "Donna" by 10cc:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SThPj7MPX2o
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« Reply #41 on: April 24, 2019, 05:56:01 AM »

Check out "Ten Commandments of Love" by The Moonglows. I consider it to be one of the few truly "perfect songs"(It's on par with God Only Knows, a few Beatles songs, etc). I was absolutely blessed to be able to witness Harvey Fuqua(who sang on the original record) and his Moonglows group perform this song in person.
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« Reply #42 on: April 24, 2019, 10:47:54 AM »

Check out "Ten Commandments of Love" by The Moonglows. I consider it to be one of the few truly "perfect songs"(It's on par with God Only Knows, a few Beatles songs, etc). I was absolutely blessed to be able to witness Harvey Fuqua(who sang on the original record) and his Moonglows group perform this song in person.

Indeed, a wonderful song, Jay. I love those spoken "echos"! To say nothing of the intro and the outro. Roll Eyes

Wow, lucky you to have heard HF sing it live!
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« Reply #43 on: October 01, 2019, 01:30:24 PM »


And I'm back to this song again today. "Since I Don't Have You" was next in line after I linked The Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes For You" across at Hoffman...
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« Reply #44 on: October 02, 2019, 05:48:41 AM »

I've recently become a bit can of The Flamingos. I got a CD of their that collects all the original singles(both A and B sides) from 1953-61, and I highly recommend it.
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« Reply #45 on: October 02, 2019, 10:41:18 AM »

I've recently become a big fan of The Flamingos. I got a CD of their that collects all the original singles (both A and B sides) from 1953-61, and I highly recommend it.

What I've heard of their other stuff wipes the floor with most other doo wop material but "IOHEFY" is in a field of one, in any context. So thanks for the recommendation, Jay, but I'll do my stick-in-the-mud act (again) and stick with that one otherworldly song--a little world all of its own which on entering you just don't want to leave--or I don't anyway. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #46 on: October 02, 2019, 11:42:54 AM »

I've recently become a big fan of The Flamingos. I got a CD of their that collects all the original singles (both A and B sides) from 1953-61, and I highly recommend it.

What I've heard of their other stuff wipes the floor with most other doo wop material but "IOHEFY" is in a field of one, in any context. So thanks for the recommendation, Jay, but I'll do my stick-in-the-mud act (again) and stick with that one otherworldly song--a little world all of its own which on entering you just don't want to leave--or I don't anyway. Roll Eyes
I totally agree about  IOHEFY! I consider it one of the greatest records of all time, by anybody. "Otherworldly" is definitively a great word to describe it. The whole mood of the song is quite eerie to me. And that high voice echoing in the background is downright hair raising! It's best listened to in the dark. But I also love "Golden Teardrops", and "Plan For Love".
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