Criteria: - These songs were chosen mainly for their initial and lasting popularity, with some weight being given to their overall impact on the Doo Wop genre. The Doo-Wop era essentially started in around 1953 and was pretty much over by the end of 1963, although there are a few notable exceptions from outside of that time period. If there were two significant versions of a particular song, both groups are listed in the same slot, with the more significant "Doo-Wop" version being listed first.
1. Earth Angel - Penguins - 1954 2. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins - 1956 3. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos - 1959 / Swallows - 1952 4. Since I Don't Have You - Skyliners - 1958 5. You Belong To Me - Duprees - 1962 / Orioles - 1952 6. Gloria - Cadillacs - 1954 / Passions - 1960 7. Sincerely - Moonglows - 1954 8. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite - Spaniels - 1954 9. For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler & the Impressions - 1958 10. The Great Pretender - Platters - 1955 11. Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & the Imperials - 1958 12. Story Untold - Nutmegs - 1955 13. Tonite, Tonite - Mello-Kings - 1957 14. The Wind - Diablos - 1954 / Jesters - 1960 15. Sunday Kind Of Love - Harptones - 1953 16. 16 Candles - Crests - 1958 17. I'm So Young - Students - 1958 18. My Prayer - Platters - 1956 19. Could This Be Magic - Dubs - 1957 20. Life Is But A Dream - Harptones - 1955 21. A Thousand Miles Away - Heartbeats - 1956 22. The Closer You Are - Channels - 1956 23. Chapel Of Dreams - Dubs - 1958 24. Only You - Platters - 1955 25. Daddy's Home - Shep & the Limelites - 1961 26. Long Lonely Nights - Lee Andrews & the Hearts - 1957 27. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Platters - 1958 28. Maybe - Chantels - 1957 29. Have You Heard - Duprees - 1963 30. Teardrops - Lee Andrews & the Hearts - 1957 31. Deserie - Charts - 1957 32. Oh What A Nite - Dells - 1956 33. Once In Awhile - Chimes - 1960 / Ravens - 1948 34. Till Then - Classics - 1963 / Orioles - 1953 35. Where Or When - Dion & the Belmonts - 1959 36. Don't Ask Me (To Be Lonely) - Dubs - 1957 37. Lovers Never Say Goodbye - Flamingos - 1958 38. Florence - Paragons - 1957 39. There's A Moon Out Tonight - Capris - 1958 40. Ten Commandments Of Love - Moonglows - 1958 41. Dedicated To The One I Love - Shirelles -1959 / "5" Royales -1957 42. To The Aisle - Five Satins - 1957 43. One Summer Night - Danleers - 1958 44. That's My Desire - Channels - 1957 / Dion & the Belmonts - 1959 45. There Goes My Baby - Drifters - 1959 46. Baby Oh Baby - Shells - 1957 47. Can I Come Over Tonight - Velours - 1957 48. Glory Of Love - Velvetones - 1957 49. Close Your Eyes - Five Keys - 1955 50. Heaven And Paradise - Don Julian & the Meadowlarks - 1955 51. Crying In The Chapel - Orioles - 1953 52. My True Story - Jive Five - 1961 53. Blue Velvet - Clovers - 1955 54. I Believe - Earls - 1963 55. This I Swear - Skyliners - 1959 56. Twilight Time - Platters - 1958 57. Silhouettes - Rays - 1957 58. A Casual Look - Six Teens - 1956 59. Please Say You Want Me - Schoolboys - 1956 60. Devil Or Angel - Clovers - 1956 61. Stardust - Billy Ward & the Dominoes - 1957 62. Happy Happy Birthday Baby - Tuneweavers - 1957 63. Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Five Keys - 1956 64. When We Get Married - Dreamlovers - 1961 65. Two People In The World - Little Anthony & the Imperials - 1958 66. Those Oldies But Goodies - Little Caesar & the Romans - 1961 67. Been So Long - Pastels - 1957 68. Diamonds And Pearls - Paradons - 1960 69. The Way You Look Tonight - Jaguars - 1956 70. I'll Be Home - Flamingos - 1955 71. Why Don't You Write Me - Jacks - 1955 / Feathers - 1955 72. Nite Owl - Tony Allen & the Champs - 1955 73. My Memories Of You - Harptones - 1954 74. Share - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers - 1956 75. To Be Loved - Pentagons - 1960 76. You