Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 9 (1957)

Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 9 (1957)


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The ninth volume of Bear Family's doo wop history Street Corner Symphonies documents 1957, by some measures the genre's high-water mark. Here, the dreamy ballads almost all have some earthiness to them (witness the "5" Royales' "Dedicated to the One I Love") and they're all overshadowed by exuberant celebrations of swing and nonsense, best heard in the joyous sounds of the Monotones' "Book of Love," the Silhouettes' "Get a Job," and the Hollywood Flames' "Buzz-Buzz-Buzz." The Coasters reach their stride with "Searchin'," the Chantels deliver the heartbreaking "Maybe," the Bobbettes tear it up with "Mr. Lee," and the Tune Weavers' "Happy Happy Birthday Baby" is sweet and pure. There are novelties as effervescent as Little Joe & the Thrillers' "Peanuts" and as strangely seductive as the Cellos' "Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am the Japanese Sandman)," and a lot of great singles that never went to such extremes. It's a great testament to the richness of doo wop, and it's just plenty of fun to hear.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2012
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127172877
catalogNumber: 2717287
Rank: 39474

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pancho Villa   Accompaniment

Technical Credits

Lee Andrews   Composer
Cooper   Composer
Maurice Williams   Composer
John Gray   Composer
Little Joe Cook   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Verne Allison   Composer
Richard Barrett   Composer
Ralph Bass   Composer
Calvin Carter   Composer
Don Carter   Composer
Warren Davis   Composer
Marshall Buzzy Helfand   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Direction
Richard Lewis   Composer
Gilbert Lopez   Composer
George Malone   Composer
Charles McGhee   Composer
Charles Patrick   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Margo Sylvia   Composer
Billy Vera   Illustrations,Photo Courtesy
George Goldner   Composer
Richard Travis   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Discographical Information
Charlie Horner   Illustrations,Photo Courtesy
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Banks   Composer
Earl Beal   Composer
Richard Blandon   Composer
Robert Byrd   Composer
David Clowney   Composer
Reather Dixon   Composer
Raymond Edwards   Composer
Helen Gathers   Composer
William Horton   Composer
Adam Jackson   Composer
Julius McMichael   Composer
Billy Myles   Composer
Esther Navarro   Composer
Emma Pought   Composer
Jannie Pought   Composer
Laura Webb   Composer
Alvin Williams   Composer
Miriam Klein   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations,Photo Courtesy
Alonzo Tucker   Composer
Walter Coleman   Composer
Milton Love   Composer
Winston Willis   Composer
Jerry Winston   Composer
Van Brackens   Composer
Bernice Davis   Composer
Paul Winley   Composer
Hiram Johnson   Composer
Monte Owens   Composer
Bobby Baylor   Composer
Pat Gaston   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations,Photo Courtesy
Robert Marshall   Composer
Jesse Powell Orchestra   Composer
Carl Hogan   Composer
Stefan Wriedt   Illustrations,Photo Courtesy
Anthony Thomas   Composer
Frank C. Slay   Composer
Clarence Johnson   Composer
Herbert Cox   Composer
Nathaniel Bouknight   Composer
Billy Dawn Smith   Composer
Douglas Henderson   Composer
Clarence Quick   Composer
Pamela Horner   Illustrations,Photo Courtesy
DiFosco Ervin   Composer
James Willingham   Composer
Donald Haywoode   Composer

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