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The Standord Records Story

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The story of doo wop label Standord Records is a fascinating one. Started by New Haven teenager Marty Kugell and his friend Tom Zachariah in 1955 because they had access to a two-track tape recorder, Standord became home to some of the finest vocal group music ever released. Kugell invited songwriter and singer Fred Parris to bring his group, the Five Satins, in to record one evening, and the result is the gorgeous a cappella "All Mine," written by Parris. Someone left the door to the studio open during the session for this gem, and you can hear a barely audible truck rumble by at its close. Another Parris composition, "In the Still of the Night," was the B-side to "The Jones Girl" by the Five Satins, released by Standord in 1955, but ended up being the most lasting of the songs from this era, and, nearly 50 years later, is viewed as the very template of the doo wop style. This fine collection includes all of these Five Satins tracks plus great material from the Nutmegs ("Hello," "Down in Mexico"), the Shades ("Time Stood Still"), and many others, making this a perfect introduction to a wonderful and unsung label.

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