The 1950's

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Classic 1950's Music

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An African-American vocal style known as doo-wop emerged from the streets of north-eastern cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Doo-wop, with its smooth harmonies, was the closest rock style to mainstream pop in the 1950s.It had its roots in the 1930s and 1940s music, with popular African-American vocal groups like the Ink Spots and the Mills Brothers. The Orioles helped develop the doo-wop sound with their hits "It's Too Soon to Know" (1948) and "Crying in the Chapel" (1953). Other important African American doo-wop groups included The Marcels, the Coasters, the Drifters, the Moonglows, Little Anthony and the Imperials ,The Miracles,The "5" Royales , The Flamingos ,The Impressions , The Dells, The Cadillacs, The Midnighters, the Teenagers and the Platters. The style spread to singing groups of other ethnicities, such as the Capris, Dion and the Belmonts, the Earls, and the Tokens. The term "doo-wop" was taken from the ad-lib syllables sung in harmony in doo-wop songs.

Two songs in particular may lay claim to being the "first" to contain the syllables "doo wop" in the refrain: the 1955 hit, "When You Dance" by The Turbans, in which the chant "doo wop" can be plainly heard; and the 1956 classic "In the Still of the Night" by The Five Satins, with the plaintive "doo wop, doo wah" refrain in the bridge. It has been erroneously reported that the phrase was coined by radio disc jockey Gus Gossert in the early 1970s. However, Gossert himself said that "doo-wop(p) was already being used [before me] to categorize the music in California."

It became the fashion in the 1990s to keep expanding the definition backward to include rhythm and blues groups from the mid-1950s and then even further back to include groups from the early 1950s and even the 1940s. There is no consensus as to what constitutes a doo-wop song and many aficionados of R&B music dislike the term intensely, preferring to use the term "group vocal harmony" instead.