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Five Satins, The

Fred Parris composed the song In The Still Of The Night one night in the 1950s while on guard duty in the Army. Back home in...

Four Lads, The

First known as The Four Dukes, this Canadian doo-wop group was formed in 1947 in Toronto by Jimmy Arnold, Bernie Toorish, Frank Busseri and...

Reflections, The

There were a number of American vocal groups called The Reflections but the best known were a blue-eyed soul/doo-wop group from Detroit, Michigan. They had...

Penguins, The

Curtis Williams was a member of vocal group The Hollywood Flames formed in Watts, Los Angeles in 1949. However, in late 1953 he decided...

Moonglows, The

Originally formed in Louisville, Kentucky as The Crazy Sounds, the group moved to Cleveland where disc jockey Alan Freed renamed them The Moonglows (after his own...

Dovells, The

The Dovells were an American vocal group, formed at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1957, under the name The Brooktones. Their first single...

Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Maurice Williams was born in Lancaster, South Carolina at the beginning of World War II. He wrote Stay while he was performing in a band as The...

Marcels, The

Blue Moon was the only song by Richard Rodgers and Lorenzo Hart not to have been written for a musical. Originally composed as a ballad...

Olympics, The

The Olympics began life in 1954 as The Challengers while still at high school in Compton, California. Their debut single, Western Movies (1958), reached #8 in the...

Impalas, The

The Impalas formed in 1958 in Brooklyn, New York, with Tony Carlucci singing first tenor, Lenny Renda singing second tenor, and Richard Wagner singing baritone. They...

Wanderers, The

Another doo-wop group which was quite popular on the US East Coast but otherwise obscure, The Wanderers began as The Barons in 1952. Lead singer...

Danny & The Juniors

Danny and The Juniors (originally The Juvenairs) all attended John Bartram High School in Philadelphia and formed in 1955, practising their harmonies in a...

Dells, The

The Dells have been around so long they make The Rolling Stones look like young whippersnappers. Starting out in Chicago as a Doo Wop group called The El Rays,...

Crew Cuts, The

The song Sh-Boom was originally recorded early in 1954 by The Chords. But it was the version by Canadian group The Crew Cuts (released later the...

Flamingos, The

Cousins Jacob 'Jake' Carey and Ezekial 'Zeke' Carey formed this doo-wop group in Chicago, Illinois, after meeting Paul Wilson and Johnny Carter at a...

Doo-wop

1955 saw the rise to prominence of several black vocal groups in the USA. Amongst them were; The Orioles (their 1948 hit It's Too Soon...

Lettermen, The

The Lettermen's first break came when they were spotted by comedian George Burns who took them on tour with him. Jack Benny then "stole"...

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And Justice For All (1979)

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Three Amigos! (1986)

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With the birth of ITV in 1955, came commercials - or ''natural breaks'' as they were originally known. The very first TV commercial in Britain...

Barney Miller

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 8 2 (USA) 168 x 25 minute episodes 1 x 60 minute episode The downbeat 12th precinct squad room in Greenwich...

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Milkshakes, The

When his punk band, The Pop Rivets, broke up in 1980, Billy Childish formed a new group with Mickey Hampshire, a Pop Rivets roadie...