"Bad Girl" (Pre-Motown Miracles 1959)
the jazzy Four Freshmen -
major influence on most vocal groups of the 1950's!
(Out of place on this Doo Wop page?)
Mickey and Sylvia "Love Is Strange".
Rhythm and Blues Giant
check out "Tears On My Pillow" acapella
on the Doo Wop Poetry page
The Del Vikings "Come Go With Me" (1956)
Are you ready for Star Time?
a tremendous singer with a wild blend of Gospel, Blues, and Rock
hits started early with "Tutti Fruitti" (1955)
had it not been for his off-center flamboyance, Richard might have been called the Father of Soul!
The Four Tops
"When You Dance" (1955)
first use of syllable "Doo Wop"
on a record
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (1964)
the most radio and TV play of any recording in the 20th century
The Spaniels (1954)
Hazel Martin & The Tempests
(including old friends Van Coble
and Nelson Lemmond, producer & former songwriting partner)
"Shep" Sheppard, sweet and soulful lead voice
"A Thousand Miles Away" (1958)
"Daddy's Home" (1961)
The Famous Flames - 1962, The Apollo
Echos from the early days of swing
to The Golden Age of R&B
"Come To Me" (1959)
"You Got What It Takes" (1960)
First Tamla/Motown Records
written and produced by Berry Gordy
The above are two contenders for title "First Rock and Roll Song"
Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden, Fred Cash The Impressions (1962-1970)
Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden,
the Brooks brothers & Jerry Butler
The Impressions (1958-1962)
"Little" Anthony Gourdine
the lead voice of The Imperials for 55+ years
a tour de force in R&B/Swing sax
Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs
one of the first Superstars
of rock & roll
The Delacardos (1966)
written by Delacardos' bass player, Ronnie Grier (wrote also for Otis Redding & Arthur Conley)
The Chords, "Sh-Boom" (1954)
The Crows, "Gee" (1953)
A Thousand Miles Away
Notable studio career spanning 50 years
From lead singer with The Pilgrim Travelers
to pop icon,
Sam Cooke influenced most R&B
and pop singers who followed
first R&B group to "Cross Over"
from R&B to Pop
all told, The Platters sold 53 million records!
Ray on Alto - with David Newman
Sax Solos "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?"
"ABC's Of Love" "Little Girl Of Mine" and many others
Otis Redding - a unique and influential vocalist
working for Little Richard at the time of his introduction to
Stax Records in 1962
While with J.B., Maceo invented "Funk" saxophone
"Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" (1965)
Great New Orleans Pianist & Song Writer
"Rockin' Pneumonia," "Don't You Just Know It," "High Blood Pressure"
A Thousand Miles Away
The Original "Funk Brothers" - Motown
"Honky Tonk" "Ram Bunk Shush"
Bill Doggett, organ Clifford Scott, tenor sax Billy Butler, guitar
"The Wicked Mr. Pickett"!
John Edwards before The Catalinas
Herb Hardesty, Fats' Tenor Man
"When My Dreamboat Comes Home"
"Great Googa Mooga
Lemme Out Of Here!"
(And meanwhile, back in the States!)
"Hully Gully" "Big Boy Pete"
the original "Good Lovin"
Bobby Byrd James Brown Maceo Parker
The Shirelles "live" (1964)
with Atlantic Notables
Lee Allen and Herb Hardesty
The Memphis Horns (Stax)
"These Arms Of Mine" (1962)
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers
'Stranded In The Jungle"
Ray Charles and David "Fathead" Newman
Van Coble - guitar & bass
Singer and Record Producer
listen to Van's Buddy Holly tribute HERE
Sam "The Man" Taylor
Atlantic Records tenor sax voice in the 1950s
The Dells "Oh What A Night!"
great Doo Wop hits in the 1950's
performed together for 60 years!
a "second life" in the 1960's asSoul Train headliners!
I wonder wonder who be doo doo who,
who wrote the "Book Of Love"
The Delacardos of Charlotte, NC
James Brown at home with his dad