Music City Vocal Groups: Greasy Love Songs Of Teenage Romance, Regret, Hope And Despair Various Artists (Music City)


Doo Wop
Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDTOP2 1385

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During and just after World War II, Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area boomed with military bases and naval yards, attracting thousands of black workers and servicemen. Cities dotting the East Bay–Berkeley, Oakland, and Richmond– developed thriving neighbourhoods with busy nightclubs. Small record companies sprang up to supply jukeboxes with local blues and jazz talent. One of them, Music City, opened around 1950 but didn’t record in earnest until 1954. Over the next two decades, owner Ray Dobard amassed 1,500 reels of recording tape that captured every form of popular black American music.

Now that Ace owns that archive, we hope to release Music City recordings for many years to come. We began in 2011 with “The Music City Story”, a 3CD set spanning 1953-1975, and followed with “Going Wild! Music City Rock’n’Roll”. Now, with “Music City Vocal Groups”, we present what originally made the label a favourite of 45rpm collectors all over the world: funky, sweaty, raw, sometimes dissonant but always sincere doo wop. By 1963, Ray Dobard was finished with doo wop groups. He moved into soul music, gospel, and the occasional novelty; his final release, in 1975, was ‘Go Down Moses’ by the Golden West Singers. He died in 2004, leaving behind a hoard of recordings that we are still sorting out.

By Jim Dawson


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Lucille - The Pagans

  • 02 Preview Without Love (second version) - The Corvettes

  • 03 Preview Cheating On Me - The Midnights

  • 04 Preview This Is The End Of Love - The Klixs

  • 05 Preview Morrine - The 5 Campbells

  • 06 Preview Whole Lot Of Love - The Rovers

  • 07 Preview Angel In My Heart - The Holidays

  • 08 Preview Sherry - Jimmy Cicero with the Five Crystels

  • 09 Preview Lil Dream Girl - The Gaylarks

  • 10 Preview My Greatest Sin - The Gaylarks

  • 11 Preview What Will The Outcome Be - Al Lewis & Modernistics

  • 12 Preview Down By The River - The Gayteens

  • 13 Preview Down To The Sea (a cappella) - The 5 Rovers

  • 14 Preview I'll Wait For You - The Dialtones

  • 15 Preview Sunday - Joe Blackwell & The Individuals

  • 16 Preview No Other Way Around - The Midnights

  • 17 Preview Heaven's Own Choir - The Five Crystels

  • 18 Preview Your True Love Is Standing By aka Dry Your Eyes - Wanda Burt & Crescendos

  • 19 Preview I'm Traveling Light - The 5 Lyrics

  • 20 Preview Church On The Hill - The Gaylarks with the John Heartsman Band

  • 21 Preview Station L-O-V-E - The Holidays

  • 22 Preview I'm Coming Over To You - The Girls

  • 23 Preview So Hard To Please (a cappella) - The Marcels

  • 24 Preview Forever And A Day (a cappella) - The Idols

  • 25 Preview All The Days Of My Life - The Chantels

Side 2

  • 01 Preview Church On The Hill (Take 1) - Bob & Jessie

  • 02 Preview Church On The Hill (Take 2) - Bob & Jessie

  • 03 Preview There's A Girl - The Italics

  • 04 Preview Elaine - The Klixs

  • 05 Preview Our Love Is Here To Stay - The Klixs

  • 06 Preview The Trial - The Pagans

  • 07 Preview Down To The Sea - The 5 Rovers

  • 08 Preview Path Of Broken Hearts - The Five Crystels

  • 09 Preview Lonely One - The Derbys

  • 10 Preview Sugar Plum - The Treniers

  • 11 Preview So Hard To Please - The Marcels

  • 12 Preview Last Date - The Crescendos

  • 13 Preview Why-Ohh - The Rovers

  • 14 Preview You Gave Me Peace Of Mind - The Creations

  • 15 Preview Happy Happy Birthday Baby (a cappella) - The Derbys

  • 16 Preview That's Why I Love You So (a cappella) - Curtis Payne & Group

  • 17 Preview Ten Commandments Of Love (a cappella) - The Five Crystels

  • 18 Preview Salute To Johnny Ace - The Rovers

  • 19 Preview Warm Love - The Midnights

  • 20 Preview Teenage Prayer - The Crescendos

  • 21 Preview PS My Darling - The Holidays

  • 22 Preview Your Eyes - The Echotones

  • 23 Preview I Feel So Blue aka So Blue - The Italics

  • 24 Preview Wait For Me (a cappella) - The Marcels

  • 25 Preview Desiree - Unk Vocal Group

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