Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

Lightnin' Hopkins

Lightnin' Hopkins - 'Happy New Year'

The first post of 2011 will be a vocal group tribute to the blues.........

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas

The 'Nine Ladies', Stanton Moor, Derbyshire, UK
Just up the hill is this bronze age stone circle. Photo courtesy of my Dad.

The Drifters - 'White Christmas'

Friday, 24 December 2010

No. 1 - "The Youngsters"

'Christmas In Jail' ('56)

Last but not least, my favourite Christmas Doo-Wop! Released on Empire Records.
Hope to see you next year...

Merry Christmas!!!!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

No. 2 - "The Channels"

'The Closer You Are' ('56)

Widely regarded to be the greatest doo wop ever! See the link below for some insight into what it was like to live in NY at the time of this incredible Whirlin' Disc release.

"The bottom line is that everyone on this recording is a lead singer. They’re all up front, right in your face, just wailing away. “The Closer You Are” is either a big amateurish mess, or one of the most inventive doo-wop records to come out of a New York studio in 1956"

Please Note: Earl Lewis from The Five Echoes (pictured) is not the same 'Earl Lewis' as in The Channels (thanks Riccardo). See here for more info

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

No. 4 - "The Sonics"

'This Broken Heart' ('59)


Originally released on the Harvard label in 1959, this is a beautiful doo-wop / soul ballad which was covered by Funkadelic on their 'Cosmic Slop' LP - listen here

Monday, 20 December 2010

No. 5 - "The Silhouettes"

'Get A Job' ('57)

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.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

No. 6 - "The Qualities"

'It's Christmas Time' ('56?)


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. 

Saturday, 18 December 2010

No. 7 - "The Equallos"

'Beneath The Sun' ('62) 

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.

Friday, 17 December 2010

No. 8 - "Laverne Ray & The Raytones"

'I've Got That Feeling' ('57)

Apart from being released on the Okeh label in 1957 I can't find any info on this group, but it doesn't matter, IT ROCKS!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

No. 9 - "The Cellos"

'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.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

No. 10 - "The Feathers"

'Love Only You' & 'Crashing The Party'! ('55)

A family based group, 'Love Only You' came out in 1955 on the Showtime label as the flip side to the wild 'Crashing The Party'!!

Hear 'Crashing The Party'

Source = Frank Zappa & his doo-wop & r&b records on kppc (1968-11-27)

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

No. 11 - "The Evergreens"

'Guitar Player' ('55)

Released on the Miami Chart label, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson plays blinding guitar on this one. If you like this try 'Space Guitar' by Mr Watson.

No. 12 - "The Moonglows"

'I Just Can't Tell No Lie' ('53)


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!

Monday, 13 December 2010

12 Doo Wops For Christmas

Going to add a doo-wop-a-day with a little info about each track.

Ain't this a BLAST! Cheers Phil.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

D.C. Doo Wops - Vol 2

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.

Buy here or here

Friday, 10 December 2010

D.C. Doo Wops - Vol 1

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.

Volume 2 even better!

Buy here or here

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Spanking Doo Wops - Vol 3

This selection is from the 50's early 60's. I think the pictured group are 'The Aladdins'

Spanking Doo Wops - Vol 2

Some unusual treats in this installment! Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs aka the Gladiolas are pictured.

The youtube pic you see is the wrong group - the right name though. Don & Dewey were also in a group called the Squires.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Spanking Doo Wops - Vol 1

98% Black vocal groups from the 50's. See comments for download link.

Doo Wop Doo Wop Doo Wop Doo Wop Doo Wop

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!