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Doo Wop Music: So what’s the deal?

There are several characteristics of doo-wop music, one of which is the unique range of voices. The typical ranges of voices in a doo-wop group are the lead singer, the falsetto/first tenor, second tenor, and a baritone singer. While falsetto was usually done as background, one group in particular, the Four Seasons, capitalized on their lead singer, Frankie Valli’s, amazing 3 and a half octave vocal range, making falsetto the lead voice. Another characteristic of doo-wop music is that it is usually very simple and easy to sing along to, which is one of the main factors leading to its success. Many people enjoyed it because they could participate in it, and recreate it themselves.

Doo Wop and Oldies Music – When music meant something!

The music of the 50’s and the 60’s still delights audiences the world over.


Doo Wop – Rhythm and Blues vocalized into gorgeous melodies

Originated in the streets of American north-eastern cities, Doo-Wop was an African American Vocal style based in smooth harmonies. It was the closest rock genre to pop music in the 1950’s. Drawing its inspiration from the rhythm and blues cultures it became a music style of its own and was widely popular in the 50’s and 60’s.

Doo-wop is associated with street corner music groups of 4 or 5 youngsters who had their musical background from local black churches and or their home. As such, each member of the group brought his/her own talent and specialty and allowed the group as a whole to express its vocal qualities mixed in with harmonies and rhythm. As young people, they had a carefree attitude to the doo-wop and music industry.

This carefree attitude made them ideal victims to unscrupulous agents and record companies’ contacts. Indeed label owners had no difficulty in convincing them that his his own name should be listed as the music composer rather than the musicians themselves as “his own name was already known” but deejays.

In addition, these inexperienced youngsters were lead to believe that they would be paid by session, rather than by number of records sold. They were made to sign contracts that permitted studio and promotional costs to be paid directly from the artist’s own royalties.

To make matter worse, musicians often times had to perform for free on major shows and even had to pay in order to feature on TV shows. Also, all rights to the original songs had to be released to the record companies, and agents took 50% of their earnings.

As in most things related to greed, these companies who were for the most part smaller startups would have benefited from being honest with their artists as they themselves would not have felt so thoroughly cheated and might have gone on to produce even more wonderful music.

Popular groups from the doo wop era include

The Dubs and their most endearing ballad records “Could this be magic” released in 1957. Even though it was not an overwhelming hit at the time, it is still counted as one of doo wop classics.

The Duprees who in 1962 hit it big with their delightful doo wop harmonization of “you belong to me” which had previously been recorded by Patty Page, Jo Stafford, Dean Martin and Joni James.

Vito Picone and The Elegants achieved notoriety when in 1958, this white doo wop group released the chart topper “Little Star” They were a white group based in New York.

“In the Still of the Night” is another doo wop gem, released in 1954 by The Five Satins. Known as a true classic of this music genre, “In the Still of the Night” was created in the basement of a local church. Fred Harris was the leader of the group and actually had already been drafted by the army and was stationed in Japan when his song hit the charts.

Doo Wop music has held and continues to hold a special place in the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Known in some circles as the “Music of the Streets” its popularity diminished with the introduction of British early rock otherwise known as the British Invasion in the mid 1960’s.

To this day Doo wop music is still a favorite for a large and international audience. Music lovers from as far as Japan, Germany, France and many more countries contribute in maintaining its popularity. Concerts and shows are held on a regular basis and continue to charm and enthrall their audience.

Doo Wop History

The early 1950’s signified the true beginning of Doo Wop music, which was a derivative of the rhythm and blues and jazz music styles.

Doo Wop first began in the inner cities, most prominently Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Doo Wop began with friends gathering on street corners, on their back porches, or just about anywhere, and making up songs.

Doo Wop got its name for its characteristically senseless lyrics. It is filled with lines like “doo-be-doo-be”, “sh-boom, sh-boom”, “do-be-do-be-do”, etc., which are most often sung by the baritone singer. Mostly these senseless lyrics were used as background while somebody sang the lead on top.

Instead of one vocalist with musicians to back them up, Doo Wop relied solely on the vocalists themselves to create all the harmonies. While later Doo Wop was sometimes done with instruments, the instrumentation was very minimal, and voiced harmonies still remained the main aspect of Doo Wop music. Harmonizing is the key in Doo Wop music.

