"It All Started With Doo Wop"
Time Life Music will celebrate the many facets of doo wop with "It All Started With Doo Wop", a 9 CD and 1 DVD box set. This collection features chart-topping and memorable tracks like "Yakety Yak" by The Coasters, "There Goes My Baby," "Up on the Roof," and "On Broadway" from The Drifters, "The Great Pretender" by The Platters, "Dedicated to the One I Love," "Soldier Boy," and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" from The Shirelles and much much more! "It All Started with Doo Wop" also includes several tracks from presenter Dion, both with the Belmonts and as a solo artist, including "A Teenager in Love," "Where Or When," "The Wanderer," "That's My Desire," "I Wonder Why," and "Runaround Sue."
Long before rap and hip hop, before grunge, even before rock and roll, the music that teenagers in the 1950s and early 1960s called their own came from the street corners and building stoops in neighborhoods like the Bronx, Harlem, Philadelphia, and Passaic, New Jersey. The distinctive sound of doo wop, founded in three and four part harmony and, for the most part, sweetly sentimental, has left an indelible imprint on American pop culture.
In addition to the nine CDs containing 147 songs, the box set also includes the DVD "Doo Wop Legends Live", which features more than an hour of classic performances from artists such as The Platters, Gene Chandler, The Dell-Vikings, Johnny Maestro and Brooklyn Bridge, and The Penguins, performing such well known tunes as "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)," "16 Candles," "Duke of Earl," and "Come Go With Me."
As Billy Vera says in the liner notes, the year 1955 was the year when the great American melting pot came to fruition. Doo wop was a style unhampered by racial or gender bias. There were Harlem-based bands such as The Drifters and the Cadillacs, comprised of teenaged boys who figured that the sweet harmonics of their band would help them attract girls, along with girl groups such as the Shirelles and the Chiffons who were on the charts as well. As doo wop's appeal expanded to reach a wider audience, groups such as Jay and the Americans, the 4 Seasons and Dion and the Belmonts emerged to carry the torch. As the fifties morphed into the sixties, the sound of doo wop also morphed into the sort of R&B and soul that would propel Motown artists such as The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and The Temptations to the top of the charts.