Kenny Vance Oldies Music Lyrics

Doo-Wop classic
"Looking For An Echo"

Kenny Vance and The Planotones at All About Vinyl Records

The Kenny Vance Oldies Music Lyrics to "Looking For An Echo" was written by Richard Reicheg. The song was released as an Atlantic records single in 1975.

In 2000, this song was used as the basis for the movie "Looking For An Echo," about a Doo-Wop star years after his fame has faded.

Kenny Vance recorded a new version of the song with his group The Planotones, and recorded the soundtrack to the movie.

The song tells the nostalgic story of a Doo-Wop group who were always looking for a good place to sing - somewhere with a good echo to enhance their sound.

They are older, somewhat wiser and looking back at the hands life has dealt them.

The lead character is a middle-aged widower looking back with tinges of regret at his abandoned musical career, a former neighborhood idol and lead singer in his moderately successful doo-wop band.

But instead of pursuing stardom, he married and got a job as a bartender in order to support his three kids.

"Looking for An Echo" - Street corner music with soul.

Street Corner Doo-Wop at All About Vinyl Records.

Yes we were blessed to live during the time when everyone was listening for a echo. 

Life was in harmony with the groups and music around us.

If you're a fan of 50s-60s style street corner singing and have never heard Kenny Vance and the Planotones, you are in for a pleasant surprise.


Kenny Vance oldies music lyrics
"Looking For An Echo"
Originally recorded 1975
Written by Richard Reicheg


At Erasmus Hall High School
We used to harmonise
Me and Benny and Aaron
And two Italian guys
We were singing oldies
But they were newies then
And today when I play my old 45's
I remember when

We practiced in a subway,
In a lobby or a hall
Crowded in a doorway
Singing "doo wops" to the wall
And if we went to a party
And they wouldn't let us sing
We'd lock ourselves in the bathroom
And nobody could get in

'Cause we were looking for an echo
An answer to our sound
A place to be in harmony
A place we almost found
Ooooh

And the girls would gather 'round us
And our heads would really swell
We'd sing songs by the moonglows,
The Harptones and the Dells
And when we sang sincerely,
We really sang it high
And even though it was falsetto
We almost reached the sky

We've sung a lot of changes
Since 1955
And a lot of bad arrangements
We tried to harmonise
Now we've turned into oldies
But they were newies then
And today when I play my old 45's
I remember when

We were looking for an echo
An answer to our sound
A place to be in harmony
A place we almost.......

looking for an echo
An answer to our sound
A place to be in harmony
A place we almost......

Found.....

Ooohhhhhhhhhh

Kenny Vance oldies music lyrics - Real Talent, No Studio Gimmicks.

After I heard Kenny Vance and The Planotones for the first time I was fumbling for words to express my feelings when I ran across an Amazon review of the album "Countdown To Love."

I was looking for a Kenny Vance vinyl album with the song "Looking for An Echo" when I noticed a well written review by James Ellis.

His wording was so much in line with what I was thinking and why I believe all the talented entertainers from the 50s-60s Doo-Wop area separate themselves from today's irritating mumble jumble.

Countdown to Love by Kenny Vance and The Planotones

"This is real talent here. No studio gimmicks. No hiding behind noise from screaming guitars, unnecessary drumming etc.

Kenny Vance & his vocalists bring back the real talent. He sings. His back up sings.

There was a time when the ability to sing was mandatory. Kenny & his team bring that to life everytime they step up to a microphone.

They can put down their instruments and just sing such harmony, you can just hear the blending beautiful harmony, and drift away.

I just sit there in total awe listening. This is music at its very very best. No profanity. No noise. Just human beings using their voices with decency making real music. Thank you Kenny." James Ellis...Amazon Review.

When I was introduced to Kenny's music by a fan I began listening to this wonderful group and "Echoed" the words of James Ellis....I too was in awe of Kenny's immense talent and the beautiful harmony provided by The Planotones.

At the end of this video The Planotones jump into a short verse of "Darling Lorraine" to close out the show.  You can view my complete story and video of the "Darling Lorraine" original artists here.



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