The Doo-Wop groups of the fifties and sixties made some of the most beautiful music in those two decades.
Groups emerged from the streets of northeastern and industrial mid-west cities like Philadelphia, New Jersey, Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
And with smooth vocal harmonies this became one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the fifties and sixties.
I can speak from experience because I was there. Not in Philly or the other cities, but Hamilton, Ohio where my parents allowed me to have an absolutely wonderful teenage life.
Doo-Wop blends classic rhythm and blues with vocal group harmonies, street corner singers, and falsetto leads mixed with baritone and bass singers.
Add this all together and groups could easily simulate any musical instrument.
Having these old songs in our lives provides us with memories and connects us with the emotions and special feelings that let us "Remember Then" just like the 1962 hit performed below by Larry Chance and The Earls.
When you watch the video and check out the other oldies groups, take a few moments, drift back to a decade of your choice, and see if you can still remember all the good times and good music we enjoyed as teenagers in the fifties and sixties.
All the songs, memories and cool rare videos you will see on these pages were part of a life I would gladly return to...
Just like in "Back to the Future"...Life was good.
Be sure to come back often to see all the new pages uploaded and the really cool oldies music you can read about and watch live videos, just like the ones below.
Click on the links below for some great content and listen to the music we once enjoyed on those great old 45s and LP records.
Thanks for an excellent musical experience. I found your website by accident and just kept enjoying one classic after another. Great job! Like yourself, I am still enjoying my vinyl collection. We share many of the same favorite artists. Regards,
Jim Miles, Germantown, MD
Congratulations on an outstanding site. I am from the old school. I was 13 when Rock & Roll erupted in 1955. I would literally run home from school to watch Bandstand every day. I lived outside Philly and grew up with all the Philadelphia music scene and its performers. Keep up the good work and I thank you for your time and effort in keeping the old vinyl music alive for us and future generations.
Bill Moore (retired)
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