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The Very Best of the Swallows


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  • Audio CD (April 12, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B0007QS3GK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. WILL YOU BE MINE
2. DEAREST
3. WISHING FOR YOU
4. SINCE YOU’VE BEEN AWAY
5. ETERNALLY
6. YOU LEFT ME
7. IT AIN’T THE MEAT
8. ROLL, ROLL PRETTY BABY
9. TELL ME WHY
10. BESIDE YOU
11. I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU
12. YOU WALKED IN
13. OUR LOVE IS DYING
14. WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
15. NOBODY’S LOVIN’ ME
16. PLEASE, BABY, PLEASE
17. LAUGH (THOUGH YOU WANT TO CRY)
18. TRUST ME
19. PLEADING BLUES
20. I’LL BE WAITING
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25 King tracks from this Baltimore-based vocal quintet, who named themselves as an homage to their hometown ballclub the Orioles. Includes Will You Be Mine (the original single costs about $1500!); Beside You ; their signature song Dearest; I Only Have Eyes for You (which predated the Flamingos' version by six years!); Wishing for You; Eternally; You Left Me , and more. Great, early doo wop!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 14, 2011
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Collectables does a nice job with this retrospective on The Swallows, one of the premier R&B/Doo-Wop vocal groups of the early 1950s. The competition for air time and jukebox play, not to mention record sales, was fierce at the time with many such groups springing up all over the map, the most notable of which had to be The Dominoes, Orioles, Clovers, Four Buddies, Four Tunes, Five Keys, Robins and Drifters.

This particular gathering started out as 13-year-olds harmonizing on the street corners of Baltimore, eventually coalescing into a group they called The Oakaleers - lead tenor Lawrence Coxson, first and second tenor Earl Hurley (who also played the bongos), bass Norris "Bunky" Mack (also proficient at the piano as well as guitar and drums), and tenor/baritone Irving Turner. There was also an apparent fifth member known only as Gavin. Sometime in 1948 Gavin and Coxson were replaced by first tenor Eddie Rich and baritone Frederick Johnson (who also played the guitar and would eventually come to be called Money Guitar).

By the time they negotiated a contract with Syd Nathan's King Records, Turner had taken on the duties of valet and was replaced by second tenor/baritone Herman "Junior" Denby (although Turner, like Coxson, would fill in here and there when needed on tour). Their initial release, Will You Be Mine, came out in the summer of 1951 on King 45-4458 and by mid-August had risen to # 8 R&B. With "Dearest" as the flip it is now pretty much regarded as one of the most notable initial Doo-Wop tracks.
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GREAT collection but the Editorial Review above is incorrect:
"Baltimore-based vocal quintet, who named themselves as an homage to their hometown ballclub the Orioles." In 1951, when the Swallows had their 1st hit, "Will You Be Mine", The Baltimore Orioles were still the St. Louis Browns. The team didn't become The Baltimore Orioles until the 1954 season.
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this group has vanished mostly without a trace, but this will allow you to hear them once more.. if you are not familiar with this old R&R, rock and rolls precursor, this is worth a try. but for young folks, this may be inaccessible.
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