The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 56
Uptempo vocal groups
A nice blend of uptempo songs fifties vocal groups, a genre that I don't play too often on this show. The doowop, as vocal music is often referred to, managed to survive the Rock 'n Roll craze and still is immensely popular today - it has a much larger following than the forties and fifties Rhythm & Blues that I ususally play.
And the fortunes and misfortunes of these groups are pretty well documented, for instance on this site, so I have a lot of great stories to tell. So there's a thirteen year old singer today, two groups that named after their record label, both not as succesful as their record bosses had thought. There's how to recycle a group's name, then an adventure in California, a gay duo and a not-so-gay group, a group that probably wouldn't have been so popular as for the pretty bizarre scat singing of their lead, and a singer who did the elephants in the circus.