Various Artists

Great Labels of Doo Wop: Onyx

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Onyx Records was founded in 1956 by record salesman Jerry Winston in Brooklyn, but the label rather quickly moved its offices to Manhattan, where for the next two years Winston drew largely on local talent to release an impressive series of vocal group sides, including the odd and lovable "Bohemian Daddy" by the Marquis, the racing "Dearest One" by the Montereys, and the naïvely sweet "Can I Walk You Home" by the Velours, all of which are included on this short sampler of Onyx singles, as well as sides by the Pearls and the Chordels. It was to be a short run for the label, though, with Winston folding it in 1958 and MGM Records picking up the masters. Although definitely on the short side, this set makes a nice introduction to this important doo wop label.

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