Italo-doo-wop

Aside from blacks, the ethnic group for whom music was most important in their up bringing, through the church, were Italians. In 1958 the first significant wave of white doo wop groups emerged. This style is named Italo-doo-wop in recognition of that fact. Soon other ethnic groups joined in. Members of these groups grew up in tough urban neighborhoods. Their sound differed from the black groups that preceded them only slightly. Ital-doo-wop is distinguished by even tighter group harmonies and rough edged tenors singing at the top of their ranges to produce a "sweet" sound. The prominence in Italo-doo-wop bass singers renditions presaged the neo-doo-wop style which arose around 1960

Prominent Examples

Group Song Tempo Year
Belmonts
Capris
Chaperones
Chimes
Classics
Earls
Elegants
Five Discs
Mystics
Selections
I Wonder Why
There's A Moon Out Tonight
Cruise to the Moon
One In Awhile
Till Then
I Believe
Little Star
I Remember
Hushabye
Guardian Angel

fast
slow
slow
slow
slow
slow
medium
fast
medium
fast

1958
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1960
1960
1963
1954
1958
1958
1959
1958