The Magnificent Moonglows
They were among the greatest of all r & b ( or doo wop) groups. Originally named The Crazy Sounds, their new name was suggested by Alan Freed from his Moondog radio show in Cleveland and they became known as The Moonglows. They consisted of Prentiss Barnes, Bobby Lester, Alexander "Pete" Graves Warren , Harvey Fuqua, and Billy Johnson (guitar)].
Their first big hit of "Sincerely" (recorded in 1954) was covered by The McGuire Sisters, who had a multi-million selling record. The Moonglows had other hits too, like"See Saw" and"Please Send Me Someone to Love." Another pop hit and one of the great doo wop ballads was: "The Ten Commandments of Love" from 1958.
This 2 CD set includes all those hits plus several beautiful ballads: "Don't Say Goodbye"; "Blue Velvet"; "Love is a River" and "The Beating of My Heart."
This is an essential treasury from one of the greatest 50s doo wop groups!
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The Moonglows: Blue Velvet/ The Ultimate Collection
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1950s Christmas Album
One of the most beautiful popular Christmas albums was recorded by the soothing voice of Harry Belafonte.
It has both familiar and unfamiliar songs and can be enjoyed all year long.
It includes the song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and music by Johnny Marks -- the same songwriter who wrote "Rudoplh, the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
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To Wish You A Merry Christmas
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Red, White and Blue - Christmas Hit Songs
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