Doo Wop: The Rock & Roll Vocal Group Sound 1957-1961

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 16 Jul 2012


'Brilliantly taking Doo-Wop somewhere else altogether' VINTAGE ROCK

'This compilation would be a gift for anyone wanting a beginners overview of commercial vocal groups' RECORD COLLECTOR

“Fantastic Voyage have done an excellent job on this great value set” BLUES AND RHYTHM


CAT No: FVTD129UPC TEXT: 5055311001296

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The innocent glory of the doo wop sound which swept the world in the late 1950s is beautifully captured over the three CDs of Doo Wop: The Rock & Roll Vocal Group Sound (1957-1961); combined with lavish annotation to form one of the most comprehensive documents of this music to date.

Continuing the Fantastic Voyage ethos of encompassing well-known genre landmarks while looking deeper into the bottomless obscure independent label mines, compiler Laurence Cane-Honeysett has assembled 96 doo wop diamonds, drawn from the groups which sprang up on the rooftops and street corners of America around 1956-57.

Doo wop was initially derived from black vocal groups, as vividly highlighted on Fantastic Voyage’s previous compilation Doo Wop: The R&B Vocal Group Sound (FVTD116). Their harmonies and style were taken up by countless white teenage trios, quartets and quintets, as evidenced by the tracks compiled here: every one a hit on the US Pop charts.

Disc one, titled Oom Dooby Doom (1957 to 1959) kicks off with Toronto heavy hitters the Diamonds (like the other better-known acts, represented with several songs), then zips through names such as the Mello-Kings, the Techniques, Danny & the Juniors (“At The Hop”, of course!), the Original Casuals, the Voxpoppers, the Slades (the original “You Cheated” as later covered by the Shangri-Las), Phil Spector’s Teddy Bears, the Aquatones, the Crests, the Skyliners, the Fleetwoods, the Mystics and New York’s biggest doo wop success story, Dion & the Belmonts.

Disc two, Gee Whiz (1959 to 1960), gets under way with Bronx Hispanic outfit the Eternals before cruising through both previous names (Dion represented by the time-stopping “Where Or When”) plus the Tassels, the Fireflies, the Passions, Jan & Dean, the Knockouts, the (non-Motown) Temptations, the Safaris, the Statues, Dante & the Evergreens, Kathy Young & the Innocents, the Chimes, and even Kim Fowley’s Hollywood Argyles with “Alley-Oop”.

Disc three, Back To The Hop (1960-61), slides dreamily into sky-soaring action with the Capris’ “There’s A Moon Out Tonight” before running through already-introduced names plus Cathy Jean & the Roommates, the Echoes, Donnie & the Dreamers, the Timetones, the Regents, the Castells, Rick & the Keens, the Ly-Dells, Nino & the Ebb Tides, the Dovells, and Curtis Lee, ending with three hardy perennials in the Tokens’ “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, Dion’s “The Wanderer” and Barry Mann and the Halos’ “Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)” from 1961.

Within two years everything would change, rendering the clean-cut ensembles assembled hopelessly square until rediscovered by future generations as a bottomless source of untainted rock ’n’ roll innocence. This set serves as both introduction to the music, while also containing enough fascinating obscurities and rarities to attract the more serious collectors. Such a huge selection might be seem daunting but Paul Heller’s extensive liner notes and Chris Buccola’s collection of photos, sheet music and record label scans amply illustrate these snapshots of a lost time and genre.



