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The Doo Wop Era

 
 
Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 09:18 am
@Ragman,
Lsst one..'To Be Loved' 1958 ..Squeezes every last drop of pathos out this song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tO6H4EGC2Y
panzade
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 09:28 am
@Ragman,
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My thought is the older version and performance has staying power. This is great and all but to me is more like a guy trying to make a buck ..schmaltzing it up. What are your thoughts?


I think Jackie was trying to outdo Elvis, maybe get a Vegas contract. Still a terrific performance, and the band and especially the bass player are....smooooookin!
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panzade
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 09:33 am
@Ragman,
Quote:
Lsst one..'To Be Loved' 1958 ..Squeezes every last drop of pathos out this song


I never heard this one before and it's not something I would have paid attention to at the age of 9. I can appreciate his vocal range tho Ragman.
I'm glad we're following these early doo wop singers through their careers...it's interesting stuff.
Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 10:06 am
@panzade,
Panz: I was hoping for a comment. Thanks for the acknowledgement. as aroommate of my older brother (6yrs older) and the tyoungest brother of 2 other sibnlings, I heard all of these songs 100s of times as a child and loved them. My brother taped all the 'top 40' on reel-to-reel so I got to re-hear them all the way through the '60s.

To Be Loved was a fairly big hit back then, but I think it holds up well even now. In fact, up until the '70s, you'd find it on all the 'oldies' juke boxes. Not sure if now juke boxes that play oldies in public, whether or not you'd find it there. However, oldies stores have it.

I recently got some Sam Cooke LPs, another of my all time faves singers of this era, whose song "A Change Is Gonna Come" a 1964 modest hit at that time, was to evolve to be one of the theme songs of the '60s Civil Rights movement.

Of couurse Cooke's known for far more. -- such as having some the most romantic ballads of that era as well as 'the' dance tune, "You Send Me" and "Twistin' the Night Away".
panzade
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 11:56 am
@Ragman,
Quote:
another of my all time faves singers of this era, whose song "A Change Is Gonna Come" a 1964 modest hit at that time, was to evolve to be one of the theme songs of the '60s Civil Rights movement.

And it might have been an Obama campaign song too.

While we're waiting for edgar's next post...

Although Sam's version is powerful, I feel the record company smothered the tune with gratuitous schmaltz in the form of strings and tricky horn arrangements. Still, a stirring , soulful tour de force.



compare it to my-man-Otis version





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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 02:19 pm
I have a record album of Jackie Wilson's greatest hits. Plus a few 45s. I never got to see that much of his dancing, which I know to be great. What I liked most about him was how smoothly he moved from one kind of song to another, singing Lonely Teardrops now, Night next and then perhaps Danny Boy or Reet Petite. Few performers have kept me as entertained as Jackie.
Sam Cooke was another versatile artist. I loved pretty much all I heard from him. I have never heard the Otis version of A Change, so I am going to listen to him before I go further.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 02:26 pm
Having listened to Otis and Sam, now, I can honestly say I love them both. I have a 45 of Sam's version. Got a hits compilation of Otis last Christmas. Think I will put it in the truck so I can play on the way to work.
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panzade
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 03:12 pm


the original version
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 03:37 pm
I like the Chords on that song. Never did like the hit version.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 03:41 pm

Without reading the liner notes, how many know who these guys are?
panzade
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 04:01 pm
@edgarblythe,
Well...slap my ass and call me Sally...i done forgot!

Amaze me edgar
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Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 04:13 pm
@edgarblythe,
I know....but I'll keep mum.
panzade
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 04:13 pm
@Ragman,
we're the only 3 that ever come in this room...so spill the beans
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 04:15 pm
The Coasters. Right after Smokey Joe's Cafe, they changed their names.
panzade
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 04:22 pm
@edgarblythe,
you da bomb edgar
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eoe
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 04:23 pm
really"?! The Coasters changed their name? You learn something new every day.
panzade
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 04:28 pm
@eoe,
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really"?! The Coasters changed their name? You learn something new every day.


Well...the Robbins changed their name...to the Coasters...right edgar?
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 05:15 pm
Right. The Robbins became the Coasters.
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eoe
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2009 05:38 pm
I misunderstood. I thought you said that The Coasters changed their name but no, The Robins changed their name to The Coasters, right? Several groups did that. The Temptations started out as The Primes, the Supremes were The Primettes, The Carnations became The Cadillacs, The El Doradoes were Pinkie Lee and the Five Satins, The Moonglows were The Crazy Sounds (goofy), The Flamingos were The Swallows, etc.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 1 Aug, 2009 03:52 am
Not sure whether or not this was mentioned before, but Little Anthony & The Imperials were awesome. Fantastic voice.

Little Anthony & The Imperials - 'Tears On My Pillow'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52RzHKsiacQ

Little Anthony & The Imperials - Going Out Of My Head
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIEndpLXk54&NR=1

LA & I: Hurt So Bad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAVWiT8whgk&feature=related

Little Anthony as solo in 1985
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqUG6YBgLAw&feature=related

Fast forward to recent performance...they've lost nothing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMFuW65ThY0

Little Bitty Pretty One-Thurston Harris - 1957
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8PhP3yIlRw&feature=PlayList&p=374F3F96F41C168B&index=4

50s doo-wop music and 50s sheet music scans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpqAHfGwBLQ&feature=related
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