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Rochell & The Candles

From Los Angeles, California, USA, this vocal group comprised first tenor lead Johnny Wyatt (b. 1938, Texacali, Texas; d. 1983), tenor lead Rochell Henderson, baritone Melvin Sasso, and bass T.C. Henderson. Their one hit, ‘Once Upon A Time’ (number 20 R&B, number 26 pop), from 1961, was part of the early 60s neo-doo-wop phenomenon when doo-wop experienced a resurgence of interest on the charts. The novelty of the falsetto lead of Wyatt plus the name of ‘Rochell’ gave many listeners the false impression that the group was led by a female. The follow-up, ‘So Far Away’ (1961), likewise featured Wyatt’s high pitched lead, but despite its excellence, failed to dent the charts. Other singles followed, both on Swingin’ and Challenge, but the Candles could not return to the charts. Their last recording, a sublime remake of the Olympics’ ‘Big Boy Pete’ was released in 1964 to an indifferent world. Wyatt went on to become lead of the soul-era group Johnny And The Expressions, who hit the charts with ‘Something I Want To Tell You’ in 1966. He also made some singles as a solo artist for Bronco during 1966-67.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Animal House - 100 Rock N' Roll Classics Of The '50s & '60s

Disc 1

1. Tequila

2. Tutti Frutti

3. Soul Man

6. Simon Says

8. Wild Thing

9. Sugar, Sugar

10. Stand By Me

11. Sleep Walk

14. Hear Me Now

17. Duke Of Earl

19. Dirty Robber

23. Switchin' In The Kitchen

24. Ubangi Stomp

26. Everybody Plays The Fool

28. The Slide

29. In The Morning Time

30. Hoop And Holler

32. The Tracks Of My Tears

34. Jump For Joy

46. Walk Don't Run

48. The Great Pretender

Disc 2

51. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy

54. Walkin'

56. When A Man Loves A Woman

57. Midnight

59. It's A Fad, Ma

64. Kansas City Twist

65. Teach Me How To Limbo

67. Forever Lonely

68. Alley Rat

69. Cha Cha Cha In Blue

73. Just Between Teens

79. Bossa Nova Baby

81. A Long Time Ago

84. Louie Louie

85. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

88. Forever Yours

93. Lonely Rain

94. One Week Romance

97. Long Time No See

98. Slow Locomotion

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Track List: Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

Disc 1

1. Come Back My Love

2. The Glory Of Love

3. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

4. Love Walked In

5. Twilight Time

6. Blue Velvet

7. The Wind

8. Work With Me Annie

9. My Memories Of You

10. Down On My Knees

11. The Letter

12. A Casual Look

13. Please Send Me Someone To Love

14. Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams)

15. Count Every Star

16. Every Night (I Pray)

17. I Met Him On Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)

18. Bad Boy

19. Sixty-Minute Man

Disc 2

1. For Sentimental Reasons

2. The Girl I Love

3. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

5. Come Softly To Me

6. Chapel Of Dreams

7. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

8. Don't You Just Know It

9. Little Bitty Pretty One

10. Down The Aisle Of Love

11. A Million To One

12. Once Upon A Time

13. Moonlight Cocktails

14. Deep Purple

15. At The Hop

16. Little Darlin'

17. Lonely Way

18. Sea Of Love

19. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)

20. I Believe

Disc 3

1. A Wonderful Dream

2. Village Of Love

3. The Angels Listened In

4. It Happened Today

5. My Own True Love

6. Love Came To Me

7. Come On Little Angel

8. I Count The Tears

9. Let Me In

10. Smoky Places

12. This Magic Moment

13. Angel Baby

14. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)

15. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

16. A Thousand Stars

17. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

18. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

19. You Were Mine

20. Forever

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Track List: Doo Wop Classics

1. Ka-Ding Dong

2. Baby Oh Baby

3. I Want You To Be My Girl

4. This Is The Nite

5. Do Something For Me

6. I'm Slippin' In

7. Whispering Bells

8. At My Front Door

10. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'

