Doo-wop clipart

Dec 30 2019

Bill Kenny, lead singer of the Ink Spots, is often credited with introducing the “top and bottom” vocal arrangement featuring a high tenor singing the lead and a bass singer was singing rhythm. The Mills Brothers, who were famous in part because in their vocals they sometimes mimicked instruments, exercised an additional influence on street doo-woppers who, singing a cappella arrangements, used wordless onomatopoeia to mimic instruments, the bass singing “bom-bom-bom,” a guitar rendered as “shang-a-lang,” and brass riffs as “dooooo -wop-wop. ” For instance, “Count Every Star” by The Ravens (1950) includes vocalizations imitating the “doomph, doomph” plucking of a double bass. The Orioles helped develop the doo-wop sound with their hits “It’s Too Soon to Know” (1948) and “Crying in the Chapel” (1953).

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