American Singing Groups: A History from 1940s to Today

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006 - Music - 585 pages
American Singing Groups: A History 1940 to Today is the definitive history of pop vocal groups, encompassing the doo-wop of Dion and the Belmonts, the Motown hits of the Supremes, the surf sound of the Beach Boys, country-rock of Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the slick pop sounds of 'N Sync. Each entry details the group's career, key members, and its influences. With extensive discographies and rare photos, this one-of-a-kind entertaining reference is filled with musical facts that will fascinate fans and collectors. Updated and freshly revised, American Singing Groups also chronicles the revival of the pop groups in the nineties and the new millennium. This is an essential and comprehensive guide to an evolving and ever-popular art form. New bands in this revision include Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Destiny's Child and many more.
 

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I appreciate the effort the author put into the book, but, for my purposes, it was far too broad a spectrum to cover, 1940 to today. Plus, the 1940s section-the reason I bought the book-is far under- represented. Many great singing groups of that decade are omitted, such as "Six Hits and A Miss". The selection of '40s groups included lean toward R & B, instead of pop. I would love to have both! The discographies are very incomplete. Again, I can't comment on the post-1949 sections. I started out with little interest in researching that era, and after reading the 1940s section, then skimming the '50s, I decided to go no further with the book.
This is; however, a good book to introduce new listeners to vocal groups of the past...just not deep enough for more advanced research.
 

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Numerous errors in discographies. How one manages to reverse the A and B sides, with sufficient information available to make that unnecessary, is beyond me.

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Contents

THE 1940s
xviii
The Ames Brothers
4
The Andrews Sisters
6
The Bachelors
11
The Barrett Sisters
12
The Beavers
13
The Blenders
14
The Brown Dots
15
THE 1960s
320
The Accents
323
Alive and Kicking
324
The Arbors
325
The Archies
326
The Association
327
The Beach Boys
328
The Blue Jays
332

