Doo(-)wop: trivial observation

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 31 04:04:38 UTC 2006

As far as I know, there has been only one recording in the history of
doo(-)wop in which the syllables "doo(-)wop" actually are heard: "The
Bells," by Billy Ward & The Dominoes, from 1952. The "story" of the song is
the funeral, with concomitant "toning" of the "death-bells" to which the
title refers, of the lead-singer's beloved. As the song comes to an end, the
lead- singer, Clyde McPhatter, breaks down into hysterical weeping as his
back-up singers slowly and solemnly intone, "Doo(-)wop, doo(-)wop.
Doo(-)wop, doo(-)wop."

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