Modern Vocal Groups Vol 1 Various Artists (Kent/ Modern)


Doo Wop
Ace Records
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This is the first volume in our comprehensive review of vocal group recordings from the Modern stable. Focusing on 1950-54, covering various flavours of doo wop. In addition to the Modern label itself, the Los-Angeles based Bihari brothers released vocal group sides on the Crown, Flair and RPM marques. Volume 1 covers all of these, as will future releases in the series.

Well-known doo wop experts Gordon Skadberg and George Povall of Early Bird Records in Long Island, New York, have chosen the tracks. It features a mixture of original releases, alternative versions and previously unreleased sides from groups whose members often included artists destined for later solo careers. The Flairs alone, represented on this CD by I Had A Love and Tell Me You Love Me-.-included Richard Berry (of Louie Louie fame), Cornell Gunter (later with the Coasters) and Young Jessie in their line-up. Similarly, Marvin Phillips, spotlighted here as lead singer of the Barons on Forever, became half of the Marvin & Johnny duo responsible for the classic Cherry Pie-.-and Arthur Lee Maye, featured in recordings by the Five Hearts and the Crowns, was also a successful major league baseball player.

Fans of the female lead are not forgotten, with Mickey Champion on the Nic Nacs song Found Me A Sugar Daddy. The Nic Nacs comprised Mickey, backed up by the Robins, who at that time were under contract to the Savoy label. The Robins appear under their own name (which varies on the records from Robins to Robbins and back again!), with the distinctive bass vocal of Bobby Nunn, on three of their numbers including Double Crossing Baby.

By Peter Gibbon


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Love Only You - Don Julian & The Meadowlarks

  • 02 Preview That's What The Good Book Says - Bobby Nunn With The Robbins

  • 03 Preview Let Me Be Your Man - The Five Hearts

  • 04 Preview Be Cool My Heart - Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers

  • 05 Preview I Had A Love - The Flairs

  • 06 Preview You Better Stop - The Original Jubalaires

  • 07 Preview I Wanna Love - Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns

  • 08 Preview Sacroiliac Swing - The Drifters

  • 09 Preview I Made A Vow - The Robins

  • 10 Preview Dreaming Of The Ladies In The Moon - The Original Jubalaires

  • 11 Preview Love Me Tonight - Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers

  • 12 Preview Forever - Marvin Phillips & The Barons

  • 13 Preview Set My Heart Free - Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns

  • 14 Preview Tell Me You Love Me - The Flairs

  • 15 Preview Native Girl - The Native Boys

  • 16 Preview Found Me A Sugar Daddy - The Nic Nacs

  • 17 Preview Falling In Love With You - Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers

  • 18 Preview The Fine One - The Five Hearts

  • 19 Preview Real Pretty Mama - Don Julian & The Meadowlarks

  • 20 Preview It Won't Take Long - The Native Boys

  • 21 Preview Please Please Baby - The Five Hearts

  • 22 Preview Double Crossin' Baby - The Robins

  • 23 Preview Waiting All My Life For You - The Original Jubalaires

  • 24 Preview The World Is Changing - The Drifters

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Press quotes


Splendid essential purchase for all doo-wop fans.

Record Collector

This collection is really refreshing in its early '50's approach, and many of these tracks will soon be dance hall, and smooch ball, faves. Good 'un.

Now Dig This

A fine release that bodes well for future volumes.

Blues & Rhythm

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