The Cats and the Fiddle
17
The Coleman Brothers
19
The Deep River Boys
21
The Delta Rhythm Boys
23
The Dixie Hummingbirds
26
The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi
27
The Five Red Caps
28
The Four Knights
30
The Four Tunes
32
The Four Vagabonds
34
The Golden Gate Quartet
35
The Ink Spots
37
The Mariners
42
The Merry Macs
43
The Mills Brothers
44
The Modernaires
49
The Pied Pipers
51
The Pilgrim Travelers
53
The Ravens
54
The Skylarks
56
The Soul Stirrers
57
The Swan Silvertones
58
Sonny Til and the Orioles
59
The 1950s
62
The Admirations
66
Lee Andrews and the Hearts
67
The Aquatones
72
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
73
The Bay Bops
76
The Blossoms
78
The Bobbettes
80
The Bonnie Sisters
82
The Buccaneers
83
The Cadets
84
The Cadillacs
86
New York
89
Philiadelphia
92
The CapTans
93
The Cardinals
94
The Carollons
96
The Carols
97
The Castelles
98
The Cellos
100
The Channels
101
The Chantels
104
The Chanters
107
The Charms
108
The Charts
111
The Chestnuts
112
The Chips
113
The Chords
114
The Clefs
116
The Cleftones
117
The Clovers
120
The Coasters
124
The Colts
127
The Crests
128
The Crewcuts
131
The Crickets
133
The Criterions
135
The Crows
137
The Cues
139
The Danderliers
140
The Danleers
141
Danny and the Juniors
142
The Billy Dawn Quartette
144
The Dells
145
The Delroys
148
The DelVikings
149
The Desires
152
The Diablos
153
New York
155
Ontario
156
The Dootones
158
The Drifters
159
The Dubs
167
The Du Droppers
169
The Edsels
171
The El Dorados
172
The Elegants
174
The El Venos
177
The Falcons
178
The Five Crowns
180
The Five Discs
181
The Five Keys
183
The 5 Royales
185
The Five Satins
188
The Five Sharps
191
The Flamingos
193
The Fleetwoods
198
The Four Aces
200
The Four Coins
202
The Four Fellows
204
The Four Freshmen
205
The Four Lads
208
The Four Lovers
209
The Four Preps
210
Norman Fox and the RobRoys
212
The Genies
213
The Harptones
214
The Heartbeats
218
The Highway QCs
220
The Hilltoppers
221
The HiLos
224
The Impalas
227
The Jacks
228
The Jaguars
229
The Jesters
230
The Jive Bombers
232
The Kodaks
233
The Kool Gents
234
The Lamplighters
235
The Larks
236
Little Anthony and the Imperials
238
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
242
Louis Lymon and the Teenchords
245
The Magnificents
247
Arthur Lee Maye and the Crowns
248
The McGuire Sisters
250
The Medallions
252
The Meditation Singers
253
The MelloKings
254
The MelloMoods
255
The Mellows
256
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
257
The Monotones
258
The Moonglows
260
The Mystics
264
Nino and the Ebb Tides
265
The Nutmegs
267
The Olympics
268
The Paragons
269
The Pastels
271
The Penguins
272
The Platters
275
The Playmates
278
The PoniTails
279
The Prisonaires
280
The QuinTones
281
The Rainbows
282
The Rays
283
The Rivieras
284
The Robins
285
The Rocketones
286
The Sensations
287
The Shells
288
The Signatures
289
The Silhouettes
290
The Six Teens
292
The Solitaires
295
The Spaniels
297
The Spiders
299
The Staple Singers
300
The Sultans
301
The Swallows
302
The Teddy Bears
303
The Three Chuckles
305
The Tune Weavers
306
The Turbans
307
The Valentines
308
The Velours
309
The Wanderers
311
Billy Ward and His Dominoes
312
Maurice Williams and the Gladiolus
315
The Willows
317
The Brooklyn Bridge
333
Billy Butler and the Chanters
334
The Camelots
335
The Carnations
336
The Carolons
337
The Cascades
339
The Castells
340
Cathy Jean and the Roommates
341
The Chaperones
342
The Chiffons
343
The ChiLites
345
The Chimes
346
The Concords
348
The Corsairs
349
The Cowsills
350
The Crystals
351
The Delfonics
354
The DelSatins
355
The Demensions
358
The Devotions
359
Dion and the Belmonts
360
The Dixie Cups
363
The Dovells
364
The Dreamers
366
The Dreamlovers
367
The Ducanes
368
The Duprees
370
The Earls
371
The Echoes
373
The Emotions
374
The Escorts
375
The Essex
376
The Excellents
377
The Exciters
378
The Fiestas
379
The 5th Dimension
380
The Five Stairsteps
382
The FourEvers
383
The Four Seasons
384
The Four Tops
388
The Happenings
390
The Highwaymen
391
The Imaginations
392
The Impressions
394
The Intruders
397
Jay and the Americans
399
The Jive Five
401
The Bob Knight Four
404
Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles
407
The Lettermen
410
Little Caesar and the Romans
412
The Magnificent Men
413
The Majors
414
The Mamas and the Papas
415
The Manhattans
416
The Marcels
417
Martha and the Vandellas
420
The Marvelettes
421
The Mighty Clouds of Joy
422
The Miracles
423
The OJays
425
The Orlons
427
The Paris Sisters
428
The Passions
428
Peter Paul and Mary
428
The Quotations
428
Randy and the Rainbows
428
The Regents
428
Reparata and the Delrons
429
Ricky and the Hallmarks
431
Rochell and the Candles
433
The Ronettes
434
Ronnie and the HiLites
437
The Royalettes
438
The Safaris
440
The ShangriLas
441
The Shirelles
443
Spanky and Our Gang
446
The Sparrows Quartette
447
The Spinners
448
The Starlets
450
The Sweet Inspirations
454
The Tarns
455
Tico and the Triumphs
461
The Tokens
461
The Tymes
463
The Vibrations
465
Vito and the Salutations
467
The Vogues
468
The Volumes
469
THE 1970s
470
The Autumns
473
The Blue Stars
474
Brooklyn Dreams
476
Crosby Stills and Nash
477
Dawn
478
The Dramatics
480
Flash Cadillac
482
Hamilton Joe Frank and Reynolds
484
The Honey Cone
485
The Hues Corporation
488
The Jackson 5
489
Lady Flash
491
The Main Ingredient
491
The Manhattan Transfer
492
Memory
493
The Moments
494
The Osmonds
495
The Persuasions
496
The Pointer Sisters
497
The Ribitoncs
499
Shalamar
500
The Singers Unlimited
501
Sister Sledge
502
The Starland Vocal Band
503
The Stylistics
504
The Sylvers
506
Tavares
507
The Village People
509
The Whispers
510
THE 1980s
512
The Bangles
515
The Bobs
516
BQE
517
Deja Vu
520
The Exquisites
521
Force MDs
522
Mixed Company
523
New Edition
523
The Nylons
523
Reunion
524
Rockapella
525
Yesterdays News
526
The Acappella Era
527
The Atlantics
528
The Citadels
529
The Destinations
530
The Five Jades
531
Little Joe and the Majesties
532
The Potentials
533
The Versailles
534
1990s
536
All4One
540
The Backstreet Boys
541
Bel Biv Devoe
543
Boyz II Men
544
Destinys Child
545
The Dixie Chicks
547
Dru Hill
548
Hanson
549
Jodeci
550
The Mighty Echoes
551
Morrisania Revue
552
98
553
NSync
554
0Town
555
SWV
556
Sweet Sensation
557
TLC
558
Kenny Vance and the Planotones
560
Wilson Phillips
561
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame
564
Updates
567
Photo Credits
578
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