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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 New Haven, Connecticut in 1956, he formed a vocal group with...

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 Connie Codarini who all attended St Michael's Cathedral Choir School, a...

Four Aces, The

Vocal group The Four Aces came together in 1951 when Al Albertini hooked up with Dave Mahoney - who he had met during their time in the US Navy - who happened to live near...

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 one hit single in 1964 called (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet,...

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 to form a new group called The Penguins - one of...

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 nickname 'Moondog'). Freed helped to promote the group during their early years...

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 was No, No, No which was a minor local hit. Summers and Dennis left...

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 Royal Charms, but the name collided with another group with a...

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 of beauty it started life as Make Me A Star for a Jean...

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 USA and made the UK Top 20, and featured a comic...

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 began practising in the back room of a candy store and...

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 Ray Pollard, Frank Joyner, Robert Yarborough, and Sheppard Grant were the...

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 car initially, before graduating to street corners when they became more...

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, they signed to Checker in 1953. In 1954 they moved to...

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 same year) which attracted the attention of the record-buying public. The recording...

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 black Messianic Jewish synagogue. Earl Lewis soon joined them, and after 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 To Know is often cited as the first real doo-wop record), The...

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" them for his tour. Then their first single, The Way You Look...

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