Various: Street Corner Essentials A bunch of teenagers gathered around a street light or in a tenement hallway singing their hearts out. Days of harmonizing at the candy store, be-bopping down the mean streets of Big City America, their voices soaring in perfect pitch songs of teenage love and angst. Such is the treasured image of Doo-Wop, those golden days of the vocal group. The music they made was a refreshing change from the heavily-orchestrated and staid pop tunes of the post-war years. It was do-it-yourself music; it seemed easy to get some guys or girls together and make a hit record. Even if your record was only heard in a six-block area of your hometown, it made you a celebrity. Street corner groups had a brief moment in the sun, roughly from 1955 to 1957, but such was the attraction of the music that a “revival” occurred almost right away. By 1961, collectors were eagerly seeking out records only three or four years old and new groups were sprouting up in cities all across the country. The music has never died and remains strong today. Hearing the groups that "made it" and those that almost did, you will understand why. Street-corner harmonizers in Cleveland in 1953 all tried to get the ears of powerful disc jockey Alan Freed. The Coronets did the next best thing and got Freed’s wife Jackie to play their demo of "Nadine" for the busy record spinner. The result was a recording contract with Chess. Uncle Sam then stepped in and grabbed a couple of the singers for military service, and the group was never able to rekindle the spark.


Disc One
1.The Hits
2.The Coronets – Nadine
3.The Counts – Darling Dear
4.The Moonglows – Sincerely
5.The Marigolds – Rolling Stone
6.The Flamingos – I’ll Be Home
7.The Del Vikings – Come Go With Me
8.The Tune Weavers – Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
9.The Gladiolas – Little Darlin’
10.Lee Andrews & The Hearts – Long Lonely Nights
11.The Monotones – Book Of Love
12.The Pastels – Been So Long
13.The Original Casuals – So Tough
14.The Crescendos – Oh Julie
15.Norman Fox & The Rob-Roys – Tell Me Why
16.The Shirelles – I Met Him On A Sunday
17.The Danleers – One Summer Night
18.The Elegants – Little Star
19.The Shields – You Cheated
20.The Platters – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
21.The Impalas – (Sorry) I Ran All The Way Home
22.Phil Phillips & The Twilights – Sea Of Love
23.The Demensions – Over The Rainbow
24.The Sensations – Let Me In
25.The Stereos – I Really Love You
26.The Quotations – Imagination

Disc Two
1.The Rare Sides
2.The Blue Jays - White Cliffs Of Dover
3.The Eagles – Tryin’ To Get To You
4.The Barons – My Baby’s Gone
5.The Five Notes – Show Me The Way
6.Four Tops – Woke Up This Morning*
7.Jimmy Castor & The Juniors – I Promise To Remember
8.The Sentimentals – I Want To Love You
9.The Orbits – Sugar Mama
10.The Dream Kings – M.T.Y.L.T.T
11.Norman Fox & The Rob Roys – Dance, Girl, Dance
12.The Tornadoes – That’s The Way I Feel*
13.The Quintones – Ding Dong
14.The Bay Bops – Joanie
15.Lee Scott & The Windsors – My Gloria
16.The Hi-Fives – Dorothy
17.The Five Satins – Your Memory
18.The Explorers – Don’t Be A Fool
19.The Dubs – If I Only Had Magic
20.The Emotions – Echo
21.The Dubs – Two Hearts Are Better Than One*
22.The Standards – My Heart Belongs To Only You
23.The Crests – You Blew Out The Candles
24.The Chateaus – Honest I Will
25.The Four-Evers – Be My Girl (Please Be Mine)
26.The Ocapellos – The Stars

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