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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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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.
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.
m.fischetti
My favorite doo wop song
I like singing "come go with me" when I'm walking through the playground
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
dragonlady60 8 8
Love this music......c l a s s i c is the best!
wendy2elibra v o
Awesome love 50s I dance crazy with this music
Ah! The good old fifties can't be beat.
outsatanding happy music!!
jbsalcido7
Love this music. I was a young boy I'm Mexico to
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 :-) :-) :-) :-)
Sha - boom
I never knew who sang that song!
I saw them live back in the 80's. Still great
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.
Ok
come go with me
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.
best sam
The 1950's just don't get any better than the Del-Vikings. Cruisin' in my 57 Impala convertible with I'm Spinning playing is a time warp...heade d down main street into the heart of America!!!
Love this, as teen in the early fifty i listened to this music.
Ok this is pretty good
Super. Song
I love it
I'm 10 follow me and I'll give u tips


No lie.



NOW!!!!
come go with me
yhae he is a good giutare player
really good guitar playing. seeya, ronny
This was what we called our music, the Best for ALWAYS & ALWAYS
This song has been ripped off in many commercials. I love the original!
romantic, yes want to dance
love this song
dwayneq42
Makes me want to dance
Ooh what a night
The best oldie station I ever heard Love it
Someone invent a time machine so I can go back in time to the 50s, long before I was born, so I can go to a Del Vikings concert. Please.
jim.orangebu c k e t
We do have this kind of music today . I listen and enjoy it every day. Ounce in awhile someone besides us Oldies even listens to it .
Met the group at an oldies concert after their set was done the came and sat next to my wife an I .they were just normal people. Had a nice conversation with them
I love this song
How is this Disney it came up on my Disney station!
Great selection of oldies. Thank you.
Frankstevens 6 1 0 , amen brother!
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
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