3/4. Another chance to hear Ronettes star Ronnie Spector presenting a history of doo-wop - the close-harmony rhythm and blues style of singing that emerged in the 1950s on the urban streets of East Coast America. The story shifts to the mid-1950s, when doo-wop possibly reached its creative peak, with weekly releases of vocal-group records numbering in the hundreds. Among the era's top hi-fi serenaders were the Penguins (Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)) and the Five Satins (In the Still of the Nite), with the Cadillacs (Speedoo) picking up the tempo. As doo-wop took root in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, the mainstream music industry moved in for a slice of the action.
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