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Doo Wop Artists

The legendary artists that started out on street corners and went on to dominate radio with their new blend of gritty urban R&B and romantic pop vocal.

The Clovers
The Clovers were the group that put the blues into postwar vocal group music, helping to introduce rock and roll and cranking out many oft-covered R&B hits like "Devil Or Angel," "Love Potion #9," and "Lovey Dovey." This Clovers profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

The Coasters
Rock and roll's original jesters and the group that may have done more for doo-wop than any other, responsible for big Lieber-Stoller smashes like "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," and "Poison Ivy." Read all about their formation, the big hits, the men who made them, and more.

Dion and the Belmonts
The King of the New York Streets, a teen idol, a doo-wop legend, and, some say, the godfather of blue-eyed soul. This profile shows how the scrappy Bronx kid behind "Runaround Sue" and "A Teenager In Love" made it from gang member to Belmonts lead singer to rock and roll legend... and what he had to deal with along the way.

The Drifters
They were the vocal group that gave us Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King, certainly, but they were much more than that... they had no less than four amazing lead singers during their long run. And who could ever forget that they, more than any other group, helped turn R&B into soul?

The Flamingos
The Flamingos were one of the Fifties' finest and most influential doo-wop groups, scoring big with "I Only Have Eyes For You" and going on to define the era with their gorgeous harmonies and lush arrangements. This Flamingos profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
A pimp at ten, a star at thirteen, sexually active at fourteen, a junkie at sixteen, and dead by twenty-five -- the life of the kid who sang "I"m Not A Juvenile Delinquent" was fraught with contradictions. But the Teenagers, best known for "Why Do Fools Fall In Love," were the first teen rock stars, ones who exerted an amazingly wide, lasting influence.

Little Anthony and the Imperials
A profile of Little Anthony and the Imperials, the doo-wop mainstays who hit it big with "Tears On My Pillow" and then moved on to more adult pop with "Goin' Out Of My Head" and "Hurt So Bad." This Little Anthony and the Imperials profile is one of a series on music's most popular artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

The Moonglows
This group served as an historical link between jazz vocalese, Alan Freed, Chess Records, R&B crossover, Motown, and Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing"! You may know them only from their big hits "Sincerely" and "Ten Commandments Of Love," but this vocal group was one of the first deemed important enough to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Platters
The Platters were the king of the pop vocal groups in the late Fifties, indelibly linked to doo-wop even though they didn't utilize the style. Find out more about the group behind "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "Twilight Time," and "The Great Pretender" here.

In the Spotlight: Billy Ward and His Dominoes
All about Billy Ward and his Dominoes, the R&B powerhouse who dominated the charts in the early '50s. opened up the path to rock and roll with the controversial "Sixty Minute Man," and spun off both Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson. This profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by...

In the Spotlight: The Cadillacs
The Cadillacs were doo-wop pioneers, wearing flashy clothes, forgoing bird names for a car, and making rock history with the deathless singles "Speedoo" and "Gloria."

In the Spotlight: The Penguins
The story of the Penguins, the vocal group that gave the world doo-wop's first big crossover smash with the ballad "Earth Angel."

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