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Cindy Hood

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This week was HARD!!!  

But, I'll go with:

GOLD:  Kenny and the Cadets.  Love the Brian vocal!

SILVER:  Chrystalairs.

BRONZE:  The Wizards.

TIN/PEWTER:  The Brillian Tears.

Like I said, this was rough, but it's my final answer.  

"They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God".
paul g adsett

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gold: 'here in my heart'
- hits the spot better than the others,
but not one of the pumpiest examples of the genre.

silver: 'what is a young girl made of'
- what is a hit single made of?
more than this, pal...

bronze: 'gotta get back to you'
- aw, g'wan then,
off y'go.
i'm sure whoever it is will be waiting for you with open arms...

tin: 'club of broken hearts'
- let's club together and buy you a new one each, then.
might lighten you up a little.
too frantic without any glee.

despite initial excitement at sampling some previously unheard doo wop
(cadet k chappy apart),
i'm afraid none of these contestants really stood the test of repeated listenings.
like most pop music, there's good, bad and indifferent.
we got a mix of indifferent examples.
makes me yearn for the classics that really are exceptional.
though i'm always up for listening to stuff new to my ears.
so, ta.
Tom Tobben

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"Who put the bomp
In the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?
Who put the ram
In the rama lama ding dong?
Who put the bop
In the bop shoo bop shoo bop?
Who put the dip
In the dip da dip da dip?
Who was that man?
I'd like to shake his hand
He made my baby
Fall in love with me (yeah!!)"
     -- Barry Mann

My doo-woppy votes this week:

Gold -- "Gotta Get Back to You", Crystalaires. This one seemed to me to be most faithful to the doo-wop harmony group tradition without being too kitschy, other than perhaps the cliched narrative bridge. Nice melody, solid lead vocal, and nice group harmonies. 

Silver -- "Here in My Heart", Joel Katz & The Wizards. Certainly an excellent doo-wop feel, with those group vocals and the shoop-shoop, aah-aah, dip-dip vocal fills. Not good enough for gold, however, due to the stolen "Bristol Stomp" intro and back-up harmonies. 

Bronze -- "Club of Broken Hearts", The Brillian Tears. Decent enough doo-wop feel, but it tries too hard with all those cliched fake word vocals (doo-wop scat singing?) in the intro and in various places throughout the song, and the copycat high vocal ending. 

Tin -- "What Is A Young Girl Made Of", Kenny & The Cadets. I don't really hear this as a real doo-wop song, but rather as an early pop vocal, more in the style of early Ricky Nelson and other late 50s and early 60s young male heartthrobs. 

A few of my favorite doo-wop, or doo-wop influenced, songs:

Some classic mid-60s soul from Barbara Lewis, with some backing doo-wop-influenced vocals, "Hello Stranger":

And, this original doo-wop classic from 1961, "Daddy's Home", by Shep & The Limelites, which was subsequently covered by a number of artists in the 1970s, most notably by Jermaine Jackson and his brothers:

Here's a delightful later doo-wop hit by Billy Joel, "The Longest Time", from his excellent 1983 album, An Innocent Man:

"Sea of Love" was a doo-wop hit for Phil Phillips back in 1959, but then it resurfaced some 25 years later when Robert Plant / the Honeydrippers covered it as a retro pop ballad:

This old doo-wop classic, "I Only Have Eyes for You" by the Flamingos (1959), was also covered as a delightful pop ballad by Art Garfunkel in the mid-70s:

Finally, this old nugget from the Earls, "Remember Then", from 1962:

"When my baby heard
"Bomp bah bah bomp bah bomp bah bomp bah bomp bomp",
Every word went right into her heart.
And when she heard them singin'
"Rama lama lama lama, rama ding dong",
She said we'd never have to part...

Each time that we're alone,
Boogity boogity boogity boogity boogity boogity shoo
Sets my baby's heart all aglow.
And every time we dance to
Dip da dip da dip dip da dip da dip, 
She always says she loves me so..."
    -- Barry Mann

Fun battle this week, Deb, and a nice opportunity to reflect on some classic doo-wop, both new and old.

