Robert & Johnny

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": rockabilly oldies soft rock swing pop rock and roll need to rate Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This R&B duo came from the Bronx, New York, USA. Robert Carr and Johnny Mitchell grew up in the same neighbourhood and attended high school together, in a centre of doo-wop culture. Thus, upon their signing to Old Town Records in 1956, their duets captured the sound of the then popular doo-wop groups. ‘I Believe in You’, featured the duo’s trademark approach of sighing and pausing, where one vocalist took the lead and then the two came together on the choruses. This song established their name in New York City, but no further west than the Hudson River. ‘We Belong Together’, did however, establish the duo as rock ‘n’ roll immortals, reaching number 12 R&B and number 32 pop in 1958. Robert and Johnny, alas, were fated to be one-hit-wonders and ended their recording career in 1962. ‘We Belong Together’ fared far better, being revived on the charts in 1966 by Dee Brown and Lola Grant and in 1968 by the Webs.

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