Outline 6 - Doo wop, Girl Groups

Outline 6 - Doo wop, Girl Groups - Lecture 6 Doo-Wop Girl...

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Lecture 6 Doo-Wop Girl Groups Doo Wop • Gospel based, urban, black, male, 1950s-early 60s • Sound: tenor lead, deep bass, soaring falsetto • Nonsense syllables (thus “doo-wop”) • Intricate harmonic arrangements EX. The Chords, “Sh-Boom” (1954) • An early rock and roll hit • Jazz flavor: scat singing, sax solo, backup vocal rhythms • Doo-wop characterized by one-hit wonders EX. The Penguins, “Earth Angel” (1954) • Garage recording • One of the most popular oldies today • Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (1956) Other big doo-wop hits include: • The Platters, “Only You” (1955) • The Five Satins, “In the Still of the Night” (1956) • Doo-wop groups were often named after cars and, especially, birds A Cappella • Doo wop is a form of a cappella singing, which is popular today • Bobby McFerrin’s influence: new sounds, techniques Don Kirshner • Professional songwriters now become a force (1960-1963)
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