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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Some time ago, Blogfinger received an email complaining about our music.  The writer, a young woman, said that she wasn’t even born yet when the Doo Wop era kicked in.  Others complained about the Doo Wop concerts in the Great Auditorium.  It is true that the Doo Wop scene in the GA has seemed, in recent years, as sort of a museum piece, yet the crowds keep coming.

For those of you who were not here in the ’50’s, the advent of this new form of music–rock and roll–had a powerful effect on the teenagers of that time, just like music of an era always does for its particular time in the spotlight.

One of the early songs that had a grip on the souls of kids and musicians in 1954 was “Gloria.”  There was something about it that drew you in.  Dion said that “Gloria” was a “litmus test” for groups wanting  to gain recognition in that world.

This is what the song sounded like in 1954 as performed by Speedo and the Cadillacs.  (This video is a current rendition)

For a modern interpretation, listen to the marvelous  Kenny Vance and the Planotones recreating “Gloria.”  (below)

And, by the way, we got a glimpse of what will happen in the future to this music and these groups last Saturday night when Freddie Parris and the Five Satins  did a spectacular set of close harmonies and new music merged with the old. And singing the high notes was a young woman, and the sound was special. —Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

KENNY VANCE with his version of Gloria:

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