3/6. Russell Davies explores the ancient art of close-harmony singing in its many variations, including barbershop, jazz, gospel and doo-wop as sung by sacred, commercial, amateur and professional groups (including church choirs, Welsh male voice choirs, session singers and backing vocalists). See also the following programme.
2/4. Another chance to hear
Ronettes star Ronnie Spector 's look at the legacy of doo-wop - the close-harmony rhythm and blues style of singing that emerged in the 1950s on the streets of New York City and Philadelphia. The story continues with the rise of vocal groups following the successes of the Ravens and the Orioles. These acts were shut out by major record companies that wouldn't touch "race music", so future high-profile groups such as the Five Keys, the Dominoes and the Clovers initially recorded on independent labels and relied on maverick DJ Alan Freed for airplay. The series hears input from the artists and hustlers responsible for doo-wop.
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