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Doo Wop

It's always fun to have music from the girls of doo wop and always a great story when people set out on their own for an enterprise. A young Rosie Hamlin, who went to Mission Bay High School in San Diego, California, wrote a poem about her boyfriend. It was based on "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)" by the Penguins. She was from a family that loved music and joined up with friends who hung around the house. The Originals including Noah Tafolla (whom Rosie later married), David Ponci, Tony Gomez, Carl Von Goodat, and Alfred Barrett. The song went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960 and stayed on the charts for 12 weeks, well into 1961. Part of the charm of the song is its simplicity and unsophisticated recording. (They used a two-track machine in a recording studio in an abandoned airline hangar.) And part of the legend is that they did some of their own public relations by getting permission from a Kresge's in San Diego to allow listeners shopping for records to preview the song. This is where Highland Records discovered them. The B-side is "Give Me Love," with vocals by Bluford Wade.The song is a juke box favorite. John Lennon said that Rosie was among his favorite vocalists, and he recorded a cover of "Angel Baby." The song is certainly one of the favorite golden oldies.

Rosie Hamlin was born Rosalie Méndez Hamlin in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in 1945. She lived in Alaska for part of her childhood and then the family moved to California. Hamlin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Here are the lyrics to "Angel Baby" by Rosie and The Originals:

"It's just like heaven being here with you
You're like an angel, too good to be true
But after all, I love you, I do
Angel baby, my angel baby

When you are near me, my heart skips a beat
I can hardly stand on my own two feet
Because I love you, I love you, I do
Angel baby, my angel baby

Oohoo, I love you, oohoo I do
No one could love you like I do

Please never leave me blue and alone
If you ever go, I'm sure you'll come back home
Because I love you, I love you, I do
Angel baby, my angel baby

It's just like heaven being with you dear
I could never stay without you near
Because I love you, I love you, I do
Angel baby, my angel baby

Ooh, I love you, ooh I do
No one could love you like I do

Angel baby, my angel baby

Oohoo I love you Oohoo I do

No one could love you like I do

Ooh..."

If you are interested in the music of Rosie and The Originals, you might consider this from amazon: The Best of Rosie & the Originals

For More Golden Oldies Music

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

Please click here for our Youtube channel, to which you can subscribe. Thank you for stopping by The Daily Doo Wop. Hope you enjoyed "Angel Baby" by Rosie and The Originals.

There are several Classic TV selections, which will be there from March 16 to March 22:

  1. Bonanaza Season 1 Episode 2 titled “Death on Sun Mountain” first aired on September 19, 1959. Two men from San Francisco are trying to get rich by killing off antelope herds and selling the meat to Virginia City’s gold miners. This conflicts with the Indians, who rely on the herds for their sustenance. The episode stars Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Barry Sullivan, Karl Swenson, Leo Gordon, Bek Nelson, harry Bartell, Ron Soble, Jeanne Bates, Robin Warga, Jay Hector, and Zon Murray. Running time 42:31.
  2. Bat Masterson Season 1 Episode 4 titled “Stampede at Tent City” first aired on October 29, 1958. Bat takes on some wranglers who are stealing horses. This is complicated by an old girlfriend of Bat’s whose current boyfriend is accused of murder and set upon by a mob led by the wranglers. The cast includes Gene Barry, William Conrad, James Best, Joan Marshall, Joseph Breen, Troy Melton, and Tom Vize. Running time: 25:51.
  3.  A Betty Boop Cartoon “Grampy’s Indoor Outing” (1936). Cartoons and shorts from earlier decades were often shown on TV in the 1950s, particularly in programming for children. Running time 6:14.
  4. Vintage Hopalong Cassidy Sunbeam Bread Commercial. Running time is :56.

The Daily Doo Wop is a time machine to the first era of rock and roll. This starts around 1952 with the Eisenhower administration and goes until those longhaired Brits The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964, and the music began to change. During this time of the 1950s and early 1960s, doo wop music, with its beautiful vocal harmonies, lyrics about love, and a host of nonsense syllables thrown in, was a signature sound. It was an exciting period in popular music as so many strands of music were woven together. There was doo wop, rhythm and blues, barbershop music, pop, country, rock and roll, rockabilly, and plenty in-between. Radio stations were not hung up about musical genres. They played all kinds of music. The mantra was, “If it’s a hit, it plays.” The Daily Doo Wop goes beyond playing doo wop music, because that reflects the era.

The Daily Doo Wop blog has more than 250 posts with information about the great golden oldies music from this time, classic TV shows from what was called “the golden age of television,” pop culture (from TV tray tables to lava lamps), history (remember the race to space?), recipes (gotta love those casseroles and cakes), and more.

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll. After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 100+ selections there. The Rec Room also has a TV set. There are several selections, which are updated twice a week. You’ll find vintage TV series, game shows, cartoons and shorts, children’s programming, and commercials. They’re not called classic TV shows for nothing!

Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday, and the juke box is full of song requests of 1950s music and sixties music. Requests come mostly from those who see us on Facebook. There’s lots of fun on The Daily Doo Wop Facebook page every day.

There is also a Daily Doo Wop Youtube channel, to which you can subscribe. The Daily Doo Wop music channel has music videos from favorite doo wop groups, rock and roll hits, and more golden oldies music.

Music is one of the best ways to remember the past. It’s not always the lyrics to the song or the antics on a sitcom that are important. It’s that it makes you smile and you remember who you were with. It might be a grandmother who is no longer here or a brother, sister, friend. Maybe you heard a song at a dance or were in a car when you had your first kiss.