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 01  The Glory Of Love - The Five Keys 1951

 02  Crying In The Chapel - The Orioles 1953

 03  Gee - The Crows 1953

 04  Good Lovin’ - The Clovers 1953

 05  Such A Night - The Drifters (with Clyde McPhatter) 1953

 06  Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - The Penguins 1954

 07  Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite - The Spaniels 1954

 08  Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes 1954

 09  Sincerely - The Moonglows 1954 

 10  At My Front Door - The El Dorados 1955

 11  Come Back My Love - The Wrens 1955   

 12  I’m In The Mood For Love - The Chimes 1955      

 13  When You Dance - The Turbans 1955   

 14  In The Still Of The Night (I’ll Remember)

                                                                - The Five Satins 1956  

 15  A Thousand Miles Away - The Heartbeats 1956

 16  Church Bells May Ring - The Willows 1956

 17  I’m So Happy (Tra-La-La-La-La-La)

                                   - Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords 1956

 18  Oh What A Night - The Dells 1956

 19  On Sunday Afternoon - The Harptones 1956

 20  Walking Along - The Solitaires 1956

 21  Why Do Fools Fall In Love?

                                  - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers 1956

 22  At The Hop - Danny & The Juniors 1957

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In its early days this style of music was referred to as ‘Rock’n’Roll’ or ‘R&B’ and it wasn’t until 1961 that it found it’s place as ‘Doo-Wop’.  However the style had been around since the 30s & 40s with The Ink Spots and The Mills Brothers providing the inspiration, as well as gospel & blues.

It can be found in A cappella, street corner groups, gospel, jump blues etc. and was sung by African-Americans. Later, groups included both black and white performers before Italian-American teens from the inner city areas formed their own street-corner groups.

By the early 60s, groups like The Temptations and






Doo-Wop 50s & 60s

 23  Book Of Love - The Monotones 1957

 24  Come Go With Me - The Del Vikings 1957

 25  Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - The Tune Weavers 1957

 26  Little Darlin’ - The Diamonds 1957

 27  Long Lonely Nights - Lee Andrews & The Hearts 1957

 28  Maybe - The Chantels 1957

 29  Oh Julie - The Crescendos 1957

 30  Tonite, Tonite - The Mello-Kings 1957 

 31  I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts 1958

 32  Since I Don’t Have You - The Skyliners 1958   

 33  Sixteen Candles - The Crests 1958       

 34  There’s A Moon Out Tonight - The Capris 1958   

 35  Twilight Time - The Platters 1958  

 36  I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos 1959

 37  Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) - The Impalas 1959

 38  There Goes My Baby - The Drifters 1959

 39  A Sunday Kind Of Love - The Mystics 1961

 40  Blue Moon - The Marcels 1961

 41  Daddy’s Home - Shep & The Limelites 1961

 42  My True Story - The Jive Five 1961

 43  Smokey Places - The Corsairs 1961

 44  Remember Then - The Earls 1962

 45  You Belong To Me - The Duprees 1962

 46  A Thousand Stars - The Chants 1963


The Shirelles were inspired by Doo-Wop and developed their own successful sounds as a result.

Some poorer versions of popular Doo-Wop numbers were covered by major record labels, usually using white artists.

The British Invasion saw the decline of this genre, although British artists were making successful cover versions.

More to come in future programs on this subject, together with an overview of 40s and 50s R&B which was a major influence on the birth of Rock’n’Roll.