From Barbershop To Doo Wop - Part Two: 1935-1943

Artist Song
The Boswell Sisters  Dinah (1935) 
The Ink Spots  Your Feet's Too Big (1936) 
The Ink Spots  T'aint Nobody's Business If I Do (1936) 
The Mills Brothers  Caravan (1937) 
The Andrews Sisters  Nice Work If You Can Get It (1937) 
The Andrews Sisters  Sha-Sha (1938) 
The Golden Gate Quartet  Dipsy Doodle (1938) 
The Mills Brothers  Sixty Seconds Got Together (1938) 
The Ink Spots  If I Didn't Care (1939) 
The Golden Gate Quartet  Stormy Weather (1939) 
The Cats & The Fiddle  I Miss You So (1939) 
The Cats & The Fiddle  Gang Busters (1939) 
The Mills Brothers  You Tell Me Your Dream (1939) 
The Mills Brothers  Goodbye Blues (1939) 
The Golden Gate Quartet  Walking Stick (1939) 
The Cats & The Fiddle  I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (1939) 
The Lewis Bronseville Five  Low Down Gal Blues (1940) 
Leadbelly & The Golden Gate Quartet  Midnight Special (1940) 
The Ink Spots  Java Jive (1940) 
The Mills Brothers  Love Is Fun (1941) 
The Four Clefs  I Like Pie, I Like Cake (1941) 
The Ink Spots  Don't Get About Much Anymore (1942) 
The Mills Brothers  I'll Be Around (1942) 
Louis Jordan & The Timpany Five  Five Guys Named Mo (1942) 
The Four Vagabonds  Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer (1943) 
The Four Vagabonds  I Had The Craziest Dream (1943) 


Part Two! One more Boswell Sisters track and plenty more Mills Brothers songs (just to keep you happy, Mr Lally!)...along with several tracks from the other great proto-Doo Wop group - The Ink Spots. (...and if 'proto-Doo Wop' ever makes it into any dictionaries, I'm claiming royalties). There are some songs I really love on this mix: The Golden Gate Quartet bringing their Gospel harmonies to secular songs like "Stormy Weather" and "Walking Stick"; The Lewis Bronesville Five's "Low Down Gal Blues" (definitely a Doo Wop classic recorded too soon), The Mills Brothers version of "I'll Be Around" ...and, a song which could quite accurately be described as a 'vocal group instrumental', the entirely wordless "Caravan". When you do a mix like this... (I say that as though it's something people often do!?!!) there seems to be an obligation to end on a song which is appropriate, conclusive... and beautiful! A lot of the time history helps out and presents obvious solutions - like ending a Roots of Rock n Roll CD on an Elvis track, or concluding the story of Fifties Soul with Ray Charles' "What'd I Say", but on other occasions I seem to spend weeks looking for just one song to provide a fitting end to a particular story. Looking for a song when you have no title or artist in mind - just an idea of the 'sound' that it should have (and what year it should be from!) can be quite a challenge! Sometimes it feels like auditioning actors for a part in a big movie... there may be many great Hollywood stars available but sometimes they just don't seem right for the part, and a complete unkown turns out to be perfect for the role! I found this mix's final track "I Had The Craziest Dream" tucked away on a random compilation of torch songs and realised as soon as I heard the sweet harmonies and laid-back rhythm - perfectly foreshadowing the great Doo Wop ballads like "Sincerely" - that this particular search was over.


Sean Lally
Date: 7/17/2005
some truly beautiful tunes here - another great volume!
Rob Conroy
Date: 7/17/2005
This does look great, from what little I know of this type of thing...
Date: 7/17/2005
I agree with Sean.
Date: 7/18/2005
Wow - this is great.
joey de vivre
Date: 7/18/2005
That keeps me happy too! I couldn't keep up with you all the way back to 1901 on volume 1, but this 30's/40's vocal harmony is gorgeous!