11. The Way You Dog Me Around

12. Long Lonely Nights

14. Get A Job

15. Up On The Mountain

16. Beside You

17. Once Upon A Time

18. One Mint Julep

19. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

20. Rock Me All Night Long

21. The Wheel Of Fortune

22. Rockin' In The Jungle

23. Till Then

24. Alley Oop

25. Stranded In The Jungle

26. Bad Boy

27. Good Lovin'

28. I've Been A Fool

29. Witchcraft

30. Where Are You (Now That I Need You)

32. Baby Talk

33. A Casual Look

34. So Strange

35. I Am With You

36. Oop Shoop

37. Little Star

39. Sh-Boom

40. The Angels Listened In

41. Rang Tang Ding Dong

42. Baby Please Don't Go

43. Book Of Love

44. Nadine

45. Don't You Know I Love You

46. Dedicated To The One I Love

47. Angel Baby

48. I'm So Young

49. We Go Together

50. Just To Be With You

51. Shouldn't I Know

53. See Saw

54. Lovey Dovey

55. Ol' Man River

56. The Glory Of Love

57. Adorable

58. The Teacher

59. Can I Come Over Night

60. Marie

61. Will You Be Mine

63. Work With Me Annie

64. Gee

65. Silhouettes

66. Sixty Minute Man

67. Too Much Love (Much Too Much)

68. In Paradise

69. Sixteen Candles

70. Close Your Eyes

71. Since I Don't Have You

73. You're Mine

75. Gee

77. Everyone Is Laughing

78. Fool, Fool, Fool

79. You Were Mine

80. Burn That Candle

82. This I Swear

83. Hushabye

85. Teardrops On Your Letter

86. To Be Loved

87. Ling Ting Tong

88. Could This Be Magic

90. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz

91. You're The One

92. Smokey Joe's Café

93. Wiggle Wiggle

94. The Door Is Still Open

95. Summertime, Summertime

96. It's Too Soon To Know

97. That's What You're Doing To Me

98. Who's That Knocking On My Door

99. I Do

100. No, No, No

101. Ting A Ling

102. Chop Chop Boom

103. Lovers Never Say Goodbye

104. Most Of All

105. Devil Or Angel

107. Baby Don't Do It

108. Is It A Dream

109. Moonlight Serenade

111. Maybe

112. I Met Him On A Sunday

113. There's A Moon Out Tonight

114. If It's So Baby

115. Little Darlin'

116. Clementine

118. Have Mercy Baby

120. Jenny Lee

121. Rollin' Stone

122. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

123. I Wanna Know

124. Darling Dear

125. Hearts Of Stone

126. I'll Be Home

127. Tonite, Tonite

129. In The Still Of The Night

130. Been So Long

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Track List: Doo Wop To The Top

1. Dottie

2. There's A Girl

3. Bacon Fat

4. Speedo

5. Do Something For Me

6. Whispering Bells

7. Forget Me Not

8. Church Bells May Ring

9. At My Front Door

10. I Want You To Be My Girl

12. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'

