Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 11: 1959

Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 11: 1959

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If the tenth volume of Bear Family's Street Corner Symphonies captured doo wop at perhaps its commercial peak, the moment when dreamy ballads and swinging novelties vied for the top of the charts, Street Corner Symphonies, Vol. 11: 1959 marks where the style started to evolve far away from the street corner harmonies that provided much of its beginning. Those creamy harmonies are still evident here, particularly in the Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes for You," which is a strong contender for greatest doo wop single ever, but there are also interesting permutations of this style, whether it's Huey Smith & the Clowns bringing it down to New Orleans for "Dearest Darling," the Dells laying the groundwork for smooth soul on "Dry Your Eyes" or the Shirelles spinning it into girl group gold on "Dedicated All the Way Home." There are also a number of rousing numbers driven by rock & roll rhythms and layered with interwoven harmonies -- the Impalas' "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)" being a prime example of this -- and there are other touches of rock & roll, such as Dion & the Belmonts' "A Teenager in Love" which brings to mind the sweet ballads of Ricky Nelson, and Little Anthony & the Imperials also are given a grand, grooving production on "Shimmy, Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop," a style that would grow stronger early in the '60s. Then there were the novelties, driven by the peerless Coasters -- here represented by one of their greatest, "Charlie Brown" -- who were lovingly mimicked by the Clovers on "Love Potion No. 9," but there are also such oddities as the Boss-Tones' "Mope-Itty Mope" and, separately, the down-and-dirty dance craze "(Baby) Hully Gully" by the Olympics. It's a great variety of sounds and, consequently, one of the most entertaining volumes in this excellent series.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 5397102172892
catalogNumber: 0217289
Rank: 11561

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Performance Credits

Semola   Conductor

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Bob Smith   Composer
Earl Lewis   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Verne Allison   Composer
Ralph Bass   Composer
Dubin   Composer
William Ezell   Composer
Lance Finnie   Composer
William Franklin   Composer
Cliff Goldsmith   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Glenn Miller   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Willie Schofield   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jesse Stone   Orchestra Director
Billy Vera   Illustrations
Harry Warren   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Discographical Information
Charlie Horner   Illustrations
Lowman Pauling   Composer
George Treadwell   Composer
Robert Draper   Composer
Charles Girona   Composer
Janet Vogel   Composer
Ronnie Mack   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
George Khoury   Composer
Cathy Lynn   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
William Martin   Composer
Joseph Rock   Composer
William Sheppard   Composer
Phillip Baptiste   Composer
James Beaumont   Composer
James Whittier   Composer
Boss-Tones   Composer
Lover Patterson   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations
Claude Johnson   Composer
Fred Smith   Composer
Thomas White   Composer
Angelo La Grecca   Composer
George Cernacek   Composer
Chico Leverette   Composer
Stefan Wriedt   Illustrations
Charles Power   Composer
Paul Giacalone   Composer
William Forrest   Composer
William Sonny Sanders   Composer
Joseph Verscharen   Composer
Walter Lester   Composer
Billy Dawn Smith   Composer
Huey Smith   Composer
Pamela Horner   Illustrations
Ben Nelson   Composer
Aristides Giosasi   Composer
Charles Hirston   Composer
Arthur Zqirn   Composer
Anthony Passalacqua   Composer
Nicholas Travato   Composer
Marvin Kalfin   Composer
John Taylor   Composer
Fred Jones   Composer
Eddie Wheeler   Composer
William Chatman   Composer

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