Posts Tagged ‘doo wop’

Fred Parris, 1936 — 2022

January 21, 2022

Fred Parris

Fred Parris, songwriter and lead singer of The Five Satins, died last week at the age of 85. He wrote “In the Still of the Night“in 1956, and recorded it in the basement of New Haven’s St. Bernadette Church school. Singers Al Denby, Ed Martin, Jim Freeman and Nat Mosley backed up Mr. Parrish with “shoo-doo-shooby-doo.” Doug Murray played bass, Curlee Glover was on piano, and Bobby Mapp on drums. There’s also a sax solo by Vinny Mazzetta, a St. Bernadette altarboy. The song title was originally rendered as “In the Still of the Nite” to differentiate it from a song by Cole Porter.

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Merry Christmas Darling

December 26, 2021

“Merry Christmas Darling,” written by Val Poliuto (Valerio Anthony Poliuto) and sung by him with his groupThe Jaguars, who met in LA’s Fremont High. Xmas, South Central style.

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Christmas to New Year’s

December 29, 2020

“Christmas to New Years,” recorded in 1951 by The Larks. Lead vocal: Alden (Allen) Bunn.
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Christmas to New Year’s

December 28, 2019

“Christmas to New Years,” recorded in 1951 by The Larks. Lead vocal: Alden (Allen) Bunn.
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W-P-L-J

April 21, 2019

“W-P-L-J,” written by Ray Dobard and Luther McDaniel, recorded by Mr. McDaniels with his group The Four Deuces, 1956. Frank Zappa was a fan.

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I Walk On

January 6, 2019

“I Walk On,” written by Thomas Bryant, recorded by Little Tommy and the Elgins, 1962.

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Hello Mr. New Year

January 1, 2019

“Hello Mr. New Year,” recorded in 1958 by the The Coolbreezers, of Washington ,DC: Joe Reuth, Richard Steward, Bob Armstrong, William Primrose, Earl J. Williams, Sonny Williams. Like many African American harmony groups, the ensemble originally sang Gospel music. The Coolbreezers recorded for Bale Records, a short-lived venture of long-time DC R&B empresaria Bea Williams, sister of two group members.

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New Years Eve Is Over

January 1, 2019

“New Years Eve Is Over,” doo-wop by the DelVues, from 1961.

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Christmas to New Year’s

December 29, 2018

“Christmas to New Years,” recorded in 1951 by The Larks. Lead vocal: Alden (Allen) Bunn.
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Merry Christmas Darling

December 25, 2018

“Merry Christmas Darling,” written by Val Poliuto and sung by him with his groupThe Jaguars, who met in LA’s Fremont High. Xmas, South Central style.

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