There are several characteristics of Doo Wop music, one of which is the unique range of voices. The typical ranges of voices in a Doo Wop group are the lead singer, the falsetto/first tenor, second tenor, and a baritone singer. While falsetto was usually done as background, one group in particular, the Four Seasons, capitalized on their lead singer, Frankie Valli’s, amazing 3 and a half octave vocal range, making falsetto the lead voice. Another characteristic of Doo Wop music is that it is usually very simple and easy to sing along to, which is one of the main factors leading to its success. Many people enjoyed it because they could participate in it, and recreate it themselves.

Some of the first Doo Wop groups were the Orioles and the Ravens in the early 1950’s. By 1954, Doo Wop was the leading music style of the time. Prime examples of Doo Wop are songs such as “Blue Moon”, “Sh-boom (Life Could Be a Dream)” or “I Wonder Why”, which is often considered to be the National Anthem of the Doo Wop music style.

From the year 1954 until around 1964, Doo Wop dominated the radio waves. Doo Wop was nearly wiped off the charts by the so-called British invasion of the mid-sixties. British Groups such as the Beatles came onto the music scene. Nevertheless, several American Doo Wop/rhythm-and-blues artists still continued to record Doo Wop music, most notably the Four Seasons, who are known as the “fifties Doo Wop group of the sixties”. Neil Sedaka also continued to record a few great Doo Wop hits, such as “Next Door to an Angel” and “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”. The seventies musical group “Sha-na-na” is also a Doo Wop revival group.

Doo Wop is still a favorite music style among many people, and many vocal groups of the nineties covered famous Doo Wop songs. Most notably there was the musical group from Philadelphia, Boys II Men, with their version of “In the Still of the Night”. It seems as though doo wop never died and continues to exist right up until this day.

An old girl review of the iPod.

Moving with the times!

Over the years, a lot of my customers have known me as the music mama, the old girl who lives more than half a century in the past, when it comes to her music taste.

Whilst it is true that the music that was produced after the second world war was incredible and oh so delicious, the doo wop rhythms, the acapella vocals, the British invasions of the early rock bands and more, you will surprised to know that this girl is not entirely a relic and yes, I do (have to) move with the times.

Case in point?  I am the old girl iPod maverick.  I have turned expert in the soft touch of the big circle, and delight in the sound that blasts into my old ears when taking my daily walks.  The other day my daughter gave me a brand new iPod with so much memory that I have fitted all the music I own, and I own quite a bit.  Imagine, shelves upon shelves of records and cds, all in one device the size of a cigarette pack!

I am the queen mother of the playlists, I have them for all occasions, even for when one of my neighbors makes a point to accompany me on some of my walks.  You’d be amazed at the sound quality that comes out of these tiny things.  She talks (she is a sweet lady that loves to talk), I nod and listen to the beats of the Doo-Wop greats.  It works really well.

So for all of you out there with a love for your music and no iPod to call your own take if from this old girl: iPod Rocks and that is no mean feast for any self respected music mama (or papa) for that matter.

And if you are interested in acquiring one of these things, check out the offers on my website.  eBay has some tidy offers and “graciously” send me a few dollars of every item purchased on eBay from my site.  I am thinking of charging them some listing fee but for some reason doubt they will be too warm to this idea.

Still, you leave and hope, and dance, and listen to music.  The world is drag enough as it is.

How to finally have a skin glow that makes your friends jealous just by using these skin care tips..

A Positive Method for Achieving That Beautiful Skin Glow

Have you looked at a man or women who had the most amazing skin glow? The key to looking great and attractive is healthy looking skin. Just because the present condition or state of your skin isn’t good does not matter.

The neglect that you put your skin thru can be reversed. Your particular situation should be considered. It is not to late to begin doing the right things that will give your skin a radiant glow. This article is full of approaches to begin your journey to healthy glowing skin.

Let’s talk about vitamin A and your skin because that is indispensable to glowing skin. You always want to practice good habits that make your body and skin healthier. Healthy skin looks great. Wholesome, healthy foods that provide plenty of vitamin A should be a part of your diet. One good source of vitamin A is dairy products such as yogurt and low fat milk. For those who are lactose intolerant or who don’t like dairy, there are plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin A. Your diet should consist of a variety of colorful fruits. They contain a category of compounds called flavonoids. These compounds, which stimulate the production of good for you antioxidants, occurs in nature. When flavonoids are metabolized, they release biological metabolites that help with increased blood capillary circulation. Because your skin is dense with capillaries, increasing circulation helps keep it free of toxins and keeps it looking healthy.

