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Frankie Lymon: Iā€™m Not A Juvenile Delinquent: The Death of Frankie Lymon

Obituary by Bill Millar, Soul Music Monthly, March 1968

THE LAST TWO months have been sad times for blues, rock and soul fans all the world over. All three idioms have had their brutal ...

The Coasters, The Drifters, Tom Dowd: Atlantic's Tom Dowd: The Real Music Man

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, May 1968

TOM DOWD is a walking encyclopedia on the history of American pop music. In fact, Tom Dowd created twenty years of pop history since he ...

The Dells: 1953 Doo Wop to 1969 Class

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1969

By Chuck Barksdale of the Dells ...

The Flamingos, The Jive Five: The Jive Five: Where Are You Now

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, September 1969

To the editor, R 'n' B World, New York. ...

The Cadillacs: Speedo's Back In Town

Interview by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, February 1972

EARL CARROLL is still a rocker. The other Coasters wear Afros but Mr. Earl's hair is black, shiny and slickered back. Thumbing through a copy ...

The Persuasions: Street Corner Symphony

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, April 1972

THE PERSUASIONS ceased to be a pleasant, though strange, acappella curiosity with their last album, We Came to Play. That album took a more pop ...

Acappella: The Rise And Fall Of Acappella

Guide by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, June 1972

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, 1954. Five young men stood around a tape recorder in a church cellar and gang. They couldn't afford a band but wouldn't ...

The Persuasions: Street Corner Symphony (Island)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, International Times, June 1972

THE PERSUASIONS are a five-strong black vocal group who perform acappella. Their album Street Corner Symphony is just what it says: a set of songs ...

The Persuasions: Spread The Word (Capitol)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, December 1972

GHETTO KIDS don't have parents who can spare a few hundred dollars for an electric guitar like their suburban counterparts. But they do possess an ...

Clyde McPhatter: Atlantic Masters (Atlantic)

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, March 1973

WELL, IS SINGING coming back or not? The signs are, maybe yes. Billy Paul, for instance, and the Chi-Lites, Stylistics, and Detroit Emeralds. ...

The Coasters: Atlantic Masters (Atlantic).

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, March 1973

HOW CRUEL fate is. At the very moment that Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are proving themselves to be perfectly tuned in to 1973, with ...

The Belmonts, Dion: Dion & the Belmonts: Reunion; The Belmonts: Cigars, Acapella, Candy; Dion's Greatest Hits

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, March 1973

DION WAS the original punk. Stand him up next to his contemporary male teen idols – Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, Bobby Rydell, ...

The Belmonts, Dion: Dion & the Belmonts: Reunion; The Belmonts: Cigars, Acapella, Candy; Dion's Greatest Hits

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, June 1973

YEARS AGO, Mad ran a feature on "What Kind of Parents Will Today's Teenagers Make?" It depicted a pair of graying, pot-bellied rockers in leathers, ...

The Persuasions: Big Legs 'n' Bad Asses

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, October 1973

WE'RE BACKSTAGE at Birmingham's Odeon, logjammed into a feeble grey van – a constable and sergeant at the controls – and now we're going to ...

The Marcels: Bom Baba Bom

Retrospective by Penny Reel, Let It Rock, February 1975

1961. Rock'n'roll was dead and buried. The Beatles weren't even a twinkle in Epstein's eye. Pop was Kenny Ball and Anne Shelton, Acker Bilk and ...

Doo-wop: Still White & Alright

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Let It Rock, May 1975

FIRST, A BOOK. Despite the comparatively recent growth industry in rock'n'roll literature, we still don't have a half-way decent encyclopaedia worthy of the name. The ...

The Darts: Sheer Dart attack

Profile by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

DOO-WOP was a term applied to the singing style of American R 'n' B vocal groups of the Fifties, originating in the fact that the ...

The Persuasions: The Dying Art Of Friendly Persuasions

Interview by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, November 1977

NEW YORK – PERSUASIONS leader Jerry Lawson checked the refrigerator in his Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment one recent morning and found it nearly empty. ...

The Darts: Getting To The Point With The Darts

Profile by John Tobler, ZigZag, December 1977

THIS IS GOING to be a two part feature. This is the first part, as the more astute among you have probably already worked out, ...

The Prisonaires: Five Beats Behind Bars

Retrospective by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, January 1978

With doo-wop increasing in popularity, MARTIN HAWKINS reveals the 'inside' story of the Prisonaires, one of the South's finest vocal harmony groups. ...

The Darts: One of these Men Is a Fitness Fanatic

Profile and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, September 1979

ALONG A LONELY Somerset lane a man from West 68th St. Manhattan is making good time. Twelve miles behind him and eight to go, he ...

Doo-wop: At The Hop

Retrospective by Bill Millar, History of Rock, The, 1982

White vocal groups of the Fifties embraced a variety of styles and sounds, ranging from adult pop groups (the Ames Brothers, the Four Aces, the ...

The Danleers

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Bear Family, 1991

THE AMERICAN RHYTHM & blues vocal group was a development of the Pop groups that enjoyed heavy popularity from the 1910's into the 1950's. When ...

The Del Vikings

Retrospective by Pete Grendysa, Goldmine, February 1992

THE GOLDEN DREAM of rock 'n' roll goes like this: a few guys or girls get together, work out some songs, are discovered and recorded, ...

The Cadillacs

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Bear Family, 1995

IN JANUARY, 1956, a skinny and bespectacled 16-year old laid down his dollar and got 11 cents change and a shiny new 45rpm record (resplendent ...

The Flamingos

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, MCA Records, 1997

THEY DIDN'T ROCK; they didn't roll. Their singing had nothing of the street corner or local school yard about it. With roots in a little-known ...

Shep & The Limelites

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Collectables, 1999

ON A COLD JANUARY NIGHT in 1970, a journey of thousands of miles finally came to an end. It was just another crime statistic in ...

The Fiestas

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Collectables, 2000

DURING THE HEIGHT of the vocal group era, groups could be found singing on every streetcorner, hoping to be discovered and make that one big ...

The Persuasions: Perpetual Harmony

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2006

"THE PERSUASIONS! Aren't you that old do-wop group?" ...

Clyde McPhatter, The Drifters: Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Music, August 2007

"I fell in love with the man's voice. I toured with the group and watched Clyde and listened; finally I got a chance to join ...

The Dells: Originals: The Dells

Retrospective by Mike Atherton, Echoes, 2008

THE RAYS, formed by five youngsters from Harvey, Illinois in 1952, were just one of the thousands of doo-wop groups springing up in America's cities ...

Frankie Lymon: Rock 'N' Roll

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Music, July 2008

"I WAS 12 years old when I first heard Frankie Lymon singing 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love' on my grandmother's radio," wrote Ronnie Spector ...

The Flamingos: A Doo-Wop Dream of Love Addiction: The Pop Perfection of the Flamingos' 'I Only Have Eyes for You'

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Catalog for Doug Aitken's Song 1 exhibition, June 2012

I WAS FOURTEEN YEARS OLD ā€“ a glam-rock brat awakening to the golden innocence of pre-Beatles American pop ā€“ when I shelled out for the ...

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