Doo-Wop music was an urban American art-form. It was sung on street-corners, in stairwells of tenement apartments, in high school bathrooms and it was preserved for future generations in recording studios.
Doo-Wop is one of the foundation stones of American Rock'n'Roll. The street corner groups of the fifties and sixties made some of the most beautiful music in those two decades.
If you were a teenager in the 1950s and the early part of the 1960s, doo-wop music brings back memories of hanging out with friends at the malt shop, Friday night dances, and first romances.
This site will transport you back to those nostalgic times.
Many 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 listening to those fabulous street corner symphonies.
Doo-Wop blends classic rhythm and blues with vocal group harmonies, street corner singers, and falsetto leads mixed with baritone and bass singers.
Street corner singers that took teen love and bathed it in the glow of their shining vocal presence.
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.
This haunting ballad is about a plea from a heartbroken teenager trying to understand why her boyfriend is going out of his way to treat her unkindly. Read more...
Listen to my favorite Country Doo-Wop show Monday thru Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, all times Pacific.
DJ Ned Ward turns music into memories playing yesterday's Country Favorites and the Classic Hits of the 50's and 60's Doo Wop style on the new and exciting KNCP Newberry Mix 107.3 FM.
You won't be disappointed.
A truly beautiful song with words that reflect the long lasting meaning of love.
"But just tell me you love me and you are only mine ...
And our love will go on 'til the end of time." Read more ...
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.
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"In The Still Of The Night" (1956)
Read the story here.
Many consider "In The Still of The Night" to be the anthem of Doo Wop oldies and it would be hard to argue that point giving the year the song was originally released, 1956. Read more.
Tucked between the 50s Doo Wop groups and the mid-60s British invasion was the phenomenon known as the Girl Groups. Read More.
"Looking For An Echo" is street corner music with soul. A time when the ability to sing was mandatory. Read more...
"We practiced in a subway,
In a lobby or a hall
Crowded in a doorway
Singing "Doo-wops" to the wall"
The "Marcels" were named after a popular hairstyle of the day. A great song, a great group and the live video will have YOU dancing in the aisle. Read more ...
This Darling Lorraine page returns to 1959 and the remarkable story about a determined song writer. Includes memorable video clip with original lead singer. Read more here.
Will anyone ever record songs like this again? A Beautiful song with perfect harmony and words you can actually understand, make sense and have a meaning. Read more.
Pink Shoe Laces was a cute # 3 hit song for 13 year old Dodie Stevens in 1959. Forty years later she performs with her daughter in a 1999 special called "Rock-n-Roll Graffiti" and ... WOW! Read more.
The song "Dream" reminds us of those glamorous movie stars of the '40s,' 50s, and early '60s. The one thing they all shared was a level of glamor we still aspire to today. This is a song everyone should have in their music collection. Read more ...
Did the song lyrics predict the girls future?
Eddie, my love ... I'm sinking fast
The very next day ... might be my last
Please, Eddie, don't make me wait too long.
Read their story and their final tragic ending. Learn more ..