Here’s a song that was a hit the year I was born (1961): “Rama Lama Ding Dong” by the Edsels.
I’m not deep into doo-wop, but I’ve liked this record ever since I stumbled upon it in the ’80s. Turns out that aficionados consider it a masterpiece of the form.
What trips me out is... doo-wop was the hip-hop of 50 years ago. This was ghetto music. Don’t-need-nothing-but-your-throat music.
Cool-guys-on-the-corner music. Male-bonding music.
Competitive music. Impress-the-ladies-with-your-tightness music.
Hope-to-get-a-record-deal music. White-guys-wanna-copy-it music.
So let’s not forget the history.
Plus, Edsels lead singer George Jones, Jr., was a bad cat by any standard.