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Music: Doo-Wop

The 1950s was the golden age of Doo-Wop, when groups of guys would gather on the street corner and harmonize. Uploaded by rhino.com.

While some say the origin of doo-wop goes back as far as The Mills Brothers (Great American Things, December 13, 2009) and The Ink Spots, the form is generally associated with the 1950s. Picture a group of guys standing on a corner and harmonizing. Maybe they’re black, maybe they’re white, doesn’t matter. But the music they created was rhythmic and fun to sing along with.

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Here’s Robert Fontenot’s list of the top 10 doo-wop songs as published on about.com:

10. “Come Go with Me” by the Del Vikings

9. “There Goes My Baby” by the Drifters

8. “16 Candles” by the Crests

7. “Little Darlin'” by the Diamonds

6. “Stay” by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs

5. “Little Star” by the Elegants

4. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens

3. “Blue Moon” by the Marcels

2. “Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler

1. “At the Hop” by Danny and the Juniors

Here are some other songs that could easily make a top 10: “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” … “The Book of Love” … “Get a Job” … and “Pretty Little Angel Eyes.” Kinda makes you want to watch American Graffiti or one of those PBS fundraising specials, doesn’t it?

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