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I need to know more songs/artists that are going to scratch the itch that "Sh-boom" by The Chords started. Go.
posted by rocketman to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
What is it particularly that you like about that song? I can sort of guess, but I'm not sure I'm on the right track. Anyway, here are the songs that popped into my head:

Blue Moon--The Marcels
Lollipop--The Chordettes
Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight--The Spaniels
Tonight You Belong to Me--Patience and Prudence
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 4:06 PM on February 11 [2 favorites]

Let's warm up that itch with "Cold Feet" by The Big Six.
posted by azpenguin at 4:08 PM on February 11

You might find something on this CD: Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems: The Best of Doo Wop
posted by jabes at 4:10 PM on February 11

Book of Love by The Monotones.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:11 PM on February 11

I totally dig this song, too, but it would help if you could be a little more explicit about the itch you're hoping to scratch. Are you looking for doo-wop in general, or other songs with similar harmonies and arrangements, etc.? Male groups only, or female singers, too? Anything upbeat, or are ballads okay? (I have several recommendations I could make, but I'm also not sure I'm on the right track.)
posted by scody at 4:14 PM on February 11 [1 favorite]

I guess doo-wop in general? Is this song doo-wop?

I love the harmonies, and the fact that they're all singing the same words on the same rhythm but holding a really nice harmony. Male and female, I'd be interested to hear both.
posted by rocketman at 4:17 PM on February 11

Ah! Well then, here's a few:

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Why Do Fools Fall in Love (skip forward to about 2:20)
The Del-Vikings, Come and Go with Me
The Dells, Oh What a Night
The Crystals, Then He Kissed Me
posted by scody at 4:32 PM on February 11

Yes, the song is doo wop. My main advice is to listen to as much doo wop as you can find. Most of my specific suggestions are on this ridiculously overpriced, but excellent, box set.


"I Wonder Why" - Dion & the Belmonts

"Get A Job"

"Blue Moon" - Marcels

"Dedicated to the One I Love" - The Shirelles

"Tell Me Why"

"I Do"

"Barbara Ann" - The Beach Boys
posted by John Cohen at 4:43 PM on February 11 [2 favorites]

this ridiculously overpriced, but excellent, box set.

Ooh, but not a bad price if buying it used. Thanks for the recommendation!

posted by scody at 5:10 PM on February 11

My Boyfriend's Back

Even though Sh-Boom isn't a cappella, you might find that a cappella groups scratch that synchronized harmony itch really well. For example, looking up "a cappella doo wop" came up with this.
posted by Bentobox Humperdinck at 6:11 PM on February 11

Two that rocked my world and are very much in the same vein:

What Time Is It? - The Jive Five
I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos

That last one served as first dance with my wife at our wedding. Listen with care, please.
posted by Rewind at 7:28 PM on February 11

Ooh, but not a bad price if buying it used. Thanks for the recommendation!

And if you still want more after that, there's Volume 2 and Volume 3!
posted by John Cohen at 7:35 PM on February 11 [1 favorite]

OK, no links because I'm on my phone, but "Sh-boom" scratches a very specific itch for me that is also scratched by "Twilight Time" and "Standing in the Shadows of Love". I cannot articulate why, but maybe it'll be the same for you. Also, check out the singer Billy Eckstine.
posted by town of cats at 8:39 PM on February 11

Mr Sandman pairs with Sh-boom very nicely in a playlist.
posted by mochapickle at 8:51 PM on February 11

I'd highly suggest putting that song, along with some of the recommendations here, into a new station on Pandora or Spotify. You'll get other ideas from the playlist and you can give a thumbs up or thumbs down to help refine the selection. It's a great way to dive into new music.
posted by barnone at 5:58 AM on February 12

My Doo-Wop gateway was "I'm In The Mood For Love" by the Chimes.
posted by Rash at 8:20 AM on February 12

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