Boogity boogity boogity boogity boogity boogity shoo
David W

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My votes :

Gold :The Crystalairs - Gotta Get Back To You
Silver:Joel Katz & The Wizards - Here In My Heart (Doo Wop Revival)
Bronze:Kenny & The Cadets (Beach Boys) - What Is a Young Girl Made Of
Tin:The BrillianTears - Club Of Broken Hearts

Any Smile fans should know Brians take on this before it seques into Heroes and Villains


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Where is the version of an unsure Brian apologising for nearly laughing at the end, and who is the woman talking to him at the end? Dorinda Morgan? Audree Wilson?
Is this the one?

I liked these amusing bonnie-isms:
Young girls are made up of sugar and spice and everything nice.
(Some of us got a second helping of that so called spice.)
This is a case of too many ding-dangs.

(hmm - is the sound 'doo wop!'
the sound made by a roaming mammal squidged by a zooming vehicle?)

My one unfortunate encounter was with a bird that flew into my path—it sounded more like flutter-clunk-flutter-clunk-clunk.
For me, it's still "In The Still Of The Night" as ultimate doo-wop.
Larry,Something unexpected in 1968:
Definitely unexpected from The Mothers of Invention, and I liked The Rivileers - "A Thousand Stars", too.
Thanks for toughing it out. You’ve made me think more than once with your battles that have very close competitors.
Tom, that’s an interesting contrast of Robert Plant / the Honeydrippers’ cover of Sea of Love against the original Phil Phillips hit of 1959. Phil Phillips does the doo-wop better, but the later Robert Plant is catchier music.
It was nice to see Barbara Lewis’ Hello Stranger. “Shoo-bop-shoo-bop…”
David W, wow, I never put the early Gee by the Crows with Brian’s take on Smile. Over and over the crows cry “Gee”.

My votes:
Gold – Kenny and the Cadets - Kenny & The Cadets (Beach Boys) - What Is a Young Girl Made Of
Silver - The Crystalairs - Gotta Get Back To You
Bronze – Joel Katz & The Wizards - Here In My Heart (Doo Wop Revival)
Tin - The BrillianTears - Club Of Broken Hearts

Note: I was misled by the photo on the YouTube post of Here in My Heart which pictures the album Doo Wop Magic released in June 27, 2006. After conversing with Darren, and some looking around, the version of Here in My Heart that we have been voting on is actually from the album Fifties Come Alive from 1981. The finer print in the YouTube info also cites this.  So, remember not to use it again if it wins. [tongue]

I’ll keep the jukebox warm for the late night stragglers….

I try hard to be strong
But sometimes I fail myself
And after all I've promised you
So faithfully
You still believe in me
I wanna cry . . .”


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The grill is closed, the jukebox plug has been pulled, and lights are out. It’s time to leave the doo-wop behind and call it a night. I appreciate all who shared this week’s look into the doo-wop, newer and older, true originals as well as spin-offs.

A BIGLY 12 voters: 120 points total

Gold – Crystalairs - total points: 38
5 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze, 0 Tin

Silver – Kenny and the Cadets - total points: 34
5 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze, 2 Tin

Bronze - The Wizards - total points: 27
2 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze, 4 Tin

Tin – BrillianTears - total points: 21
0 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze, 6 Tin

It was a tough week, but with a lot of good music, I believe, at least for those that remember when and hopefully for those new to the style.
So, goodnight, sweetheart, and remember, grease for peace!

I try hard to be strong
But sometimes I fail myself
And after all I've promised you
So faithfully
You still believe in me
I wanna cry . . .”

Darren J. Ray

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Well done, Deb.

Both Kenny and the Cadets songs have now appeared in the Battle.

‘Barbie’ won the Bronze in Week 38 of Season IV (brent mcmullen) with 56 points and 25.45% of the vote from 22 voters.

It finished 8th in the Bronze Play-Off.

‘What Is a Young Girl Made Of’ wins a Silver with 34 points and 28.33% from just 12 voters.

Sadly, 12 voters is the equal lowest turnout we’ve had in the Battle. Week 27 of Season II (Karate Worm) had the same number.

Hoping more people step up to the plate in the weeks to come. 

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