One of the most popular music styles during the 50s & 60s was
Doo-wop. It is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music, which developed in African-American
communities in the 1940s and which achieved mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. An African-American
vocal style known as doo-wop emerged from the streets of northeastern and industrial Midwest cities such as New
York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Newark and Pittsburgh. With its smooth, consonant vocal harmonies, doo-wop
was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the 1950s and 1960s.
In the beginning and during its heyday, this type of music did not
have a specific name; the term "doo-wop" was not used. In the 1950s, this type of harmonized group sound was
referred to (broadly) as "rock and roll", but more narrowly as "R&B". However, R&B was still too general a
term, since R&B included single artists, instrumentalists, and jump blues bands, as well as vocal groups. At
the time, the best and most accurate term used was probably "vocal group harmony," but the style still did not have
an official name, despite the fact that it dominated the charts in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The term
"doo-wop" first appeared in print in 1961, notably in the Chicago
Defender, when fans of the music coined the term during the height of
a vocal harmony resurgence.
Enjoy the music of the Doo Wop era.