You need a good exercise program to stay healthy and to stay in shape, as everyone knows. There are so many good reasons and benefits to maintaining a good exercise program. When most people consider exercising, they don’t think about the health of their skin. What people typically think about is losing weight and their cardiovascular health, which is obviously important. But the increased circulation, lowered stress levels, and overall weight regulation that exercise causes will greatly benefit the skin as well. Make an effort to drink plenty of filtered water throughout the day, as well. How much water you should drink is the matter of great debate and discussion. Try for roughly 4-6 glasses per day or however much you see fit. As you can see, there really is a lot you can do to achieve beautiful, glowing skin. Take advantage of the wealth of available information and learn as much as you can. Knowing your body, skin, and what you should use is the best way to get the glowing skin that you desire..

Issues You Should Keep in Mind When Doing a Stacked Washer Dryer Comparison.

Issues to Factor In Before Purchasing Stacked Washer Dryers

There are a lot of people who are interested in stacked washer dryers as alternatives to regular, larger dryers and washing machines. More and more people are finding these compact units attractive as they realize they need to conserve as much surface area as they can. There are plenty of designs you can choose from as well as a wide range of prices. You will find below some issues you need to remember when you are shopping around for stacked washer dryers.

Some of these units offer the washer on top dryer on the bottom type of stacking ability for a compact yet separate machine. You have to keep in mind with this type of unit, however, that they are separate machines so that you have to transfer the clothes from the washer to the dryer. This means that you have to stay close which can be a disadvantage of these machines.

If you are on a limited budget, you might want to think about looking at used stacked washer dryers. You will probably be able to identify such units for sale on Craigslist as well as in the ads in your local paper.

EBay and other auction sites are another good source to find these units for sale. However, this strategy can have some drawbacks. For one, you might find shipping costs quite expensive if the seller isn’t local since it is quite a heavy unit. Since you won’t be receiving any form of warranty, which can lead to a lot of issues if your appliance breaks down. Therefore, you need to consider waiting until you can afford a new machine unless you are buying it for a very low price or from someone you know quite well and is trustworthy.

When researching stacked washer dryers, you need to consider what kind of power source is best for you. Generally, if you are getting two separate units, the washer will be electric and the dryer can be either electric or gas. The options in this area will differ by brand and model. If you want to keep your power bills down and you already have gas in your home, you could go for a gas dryer. If not, though, then you need a unit that runs on electricity. The kind of power source you decide on depends greatly on what you have available in your home.

When looking for stackable washers and dryers, you need to look into what sort of space you have to play with, the amount of laundry you usually have to do, and how much you’ve budgeted for your set. With so many models available in this day and age, you should be able to find the perfect set for you. You can use the above tips to help you research the perfect stackable set for you. These are perfect for doing your laundry without taking a lot of space or energy..

Identifying the Causes of High Blood Pressure.

3 Causes of Hypertension You Need To Know

While we can identify a variety of factors that cause high blood pressure it’s more important to catch and treat as quickly as possible in order to avoid any serious side effects. There are a lot of ways to have your blood pressure checked easily you can even buy a kit and do it at home. This article will discuss a few of the more common causes of high blood pressure.

One high blood pressure cause that you can control is smoking. People who smoke are at risk for a wide variety of diseases, including high blood pressure. Regular smoking hardens the arteries and creates dangerous blockages which can cause or worsen high blood pressure. The more you smoke, the more of a risk it is, both for high blood pressure and many other illnesses. What’s most important to realize, though, is that any smoking, or even breathing in other people’s smoke, increases your health risks. While it’s not always easy to quit smoking, it’s worth the effort, as this is a simple way to lower your blood pressure. High blood pressure can be caused or worsened by drinking too much alcohol. Alcohol consumption is tricky when it comes to your health, because many experts now believe that light to moderate drinking may be good for your heart. However, it’s also true that people who consume more than two alcoholic beverages per day have a higher risk of health problems such as high blood pressure. This issue is further complicated by the fact that many people have trouble limiting themselves when it comes to alcohol, and are better off abstaining. Alcohol, then, may be beneficial in small doses, but heavy drinking raises your blood pressure, as well as the other risks it poses to your health.

High blood pressure is often associated with high cholesterol, and both of these can lead to heart disease and other serious health problems. There are two types of cholesterol you have to pay attention to, often called good and bad cholesterol. Heart disease and high blood pressure are caused by bad, or LDL cholesterol, which blocks your arteries.

