I have to apologise for the long overdue update of Doo Wop Wednesdays.. You'll be glad to know it's back in full effect, and I have some real killer tracks for your listening pleasure! Starting off a classic uptempo track by the late Johnny Maestro, easily one of my favourite tracks by the man in question purely for the gets-stuck-in-your-head and puts-you-in a-great-mood factor.
Next up is Nolan Strong and The Diablos, the group straight out of Detroit were a direct influence on Motown's own Smokey Robinson. With stunning harmonies and sweet lyricism you can see why.
Now this one is a curve ball, Bob Marley although exclusively known for his Reggae and Rocksteady sound, was in fact heavily influenced by 50s vocals groups, which is evident here with a young Bob Marley covering Dion & The Bellmonts infamous track- A Teenager In Love, sadly the quality isn't great but once the track kicks in you can definitely bare to hear it through to the end.
Now for John Littleton and The Capistranos- Now Darling. A great slow tempo Doo Wop track with an interesting break between verses. There's something very touching and simple in the lyrics and melody, just the right amount of desperation and heartfelt notion with laid back sax. This song's got swagger.
Lastly, The Capris- There's a Moon Out Tonight.. For a long time this track has been up there as one of my favourite white Doo Wop songs. Not only does this song hold many memories for me, there's a certain confidence in the lyricism which half outweighs the desperate pleas, one line that always sticks out to me is "...baby, I never felt this way before". You can almost visualise the grin he's pulling whilst singing that line, almost as if he's remembering a certain moment with a certain someone...