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RUMBA DOOWOP 1933-1954

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Vocal groups pick up on the Latin groove!

Africa and Latin America have moulded American popular music since the beginning of the twentieth century. African influences initially led to the development of jazz, gospel and blues, whose rhythms were further affected by successive waves of dance music from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

Many vocal groups and gospel quartets in the pre WWII era borrowed rhythmic riffs derived from ragtime such as the charleston; others used standard tresillo or son clave beats. The son clave is the basic building block of all Latin music: a two-bar pattern consisting of three beats (a tresillo) preceded or followed by two heavy beats. Most musicians preferred a less complex rhythm, however. The tresillo was often used on its own when a Latin feel was required, but then it was given a snappier, sexier name: the rumba.

New Latin influences came into popular music in the forties from New Orleans with that city's distinctive second-line drumming, and from Cuba with the mambo and cha-cha-cha through the medium of bebop jazz.
Atlantic Records dominated the early doo-wop scene and their house-arranger Jesse Stone paved the way for a wider adoption of Latin rhythms through his ground-breaking productions for The Clovers and The Drifters.



Disc One
1. I Got Rhythm (Gershwin) The Five Spirits Of Rhythm
2. Tiger Rag (O D Jazz Band) The Mills Brothers
3. Jesus Is A Rock In A Weary Land (Trad) The Charioteers
4. La Cucaracha (Trad) The Delta Rhythm Boys
5. Packing Up - Getting Ready To Go (Trad) The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
6. St Louis Blues (Handy) The Jubalaires
7. Brother Bill (Trad) The Five Blind Boys of Montana
8. Choo Choo (Unknown) The Four Vagabonds
9. Shadrack (Trad) The Golden Gate Quartet
10. Casey Jones (Trad) The Jubalaires
11. Dry Bones (Trad) The Missionary Quintet
12. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well (Trad) The Pilgrim Travelers
13. Swing Down Chariot (Trad) The Jubalaires
14. Ol' Man River (Kern/Hammerstein) The Ravens
15. Wanda (Unknown) The Heartbreakers
16. Roll Roll Pretty Baby (Denby/Soutard) The Swallows
17. Besame Mucho (Velazquez) The Ray-O-Vacs
18. Don't You Know I Love You? (Ertegun) The Clovers
19. I'm So High (Demetrios/Toombs) The Five Keys
20. My Baby's Gone (Taub/King) The Ray-O-Vacs
21. Be Bop Wino (Unknown) The Lamplighters
22. Let Me Come Back (Glover) The Checkers
23. I Didn't Want To Do It (Gladstone/Smith) The Spiders
24. Softly And Tenderly (Thompson) The Prisonaires
25. Good Lovin' (Wexler/Ertegun) The Clovers
26. Calypso Song (Arlen/Mercer) The Ravens
27. Geechie Goomie (Godwin/Conran) The Mello Tones
28. Whop (Wilburn) The Squires
29. Baby Doll (Unknown) The Four Dukes
30. Bicycle Tillie (Glover) The Swallows
31. Chee Koo Baby (Lloyd Price) The Dukes

Disc Two
1. It's Too Late Now (Bartholomew/Matthew) The Hawks
2. Be Bop Baby (Unknown) The Peacheroos
3. Real Gone Mama (Fuqua) The Moonglows
4. I've Got My Eyes On You (Winley) The Clovers
5. Such A Night (Chase/John) The Drifters
6. Mambo Shevitz (Malino) The Crows
7. All Night Mambo (Unknown) The Cookies
8. Shake It Up Mambo (Jim Williams) The Platters
9. Natural Natural Ditty (Unknown) The Jewels
10. Irene (Unknown) The Holidays
11. Sweet Lulu (Unknown) The Love Notes
12. Boppin' With The Mambo (Unknown) The Sultans
13. White Cliffs Of Dover (Burton) The Pelicans
14. Drunk, Drunk, Drunk (Ledbetter/Hannah) The Kidds
15. Down In Mexico (Unknown) The Pelicans
16. I Want You To Be My Baby (Unknown) The Royals
17. Five Minutes Longer (Toombs) The Lamplighters
18. Mambo Sh-Mambo (Ramon Monchito) The Charms
19. Bye Bye (Josea) The Dreamers
20. Ain't Gonna Do It (Bartholomew/King) The Pelicans
21. Trying To Get To You (Singleton/McCoy) The Eagles
22. Give It Up (Bartholomew/Gaines) The Hawks
23. All I Do Is Rock (Unknown) The Robins
24. Sweet Sue (Unknown) The Starlighters
25. Watts (Ford/Porter) The Chanters
26. Ling Ting Tong (Mabel Godwin) The Charms
27. I Wanna Love (Unknown) The Crowns
28. You Made Me Cry (Hodge) The Platters
29. White Christmas (Berlin) The Drifters
30. Hey Senorita (Williams/Green) The Penguins
31. Tempting (Fuqua) The Moonglows
32. Ko Ko Mo (Carter) The Flamingos

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