Doo-Wop Music of the 1950s and 60s
Many remember listening to their parents' old "Dick Clark" type of albums that featured the greatest hits of the 1950s. These albums had all of the original artists recording their top hits of that decade. For some reason, I just couldn't get enough of that style of music, especially that old "Doo-wop" sound. On this page, I have attempted to conglomerate at least a snippet of videos and background information from the Doo-wop sound of the 1950s and early 1960s.
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Background of Doo-wop Music
Doo-wop is a form of rhythm & blues music that formed in large U.S. cities (mostly in the Midwest and Northeast) back in the 1940s. The tag "doo-wop" is taken from the sounds made by the group (usually three, four, or five members) as they supplied the harmonic background for the group's lead singer.
These group harmonic sounds of doo-wop music became prominent in the U.S. in the mid 1950s, and continued to be popular until the English invasion of the 1960s. The doo-wop sound dominated the pop music charts during that time period, but when bands such as the Beatles burst on to the music scene in 1964, doo-wop was quickly overshadowed by the "British Invasion".
The doo-wop style of music has made it's influence felt throughout the decades, with various bands sampling the genre. Artists such as The Beach Boys, The Ramones, Billy Joel, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers have all used doo-wop style harmonies in their recordings. So-called "revival" concerts and reunion tours have kept doo-wop in the public eye, and has exposed the musical harmonies to a whole new group of adoring fans.
'At The Hop' by Danny & The Juniors - Reached #1 on the U.S. charts in 1958
Links to More Danny and The Juniors Info
- Danny & the Juniors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Danny & The Juniors were a Philadelphia based quartet comprising Danny Rapp, Dave White, Frank Maffei and Joe Terranova. They are most widely recognized for ...
- Danny and The Juniors
Fifities doo-wop group that is still performing. Includes biography, schedule, booking information, store, and links.
'Chantilly Lace' by The Big Bopper - Reached #6 on the U.S. charts in 1958
Links to More Big Bopper info
- BIG BOPPER -- OFFICIAL WEBSITE! -- HELLO BABY!
The Big Bopper Official Website -- the only site affiliated with the one and only, original Big Bopper, aka Jiles Perry Richardson. This site is designed and maintained by Big Bopper Jr, the son of the famous singer of
- The Big Bopper Story | Legacy.com
Today in 1959, Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and Jiles Perry Richardson, a.k.a. "The Big Bopper," died in a plane crash. We look back at The Big Bopper's misunderstood...
- The Big Bopper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson, Jr. (October 24, 1930 - February 3, 1959) also commonly known as The Big Bopper, was an American disc jockey, singer, ...
'Duke of Earl' by Gene Chandler - Reached #1 on the U.S. charts in 1962
Links to More Gene Chandler Info
- Gene Chandler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gene Chandler (born Eugene Dixon, July 6, 1937, Chicago, Illinois) also known as "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke", is an American R&B and soul ...
- Gene Chandler: THE DUKEDOM
Welcome to the Dukedom - The *official* site of Gene Chandler, 'The Duke Of Earl'
- Gene Chandler Lyrics
Gene Chandler lyrics, Gene Chandler discography. Currently there are 1 albums and 4 lyrics in our database .
'Get A Job' by The Silhouettes - Reached #1 on the U.S. charts in 1958
Links to More Silhouettes Info
- The Silhouettes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Silhouettes were an American doo wop/R&B group whose single "Get A Job" was a #1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958. ...
- Doo-wop group-The Silhouettes
The story of the song Get A Job, written by The Silhouettes (Richard Lewis, Bill Horton, Earl Beal, Raymond Edwards) in 1957 and still popular after more ...
'The Great Pretender' by The Platters - Reached #1 on the U.S. charts in 1956
Links to More Platters Info
- The Platters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Platters are a Doo-wop vocal group which was formed in 1953 at the beginning of the early rock and roll era. Their distinctive sound created by Buck Ram ...
- Herb Reed & The Platters
Includes news, history, and merchandise. This authorized lineup includes the sole surviving original member.
- The Platters
Featuring a smooth sophisticated sound and the superb lead tenor of Tony Williams, the Platters were among the most successful black vocal groups of the '50s.
'In the Still of the Night' by The Five Satins - Reached #3 on the U.S. charts in 1956
Links to More Five Satins Info
- The Five Satins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Five Satins are an American doo wop group, best known for their 1956 million selling song, "In the Still of the Night". ...
- The Five Satins : OLDIES.com
Artist overview of doo-wop group The Five Satins on OLDIES.com
- Five Satins Lyrics
The Five Satins songs. Features alphabetical list, viewers rating, and number of views. Also get The Five Satins discography, news, tour...
'Little Darlin' by The Diamonds - Reached #2 on the U.S. charts in 1957
Links to More Diamonds Info
- The Diamonds - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Diamonds were a Canadian vocal quartet of the 1950s and early 1960s who rose to prominence performing mostly cover versions of songs by black musicians. ...
- The Diamonds: A Fan Site
Brief history of "The Diamonds." Album covers, song listings, and related links.
- The Diamonds
The DiamondsThe Diamonds were a clean-cut white vocal group that had sixteen hits between 1956 and 1961, ten which were covers of songs sung by other R&B artists...
'Runaround Sue' by Dion and the Belmonts - Reached #1 on the U.S. charts in 1961
Links to More Dion and The Belmonts Info
- Dion and the Belmonts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dion and the Belmonts was a leading American vocal group of the late 1950s. The group formed when Dion DiMucci, lead singer, (b. July 18, 1939), joined The ...
- Dion DiMucci
Dion DiMucci and the Belmonts-The most successful white doo wop group, Dion and the Belmonts were perhaps the suavest of New York City's late-fifties...
- Dion & The Belmonts Runaround Sue
Listen to Dion & The Belmonts – Runaround Sue for free. Runaround Sue appears on the album The Wanderer. "Runaround Sue" is a popular song, originally a US ...
'Sixteen Candles' by The Crests - Reached #2 on the U.S. charts in 1958
Links to More Crests Info
- The Crests - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Crests were a New York R&B doo-wop group of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Their most popular song was "16 Candles", which rose to number 2 on the ...
- Welcome to The Crests Website
The Crests. Sixteen Candles. Click any candle to enter. Tommy Mara*, present day lead singer and Trademark owner of the Crests, has joined forces with the ...
- The Crests : OLDIES.com
Formed in New York City, USA, in 1956, the Crests soon became one of the most successful of the 'integrated' doo-wop groups of the period, ...
'The Wanderer' by Dion and the Belmonts - Reached #2 on the U.S. charts in 1962
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- Dion and the Belmonts
Doo-wop classics-remembering 1950s, 1960s, 1970s rock and roll-Dion and The Belmonts
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Doo-wop Music Links
- Doo-wop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music. The doo wop music influence is found in the music of....
- Doowop oldies of the 50's and 60's
Take an educational trip back to the 50's and 60's. Enjoy all the memorabilia, a lot of nostalgia and oldies music.
- Doo Wop Music, Oldies and Early Rock and Roll
There are several characteristics of doo-wop music, one of which is the unique range of voices. The typical ranges of voices in a doo-wop group are the lead ...
- The Doo-Wop Sound
The Doo Wop Jukebox. History of Rock Music: The Rock and Roll Era of the 1950s and 60s
- Doo-wop --The ultimate guide to Doo-wop music
All about doo-wop music -- an in-depth look at this famous musical style, its history, development, artists, songs, and legacy. From your Oldies Guide.