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.



  1. Little Clydie & The Teens - Oh Me
  2. Flairs - Tell Me You Love Me
  3. Marylanders - Good Old 99
  4. Locos - Professor Loco
  5. Del Rios & The Bearcats - Lizzie
  6. Aladdins - Munch
  7. Dukes - Ooh-Bop-She-Bop
  8. Gene & Eunice - I Gotta Go Home
  9. Orioles - Dem Days (Are Gone Forever)
  10. Du Droppers - You're Mine Already
  11. Charlie & Ray - Sweet Thing
  12. Gay Poppers - I want to know
  13. Five Keys - That's Right
  14. Five Echoes - Broke
  15. Five Stars - Ooh Shucks
  16. Jive Bombers - When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver
  17. Nappy Brown & The Gibralters - My Baby Knows
  18. Clovers - Hey Miss Fannie
  19. Frankie & The Echoes - Come Back Baby
  20. Charlie White & The Playboys - Honey Bun


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Lucky Millinder - Heavy Sugar
  • Big Jim Wynn - Goofin' Off
  • Frank 'Floorshow' Culley - That Girl
  • Jimmy Lee - Chicago Jump
  • Johnny Hodges - Castle Rock
  • Lloyd Glenn - Still Waters