The Harptones

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Tags: doo wop oldies rhythm and blues 50s doo-wop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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An R&B vocal group formed in 1953 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. The members were lead Willie Winfield, first tenor Nick Clark, second tenor William Dempsey, baritone Bill ‘Dicey’ Galloway, bass Billy Brown and pianist/arranger Raoul J. Cita. The Harptones were one of the smoothest and most polished R&B vocal groups to emerge during the early rock ‘n’ roll era. Although considered a part of the doo-wop phenomenon, they rarely employed nonsense syllables. Instead, the chorus would answer in words employing a special ‘opened mouth harmony’ devised by Cita. The Harptones were giants on the east coast but virtually unknown elsewhere in the country. Among their best numbers (all ballads) are ‘A Sunday Kind Of Love’ (1954), ‘My Memories Of You’ (1954) and ‘Life Is But A Dream’’ (1955); none of their jump songs were particularly convincing. By 1956, with the death of Brown, the group was...

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