March 2, 2010

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(The Harptones - Often imitated but never charted)

Kicking off what will probably be a week of high octane harmony and high cholesterol lyrics, I thought I'd head back to almost the beginning - at least as far as 1953 with The Harptones and their milestone track "A Sunday Kind Of Love" - as I said last night, most of the musical inspiration for the Doo-wop genre came from standards of the 1930s and 40s, reworked and harmonized almost to the point of non-recognition. This track is no different. A big hit during the heyday of Big Band (I have a copy of this song by Claude Thornhill who had a moderate hit with it), this version is reworked and slowed down and lingered over long enough to cure almost all known insomnia. But it works for the most part (if they lost the soap opera organ and arranged it with something else)and became something of a benchmark for the prototype Doo-Wop sound, even though this version of the song never made the charts.

I do, however dare you to stay awake while listening to this. I fell asleep three times just transferring the CD.

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