The Golden Age of Rock ’n’ Roll Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement; Spring 2018 Study Group Leaders: B Ruml and Joe Chafets
Week 2, February 26, 2018
1954-1955: Vocal Groups

Honey Love, The Drifters (lead: Clyde McPhatter), 1954

Sh-Boom, Chords, 1954

Sh-Boom, Crewcuts, 1954 (#1 Pop)

Parody of both by Stan Freeberg

Hearts (Made) of Stone, The Jewels, 1954 (original; did not chart)

covered by The Charms, 1954 (#1 R&B)

covered by The Fontaine Sisters, 1954 (#1 Pop)

Earth Angel, The Penguins (Cleveland Duncan), 1954 (covered by The Crew Cuts)

Gloria, The Cadillacs (Earl Carroll, lead), 1954

great performance by Manhattan Transfer

Only You, The Platters (Tony Williams), 1955

not-lip-synched TV appearance:

Speedo, The Cadillacs (Earl Carroll, lead), 1955

The Great Pretender, The Platters (Tony Williams), 1955

In the Still of the Night, The Five Satins, 1955