Doo Wop: The Dootone Story This CD opens with the record that put Dootsie Williams" Dootone Records on the map -
by The Penguins. Dootsie had a fine geneology in black music: he"d played in Roy Milton"s Solid Senders, talent-scouted for MGM (recording the likes of Ivory Joe Hunter and Joe Turner), recorded rude records by Billy Mitchell and Hattie Noel, then jazzmen like Carl Perkins and Dexter Gordon for his own labels (first Blue Records, then from 1951 Dootone) and finally cut a white group called The Whipporwills with
Kiss A Fool Goodbye . It was The Penguins disc, though,and subsequent recordings by fine black music vocal groups that defined one of the key components of the Dootone style. The Medallions, led by 16 year old Vernon Green (later to record with The Phantoms and still active around L.A. today), hit with a series of discs including
Buick 59 . Don Julian and The Meadowlarks, the smoothest of Dootone"s vocal groups (and one of the first racially integrated), hit with songs like
Heaven And Paradise , though here they show, on their uptempo B-sides
I Got Tore Up
Boogie Woogie Teenage , that they could rock out too. The Calvanes, The Crescendoes, The Pipes, The Romancers, The Cufflinx, Charles McCullough & The Silks are all here, their names as magical as the music they made. Along with the jump blues of Dootsie"s former boss Roy Milton and the tough honkin" sax of Chuck Higgins (hear him at length on another Ace UK reissue,
Pachuko Hop , CDCHD 394), they offer a soul map to the West Coast black music scene of the mid- to late-1950s. All selections recorded between 1954-1960. Compiled by John Broven. Includes liner notes by Jim Dawson.