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Earth Angel Import


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Audio CD, Import, December 20, 1993
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Many stories in the wunnerful world of rock & roll are apocryphal, but the story of Earth Angel just seems like fiction. Dootsie Williams of DooTone Records, cut the side as an afterthought at a demo session with The Penguins and took it along to John Dolphin's record store in Hollywood for a second opinion. Dolphin ran a radio show from the window of the shop and DJ Huggy Boy put it out on the air immediately, despite Dootsie's protest that it was only a demo. The record took off immediately locally and within a few weeks went national peaking at No.8 in Billboard by the end of 1954. This was despite the competition from the ubiquitous white cover versions.

This CD collection features another 20 greasy love songs and doo wop rockers cut for DooTone through to 1958, when the group went to Mercury Records. There they re-cut their big hit record, but could never repeat the naive honesty of the original. One of the great records of the era that had it in the grooves - that rare thing, a natural hit.


1. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
2. I Ain't Gonna Cry No More
3. No There Ain't No News Today
4. Hey Senorita
5. Kiss a Fool Goodbye
6. Ookey Ook
7. Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild
8. Baby Let's Make Some Love
9. Lover or Fool
10. Do Not Pretend
11. If You're Mine
12. Be My Lovin' Baby
13. Cold Heart
14. Sweet Love
15. Let Me Make Up Your Mind
16. Butterball
17. Money Talks
18. Heart of a Fool
19. Want Me
20. That's How Much I Need You
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 20, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B0000009G1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen De Fronzo on January 20, 2009
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I was disappointed by the poor mono sound quality of this ,obviously, non-remastered CD.The songs are fabulous and fairly represent their vast resume` of great tunes.I only wish this were recorded in a digitally remastered fashion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben J Korgen on October 7, 2012
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The Penguins may not be the most professional or technically perfect group, but the members of it are lovable in spite of falling short of greatness or ability to make big money. They are as good as any group for illustrating all the 1950s-era background doowops, oh-oh-ohs, wo-wo-wos and mimicking of the lead singer's lyrics. At times, their imperfections make them seem as if they are doing parodies of 1950s music. They also can provoke laughter, as when the lead singer uses a room-shaking excessively intense vibrato (tracks 7 and 19) or the group tackles an out of character traditional country music song (track 11). The group's efforts are of historical interest, since its members struggled mightily to get a big hit, reached the top of the music world with "Earth Angel," failed to get royalties for creating it, then failed to get another big hit. Critical students of recorded music may criticize details of what they hear, but the sound quality is good enough to allow listeners to enjoy, admire and chuckle about The Penguins. "Earth Angels" on track 1 is fabulous!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold Slater on October 12, 2013
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I bought the CD for the simple desire to have a copy of "Earth Angel." Beyond that two, maybe three other tracks are something I'd listen to more than once. For my tastes the Penguins are a one hit wonder.
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