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African American Female Do-Wop groups from the 1950s Doo-Wop is a genre of music that was popularly done by the African Americans back in the early 1940s 1 . The communities that did this type of music were from Philadelphia, New York, Newark, Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington DC. Even though the music was started in the early 1940s, it gained the popularity in the mainstream in late 1950s and early periods of 1960s. The bedrock of the music was the vocal harmony that had to be engaged throughout the music or rather song. This type or rather genre of music can be grouped as a type of R&B music. The thesis of this historical paper is to focus on the women that had a contribution to the music. The paper will be majoring on the African American women who were in the Doo-Wop groups in the 1950s. This is the period that this genre started gaining popularity and the music was all-over the airwaves. Lilian Leach Boyd is one of the super women who is celebrated due to their contribution in the doo-wop music scenes. She is an African American singer who not only performed lead vocals with Mellows, she also had a wistful singing style. She was born in 1936 and died in 2013. Among the hits songs that Mellow recorded are “Smoke from Your Cigarette” and “How Sentimental can I be?” 2 The labels that she recorded her music with are Jay-Dee, Candlelight, and the Celeste. She was born in Harlem at the time when the African Americans were being segregated in the United States of America. Despite the racism and depriving nature of the society especially towards women, she still had a chance to pursue her passion. She started by singing in church and in some of the talent shows that were being
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