The Doo Wop Sound

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The Chords

A form of R&B based harmony vocalizing using phonetic or nonsense syllables (like a repeated  "doo-wop") for rhythm and intricate harmonic arrangements
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The Evolution of Doo Wop

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Characteristics of  Doo Wop

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1954 was a year of transition of the vocal sound, from the adult oriented rhythm and blues to  "amateurish" street corner  doo wop.

Doo Wop was an urban North sound that has been romanticized as having been born on the street corner. The truth is that these teenagers first musical experiences were in the home and\or black church Most of the these groups began during high school and were of bonding experience. The members were typical teenagers, socially awkward and shy, trying to impress the girls. They formed groups consisting of  4-6 individuals where each knew their role and part within the group

Like teenagers they were carefree, into what made them happy at the moment and often irresponsible. Knowing very little about the world around them and the groups were easily led and ended up making these mistakes:

Later this practice would be stopped and the acts received per union scale. Many times they were required to give the check back before the performance and one the one received after was much smaller. Little Joey and the Flips, recounted how this had happened  to them 1958 and 1962 when they appeared on "American Bandstand"

It is ironic that the little companies, that had much to gain by their success, were the villains. Many of these groups would have survived if they hadn't been cheated of mechanical and performance rights.

Doo Wop Jukebox

Doo Wop Nation
The Doo Wop Society
Where did the name Doo Wop come from?
Doo Wop: Definition of a genre

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