  1. Little Darlin’ (The Diamonds)
  2. Tonite, Tonite (The Mello-Kings)
  3. Hey! Little Girl (The Techniques)
  4. At The Hop (Danny and The Juniors)
  5. The Stroll (The Diamonds)
  6. Oh Julie (The Crescendos)
  7. Jo-Ann (The Playmates)
  8. So Tough (The Original Casuals)
  9. Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay (Danny and The Juniors)
  10. Wishing For Your Love (The Voxpoppers)
  11. You (The Aquatones)
  12. I Wonder Why (Dion and The Belmonts)
  13. Jennie Lee (Jan and Arnie)
  14. Dottie (Danny and The Juniors)
  15. Little Star (The Elegants)
  16. You Cheated (The Slades)
  17. Summertime, Summertime (The Jamies)
  18. No One Knows (Dion and The Belmonts)
  19. To Know Him Is To Love Him (The Teddy Bears)
  20. 16 Candles (The Crests)
  21. Don’t Pity Me (Dion and The Belmonts)
  22. She Say (Oom Dooby Doom) (The Diamonds)
  23. Since I Don’t Have You (The Skyliners)
  24. Come Softly To Me (The Fleetwoods)
  25. Ballad Of A Boy And Girl (The Graduates)
  26. Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) (The Impalas)
  27. Six Nights A Week (The Crests)
  28. A Teenager In Love (Dion and The Belmonts)
  29. Graduation’s Here (The Fleetwoods)
  30. Hushabye (The Mystics)
  31. This I Swear (The Skyliners)
  32. See You In September (The Tempos)


  1. Rockin’ In The Jungle (The Eternals)
  2. To A Soldier Boy (The Tassels)
  3. Baby Talk (Jan and Dean)
  4. The Angels Listened In (The Crests)
  5. You Were Mine (The Fireflies)
  6. Mr Blue (The Fleetwoods)
  7. Every Little Thing I Do (Dion and The Belmonts)
  8. It Happened Today (The Skyliners)
  9. Just To Be With You (The Passions)
  10. Believe Me (The Royal Teens)
  11. A Year Ago Tonight (The Crests)
  12. Where Or When (Dion and The Belmonts)
  13. Darling Lorraine (The Knockouts)
  14. Outside My Window (The Fleetwoods)
  15. Step By Step (The Crests)
  16. Barbara (The Temptations)
  17. When You Wish Upon A Star (Dion and The Belmonts)
  18. Pennies From Heaven (The Skyliners)
  19. Mister Lonely (The Videls)
  20. Runaround (The Fleetwoods)
  21. Alley-Oop (The Hollywood Argyles)
  22. Image Of A Girl (The Safaris)
  23. Trouble In Paradise (The Crests)
  24. Over The Rainbow (The Demensions)
  25. In The Still Of The Night (Dion and The Belmonts)
  26. Blue Velvet (The Statues)
  27. Honest I Do (The Innocents)
  28. Time Machine (Dante and The Evergreens)
  29. Danny & The Juniors: Twistin’ USA (Danny and The Juniors)
  30. A Thousand Stars (Kathy Young and The Innocents)
  31. Once In A While (The Chimes)
  32. Gee Whiz (The Innocents)


  1. There’s A Moon Out Tonight (The Capris)
  2. Pony Express (Danny and The Juniors)
  3. Happy Birthday Blues (Kathy Young and The
  4. Please Love Me Forever (Cathy Jean and The
  5. Tonight I Fell In Love (The Tokens)
  6. Baby Blue (The Echoes)
  7. I’m In The Mood For Love (The Chimes)
  8. Where I Fell In Love (The Capris)
  9. Glory Of Love (The Roommates)
  10. Tragedy (The Fleetwoods)
  11. Count Every Star (Donnie and The Dreamers)
  12. In My Heart (The Timetones)
  13. Barbara-Ann (The Regents)
  14. Tell Me Why (The Belmonts)
  15. Sacred (The Castells)
  16. Heart And Soul (Jan and Dean)
  17. Peanuts (Rick and The Keens)
  18. One Summer Night (The Diamonds)
  19. Pretty Little Angel Eyes (Curtis Lee and The Halos)
  20. Runaround (The Regents)
  21. My Memories Of You (Donnie and The Dreamers)
  22. Wizard Of Love (The Ly-Dells)
  23. Juke Box Saturday Night (Nino and The Ebb Tides)
  24. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (The Belmonts)
  25. (He’s) The Great Imposter (The Fleetwoods)
  26. Bristol Stomp (The Dovells)
  27. Back To The Hop (Danny and The Juniors)
  28. Runaround Sue (Dion and The Del-Satins)
  29. Under The Moon Of Love (Curtis Lee and The Halos)
  30. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens)
  31. The Wanderer (Dion and The Del-Satins)
  32. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) (Barry Mann and The Halos)