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Doo Wop

This first era of rock and roll dates from Eisenhower’s first election in 1952 to The British Invasion in 1964. Doo wop was a signature sound with its beautiful vocal harmonies, beat, and nonsense syllables, but there was a lot of pioneering going on with rhythm and blues, rock and roll, rockabilly, and crossovers from country music. Golden oldies. That’s why we go beyond the doo wop genre per se and explore those years. Each blog post is just a mosaic. When put together, the posts start to provide a picture of the time. Please visit the Rec Room for a featured doo wop records on the record player, a TV with four channels, and a jukebox with 60+ songs. We have an all request Juke Box Saturday night in the rec room plays your favorite doo wop records each weekend so you can hear your favorites music doo wop from the 1950s music and 1960s music. There is also a Daily Doo Wop
The Coasters were a terrific R&B, doo wop group from this era. In the song “Young Blood,” the singer/narrator saw her and followed her home, but her Dad was not pleased and said “You’d better leave my daughter alone.” And now?
“Young blood, young blood, young blood
I can’t get you out of my mind”
The song was written by the legendary Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Doc Pomus. What a combination! And the B-side of the record was “Searchin’,” which is another great song. In 1957, “Young Blood” went to #8 on the U.S. Singles Chart and #1 on the R&B Chart. It is listed among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” It was included in the musical revue of Leiber and Stoller songs “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” In 1962, The Beatles played “Young Blood” at their audition for Decca Records.
The Coasters formed in 1955 out of the group The Robins, a Los R&B Angeles R&B group. Only Carl Gardner and Billy Nunn from the group wen to New York, and Nunn left a while later. There were a number of personnel changes, but the group for this recording was Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Cornell Gunter, and Will “Dub” Jones. The Coasters had many hits, including “Charlie Brown,” “Down in Mexico,” “Yakety Yak,” “Searchin’,” “Poison Ivy,” “Along Came Jones,” and “Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)” among many others. There were plenty of personnel changes after that, and The Coasters still perform today.

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