Doo Wop: The R&B Vocal Sound 1950-1960

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 15 Aug 2011


"Fans will know the tracks already, but having them on this 3CD set is handy, and the music is, of course, exceptional."  4/5 MOJO

"Traces the development of street corner vocal harmonies through the decade over three discs."  4/5  RECORD COLLECTOR

"This release traces the development of doo wop courtesy of 89 tracks to help us on our listening journey."   BLUES AND SOUL

CAT No: FVTD116UPC TEXT: 5055311001166

Full details

Vocal groups have long since formed an integral part of the popular music scene, from barbershop and gospel ensembles to more recent harmony outfits, such as Boyz II Men and the Backstreet Boys – but it was the glorious ‘Doo Wop’ era of the 1950s when they came into their own.Led by a clutch of Afro-American quartets and quintets, the ‘Doo Wop’ sound flourished to such an extent that by the close of the Fifties, the country could boast literally thousands of harmony groups.

This 3CD set traces the development of the style throughout the most outstanding period in its history, collecting the 89 best-selling R&B vocal group hits from the Fifties, performed by the most popular and influential ensembles of the decade.The result is the most comprehensive ‘Doo Wop’ collection yet to see issue that offers an indispensable introduction to one of the most enduring and popular styles to emerge during the golden age of Rock & Roll.



  1. Double Crossing Blues (Johnny Otis Quintette with The Robins & Little Esther: )
  2. I Will Wait (The Four Buddies)
  3. Sixty-Minute Man (The Dominoes)
  4. Don't You Know I Love You (The Clovers)
  5. The Glory Of Love (The Five Keys)
  6. Fool, Fool, Fool (The Clovers)
  7. Have Mercy Baby (The Dominoes)
  8. One Mint Julep (The Clovers)
  9. Baby Don't Do It (The 5 Royales)
  10. Ting-A-Ling (The Clovers)
  11. I Wanna Know (The Du Droppers)
  12. Help Me Somebody (The 5 Royales)
  13. Good Lovin' (The Clovers)
  14. Crying In The Chapel (The Orioles)
  15. Nadine (The Coronets)
  16. Money Honey (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)
  17. Rags To Riches (Billy Ward & His Dominoes)
  18. I Didn't Want To Do It (The Spiders)
  19. Such A Night (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)
  20. Lovey Dovey (The Clovers)
  21. Gee (The Crows)
  22. Work With Me Annie (The Royals)
  23. Middle Of The Night (The Clovers)
  24. Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite (The Spaniels)
  25. Honey Love (The Drifters feat. Clyde McPhatter)
  26. Sh-Boom (The Chords)
  27. Sexy Ways (The Midnighters)
  28. Hearts Of Stone (The Charms)
  29. Sincerely (The Moonglows)


  1. Earth Angel (The Penguins)
  2. Ling Ting Tong (The Five Keys)
  3. The Door Is Still Open (The Cardinals)
  4. Story Untold (The Nutmegs)
  5. Soldier Boy (The Four Fellows)
  6. Only You (And You Alone) (The Platters)
  7. Why Don't You Write Me (The Jacks)
  8. At My Front Door (The El Dorados)
  9. Adorable (The Drifters)
  10. When You Dance (The Turbans)
  11. The Great Pretender (The Platters)
  12. Speedoo (The Cadillacs)
  13. Devil Or Angel (The Clovers)
  14. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (The Teenagers feat. Frankie Lymon)
  15. Eddie My Love (The Teen Queens)
  16. (You've Got) The Magic Touch (The Platters)
  17. Ivory Tower (Otis Williams & His Charms)
  18. Please, Please, Please (James Brown & The Famous Flames)
  19. I Want You To Be My Girl (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers)
  20. My Prayer (The Platters)
  21. Stranded In The Jungle (The Cadets)
  22. In The Still Of The Nite (The Five Satins)
  23. Heaven On Earth (The Platters)
  24. Oh What A Nite ( The Dells)
  25. A Thousand Miles Away (The Heartbeats)
  26. Come Go With Me (The Dell-Vikings)
  27. I'm Sorry (The Platters)
  28. Over The Mountain, Across The Sea (Johnnie & Joe)
  29. Searchin' (The Coasters)


  1. Young Blood (The Coasters)
  2. Star Dust (Billy Ward & His Dominoes)
  3. Mr Lee (The Bobbettes)
  4. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (The Tune Weavers)
  5. Silhouettes (The Rays)
  6. Little Bitty Pretty One ( Thurston Harris)
  7. Buzz-Buzz-Buzz (The Hollywood Flames)
  8. Get A Job (The Silhouettes)
  9. Maybe (The Chantels)
  10. Don't You Just Know It (Huey (Piano) Smith & The Clowns)
  11. Book Of Love (The Monotones)
  12. Twilight Time (The Platters)
  13. Yakety Yak (The Coasters)
  14. For Your Precious Love ( Jerry Butler & The Impressions)
  15. One Summer Night (The Danleers)
  16. Western Movies (The Olympics)
  17. Rock-in Robin (Bobby Day)
  18. Tears On My Pillow (Little Anthony & The Imperials)
  19. Try Me (James Brown & The Famous Flames)
  20. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (The Platters)
  21. Charlie Brown (The Coasters)
  22. So Fine (The Fiestas)
  23. You're So Fine (The Falcons)
  24. There Goes My Baby (The Drifters)
  25. I Only Have Eyes For You (The Flamingos)
  26. Sea Of Love (Phil Phillips with The Twilights)
  27. Poison Ivy (The Coasters)
  28. Dance With Me (The Drifters)
  29. Stay (Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs)
  30. Save The Last Dance For Me (The Drifters)
  31. Shop Around (The Miracles feat. Smokey Robinson)