In response to a request for more doo-wop, here, for the first time on this blog, is a fine as wine 1983 Charly compilation of mostly uptempo Vee-Jay sides from The Dells. They were a long-lived group, recording and performing until 2012. As ever when it comes to vocal group history the go-to place is Marv Goldberg's website. His article on The Dells is here:
This collection includes their biggest 1950s R&B hit "Oh What A Night" and 7 tracks which were unreleased back in the 1950s. It's rhythm and blues meets rock 'n' roll and is well worth a listen especially for the great instrumental backing.
Release details of the nine tracks on this LP which were given a single release in the 1950s / early 1960s:
Zing, Zing, Zing: B-Side of Dreams of Contentment, Vee-Jay 166, December 1955
Oh What A Nite / Jo-Jo: Vee-Jay 204, July 1956
I Wanna Go Home: B-Side of Movin' On, Vee-Jay 230, December 1956
Dance, Dance, Dance: B-Side of Why Do You Have To Go, Vee-Jay 236, February 1957
Time Makes You Change: B-Side of Pain In My Heart, Vee-Jay 258, October 1957
Wedding Day: b/w My Best Girl, Vee-Jay 300, November 1958
Baby, Open Up Your Heart: B-Side of Dry Your Eyes, Vee-Jay 324, September 1959
Swinging Teens: b/w Hold On To What You've Got, Vee-Jay 376, March 1961
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