Buck Ram's Doo Wop Various Artists (Ram Records)

£11.50

Availablity:
World
Genre:
Doo Wop
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 735

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Buck Ram's Doo Wop (MP3), MP3 (£7.99)

Buck Ram started his talent management firm, Personality Productions, in Los Angeles, California in 1951. He had previously been an arranger for big bands (including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and the Dorsey Brothers) and a songwriter (eg Twilight Time and I'll Be Home For Christmas) in the 1940s. During the rock'n'roll era of the 1950s and early 1960s, Ram's extensive roster at Personality Productions featured a wide variety of artists which included the Platters, rockabilly performer Benny Joy (see Ace CDCHD 703), as well as the doo wop vocal groups presented here.

In early 1952 Buck was joined by Jean Bennett, who worked as his office manager until Ram's passing in 1991. Today, Jean continues the operations of Personality Productions from Las Vegas, Nevada. She fondly recalls Ram's excitement and enthusiasm when producing his doo wop records and notes the many life-long friendships which endured long after the recording sessions.

Buck Ram is best known as the manager, producer, and songwriter for the Platters-.-however they were not the only vocal group under his direction during the 1950s and early 1960s. Buck Ram's 'other' vocal groups were the young artists on this CD - the Colts, Shirley Gunter and the Flairs, Linda Hayes (and group), the Jewels, Flairs, Peppers, Flares, and the Chesterfields.

Although these groups never matched the success of the Platters, their recordings captured the same smooth sound and polished stylings of his world-renowned group. The songs (many written by Ram himself - sometimes using pseudonyms like Lynn Paul or Jean Miles) all provide excellent examples of vocal group harmony and the unique sound of Buck Ram's doo wops.

The recording quality of this selection of tracks is incredible - words can't describe it, it has to be listened to.

By Gordon Skadberg

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Adorable - The Colts

  • 02
    Hey You, Shoo Bee Ooh Bee (Hey Pretty Baby) (Previously unissued) - The Colts

  • 03
    Headin' Home - Shirley Gunter & the Flairs

  • 04
    You Ain't Movin' Me - Linda Hayes & Group

  • 05
    Never, No More - The Colts

  • 06
    Pearlie Mae - The Jewels

  • 07
    Guiding Angel - The Colts

  • 08
    Hubba Hubba - Linda Hayes & Group

  • 09
    Sweet Sixteen - The Colts

  • 10
    The Wind - The Jewels

  • 11
    Lips Red As Wine - The Colts

  • 12
    I Had A Dream - Linda Hayes & Group

  • 13
    Honey Bun - The Colts

  • 14
    Take The Hand Of A Fool - Linda Hayes & Group

  • 15
    Hey You, Shoo Bee Ooh Bee (Hey Pretty Baby) - The Colts

  • 16
    The Sheik Of Araby - The Colts

  • 17
    I'd Climb The Hills And Mountains - The Flairs

  • 18
    Swing Pretty Mama - The Flairs

  • 19
    All I Ask Of You - The Peppers

  • 20
    Loving You - The Flares

  • 21
    A Place In My Heart - The Peppers

  • 22
    One More Chance - The Peppers

  • 23
    A Dream Is But A Dream - The Chesterfields

  • 24
    You Walked Away - The Chesterfields

  • 25
    If I Saw You Crying - The Chesterfields

  • 26
    Trouble - The Chesterfields

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