Originally released on the Melba label in 1956. The song was initially called 'Church Bells Are Ringing' then renamed to the more sensible 'Church Bells May Ring' after a month from release. The Willows recorded as The Five Willows previous to this release.
This lip-synced performance of the song to a load of kids is quite entertaining! Infectious party recession music originally on the Junior label. Unfortunately another one hit wonder. For the lyrics and more info on the group click here.
Just to get you all festive here is an extremely rare doo wop on Sun Ra's Saturn label (misspelled on label as Satur). Note the random wooden block sounds which are also used less randomly on the Equallos song in the previous post.
"Saturn RECORDS -- It's Christmas time -- The Qualities: unidentified male vocal quartet. Sun Ra-harmonium; unknown-acoustic guitar; unknown-bells; unknown-wood blocks. Produced by Alton Abraham and Sun Ra. Chicago, probably 1956."
You can just make out Sun Ra's harmonium in the background and more noticeably towards the end.
If I told you Sun Ra was rumored to be involved in this recording then you might understand why I've included it here (although I've read somewhere that Sun Ra had left Chicago a few years earlier). Nevertheless, this is one 'far out' doo-wop from the aptly named Mad label out of Chicago.
'Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am The Japanese Sandman)' ('57)
"The Cellos" were an overnight sensation when in 1957 Apollo released one of the greatest novelty doo wops of all time. Unfortunately, the group never took off after the hit. An interesting article about "The Cellos" can be found here.
Originally known as "The Crazy Sounds" they managed to get an audition over the telephone with the original Rock 'n' Roll disc jockey Alan Freed. The song they chose was 'I Just Can't Tell Know Lie'. Freed saw fit to change their name to "The Moonglows" (Freed was known as Moondog); he also helped rewrite the song. The song was released on his newly formed Champagne label in March 1953, with the flip side being 'I've Been Your Dog'; a tribute to "The Ravens" sound. The record didn't do very well...........Shame!
01 The Ontarios - Memories Of You 02 The Capitals (aka The True-tones) - Honey Honey (alt) 03 The Heartbreakers - Good Rocking Daddy 04 The Heartbreakers - Darling Please Come Back To Me 05 The Heartbreakers - Ain't Nothin' Shakin' 06 The Heartbreakers - She's Gone 07 The True-Tones (aka The Capitals) - Whirlwind 08 The Ontarios - Lover's Mambo 09 The Twilighters - Please Tell Me You're Mine 10 Joe Lyons & The Arrows - Shufflin' Jive 11 The Coolbreezers - Siesta 12 The Five Dots - The Other Night 13 The Coolbreezers - You Know I Go For You 14 The Clefs - We Three 15 The Twilighters - Wonderin' 16 The Captans - Goodnight Mother 17 The Four Dots - My Dear 18 The Kool Gents - Phoebe 19 The Five Dots - Well Little Baby 20 The L'Captans - The Bells Ring Out 21 The Arrows - We Ain't Gonna Ride No More 22 The Arrows - What's New With You 23 The Rainbows - It's Terrific 24 The Warblers - Bad Little Girl 25 The Earls - Believe Me My Love 26 The Earls - Spinnin' 27 Phil Flowers & The Carnations - You're Just An Angel 28 Phil Flowers & The Carnations - You Got Me Walkin'
Loads of amazing rockin' tunes with some beautiful ballads. It's great stuff!
The Earls - 'Believe Me My Love' is one of them ballads.
Any information about The Earls would be appreciated.
01 The Jones Boys - Alone In The Night 02 The Jones Boys - Alone In The Night (alt) 03 The Capitals (aka The Truetones) - Honey Honey 04 The Earls - Love Tears 05 The Earls - Love Tears (alt) 06 The Heartbreakers - She's Gone 07 The Clefs - Sorry 08 The Rainbows - Can't You See I Love You So 09 The Ontarios - I Really Had A Ball 10 The Warbles (aka The Griffins) - Scheming 11 The Parakeets - My Love Is True (accap) 12 The Ontarios - It's Wrong 13 The Parakeets - Don't Leave My Broken Heart 14 The Warblers - Is This The Real Thing 15 The Original Chords - In The Woods 16 The Chords - Daddy Loves Mommy 17 The Ontarios - Love Me Baby 18 The Ontarios - Love Me Baby (alt) 19 The Chords - Refridgerater Daddy 20 The Heartbreakers - I Swear By All The Stars Above 21 The Heartbreakers - I Swear By All The Stars Above (alt) 22 The Heartbreakers - We're Gonna Have Some Fun 23 The Heartbreakers - Is This The Real Thing 24 The Heartbreakers - Ain't Nothin' Shakin' 25 The Heartbreakers - Cry Wind Cry 26 The Octaves - I'll Never Fool My Heart 27 The Arrows - I Just Lost My Sweetheart
Wonderful early 50's Doo Wops from the Washington/Maryland area.
The alternate take of 'alone in the night' by the Jones Boys is electrifying!
There are some errors on the track listing; there are 27 tracks, not 26 as stated on the CD, and some song titles / artists are incorrect. These errors are kindly mentioned in the notes of volume 2, and I've correctly tagged the files accordingly.
For those of you that don't know me, I've been rattling on about Doo Wop for sometime now. Doo Wop will be the starting point for this blog but I doubt it will solely be the subject matter. Let's see how it goes!