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Del-Fi Doo-Wop, Vol. 2: One Teardrop Too Late

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More L.A. doo wop from the late 1950s and early '60s that was released by Del-Fi. It's not as strong as Volume One, but is again a decent mixture of styles that arch from Five Satins-type quaintness to efforts that sound like very early Motown imitations. The Gallahads' "Lonely Guy" was a big local hit, though it's actually outpaced by their mournful "I'm Without a Girlfriend." Little Johnny McCall sounds all of eight-years-old on the novelty "My Love I Can't Hide," an effort which makes Frankie Lymon sound as mature as Frank Sinatra. The best curiosity is actually a nice early single, "Echo," by Brenda Holloway, who would find minor stardom on Motown a few years later (Holloway also sings on the Watesians' "I'm Gonna Find Myself a Guy"); Doretha Moore's "Mr. Fabulous" is another good female-sung cut that actually edges toward an early girl group sound. As far as the slower numbers, it's a fair bet that they found their way into Frank Zappa's legendary collection of doo wop rarities, as well as firing his imagination for his numerous affectionate parodies of the style.

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