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  • Doo-wop is a genre of music that was developed in African-Americans communities of New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Newark, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles in the 1940s, achieving mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. During the late 1950s many Italian-American groups contributed a significant part in the doo-wop scene.  Built upon vocal harmony, doo-wop was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the time.  The term “doo-wop” was believed to be coined in 1961 by radio disc jockey Gus Gossert.

    Mike Bacon, aka DJ Iron Mike, has compiled the following doo-wop wedding cocktail hour playlist (the 80th in our wedding cocktail hour series!).  Given the shorter song durations of the day (2 minutes or so), 25 songs were required to fill out the hour.  Enjoy the music immediately below Mike’s playlist on the embedded Spotify player.

    Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature drink for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. We’ve selected the gin-based Tom Collins, a popular cocktail of the 1950s.



    1. Come Go With Me – The Del-Vikings
    2. A Teenager in Love – Dion & The Belmonts
    3. Tonight I Fell in Love – The Tokens
    4. Duke of Earl – Gene Chandler
    5. Stay – Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
    6. Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop – Little Anthony & The Imperials
    7. (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet – The Reflections
    8. Why Do Fools Fall in Love? – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
    9. Speedoo – The Cadillacs
    10. I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingoes
    11. You Belong to Me – The Duprees
    12. Life is But a Dream – The Harptones
    13. My Special Angel – Johnny Maestro & The Crests
    14. Venus – Frankie Avalon
    15. Little Darlin – The Diamonds
    16. The Great Pretender – The Platters
    17. Dedicated to the One I Love – The Shirelles
    18. Sh-Boom – The Chords
    19. Remember Then – The Earls
    20. Maybe – The Chantels
    21. In the Still of the Night – The Five Satins
    22. Earth Angel – The Penguins
    23. Moonlight Cocktails – The Rivieras
    24. When We Get Married – The Dreamlovers
    25. There’s a Moon Out Tonight – The Capris
    26. Daddy’s Home – Shep & The Limelights