Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 2 (1950)

Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 2 (1950)

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The second volume of Bear Family's exhaustive, multi-volume doo wop series Street Corner Symphonies reaches 1950, which gets us closer to the glory days of doo wop, but we're still basically in the style's prehistory. Here, the sounds of popular black vocal harmony groups were still aligned with big-band crooning, so they were sweet and dreamy, but the emerging newer groups added some real R&B swing to their rhythms. These were the Ravens, the Clovers, the Orioles, the Dominoes -- the groups that definitely stand out among the 30 cuts on this generous history lesson. And it's the Dominoes, fronted by the glorious Clyde McPhatter, who cut through the pretty, hazy harmonies, his transcendent tenor giving the Dominoes a sexy, earthy energy that helped shift vocal harmony groups into the doo wop era. The other groups had the rhythms, but the Dominoes had that extra sexual jolt via McPhatter, something that's apparent from the music that surrounds it here on Street Corner Symphonies, Vol. 2. This is still a steady march toward doo wop, so it may not truly captivate listeners looking for jumping and rocking rhythms, but it's a valuable, detailed, necessary piece of popular music history.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2012
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127172808
catalogNumber: 2717280
Rank: 10704

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Performance Credits

Robins   Vocals

Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Percy Faith   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Joe Thomas   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Jimmy Ricks   Composer
Ralph Bass   Composer
Howard Biggs   Composer
Walter DeVenne   Source Material
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jimmy Johnson   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Billy Vera   Illustrations
Billy Ward   Composer
Bill Sanford   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Charlie Horner   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Hoffman   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Rose Marks   Composer
Bruno Coquatrix   Composer
Austin Powell   Composer
Harmon Bethea   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations,Source Material
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Stefan Wriedt   Illustrations,Source Material
Chandler Tribble   Composer
Booker T. Weeks   Composer
Joe Thomas   Composer
Clifton Morris   Composer
George Smith   Composer
Ted McRae   Composer
Milton Orent   Composer
Flames   Composer
Pamela Horner   Illustrations
Ollie Jones   Composer
Mildred Colclough   Composer
Leo Herschman   Composer
Johnny Smith   Composer
Ira Mumford-McRae   Composer
David Highsmith   Composer
Alexander Walton   Composer

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