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Rumba Doowop Vol. 2 1955-56
Rumba Doowop Vol. 2 1955-56

Various Artists
Catalogue Number: RANDB016
This 2-CD set is the second of a two-volume collection looking at the influence of Latin rhythms, notably the rumba, in the doowop vocal group strand of American R&B music during the decades either side of the Second World War. Africa and Latin America together have moulded American popular music since the beginning of the twentieth century. African influences have led to the development of jazz, gospel and blues while their rhythms have been largely determined by successive waves of dance music from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. Every American musical genre from Broadway stage, Hollywood film, Tin Pan Alley pop and even country music has been affected to some degree. Dance forms and musical stylings such as habanera, bolero, tango, rumba, conga, samba, baion all have their origins in the Caribbean or in Latin America. New Orleans has been responsible more than any other city in the world for shaping the sound of twentieth century popular music. A sweeping statement that may seem, but as the birthplace of jazz, funk and arguably rock’n’roll, it really has no other contenders. At the heart of these three widely different varieties of music lies the rhythmic complexity of second line parade drumming. Its two-beat patterns combining military band and Caribbean rhythms underpin early jazz recordings much as they do those of Little Richard and James Brown. It is in this parade band beat that the first intimations of early funk drumming can be heard. This collection brings together over sixty recordings featuring vocal groups from the heyday of the booming doowop fraternity that was a key element of the R&B market in the mid- ‘50s, as popular music made its transition to rock ‘n’ roll. With carefully restored recordings and complete with a comprehensive 24-page booklet providing a detailed background narrative and discography, this is once again an absolute must for enthusiasts and collectors of classic R&B.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Help Me The Aladdins
2 Somebody Changed The Lock The Empires
3 Zindy Lou The Chimes
4 Jingle Jangle The Penguins
5 That's The Way I Like It The Queens
6 When You Dance The Turbans
7 Mardi Gras Mambo The Hawketts
8 Hot Mama The Chanters
9 You Know I Can't Refuse The Five Dollars
10 Do-Be-Do-Be-Wop-Wop The Squires
11 Witchcraft The Spiders
12 Lips Red As Wine The Colts
13 Don’t Do That The Five Tinos
14 Day By Day The Four Freshmen
15 Rollin' Stone The Marigolds
16 Gumbo Mambo The Larke Sisters
17 Grand, Nice, Swell The Ebony Moods
18 Chop Chop Boom The Danderliers
19 Morocco Chant The Moroccos
20 Going Down to Tia Juana The Don Juans
21 Rock It, Davy, Rock It The Jaguars
22 Cha Cha Baby The New Yorkers 5
23 Yacka Hoom Boom The Savoys
24 Cigareetos The Orioles
25 Laverne The Earls
26 Ay Si Si The Dootones
27 Mambo Baby To-Nite The Falcons
28 Watussi Wussi Wu The Tenderfoots
29 Cool, Mambo The Sheppards
30 Red Hots and Chili Mac The Moroccos
31 Man From Utopia The Vel-Aires
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Brazil The Coasters
2 Goin' Goin' Gone The Jewels
3 Patricia The Rhythm Masters
4 Choo Choo The Cardinals
5 Everybody's Whalin' The Rhythm Aces
6 Gift O' Gabbin' Woman The Nutmegs
7 Stranded In The Jungle The Jayhawks
8 Don't Worry About A Thing The Sweet Teens
9 Cha Jezabel The Notes
10 All My Love Belongs To You The Joytones
11 A Fallen Tear The El Dorados
12 Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Wop The El Capris
13 A-1 In My Heart The Spiders
14 Mambo Fiesta The Calvaes
15 Watusi The Pharaohs
16 Gotta Have You Baby The Combonettes
17 Let's Do The Razzle-Dazzle The Rip Chords
18 I'm Yours The Mellows
19 Last Night The Starlighters
20 Cotton Pickin' Hands The Dukes
21 Show Me The Merengue The Hearts
22 It Was a Night Like This The Turbans
23 So Good The Playboys
24 Tonight The Supremes
25 Mexico Bound The Champions
26 Out Of The Picture The Robins
27 Smooth, Slow And Easy The Drivers
28 Ain't She Got Nerve The Mellows
29 Last Ride The Dukes
30 Down In Mexico The Coasters
31 In Paradise The Cookies
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