Music City Vocal Groups: Greasy Love Songs Of Teenage Romance, Regret, Hope And Despair Various Artists (Music City)

£17.75

Availablity:
World
Genre:
Doo Wop
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDTOP2 1385

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During and just after World War II, Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area boomed with military bases and naval yards, attracting thousands of black workers and servicemen. Cities dotting the East Bay–Berkeley, Oakland, and Richmond– developed thriving neighbourhoods with busy nightclubs. Small record companies sprang up to supply jukeboxes with local blues and jazz talent. One of them, Music City, opened around 1950 but didn’t record in earnest until 1954. Over the next two decades, owner Ray Dobard amassed 1,500 reels of recording tape that captured every form of popular black American music.

Now that Ace owns that archive, we hope to release Music City recordings for many years to come. We began in 2011 with “The Music City Story”, a 3CD set spanning 1953-1975, and followed with “Going Wild! Music City Rock’n’Roll”. Now, with “Music City Vocal Groups”, we present what originally made the label a favourite of 45rpm collectors all over the world: funky, sweaty, raw, sometimes dissonant but always sincere doo wop. By 1963, Ray Dobard was finished with doo wop groups. He moved into soul music, gospel, and the occasional novelty; his final release, in 1975, was ‘Go Down Moses’ by the Golden West Singers. He died in 2004, leaving behind a hoard of recordings that we are still sorting out.

By Jim Dawson

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Lucille - The Pagans

  • 02
    Without Love (second version) - The Corvettes

  • 03
    Cheating On Me - The Midnights

  • 04
    This Is The End Of Love - The Klixs

  • 05
    Morrine - The 5 Campbells

  • 06
    Whole Lot Of Love - The Rovers

  • 07
    Angel In My Heart - The Holidays

  • 08
    Sherry - Jimmy Cicero with the Five Crystels

  • 09
    Lil Dream Girl - The Gaylarks

  • 10
    My Greatest Sin - The Gaylarks

  • 11
    What Will The Outcome Be - Al Lewis & Modernistics

  • 12
    Down By The River - The Gayteens

  • 13
    Down To The Sea (a cappella) - The 5 Rovers

  • 14
    I'll Wait For You - The Dialtones

  • 15
    Sunday - Joe Blackwell & The Individuals

  • 16
    No Other Way Around - The Midnights

  • 17
    Heaven's Own Choir - The Five Crystels

  • 18
    Your True Love Is Standing By aka Dry Your Eyes - Wanda Burt & Crescendos

  • 19
    I'm Traveling Light - The 5 Lyrics

  • 20
    Church On The Hill - The Gaylarks with the John Heartsman Band

  • 21
    Station L-O-V-E - The Holidays

  • 22
    I'm Coming Over To You - The Girls

  • 23
    So Hard To Please (a cappella) - The Marcels

  • 24
    Forever And A Day (a cappella) - The Idols

  • 25
    All The Days Of My Life - The Chantels

Side 2

  • 01
    Church On The Hill (Take 1) - Bob & Jessie

  • 02
    Church On The Hill (Take 2) - Bob & Jessie

  • 03
    There's A Girl - The Italics

  • 04
    Elaine - The Klixs

  • 05
    Our Love Is Here To Stay - The Klixs

  • 06
    The Trial - The Pagans

  • 07
    Down To The Sea - The 5 Rovers

  • 08
    Path Of Broken Hearts - The Five Crystels

  • 09
    Lonely One - The Derbys

  • 10
    Sugar Plum - The Treniers

  • 11
    So Hard To Please - The Marcels

  • 12
    Last Date - The Crescendos

  • 13
    Why-Ohh - The Rovers

  • 14
    You Gave Me Peace Of Mind - The Creations

  • 15
    Happy Happy Birthday Baby (a cappella) - The Derbys

  • 16
    That's Why I Love You So (a cappella) - Curtis Payne & Group

  • 17
    Ten Commandments Of Love (a cappella) - The Five Crystels

  • 18
    Salute To Johnny Ace - The Rovers

  • 19
    Warm Love - The Midnights

  • 20
    Teenage Prayer - The Crescendos

  • 21
    PS My Darling - The Holidays

  • 22
    Your Eyes - The Echotones

  • 23
    I Feel So Blue aka So Blue - The Italics

  • 24
    Wait For Me (a cappella) - The Marcels

  • 25
    Desiree - Unk Vocal Group

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