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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, Rovi
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The Songs Remind me of singing on train station 59th st NYC
ebpw97
The best ever, loved crazy for you and a thousand miles away.
Best music in the world.
I love daddy's Home.(:
Best song ever(:(:(:(: ( : ( : ( : ( : ( : ( : ( : ( : ( : ( :
Follow me I'll follow back I promise
It will never get old!!!!
It started with music like this LOVE it RASHON IBN ALMUHYI NEWARK, N.J.
The Heartbeats was one of the groups we young Doo Woppers immolated in Newark, N.J.
bwhandwoven
I was in JHS 142, Edgar Dubs Shimer Junior High, South Jamaica Queens when this came out. It still brings tears to my eyes.
joseph44mill e r
ONE of many albums i had :-) :-) :-) :-) :-< MB/ JA
joseph44mill e r
Anything with SHEP is a Masterpiece m/b jamaica. Yah man
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
How lucky are all the people to hear Shep sing every day/?
This was my coming home song Vietnam.
Nice to hear some good music on a snowy, freezing. night
Sorry I ever left
When I get to heaven I hope Shep is there
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!!!!!
Daddy's home forever
made it home frum service and still with u
Dee Kelley...no one can hold a candle to Porky Chedwick..I just try to keep his music alive...I knew Porky
KoOl SOng
♥ ♡
For Bob Jones-how DARE you call yourself "the new Porky Chedwick" you have some nerve!!!!! :-(
Shep had one of the most recognizable voices of the era. Awsome!!!
joyC in DC DOO Wopp forever
A favorite group of the big Jock on the big RL-(Jocko- WWRL)
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:aaaaah :-D
I have the 45 of this song in my collection
I thought I was listening to Porky on WAMO
The Heartbeats and The Harptones... f o r me..no other doo wopp group like the..I also loved the sound of Vito and The Salutations! I will be a doo-wopper 4ever!
smw3971
Great sound Too bad they did not last longer
Heartbeats were truly a great group but why is it no one remembers their first and possibly best song- Tormented- one of the finest R&B song of the 50s.
Just another amazing velvet voice out of New York. I am proud to have been part of the R & B scene.
One of Porky Chedwicks staples
gvenetos8
great stuuff. Thank you
I went to High School with them ... Woodrow Wilson in New York City. They were always singing in the halls ... we loved em.
envict1108
I could listen good old doo wop forever. They just don't make music like this anymore.
actually, the heartbeats began as "the heartbeats quintet"with the single"torme n t e d " on the "network label" tom d brick,nj
bigdrom
fantastic doowop. i love it.
I think the Heartbeats were consistently one of the best doowop groups of the 50's. But there were so many other great groups and songs. Who remembers "Devil or Angel" by the Clovers, or "Be Sure My Love" by the Dubs? Then there is practically every song by the Harptones. What about the Pastels doing "So Far Away" and "Been So Long"? Or the various version of "My Heart's Desire"? I could go on and on but I am interested in comments from you out there. Shboom@Opton
Gosh do I love those good old Doo Wop songs. They take me back to a better place in time. The really good times. The best thing about them is; I can hear the vocals and the music so distinctly.
uncleb436
Those were the days when we were young..
Although this song was recorded by most of the members of The Heartbeats, they were called Shep and The Limelites on this recording.
WOW!!! what vocals !!!!!! another great artist from back when things were simple.
there will never be another song like "thousand miles"
JAMES F. LAROSA... DOO WOP IS A FINE SOUND ALL THE STREET CORNERS HAD A GROUP WHEN I WAS A KID. WHY NEW YORK RADIO STATIONS TEND TO SHY AWAY FROM THIS GREAT AMERICAN PART OF OUR MUSIC ILL NEVER KNOW
Shep is who made the group. They couldn't make it without him. Same was true of the Limelites.
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