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There's many guitar music type threads. I'm not too good with that genre.

My personal preference is towards (gulp) 'Black' music as the genus of all of it - The root, the starting point for rock and roll, soul, Motown, all of it.

I believe it started with Doo Wop though, so hence the thread

Lets kick off this series with some classic favourites to get the party started.

1) the five satins. The grand-daddy of the genre. This was recorded in the basement of a school building. You can hear the dodgy acoustics. Still pure classic material.
https://youtu.be/fBT3oDMCWpI

2) the Great Pretender - The Platters. Needs no introduction. Enjoy

https://youtu.be/IEzfhclKO8Q

3) ShBoom - renewed interest after the movie Cars. Great song - enjoy
https://youtu.be/SBgQezOF8kY

4) Why do fools fall in love? Frankie Lyndon
https://youtu.be/3LokxqBXmhQ

5) Since I don't have you - The Sky Liners. Admittedly not a genre-mover. But, a beaut song. Spot the obvious contradiction
https://youtu.be/ngZh6ZSRoYg

6) Goodnight Sweetheart - The Spaniels. Bonus song for those old enough to remember 'Three Men and a Baby' with Tom Sellicks

https://youtu.be/egX9N8yOgaU
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C'mon, mate! You need some of The Platters in there ... I have the feeling some form of the band was still going in the last decade too?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FygIKsnkCw


Edit: I can't find the story, but the local news where my parents live a few years ago ran a story about a singing bus driver with city transit. He'd become popular with passengers as he'd make their day brighter by just randomly singing. Turns out this elderly black fellow was a member of one of those groups... Platters, Drifters ... I can't remember which. The interview was so sweet, too, as he said he retired up here, and (from memory) the wife kicks in saying he was just bumming around the house so she urged him to get a part time job, so became a bus driver.
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I know The Penguins did the original, but the Earth Angel rendition from Back to the Future is marvelous!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBY-9xLGaw8 ... I used to think this WAS the original, but wondered if that sweeping string section ending was there in the 50s. :)
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Thanks Niegs. Good work.

(The Platters are on my list at No.2 8) )

You are right, it was the Penguins. That version for Back to the Future was a cover version for the movie I think. Great scene that one.

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If it's a Doo Wop competition, here's my entry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbL530kanTU
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One of my all time favorites is Gene Chandler`s Duke Of Earl. Another is Pretty Little Angel Eyes by Curtis Lee.
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shanky wrote:Thanks Niegs. Good work.

(The Platters are on my list at No.2 8) )

You are right, it was the Penguins. That version for Back to the Future was a cover version for the movie I think. Great scene that one.

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D’oh! I just skimmed the titles and bow to your superior knowledge! :)
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Great thread :thumbup:
shanky wrote:
1) the five satins. The grand-daddy of the genre. This was recorded in the basement of a school building. You can hear the dodgy acoustics. Still pure classic material.
https://youtu.be/fBT3oDMCWpI
Beautiful. One of the sexiest songs of all time :nod:

Here's a fun one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KStsPPgeka4
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Oh and another, love playing this in the car with the kids. The sax solo is actually real quality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJfgHSUlr-s.
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Great contributions guys.

Thanks. :thumbup:
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When the kids get a choice of songs my 3 year old often goes for this one, except he don't know what it's called so starts the humming. We know what he means.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8j4mn4eF-c
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Yup. Good song

Somewhat slightly spoiled for me by the millions of phone/car/other ads on TV that have hammered it over the years.
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shanky wrote:Thanks Niegs. Good work.

(The Platters are on my list at No.2 8) )

You are right, it was the Penguins. That version for Back to the Future was a cover version for the movie I think. Great scene that one.

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Love the Platters.
Tony Williams was one of the best pop vocalists of all time IMHO.
Pitch perfect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FygIKsnkCw
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Great thread. Pity you guys are all too young to have been knocked over by this stuff when it first erupted onto the (very small) pop music scene.
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wamberal99 wrote:Great thread. Pity you guys are all too young to have been knocked over by this stuff when it first erupted onto the (very small) pop music scene.
I was a teenager then.
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BillW wrote:
wamberal99 wrote:Great thread. Pity you guys are all too young to have been knocked over by this stuff when it first erupted onto the (very small) pop music scene.
I was a teenager then.

The really sad part of it all, to my mind, is that we were not exposed to the real thing at the time, most of what we heard was sanitised versions (by "popular" singers) of great music, R & B in particular.


Even worse, we were fed cover versions, of those cover versions, usually from the UK. (The Brits had some sort of weird policy of not allowing "foreign" music into their pop charts).


Nevertheless, it was like a thunderbolt, or a tsunami, slowly at first, some of the (Australian) radio stations started Top 40 formats, although even we were always out of date because hits in the States were not released here until the record companies decided the time was right, 12 month delays were not unusual.
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wamberal99 wrote:
BillW wrote:
wamberal99 wrote:Great thread. Pity you guys are all too young to have been knocked over by this stuff when it first erupted onto the (very small) pop music scene.
I was a teenager then.

The really sad part of it all, to my mind, is that we were not exposed to the real thing at the time, most of what we heard was sanitised versions (by "popular" singers) of great music, R & B in particular.


Even worse, we were fed cover versions, of those cover versions, usually from the UK. (The Brits had some sort of weird policy of not allowing "foreign" music into their pop charts).


Nevertheless, it was like a thunderbolt, or a tsunami, slowly at first, some of the (Australian) radio stations started Top 40 formats, although even we were always out of date because hits in the States were not released here until the record companies decided the time was right, 12 month delays were not unusual.
It's true that a lot of this music flew under the the radar. Didn't get much airtime in NZ but you could still get hold of it if you knew where to look.

I never heard a Little Richard song played on the radio in New Zealand in the years when he was at the peak of his popularity (not that he qualified as doo wop) yet you could still buy his recordings. I've never been able to work out why.
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