Good cholesterol, or HDL, does the opposite and helps to clear your arteries. Good cholesterol levels are maintained by exercising regularly and eating fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. The main way to reduce bad cholesterol is to avoid unhealthy fats, processed foods, sugar and junk food. Your cholesterol levels and your blood pressure are often related, and controlling both of these are essential. High blood pressure isn’t always noticed or diagnosed until it’s gone way beyond just hypertension which is why it is referred to as a silent killer. Have your doctor check your blood pressure regularly, become familiar with the causes listed here in this article in order to better your position to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level..

3 Reasons for the Popularity of Canister Vacuums.

How Canister Vacuums Make Life Easier

One of the most used and probably most important appliances in your home is your vacuum cleaner. This is why it’s important to be sure that you’re choosing the best option when purchasing a vacuum. Canister vacuums are among the most popular style of vacuum cleaners among the many options available.

When it comes to cleaning your home or car, the flexibility of vacuum cleaners is completely unmatched. Are your curtains in need of a thorough cleaning? A canister vacuum can make short work of that particular task. Need a little help getting the floors beneath your bed and sofa clean? Canister vacuums give you all the tools you need to end the back breaking effort of reaching to clean beneath your bed or sofa. Does your home contain carpeting as well as hardwood floors? Canister vacuums are able to clean both types of floors so that ends the problem. A frustrated woman tired of hassling with vacuum bags was probably the one to design the bagless canister vacuums. By the time you find the time to vacuum, that’s when the vacuum stops working properly. After checking to see what’s wrong, you find the bag is full and to make matters worse, you’re out of replacements because you haven’t made it to the store yet. With a bagless canister vacuum, you will never have to deal with this situation again. With these vacuums, the dirt and dust gets stored in a see-through container that you empty with the push of a button.

People adore their pets because they are part of the family. All the hair they shed and that gets into everything, though, doesn’t have to be loved. It is practically impossible to clean stubborn pet hair with a standard vacuum. This leads to you on your hands and knees trying to brush up as much of the pet hair as you can. Well, you’ll be glad to know that canister vacuum cleaners can make your life much easier because they make quick work of pet hair, whether it’s on the carpet, a hardwood floor or even on clothing. You’ll also find that Fido doesn’t mind a quick vacuum to pick up any loose hairs. Clearly, there are many benefits to owning a canister vacuum cleaner and anything that makes it easier to keep your home clean, is definitely something worth owning. Why not try and have fun cleaning house if you can?.

How Should You Opt for a Provider for Your Cell Phone?.

Keep These Considerations in Mind When Picking Your Cell Phone Plan

All cell phone plans are not created equal. Regardless of where you live what phone you have or how many minutes you call or what features you want you’ll need a provider and plan that works for you. There are plans that offer a variety of features and services that you may or may not ever use. You need to consider the information in this article before you commit to a plan of service contract. For more information about how you too can take measure to save money and improve your business bottom line, make sure you check savvybusiness.

If you are someone who has to own the latest gadgets, you may have or want a PDA, Blackberry or smartphone.

For all intents and purposes, these cell phones have just about every trinket added to them that’s possible and they function as computers, cameras and MP3 players, among other things. Most cell phone providers make phones and have plans to accommodate people who like smartphones, but you should look into the features and plans that are right for you. Before purchasing a PDA phone, you should consider what features you really need, as you probably can do most of these things on other devices you have. A cell phone plan that allows the use of these gadgets charges more than a usual plan, however if you’re going to make use of these options it might be worth it. If you put your cell phone to use for making calls all around the nation, you should select a national plan which will reduce your long distance fees.

These are excellent for people who travel frequently or who enjoy staying connected with friends, family or business associates in a variety of locations. These kinds of plans charge you a flat rate per minute fee, but no additional fees for long distance. A national plan is an excellent choice if you make phone calls to lots of individuals outside your local area code, although it you chiefly talk to people in you nearby area, it isn’t the most reasonable choice.

To run a succesful business can be tricky, particuraly in today’s economy. Savvybusiness is the place to get all the information you need to ensure you are as succesful as you can be. Read consumer reviews and think about which company has the best service for your area. You will see many reviews online and in consumer or techno magazines. The best kind of reviews to look for are those written by consumers in your area, as the quality of service provided by a particular company tends to vary from one location to another. You want to be aware of issues others have had with the companies so look for consumer complaint reviews as well. You are the only person who can decide which options you really need in a cell phone plan. See what’s available from different providers in your area though before you choose one. It’s easy to get lost and confused with so many options available. These tips should help you focus in on the best cell phone plan for you..