Cheated - Shields - 1958 77. Just To Be With You - Passions - 1959 78. Crazy For You - Heartbeats - 1955 79. Heart's Desire - Avalons - 1958 80. Image Of A Girl - Safaris - 1960 81. Sometimes (When I'm All Alone) - Danny & the Juniors - 1957 82. Island Of Love - Sheppards - 1959 83. Lover's Island - Blue Jays - 1961 84. Golden Teardrops - Flamingos - 1953 85. The Angels Sang (You're Back With Me) - Solitaires - 1956 86. You Gave Me Peace Of Mind - Spaniels - 1956 87. The Girl I Love - Cadillacs - 1956 88. Once Upon A Time - Rochell & the Candles - 1960 89. The Letter - Medallions - 1954 90. Chapel Bells - Fascinators - 1958 91. A Kiss From Your Lips - Flamingos - 1956 92. Most Of All - Moonglows - 1955 93. A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young & the Innocents - 1960 / Rivileers - 1954 94. My Love Will Never Die - Channels - 1959 95. Let It Please Be You - Desires - 1959 96. The Things I Love - Fidelitys - 1958 97. Smoke From Your Cigarette - Mellows - 1954 98. There Goes My Love - Fantastics - 1959 99. Guided Missiles - Cufflinks - 1956 100. Coney Island Baby - Excellents - 1962
I like Nicola because unlike so many dolts who post songs from that era on youtube he doesn't find it necessary to hold the record itself on camera for ten seconds of dead air before cuing it up and playing it, like some dramatic presentation or something. People click them on to hear the music, not see a freaking performance of the guy who owns the record, as if a fucking PICTURE of the label itself while the actual music is playing wouldn't suffice. Nicola's transfers are usually the cleanest you'll find too and he always posts what label and year the record came out, all of which is very much appreciated when downloading them.
The one complaint I'd have of him is when he posts both sides of the record on the same video. That's just stupid. So much more work to download and then divide them, plus it's just not good presentation that way, since both sides of singles weren't played that way originally anyway. Split them into two videos. He did that on the Rocketeers "Foolish One" which I wanted, combining it with the flip "Gonna Feed My Baby Poison", so I didn't even bother downloading it. Then the other guy who posted an even slightly better sounding copy did the same thing. It's just idiotic. Why even waste time uploading them that way?
That Keynotes song jumped out at me though. I couldn't believe I hadn't heard it before. The '53/'54 to early '55 period is my favorite for doo wop, particularly ballads, before the records started getting too bouncy in a stab for the crossover appeal, and to find a throwback to that era from '57 was definitely unexpected. Good stuff.
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Good song, but see my addition to the above post about posting two songs in one video. What a waste. Split them up so we can download them individually!!!!
I don't think people who are uploading them are worried about making it convenient for downloaders. Nicola is a collector, not a historian. He's very into what the labels had to look like in order for a record to be the first pressing, and he had original copies of most of these records until he started to sell his collection to finance college and law school for 2 daughters.
You'll notice he does not post many unissued things or alternate takes or album tracks, he's mainly into the original records, mostly 45s, but some 78s too. Posting both sides makes it a pain in the ass to download, but I have no problem with that presentation, I think it's cool that way. When collectors pull a record out of their collection to play they usually play both sides. At one time Nicola would only post the sound from the original vinyl, but I helped convince him to use the better sounding copy from a CD if he had it.
I just got $75 for this shitty white doo wop. Don Press with the Mystics.
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