Doo Wop Revival: The R&B Vocal Group Sound 1961-1962

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 14 Apr 2014

"With 90 tracks across three discs, Doo Wop Revival shines an all-encompassing light on the period.  R&B guru Marc Goldberg annotates the notes." Vintage Rock

"This is a worthy sequel to Doo Wop: The Vocal Group Sound 1950 - 1960...absolutely seminal soul classics...dreamy, melodic ballads...pure unadulterated doo-wop" Blues & Rhythm

CAT No: FVTD190UPC TEXT: 5055311001906

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Rhythm & Blues vocal groups have a unique place in music history and are revered by record collectors and aficionados of the music. When Fantastic Voyage released Doo Wop: The R&B Vocal Group Sound 1950-1960 in 2011, it clearly struck a chord with collectors. Collecting the 89 best-selling R&B vocal group hits from the Fifties, the compilation remains amongst the label’s most popular titles. Now Doo Wop Revival continues the story into the early sixties when R&B vocal groups found themselves back in favour, and like its predecessor it is annotated by Marv Goldberg: the world’s leading authority on R&B vocal groups.

By the end of the 1950s, according to some music historians, Rock & Roll didn’t even exist anymore; it had been absorbed into, and then became, mainstream Pop music. Teen idols were on the ascendant, and, in the opinion of many, American popular music, after the mid-1950s flash of greatness, was dying. And then, some sparks of brilliance flared up. The early ’60s saw a string of hits by R&B vocal groups, most shifting down the Soul path, and the Doo Wop Revival was declared.

Some of these groups had been around for years (the Platters, the Midnighters, the Coasters, the Wanderers, the Drifters), but most were new to the scene, or at least to the charts. All the selections on the 90-track 3CD Doo Wop Revival were chart hits in 1961 and 1962 (almost all on the Pop charts and most on the R&B charts as well). Some went to #1. Others barely made the top #100. But they’re all worthy tunes, most of which you’ll remember (and if you don’t, be prepared to meet some new friends).



  1. Dedicated To The One I Love (The 5 Royales)
  2. I Count The Tears (The Drifters)
  3. Pony Time (Don Covay and The Goodtimers)
  4. Wait A Minute (The Coasters)
  5. Let’s Go Again (Where We Went Last Night) (Hank Ballard and The Midnighters)
  6. It’s Unbelievable (The Larks)
  7. The Watusi (The Vibrations)
  8. Once Upon A Time (Rochell and The Candles with Johnny Wyatt)
  9. To Be Loved (Forever) (The Pentagons)
  10. Blue Moon (The Marcels)
  11. Bewildered (James Brown and The Famous Flames)
  12. Kokomo (The Flamingos)
  13. Daddy’s Home (Shep and The Limelites)
  14. Some Kind Of Wonderful (The Drifters)
  15. Ain’t It, Baby (The Miracles)
  16. Rama Lama Ding Dong (The Edsels)
  17. The Continental Walk (Hank Ballard and The Midnighters)
  18. What Will I Tell My Heart (The Harptones)
  19. The Girl’s A Devil (The Dukays)
  20. Miss Fine (The New Yorkers)
  21. I’m So Young (The Students)
  22. Tonight (Could Be The Night) (The Velvets)
  23. I Don’t Mind (James Brown and The Famous Flames)
  24. Heart And Soul (The Cleftones)
  25. Every Beat Of My Heart (Gladys Knight and The Pips)
  26. Peanut Butter (The Marathons)
  27. Hold Back The Tears (The Delacardos)
  28. Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) (The Coasters)
  29. That’s What Girls Are Made For (The Spinners)
  30. No, No, No (The Chanters)
  31. Please Stay (The Drifters)


  1. My True Story (The Jive Five)
  2. Time Was (The Flamingos)
  3. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) (Little Caesar and The Romans)
  4. Ready For Your Love (Shep and The Limelites)
  5. Nag (The Halos)
  6. The Switch-A-Roo (Hank Ballard and The Midnighters)
  7. Hully Gully Again (Little Caesar and The Romans)
  8. I’ll Never Smile Again (The Platters)
  9. Magic Moon (Clair De Lune) (The Rays)
  10. Music, Music, Music (The Sensations)
  11. Lover’s Island (The Blue Jays)
  12. Nothing But Good (Hank Ballard and The Midnighters)
  13. A Little Bit Of Soap (The Jarmels)
  14. When We Get Married (The Dreamlovers)
  15. For Sentimental Reasons (The Cleftones)
  16. Just You And Me, Darling (James Brown and The Famous Flames)
  17. What You Bet (The Cadillacs)
  18. I Understand (Just How You Feel) (The G-Clefs)
  19. Three Steps From The Altar (Shep and The Limelites)
  20. Sweets For My Sweet (The Drifters)
  21. Foot Stomping (Part 1) (The Flares)
  22. I Really Love You (The Stereos)
  23. I Wonder (If Your Love Will Ever Belong To Me) (The Pentagons)
  24. It Will Stand (The Showmen)
  25. Gypsy Woman (The Impressions)
  26. Everybody’s Gotta Pay Some Dues (The Miracles)
  27. Heartaches (The Marcels)
  28. Never, Never (The Jive Five)
  29. Letter Full Of Tears (Gladys Knight and The Pips)


  1. What’s So Good About Good-by (The Miracles)
  2. Smoky Places (The Corsairs)
  3. Duke Of Earl (Gene Chandler)
  4. Let Me In (The Sensations)
  5. My Melancholy Baby (The Marcels)
  6. Our Anniversary (Shep and The Limelites)
  7. When My Little Girl Is Smiling (The Drifters)
  8. I Wish That We Were Married (Ronnie and The Hi-Lites)
  9. I Found A Love (The Falcons)
  10. I Found Out Too Late (Jackie and The Starlites)
  11. Dream Come True (The Temptations)
  12. I’ll Take You Home (The Corsairs)
  13. I Love You (The Volumes)
  14. That’s My Desire (Yvonne Baker and The Sensations)
  15. I’ll Try Something New (The Miracles)
  16. Woman Is A Man’s Best Friend (Teddy and The Twilights)
  17. Twist And Shout (The Isley Brothers)
  18. If I Should Lose You (The Dreamlovers)
  19. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (The Rivingtons)
  20. Lookin’ For A Love (The Valentinos)
  21. Do You Love Me (The Contours)
  22. There Is No Greater Love (The Wanderers)
  23. Broken Heart (The Fiestas)
  24. Twistin’ With Linda (The Isley Brothers)
  25. A Wonderful Dream (The Majors)
  26. Untie Me (The Tams)
  27. Up On The Roof (The Drifters)
  28. These Golden Rings (The Jive Five)
  29. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (The Miracles)
  30. Puddin N’ Tain (Ask Me Again, I’ll Tell You The Same) (The Alley Cats)