This list is provided by John R., EPL patron and guest blogger.
R&B, Doo-Wop, or just Pop--call it what you will--radio during the mid-to-late 50's was filled with great music. Now labeled "Oldies" as well, the sample presented here is not just for the geriatric set. Two important technical notes: (1) Many of these songs were well performed by others. (2) There was much exploitation by record companies and promoters--most of the original artists never achieved the wealth they should have.
Searchin', The Coasters (1957)
I'll Remember (In the Still of the Night), The Five Satins (1956)
I Only Have Eyes For You, The Flamingos (1959)
Sincerely, The Moonglows (1958)
Personality, Lloyd Price (1959)
The Book of Love, The Monotones (1958)
The Great Pretender, The Platters (1955)
Blue Velvet, The Clovers (1955)
Handy Man, Jimmy Jones (1960)
Get a Job, The Silhouettes (1957)
Save the Last Dance For Me, The Drifters (1958)
Out of Sight, Out of Mind, The Five Keys (1956)
Yakety Yak, The Coasters (1958)