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The Heartbeats

Lead singer James "Shep" Sheppard co-wrote a series of velvety doo wop ballads for the Heartbeats during the mid-'50s; one entry, "A Thousand Miles Away," was a huge R&B seller in 1956. The Queens, New York quintet began its string of street-corner classics with "Crazy for You" and "Darling How Long," culminating with "A Thousand Miles Away." The Heartbeats recorded for Hull, Rama, Roulette, Gee, and Guyden before packing it in. In 1961 the lead singer formed a new trio, Shep & the Limelites, and scored on the charts with a heartwarming sequel to his first hit, "Daddy's Home," for Hull. "Our Anniversary" also sold well for Shep & the Limelites the next year, but the trio broke up soon thereafter. Sheppard was found dead in his auto on the Long Island Expressway in 1970. ~ Bill Dahl
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Track List: The Best Of The Heartbeats

1. A Thousand Miles Away

2. Crazy For You

3. Darling How Long

4. Your Way

5. People Are Talking

6. I Won't Be The Fool Anymore

7. Everybody's Somebody's Fool

8. I Want To Know

9. After New Year's Eve

10. Daddy's Home

11. 500 Miles To Go

12. Down On My Knees

13. I Found A Job

14. One Day Next Year

15. Lonely Lover

16. Sometimes I Wonder

17. Three Steps From The Altar

19. Ready For Your Love

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The original sound of the heart,the brain of the mind , hush ,hush kiss me some more amorre
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Im Strut "n to Really i love You (yes I do...
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No one ever mentions their incredible first release- Tormented... a n d what idiot put a shot of some girls group at the top of this page?
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The best at The best at the Brooklyn fox come early and get a free 33 1/3 the best years of my life
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So many memories and tears !!!!
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Class act, Classic dressers with style. Not like today
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It dont matter alwayd tryna make a fool of me!!
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Such a Classic Doo Wop ballad. Love them.
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I love listening to oldies this music sents me to the pass it was so romantic and sometimes I wish I was born at those years I love it ������
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Just makes me feel so good and I am transported to another place and time when things were so much simpler
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Cruzin,Highl a n d back in the days!
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One of the SWEETEST SOUND'S EVER
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jhs142 queens...goo d days to have music in ur life.....kir b y
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Love this group
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Shepp will always be my favorite great oldie singer of all time
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One of the best Doo Wop groups ever!!
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This song A Thousand Miles Away will forever remain number 1! RQ/rlh
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CLEAN JAM SUR JAM JEJEJE
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Daddy's home to stay baby! So greatful you waited.
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Bad "a**" song yes����
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The Songs Remind me of singing on train station 59th st NYC
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ebpw97
The best ever, loved crazy for you and a thousand miles away.
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Best music in the world.
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I love daddy's Home.(:
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Best song ever(:(:(:(: ( : ( : ( : ( : ( : ( : ( : ( : ( : ( :
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Follow me I'll follow back I promise
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It will never get old!!!!
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It started with music like this LOVE it RASHON IBN ALMUHYI NEWARK, N.J.
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The Heartbeats was one of the groups we young Doo Woppers immolated in Newark, N.J.
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I was in JHS 142, Edgar Dubs Shimer Junior High, South Jamaica Queens when this came out. It still brings tears to my eyes.
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ONE of many albums i had :-) :-) :-) :-) :-< MB/ JA
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Anything with SHEP is a Masterpiece m/b jamaica. Yah man
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This was my song coming back from Germany. Whenever I hear it, it brings back those feelings when I arrived stateside.RQ / r l h
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How lucky are all the people to hear Shep sing every day/?
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This was my coming home song Vietnam.
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Nice to hear some good music on a snowy, freezing. night
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Sorry I ever left
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When I get to heaven I hope Shep is there
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To Bob I was wrong you ARE a
True RB man please accept
My apology you ROCK I am from Pittsburgh and spent my younger years listening to WAMO and Porky-ROCK ON-never let the music die!!!!!
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Daddy's home forever
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made it home frum service and still with u
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Dee Kelley...no one can hold a candle to Porky Chedwick..I just try to keep his music alive...I knew Porky
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KoOl SOng
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♥ ♡
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For Bob Jones-how DARE you call yourself "the new Porky Chedwick" you have some nerve!!!!! :-(
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Shep had one of the most recognizable voices of the era. Awsome!!!
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joyC in DC DOO Wopp forever
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A favorite group of the big Jock on the big RL-(Jocko- WWRL)
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