As Doo-Wop music remains popular, Val Shively, owner of R&B Records in Upper Darby, recalls the roots of the music genre, writes Kyrie Greenberg for WHYY.
While Doo-Wop became extremely popular in the Philadelphia suburbs more than a half-century ago, its roots trace back to the black communities of several East Coast cities.
“Back then, there were black and white radio stations,” said Shively.
He said that it was Philadelphia D.J. Jerry Blavat who introduced him and other white teenagers to early Doo-Wop music. Back then, it was being performed by all-black groups, such as The Crows and The Orioles.
Ever since, Shively has collected Doo-Wop records.
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