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The Best Of The Rooftop Singers Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 27, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B00012FXPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George O'Leary TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 7, 2007
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When The New Christy Minstrels appeared on the scene in the early 1960s, other similar-sounding groups focusing on folk music soon followed, including The Serendipity Singers, The Backporch Majority, The Greenwood Country Singers, and this trio from New York City which, for Vanguard Records, had three Billboard Pop Hot 100 hits in 1963.

Not many of these groups managed to make their presence felt on both the R&B and Country charts as well, but The Rooftop Singers - Erik Darling, Willard Svanoe and Lynne Taylor - certainly did with Walk Right In, their version of a 1929 recording by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers. It not only reached # 1 on both the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary (AC) charts early in 1963 (where it remained for 5 weeks AC/two weeks Hot 100), but also crossed over to the R&B [# 4] and Country [# 23] charts to become one of THE most successful records of the entire decade. You would be hard- pressed to find ANY song that made all four charts. And, on the flipside, was one of the best renditions you will ever hear of the old Sons Of The Pioneers hit, Cool Water (track 8).

Prior to forming the group, Darling had been a member of The Tarriers in 1956, and then had joined The Weavers from 1958 to 1962, while Taylor had sung in the big band jazz style with both the Benny Goodman and Buddie Rich orchestras.

Impeccable credentials, but even so, any follow-up to such a debut was bound to suffer in comparison. And Tom Cat did, although it still reached a respectable # 20 Hot 100 in May and became their second R&B crossocer when it hit the # 30 slot b/w Shoes. Their brief flurry of fame then ended in July when a revival of another oldie, 1936's Mama Don't Allow It, made it to # 20 AC/# 55 Hot 100 as Mama Don't Allow b/w It Don't Mean A Thing.
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Their big hit, "Walk Right In", was why I bought a 12 string guitar in 1963 (still have it and am still not very good playing it). They were perhaps one of the best groups from that era for 12 string guitar based folk/rock, and this album is well done and took me back to those years for a litle while.
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By anunnaki on September 15, 2014
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Arrived in perfect condition. love the song!
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