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The Del-Vikings

Providing a transition from the big band-harmony singers of the 1940s and the street-corner doo-wop groups of the 1950s, the Dell Vikings -- usually known as the Del Vikings -- are best remembered for their single, "Come Go With Me," which became a major hit in 1957.

The members of the Dell Vikings -- Norman Wright, Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson, Don Jackson, Clarence Quick, and Dave Larchey -- first sang together informally while stationed at an Air Force base in Pittsburgh. Agreeing to work together as a band, the Dell Vikings recorded a demo tape in the basement of DJ Barry Kaye. Three months later, they recorded six tunes -- "Baby, Let Me Know," "True Love," "When I Come Home," "Don't Be a Fool," "Watching The Moon," and "Come Go With Me" -- in a makeshift recording studio set up at Pittsburgh's Sheraton Hotel.

Releasing their debut single, "True Love" b/w "Baby, Let Me Know," on the small, independent Fee-Bee label in late 1956, the Dell Vikings seemed on the threshold of stardom. Encouraged by local radio airplay, Fee-Bee reissued "True Love" in January 1957, with "Come Go With Me" replacing the original B-side.

As DJs flipped the single over and began playing "Come Go With Me," the song's popularity continued to grow. Within three weeks, Fee-Bee signed a national distribution deal with Dot. One week after being re-released in February, "Come Go With Me" appeared on the national charts.

The rest of 1957 and early-1958 was a whirlwind of activity. Recording a dozen songs in a studio in Ohio in March 1957, the group went on to perform during Alan Freed's Easter-week revue at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, NY. Problems arose shortly afterward when Mercury discovered that when the Dell Vikings had signed with Fee-Bee only one member was over the legal consent age of 21 and attempted to have the contract voided. After several months of intense fighting, Mercury, Dot, and Fee-Bee resolved their dispute with Fee-Bee retaining management of the group through December 1957 and Mercury securing rights to the group's name.

The conflict was far from over, however. While Mercury renamed the group the Del Vikings, Fee-Bee attempted to circumvent their agreement with the larger label. Recording a new song, "I'm Spinning," with tenor vocalist Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson backed by session vocalists, they credited the single to Kripp Johnson & the Dell Vikings. Following a law suit, Mercury gained exclusive right to the group's name, regardless of spelling.

In 1957, another label, El Dorado, planned to release an album with nine songs recorded before the Dell-Vikings had signed with Fee-Bee. Overdubbing instrumentation to the previously a cappella recordings, Buchanan & Goodman released the album on their Luniverse label. Following a lawsuit by Dot, the album was withdrawn from circulation.

The legal battles had a devastating effect on the Dell-Vikings. Although they appeared, in a cameo role, in the rock & roll film The Big Beat in February 1958, they became increasingly frustrated when they were unable to record another hit and disbanded. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Love this music, so relaxing. It always puts me to sleep.
The best are the oldies
Oldies for ever nothing like this music
Love this song
The Del~Vikings were my 1st crush!!! Elvis Presley didn't even register with me......
Nooneisbatma n , I was born in 56 and I was glad to hear that a teenager, today likes this music.You have fine taste in music. nothing to be ashamed of, Music today will never last 55 or 60 years.Enjoy, a n d rock on!!
Just reminded me of one of my favorite movies. Joe Versus the Volcano
Oldies forever!! If I could go back in time this is the era I would go to.
Absolutely love the the oldies
You can't beat the oldies! Best music ever - wonderful memories
I jus,t love the oldies
Vladimir's 1st song heard in USA! Love it, still love him!
marvins39
just read the comment about the del Vikings backing up dion. it was the del satins who backed dion after he left the belmonts
come go with me won many dance contests with this song all time best
little eva was fabulous
If any artist can! Pls bring back this great music style! The Del-Vikings are a true music group!
Life throws us all kinds of curves and changes, but after listening to music like this, I wouldn't change a thing. As far as I am concerned, any doo-wop tune in the national anthem
In The Still Of The Night by The Del-Vikings is GREAT!!! First time I heard it is now on Pandora, I never knew they recorded it!!! THANKS!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
FLAT TIRE is missing also. Its my favorite!
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oldies will never die out, they are the best
I love the Oldies :)
Why don't I ever hear When I Come Home by The Del-Vikings THIER BEST SONG???????
Why is it always impossible to hit the back button after reading a full bio on these groups and return to the previous page? It always throws you out of Pandora altogether. Really annoying.
kittycake1
Amazing how a couple of corporations ruined a talented group. I thought the 50s were supposed to have been a simpler time?!
franknadel
DIDN'T THE DEL-VIKINGS BACK-UP DION FOR AWHILE
so what I'm a teenager and like this stuff
oohlolo
yup for real
I agree with the below comment.. I wish doo-wop would make a come back.. just listen around 1:35 amazing fun fun ... talk about lifting you up from whatever breakup you just went through. LOL..for real..
Wow what an oldie but so beautiful and golden. We need more music like this nowadays
Sean Kingston sings it better
kvons1
Come Go With Me---I was a mere 6 yr. old (tot) when this one was out, but still remember it well.
Believe it or not, Come Go With Me was considered 'Blue' when it was first released. My sister used it in a modern dance performance at school and was sent home. Weird.
I wish this music would be in this f**ked up generation xD i love the oldies classics ♥
aguilar_j43
This is still the best music ever cheated. That why you still hear it in movies , and commercials today. Thank God for good music.
I meant song
This son is...... weird but cool at the same time�� the Temptations are better though��
I was just a little kid, about 6yrs old but I had older siblings that were rock and rollers so you know I knew the music.
I love the oldies and do wop.I can listen to these songs for hours.
There won't ever be music like this again. I'm so glad they still play it!
life was good i miss it
life was soooo much easier in the 50s and 60s .... aaaaah
peterlocasci o
If you listen carefully you can hear the bass drum pedal squeaking which adds a certain amount of garage band sound to the recording. Love it!
Porky Chedwick was instrumental in initiating their success
Can't hear this without thinking of Joe vs. the Volcano! Love the movie and the song. :)
Iam a young man(48), but Ilove the natural and raw harmonies that is doo wop. May it never die.
why are some many songs done by others , not the original artists
One of the best early 1950's groups. Awsome!!!
curtparsons1
Make mine Doo Wop every day !
agreed, wheresmyreal i t y
wineshopper4 u
Best music to take me back to a great time in my life
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