Various Artists

Teenage Heaven: The Fifties Girl Group Phenomenon

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This compilation focuses on the early days of the girl group explosion, confining its track list to a short period in which the Bobbettes reigned supreme and the Ronettes had yet to form. Unlike similar collections, Teenage Heaven draws its track list from a limited number of artists, taking multiple songs from each group as opposed to cherry-picking hits from a wide range of musicians. Several of the inclusions are rare, most notably the Deltairs' "A Schoolgirl in Love" and the Threeteens' ode to an Army-bound Elvis, "Dear 522-10761." The accompanying liner notes strive to draw a link between girl groups and early punk bands -- not an impossible task, although certainly a difficult one given the space limitations -- but there is something raw about this music, which appeared at the dawn of rock & roll and played an integral role in the shaping of that genre.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:16
2
2:41
3
2:00
4 2:51
5
2:33
6
2:27
7 2:02
8
2:09
9 2:13
10 2:24
11
2:29
12
2:21
13
1:59
14
2:45
15 2:20
16 2:37
17 2:50
18 2:17
19
2:05
20 2:25
21
2:26
22 2:40
23 2:01
24 3:07
25 2:23
26 2:06
27
2:26
28 2:05
29 2:25
30 2:09
31 2:28
32 2:10
33 2:33
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