Early Rock + Doo-Wop

Wednesday always means a trip back to the early days of rock and roll plus a set of Doo-Wop classics!

The emphasis of this week’s early rock is definitely on the “rock” side and on the Doo-Wop medley, I have included three uptempo and three soft ballads.

Your Memories … That’s What We’re All About

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Early Rock Medley

Elvis Presley – Everly Brothers – Buddy Holly
Crests – Pat Boone – Wanda Jackson

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Doo-Wop Medley

Rochelle & The Candles – Bop-Chords
El Dorados – Dubs
Turbans – Flamingos

Comments (7)

  1. Don Doyle

    Good Morning, Ray. I really like this Elvis tune. He is so restrained but gets his point across very effectively. The Everly Brothers sound was so tight with the type of sound that can only be achieved by family. Beautiful. Buddy Holly gives a tight, natural performance that makes his loss all the more tragic. The Crests, is that Johnny Maestro singing here? If so he sounds so young. Pat Boone, OK but I never thought he should be included in the Rock and Roll category. He always seemed like Pop to me. Wanda Jackson, a Rockabilly legend and deserving of the title.
    On to the Doo Wop. Once again they all seem so familiar but I can’t put the names of the groups, with the proper songs. I think that I was too young for the songs to register in my brain and I was not buying records at the time. My memory of the songs comes from going to record hops where the DJ would sneak in some of the classics to educate the youngsters. One DJ in the Philly area even put out LPs of these songs that sold very well. These reissued compilations were my introduction to most of the older Doo Wop classics. The albums were interesting because the DJ would talk between tracks and it felt like his radio show.
    Nice job Ray. You are a Master of Memories. Thank you for sending me back in time to an interesting and fun time of my life.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank YOU, Don.
      I included Boone’s song (and yes, he was definitely pop) only because it was a #4 hit in the U.S. and #2 in England.
      Yep, that would be Mr. Maestro on the Crests’ song. He was all of 26.
      I simply love Wanda Jackson’s voice!
      The Doo-Wop music is fun to put together but my only regret is the songs were mixed so poorly back then. I spend a lot of time trying to “clean it up.” Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
      I’m happy the music took you back. πŸ™‚

  2. Wendyl

    Wonderful Wednesday! I often feel living back then must have been more carefree and fun. Now don’t get me wrong, I know, because I’ve had a great history teacher πŸ˜‰ , all generations and eras have had their struggles. The music just flows out so smooth and gentle and calming. I can only imagine what it was like but being able to hear the tunes of the times takes me there. Thanks for the double shot of melodic magic! πŸ™‚ XOXOXOXO πŸ™‚

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Wendyl ❀️
      It certainly was a different era, that’s for sure. We had no computers so there wasn’t the ability to have every conceivable type of information at your fingertips. There were no cell phones (and I don’t feel bad about “missing out” on that).
      What we did have was music … wonderful music. πŸ™‚

    2. Pat Conant

      Wonderful Wednesday for sure, Wendyl. Love it.

  3. Pat Conant

    Busy day today, including 1st Covid shot. Just love this day, thanks to you, Ray. Some of the Doo-Wop artists, I didn’t recognize, but I do remember all the songs. And, Wanda Jackson can not be topped.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Pat πŸ™‚

      As long as you recognized the songs, that works for me!


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