Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 13: 1961

Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 13: 1961

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The 13th volume of Bear Family's ongoing doo wop series kicks off with the Marcels' "Blue Moon," which is one of the handful of doo wop singles instantly recognizable to listeners of any age. This gives the suggestion that the old street-corner sound was still going strong in 1961, but that's not quite the case. Look at the closing song on this 25-track collection for proof: it's Little Caesar & the Romans' "Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You)," and those oldies are the earliest doo wop singles, fueled by the sweet, rich harmonies Little Caesar & the Romans explicitly replicate here. It's not the only number nostalgic for the years that came just before, either. Shep & the Limelites croon "Daddy's Home" and the Showmen stake a claim for rock & roll on "It Will Stand," two singles that sound slightly old-fashioned compared to what surrounds them. Here, there are plenty of highly charged, gospel-inflected grooves in the style of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, dance crazes like "The Watusi," and invigorating novelties like the Regents' "Barbara Ann," but what's really important is the rise of the cool Chicago soul of the Impressions ("Gypsy Woman" is here, and it's a pretty definitive break from doo wop) and, especially, the rise of Motown, heard in part with early singles from the Temptations and the Spinners (their early "That's What Girls Are Made For" sounds like groundwork for smooth soul more than Motown) but flourishing with the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman." That single was the birth of Motown's Sound of Young America and, heard in context of 1961 as it is here, it's a startling, invigorating step forward. And part of the reason why this series is so valuable is that it can replicate culture shocks like that while doling out plenty of prime hits and worthy cult items, as this satisfying entry surely does.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 5397102172915
catalogNumber: 0217291
Rank: 215117

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Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Otis Williams   Composer
Dave Appell   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Ernie Maresca   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Richard Barrett   Composer
Dion DiMucci   Composer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Melvin Franklin   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Kal Mann   Composer
Mitch Margo   Composer
Phil Margo   Composer
Steve Schulman   Composer
Abner Spector   Composer
Billy Vera   Illustrations
Hank Medress   Composer
Yvonne Baker   Composer
Charles Baskerville   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Discographical Information
Bert Russell   Composer
Charlie Horner   Illustrations
Clarence Bassett   Composer
Aaron Collins   Composer
Georgia Dobbins   Composer
Virgil Johnson   Composer
Leon Peels   Composer
Eugene Pitt   Composer
Bernice Williams   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Arthur Crier   Composer
William Garrett   Composer
O.C. Perkins   Composer
Norman Johnson   Composer
Eugene Dixon   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Alexander Manigo   Composer
James Sheppard   Composer
Leroy Swearingen   Composer
Leslie Temple   Composer
Earl Edwards   Composer
Leroy Bates   Composer
Martin Coleman   Composer
Nick Curinga   Composer
Fred Fassert   Composer
Oscar Waltzer   Composer
Kermit Chandler   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations
Stuart Avig   Composer
Art Glasser   Composer
Jerry Light   Composer
Stefan Wriedt   Illustrations
Malou Rene   Composer
Herb Gordon   Composer
Gwen Gordy   Composer
John Berry   Composer
Donald Hogan   Composer
Elbridge Bryant   Composer
Este   Photo Restoration
Pamela Horner   Illustrations
Don Covay   Composer
Paul Politi   Composer
Junius McKeithen   Composer
Shirley Hall   Composer
James Johnson   Composer

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