- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Five Keys, a group which hailed from Virginia, began as a Gospel group in the late '40s. Switching to the Doo Wop genre, their sound and direction was inspired by The Orioles. They had multiple R&B hits in the '50s on the charts including "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind", which is included in this release.
- 1.Ling Ting Tong
- 2.Close Your Eyes
- 4.I Wish I'd Never Learned To Read
- 5.She's The Most
- 6.I Dreamt I Dwelt In Heaven
- 7.My Pigeon's Gone
- 8.Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
- 9.Wisdom Of A Fool
- 10.Let There Be You
- 11.From The Bottom Of My Heart
- 13.Who Do You Know In Heaven
- 14.C'est La Vie
- 15.To Each His Own
- 17.It's A Cryin' Shame
- 18.Emily Please
- 19.Handy Andy
- 20.One Great Love
The Five Keys: Maryland Pierce, Rudy West, Bernie West, Ripley Ingram, Ramon Loper, Ulysses Hicks, Dick Threatt.
Producers: Dave Cavanaugh, Bill Miller.
Compilation producer: Steve Kolanjian.
Recorded at Capitol Studios, New York, New York between 1954 & 1958. Includes liner notes by Steve Kolanjian.
The Newport News, VA, crooners deliver 20 of their classiest, including their big novelty hit "Ling Ting Tong" and the original, enchanting version of Chuck Willis' "Close Your Eyes." Three excellent lead singers -- Rudy West, Maryland Pierce, and Dickie Smith -- kept their sound fresh. Among the selections are many R&B interpretations of standards including "She's the Most," "Dream," and "My Pidgeon's Gone." ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Golden Classics, The Five Keys
Music Lover: Matt Bowen
-- February, 15, 2006
This group is the link between the Ink Spots and the Platters. Sophisticated voices, great R & B sounds along with some more mellow almost gospels sounds. While I was familiar with 5 or so of the numbers on the CD, the others were real discoveries and confirmed for me the roots of what I knew as Doo Wop.
- Sales Rank: 7,960
- UPC: 090431547229
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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