This raucous group from West Philadelphia is best known for 1961 smash "The Bristol Stomp" but also scored on the charts with "Hully Gully Baby," "Do The New Continental" and "You Can't Sit Down." Their lead singer was Len Barry, best known for his solo hit "1-2-3." The Best Of The Dovells includes 21 tracks.
The Dovells: Jerry Summers, Len Barry, Mike Dennis, Arnie Satin, Danny Brooks (vocals).
Personnel: Jerry Summers (tenor); Arnie Satin (baritone); Jim Meeley (bass voice); Dave Appell, Joe Sgro, Joe Renzetti (guitar); Dan Dailey (saxophone, percussion); Georgie Young & the Rockin 'Bocs, Buddy Savitt (saxophone); Joe Sher, Bobby Gregg (drums); Vivian Dix (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Jeff Tamarkin.
Recording information: Bell Sound, New York, NY (02/1961-06/1965); Cameo Parkway Studio, Philadelphia, PA (02/1961-06/1965); Reco-Art Sound Recording, Philadelphia, PA (02/1961-06/1965); RPL Studios, Camden, NJ (02/1961-06/1965).
Arrangers: Dave Appell; Jimmy Wisner.
This 21-track compilation charts the career of the Dovells, a Philadelphia-based vocal ensemble that burst onto the US pop charts in 1961 with the instantly catchy "Bristol Stomp." Among the many underrated doo-wop-tinged gems here are the headstrong "No, No, No" and the jubilant "You Can't Sit Down." With its excellent liner notes and fine selections, CAMEO PARKWAY gives this charming R&B-inspired group its due.