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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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I love it
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❤️❤️❤️
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I love the Oldies,they bring back great memories
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Ya, one of the best bands!
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WOW.....AM I THE ONIY ONE ENJOYING DOO WOP TONITE
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Wow, listening to Sh-Boom. This should be the theme song for the greatest decade of rock and roll.
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The Del Vikings... wow, one of the greatest doo wop groups of all time back when rock and roll was the greatest, from the mid 50s to the mid 60s. They should have called music something else after that cause it ain't rock and roll.
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I like other music. But there's nothing like swing music. I absolutely love it. I don't even know why. It's way older than me but it makes me happy and free. It brings me peace somehow.
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jessicamandu j a n o 6
I Love it
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pnotchr73
I love oldies
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pnotchr73
I LOVE IT, the best in the universe.
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This music takes ME BACK.
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I'm 13and most of my friends don't know this song exists sad huh�� my favorite song is Rocken Robin����
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pnotchr73
My friends call me an Old Lady because I like this music. They're just missing out on the good stuff.
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Dis song always puts I in a good mood mon!
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dragonlady60 8 8
grt music...ever
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This music was way before my time but by gosh I love it.
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Danced to this in the clubs all over Germany. sock hops....Ahh, what memories. All those lovely dance partners. I wanted to keep them all.......No w at 71, I can still shake them up......Danc i n g is the best medicine for the heart and soul.
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My favorite song from 1957 my high school days
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Remember them well "Come go with me"
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dragonlady60 8 8
Doo woop the best...
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Got am autograph. Signed Jerry the "Del Viking". Great group
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bluerose47
I was a small child in the fifties. I liked them then and I love them even more now.
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American Bandstand... it was the best. We would write letters to Johnny and Annett and they actually answered all of them. Never missed Bandstand! Remember the 4 hits on one record you could send away for for $1? Over The Mountain was one of them...
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Wish I lived in the fifties...:(
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jrsjrsjrs57
Oh my gosh where's the nearest sock hop?
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brings back wonderful memorys
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I remember running home from school to watch American Bandstand. Watching all the early rockers. Couldn't wait for "RATE A RECORD". Watching from when Bandstand was in Philadelphia to when it went off the air. Great memories!!!
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I love them
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great oldies
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He ramal lama lama ding dong title
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Ever feel out of time?
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It's not a fair assessment for comparison between today's pop and pop of the 50s and on. Two different cultures, genres, singers, instrumental s , among others, a big difference in technology. I remember when grandpa used to complaint about how horrible and degenerating rocknroll was in comperasion to his 30s swing. Remember, Pelvis in early days how he was thought of as a bad example to youth? They were wrong.
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It's not a fair assessment for comperison between today's pop and pop of the 50s and on. Two different cultures, genres, singers, instrumental s , among others, a big difference in technology. I remember when grandpa used to complaint about how horrible and degenerating rocknroll was in comperasion to his 30s swing.
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m.fischetti
My favorite doo wop song
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I like singing "come go with me" when I'm walking through the playground
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Golden Age of Music, anything today can not compare...co m p u t e r trash,talent l e s s stars...RULE & GLOW, BABY
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dragonlady60 8 8
Love this music......c l a s s i c is the best!
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Awesome love 50s I dance crazy with this music
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Ah! The good old fifties can't be beat.
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outsatanding happy music!!
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jbsalcido7
Love this music. I was a young boy I'm Mexico to
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I'm an OOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O O O L D
fan-----I have loved this group 4 @ LEAST
9,000,000,00 0 years. Give or take a month.:-) :-) :-) :-) =-O :-) :-) :-) :-)
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Sha - boom
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I never knew who sang that song!
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I saw them live back in the 80's. Still great
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I think one of the significant facts about the Del Vikings is they were either the first or at least one of the first integrated rock and roll groups.
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Ok
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come go with me
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golfguy78 on grass. it is OK iT IS THE CON CEPTION DAT COUNTS.
with me your allowed a mulligan.
'57 Bel Air
A gift...on the web milfordhighs c h o o l c l a s s o f 1 9 6 0
you will find me at age 14& 71.
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