They All Sang on the Corner
A Second Look at New York City's Rhythm and Blues Vocal Groups (Paperback)
by Philip Groia
They All Sang On the Corner is the landmark-breakthrough book written on African-American Rhythm and Blues (doowop) vocal groups of the 1950's. Many readers believe that They All Sang On the Corner is the only book in the field that makes you feel as if you were actually there. In its eight chapters, there are interviews with singers, musicians and choreographers, discographies and forty rare photographs. It chronicles the development of the early pioneers of Rhythm and Blues vocal groups: Cadillacs, Dominoes, Five Keys, Flamingos, Harptones, Heartbeats, Moonglows, Orioles, Ravens, Solitaires, Teenagers and the Valentines. It contains over 700 references to groups and individuals who made Rhytmn and Blues big-time. The book has been called "the bible" by record collectors; it has been used as required reading in university courses on urban studies.
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Don K. Reed,WCBS-FM, NewYork
"The most engrossing word and picture trip into the world of doowop."
Rolling Stone Magazine
"They All Sang...tells trivia about 1950's vocal groups that came out of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem."
"...definitive work on the street singers of the 1950's. Great fun to read, required reading on the roots of rock."
About the Author
Philip Groia, listed in Contemporary Authors and Who's Who in Education, has served as a consultant to record companies. His writing has been featured by the Smithsonian Institution and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. In 1991, he was the first author inducted into the United in Group Harmony Association's Hall of Fame for Rhythm and Blues vocal groups. He taught Social Studies for 31 years in the Stony Brook area of Long Island, New York. In 1970, he was the first teacher to have a school yearbook dedicated in his honor by the student body of Gelinas JHS. The Harptones sang at his retirement in 1996. Philip Groia has been referred to as "the Dean of Rhythm & Blues Vocal Group Historians."