Saturday, 1 January 2011

Doo Woppin' The Blues LP

(Rarin' Records RARIN 777, undated)
01 Leon Tarver & The Cordones - Rooster
02 Leon Tarver & The Cordones - Baby Don't Go
03 Leon Tarver & The Cordones - Come Back To Me
04 Leon Tarver & The Cordones - Whoee
05 Leon Tarver & The Cordones - Soup Line
06 Leon Tarver & The Cordones - It's My Fault
07 Dozier Boys - Hey Jack
08 Larks - She's A Good One
09 Clouds - Baby Wants To Rock
10 Arbee Stidham - Blues Why Do You Pick On Me
11 Arbee Stidham - Baby Stop The Clock
12 Moonlights - Love Me True

Leon Tarver & The Cordones - 'Soup Line'

Why don't you listen to one of the highlights from the LP whilst you read the LP gumf:

"The Chicago ghettos in the late 1940's and 1950's were on fire with black talents, both known and unknown. Blues, jazz, gospel, and the first stirrings of doo wop were on the streets. Countless groups, hearing the street-corner sounds of the early Moonglows, Flamingos, Little Walter and Muddy Waters as well as the more polished jazzman like Gene Ammons, Tab Smith, and Johnny Griffin among many others developed a hybrid style known "doo wopping blues." Groups that originated in the ghettos modeled their style on the better known groups such as the Orioles, Ravens, Ebonaires, and Delta Rhythm Boys, but infused with a stronger blues emphasis, gospel-style wailing, and backed it up with the same musicians who played on many epochal Chicago blues and jazz sessions. In many cases little is known of the groups whose previously unreleased songs are heard on this LP, but the light they shed on their era is not dimmed and the music comes through strongly for us to enjoy.

The earliest recording here is the Dozier Boys' 1949 "Hey Jack." The group enjoyed 11 single releases in the 1948-1960 period, making them one of the longer-lived groups on the scene. The harmonies here are in the popular cool style of the era, but the mood is definitely low down and blue.

Arbee Stidham is a much recorded bluesman who has recorded for a galaxy of major and minor labels. His two 1952 cuts "Blues Why Do You Pick On Me" and "Baby Stop The Clock" feature an unknown but very effective group behind his oldish lead. Interestingly, additional takes were made of these tunes at the session without the group, but nothing from the date was ever released until now.

The mystery surrounding the Larks' 1956 "She's A Good One" is deepened by the fact that there were several different and unrelated Larks' groups. However, our 'blue-woppers' are not associated with any of them. Similarly, nothing is known of the Clouds' 1954 offering "Baby Wants To Rock" or of the mysterious Moonlights, whose "Love Me True" is an interesting variation of a traditional blues theme.

Leon Tarver & The Chordones enjoyed only one 1954 release on a now defunct Chicago label. Their six cuts which make up the first side of this LP really capture the all-too-fleeting time & place when doop(!!)-wop and the blues became one."
My first vinyl post is kindly provided by a friend. I really enjoyed this LP, check it out!

Happy New Year!!!



  2. Just discovered your blog. Great stuff, great info about it. Thanks. Happy New Year.

  3. Thanks for the comment Jim, all the best...

  4. Thank you for this slice of early Chicago doo-wop history, including the very interesting LP notes! You have a very nice blog. Thanks for keeping the music alive!

    Chi-Town Bill

  5. Hi Chi-Town, thank you for the kind comments.

  6. Hi Woo Dops great site, love it. The song "Love Me Do" is an unreleased Chess recording by The Moonlights who are actually The Moonglows. On guitar is Muddy Waters. Thank-you for posting this album......
    regards peter

  7. Thanks for the info Peter, really glad you're digging the blog. Muddy and the Moonglows, great! Thanks to my friend for ripping this for me!