Recroom

Doo Wop

This is early doo wop and early rock and roll. "Life could be a dream," they say in "Sh-Boom." And the song was a happy dream for The Chords, a group from the Bronx discovered singing in a subway. The members consisted of Carl and Claude Feaster, Jimmy Keyes, Floyd McRae, and William “Ricky” Edwards. The song, which is credited to all of the group's members, has a little pop, a little swing, a little R&B, some nonsense syllables, and a message of optimism. These are the ingredients of doo wop. In the summer of 1954, “Sh-Boom” went to #2 on the R&B Chart and #5 on the U.S. Pop Chart. Their version of the song is on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

There has been the minor controversy over whether "Sh-Boom" by The Chords or "Gee" by The Crows is the first rock and roll record. Chronologically, "Gee" was released first. However, they both peaked in popularity during the summer of 1954. Does it really matter, though? All of this talk of genres is a later artifact anyway. The musicians were just making music, and the people were dancing. The category listed on the record is Vocal Quartet.

If you would like to read more about "Gee, " please click here.

Here are the lyrics to "Sh-Boom" by The Chords:

"Life could be a dream
Life could be a dream, sh-boom

Life could be a dream, sh-boom
If I could take you up in paradise up above, sh-boom
If you would tell me I'm the only one that you love
Life could be a dream sweetheart

Hello hello again, sh-boom and hopin' we'll meet again, boom ba boom

Oh, life could be a dream, sh-boom
If only all my precious plans would come true, sh-boom
If you would let me spend my whole life lovin' you
Life could be a dream sweetheart, sh-boom

Every time I look at you
Something is on my mind
If you do what I want you to
Baby, we'd be so fine

Oh, life could be a dream, sh-boom
If I could take you up in paradise up above, sh-boom
If you'd tell me, darlin', I'm the only one that you love
Life could be a dream sweetheart

Hello hello again, sh-boom and hopin' we'll meet again, boom ba boom

Sh-boom
Sh-boom Life could be a dream
Life could be a dream sweetheart

Sh-boom
Sh-boom
Sh-boom
Sh-boom

Sh-boom
Sh-boom
Sh-boom

Oh, life could be a dream, sh-boom
If I could take you up in paradise up above, sh-boom
If you'd tell me, darlin', I'm the only one that you love
Life could be a dream sweetheart

Hello hello again, sh-boom and hopin' we'll meet again, boom ba boom

Sh-boom
Sh-boom

Life could be a dream
Life could be a dream, sh-boom"

 

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.

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The Rec Room has a featured song on the record player, 150+ songs in the juke box, and there are several Classic TV selections, which will be available through April 27:

  1. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Season3, Episode 17 titled “Tax Refund” first aired on January 29, 1953. On this episode, Gracie invites the mayor of Los Angeles for dinner. The cast included George Burns and Gracie Allen, of course, Harry von Zell, Bea Benaderet, Fred Clark, Lurene Tutttle, Phil Tead, Fletcher Bowron as himself, as he was the mayor of Los Angeles. Running time: 22:22.
  2. Excerpts from The Perry Como Show circa 1956. Guests include Bob Hope and Yvonne De Carlo. Running time: 12:21.
  3.  Merrie Melodies cartoon “Far m Frolics” (1941).  The vocal group heard is the Sportsmen Quartet. Shorts and cartoons from earlier decades were often shown on TV in the 1950s, especially in programming for children. Running time: 7:21.
  4.  Vintage animated commercial for Cheerios from General Mills.  Running time: 1:02.

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.