Earth Angel - The Penguins Cleve Duncan, whose smooth lead voice made the Penguins’s “Earth Angel” into one of the most memorable and romantic songs of early rock ‘n’ roll, died this week at the age of 77.
The Penguins were a doo-wop group of the 1950s and early 1960s, best remembered for their only Top 40 hit, "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)", which was one of the first rhythm and blues hits to cross over to the pop charts. The song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but had a three-week run at #1 on the R chart. The flip side of Earth Angel "Hey Señorita" is considered by many as the classic a Capella group harmony song ever produced.
Today 3-6 in 1958, The Everly Brothers record what will be a HUGE hit for the brothers, All I Have To Do Is Dream - the song only took TWO takes to get what we hear to this day on the stunning song. That's Chet Atkins on the electric guitar - he was a huge Everly fan and helped them get their start.
Here is another great old doo-wop song. "This I Swear" released in May 1959 was The Skyliners' second hit record, reaching #26 on Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on the R chart. The music was written by lead singer Jimmy Beaumont and the lyrics by Joseph Rock. The original release was on Calico Records and it is included on the CD,The Skyliners - Th...