13. This Is The Nite

14. The Way You Dog Me Around

15. Ka-Ding Dong

16. Long Lonely Nights

17. Baby Oh Baby

18. I'm Slippin' In

20. Get A Job

21. Up On The Mountain

22. Beside You

23. Once Upon A Time

24. One Mint Julep

25. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

26. Rock Me All Night Long

27. The Wheel Of Fortune

28. Rockin' In The Jungle

29. Till Then

30. Alley Oop

31. Stranded In The Jungle

32. Bad Boy

33. Good Lovin'

34. I've Been A Fool

35. Witchcraft

36. Where Are You (Now That I Need You)

38. Baby Talk

39. A Casual Look

40. So Strange

41. I Am With You

42. Oop Shoop

43. Little Star

45. Sh-Boom

46. Angels Listened In

47. Rang Tang Ding Dong

48. Baby, Please Don't Go

49. The Book Of Love

50. Nadine

51. Don't You Know I Love You

52. Dedicated To The One I Love

53. Angel Baby

54. I'm So Young

55. We Go Together

56. Just To Be With You

57. Shouldn't I Know

59. See Saw

60. Lovey Dovey

61. Ol' Man River

62. The Glory Of Love

63. Adorable

64. The Teacher

65. Can I Come Over Night

66. Marie

67. Will You Be Mine

69. Work With Me Annie

70. Gee

71. Silhouettes

72. Sixty Minute Man

73. Too Much Love (Much Too Much)

74. In Paradise

75. Sixteen Candles

76. Close Your Eyes

77. Since I Don't Have You

79. You're Mine

81. Gee

83. Everyone Is Laughing

84. Fool Fool Fool

85. You Were Mine

86. Burn That Candle

88. This I Swear

89. Hushabye

91. Teardrops On Your Letter

92. To Be Loved

93. Ling Ting Tong

94. Could This Be Magic

96. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz

97. You're The One

98. Smokey Joe's Cafe

99. Wiggle Wiggle

100. The Door Is Still Open

101. Summertime, Summertime

102. It's Too Soon To Know

103. That's What You're Doing To Me

104. Who's That Knocking On My Door

105. I Do

106. No, No, No

107. Ting-A-Ling

108. Chop Chop Boom

109. Lovers Never Say Goodbye

110. Most Of All

111. Devil Or Angel

113. Baby Don't Do It

114. Is It A Dream

115. Moonlight Serenade

117. Maybe

118. I Met Him On A Sunday

119. There's A Moon Out Tonight

120. If It's So, Baby

121. Little Darlin'

122. Clementine

124. Have Mercy Baby

126. Jenny Lee

127. Rollin' Stone

128. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

129. I Wanna Know

130. Darling Dear

131. Hearts Of Stone

132. I'll Be Home

133. Tonite, Tonite

135. In The Still Of The Night

136. Been So Long

137. Peanuts

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once upon a time
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Love this music loved that girl once upon a time linda
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encartadotor o t e 5 4
Oldies rule for ever
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There was a love so happy and gay. GREAT song
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Once upon a time. In Jacksonville 63
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This song says it all
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Awesome
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This song is one of my favorites. Very special!
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Love it
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a very touching song
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To palm beach the chimes did this song.
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And what a time it was!
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Big Will you must be from Pittsburgh.. . ? ?
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DJJP BACK HERE PURE DOO WOP
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chris you have good taste R U from Pittsburgh?
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create your own radio station
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Who else did this?
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djjp1049
this song is awesone
this is what doo wop is alll about
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blu248
Great song.....
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tatejones
Incredible how the old memories come flowing back. We were young, innocent and ALWAYS in love with someone :)
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I tried to get this song on Launchcast but I coulld't. One of the best all-time greatest doo wop oldies. Thanks Pandora.
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Yes, I remember the basement parties, when the only light on was from the stereo playing those good old songs like this one, "Once Upon A Time".lol
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"Once Upon A Time" is a great song! It's so romantic, with all the doo-wopping and harmonizing. This takes me back in time to back-yard parties with blue or red lgihts. What wonderful times. Gone, but not forgotten!
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This has that original doo wop feel, and yes, Truly, how about the basement dances, or garage parties, things were still innocent ( most of the time, lol) It took an hour just for the guys to get, or at least me, the courage to ask a girl to dance, hate rejection, I think it's a male genetic thing. Anyway, it is a great song, even at the skating rink, when it was ladies choice, I remember this being played, wow, taking it back a few!!
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Love it, love it. This song takes me back to my Jr. High School Days. What fun I had. WOW Kerry, had to reply. Yes I remember basement dances/garag e and rent parties. Ladies Choice LOL..these are good positive memories. Thanks Kerry.

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