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 Post subject: Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
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Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads

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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


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
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Great song by The Keynotes on Apollo from 1957 that sounds like it was from three years earlier, which in doo wop terms is like another world entirely.



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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
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Sampson wrote:
Great song by The Keynotes on Apollo from 1957 that sounds like it was from three years earlier, which in doo wop terms is like another world entirely.



Yeah, there's lots of those. "I Cover The waterfront" by the Orioles, recorded in 1950 but not released until 1953.

Then there's this 1940s sounding thing that was released in 1961.



BTW, Bick Nicola is a good friend of mine, he lives a few miles from here. You'll see him thank me on many of his veideos where I supplied the MP3 and/or a label scan.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
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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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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
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Sampson wrote:
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,


Yeah, I know what you mean. I'd go a little earlier though. I have lots of ballad favorites from 51 and 52. Swallows records, 5 Keys, Orioles, Cardinals, etc...

Here's an odd Orioles that's a big favorite:

Side two on the video.



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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
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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!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
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Sampson wrote:
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.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/191052599961?ss ... _424wt_922



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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
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Samp, here's an unissued Jesse Belvin track you may not know. Backed by the 5 Keys it was recorded in 1955.



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32. Oh What A Nite - Dells - 1956

The Dells did this song twice and the second version from 1969 was an even bigger hit than the original.

1956 Oh What a Nite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zcxsl2DdN8

1969 Oh What a Night
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP2tjK0gdkc


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Doo-Wop Ballads
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Bruce wrote:
I just got $75 for this shitty white doo wop. Don Press with the Mystics.


I'd take the shitty white doo-wop of yesteryear over 90% of what passes for blue-eyed soul today...


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dmille wrote:
Bruce wrote:
I just got $75 for this shitty white doo wop. Don Press with the Mystics.


I'd take the shitty white doo-wop of yesteryear over 90% of what passes for blue-eyed soul today...


Yes. Today's music blows.


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