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The Crew Cuts

On most informed lists of rock & roll villains, the Crew Cuts would have to rank near the top. They weren't rock & rollers in the first place: their clean-cut white harmony glee club approach was really in the style of early- and mid-'50s groups such as the Four Aces, the Four Lads, and the Four Freshmen. The Canadian quartet differed from those acts, however, in their concentration upon covers of songs originally recorded by R&B/doo wop vocal groups. Their cover of the Chords' "Sh-Boom" set the pattern, going to number one in 1954 and setting the stage for their other commercially successful pop treatments of R&B hits by the Penguins, Gene & Eunice, Otis Williams & the Charms, the Robins, the Spaniels, the Nutmegs, and others.

The Toronto foursome already had a Top Ten hit under their belts with their first major label single, "Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby," before tackling "Sh-Boom"; what's more, their first hit had been a group original, not an R&B cover. When the Crew Cuts got a hold of "Sh-Boom," they gave the song a far more standard, whiter pop treatment than the Chords had, complete with big-band type orchestration. Although the original Chords version still became one of the first Top Ten rock & roll hits, the Crew Cuts' cover outsold it by a wide margin, finding a far easier entrance into established radio formats and mainstream white audiences.

The Crew Cuts were regular visitors to the Top 20 over the next couple of years, repeating the "Sh-Boom" syndrome with songs like "Earth Angel," their second-biggest hit at number three (though nobody remembers the Crew Cuts' version today, the Penguins' original having long established supremacy with audiences and on oldies stations). Their strategy of foraging for sources among black R&B vocal singles was widely imitated throughout the industry, by Pat Boone, the McGuire Sisters, Georgia Gibbs, and numerous others. Many rock historians point out -- with a great deal of justification -- that this amounted to an attempt by the music establishment to buck the oncoming threatening storm of the rock era by watering it down into a much more palatable and conventional form that in reality had little to do with rock at all. For a while, it worked -- the white covers frequently outsold the black R&B originals throughout 1954-1956. But after Elvis, Chuck Berry, and others had staked their own claim on superstardom, it became increasingly obvious that teenagers preferred the real article, and that the entrenchment of authentic rock & roll was inevitable.

Some revisionists have claimed, dubiously, that the Crew Cuts actually helped pave the way for the acceptance of rock in the mainstream by giving all those doo wop songs a far greater audience than they could have found if they were ghettoized in the R&B community. After a while, however, the Crew Cuts themselves were being widely outsold by their sources; "Young Love" (a cover, of course, although this time of the country classic by Sonny James) was their last Top 20 hit in early 1957. Their Mercury hits are far more properly classified as pop vocal outings than rock & roll, owing much more to pre-rock harmony and band arrangements. By 1958, they'd left Mercury for stints with RCA and other labels; they broke up in 1964. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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I believe Rocket 88 by Ike Turner is widely considered to be the first rock and roll song.
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If I'm not mistaken, Che Boom was the first rock and roll song. I remember listening to the radio in my mother & father's bedroom I loved the song. My friends and I used to buy song books once a week and sing all the popular songs. Undecided, Slow Poke, On the Street Where You Live, and I forgot most of the othersl We had fun.
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Anybody else remember hearing this on Cars?
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1 DID grow up in the 40's and 50s...what a wonderful life with great music and my first love by my side listening to the juke box.....the time went by so quickly but I can now re.ember it all at my leisure.
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To be honest i wish i was an 18 year old teenager in the 50's that would be great
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gwterry
I love the 50s music. Most of the music nowadays is stupid.
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pipermtupper
I know every word! We have to do it for our concert
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I will always like old songs and I don't think i will ever like new songs
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I love the song sh-boom
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I love the movie this song stars in
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hi123446
I can't believe this music died out... The reminisce of this age still lingers...
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hi123446
Love that book
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I funnier anyone?
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remember this song from road house when patric swazei gets run off the road with the other guy singing it the whole time
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This song woke me up to music......A t age 10... thanks Pandora..... . . .
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pnotchr73
Sh-boom! Bullseye, Pandora! I love this song!
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Go home
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Which one the group or movie??
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CARS
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OMG STICKERS CAR'S..a FIAT please!!..
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ummmm, no thanks....ch a n g i n g station
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dennis3508
it dont get any better than these oldies!!!!
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kmoraine2018
I like how this is on the VIC radio LMFAO!!!!!
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Sh-boom Sh-boom. Yadadadadada d a d a a sh-boom
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Leo
Monday
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i love music like this
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We never have music like this anymore. Love these old songs
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The old day I'm only 11
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Boooooo rap!!!! Hoooorrahhhh Classics!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Luv!!!!!!! :)
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dragonlady60 8 8
Yep. ...get!
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gavandagnese
I love this song so much. I live for the oldies!!
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robo312
Sucks!!!!
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Great music!
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mousethief
This is not the version I'm used to.
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Im glad music like this is still appreciated you see it in movies and in games and hell it's still on the radio! lol but I occored to me that this is considered oldies so in 40 yearsmaroon 5 and Katey Perry will be considers oldies right? Then what will this be considered?w i l l it even exsist anymore? Will it be remembered? Makes me wonder...... . Enjoy it while it last.
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Ah the 1950s...Amer i c a ' s Golden Age...:) unfortunatel y I'm growing up in America's downhill age. Hopefully we'll get to another golden age.
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Georjussen, shut the hell up! Why do you have to bring race into this? I'm sick of YOUR type, including the white supremacists .
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Thanks to the BLACK composers, arrangers and especially performers who were the inspiration for all my white brothers who recognized art & how to slip it to my generation's slow learning curve. Just sorry that the originators missed out on the vast cash flow.
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To all of you folks who said you wished you'd been young in the 50's - Thanks for validating my joyous recollection s of the times. I'm now 81 and share the disgust that old folks have felt for current music since time began. Not very original of me but WOW! it was great! The best of times - having been raised on big bands and vocal ballads of the 30's & 40's and smoothing into my twenties as a White kid enjoying the 'sanitized' art of Nat 'King' Cole, The Ink Spots, The Mills Brothers et al.
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I wasn't in the studio when they made these records, but it works for me to just say here's a contemporary male vocal quartet mining R&B, doo-wop, and rock and roll for new material. And making good music. And earning royalties for the songwriters. Rock on, Crew Cuts!
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pvc3434
Wonderful song! I love it!
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Love the harmonizing, great song.
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New movie...plan e s . . . f i r e and rescue!
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Chords did it better
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cathy9229
I love THIS SONG
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Yep cg205!
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When I hear this song it reminds me the hit show Happy Days, because they play this song in it almost all the time. Love this music and the show.
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Love it!, wish I was a teenager in this era
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