Cyprus Avenue rings in the holidays, as Bill Shapiro brings you his annual “The Sounds of Christmas” show.
On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, we take a journey through decades of popular songs by well-known artists and with something in common: they were either written or co-written by Doc Pomus.
This week on Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro turns back the clock for a taste of Doo Wop, featuring The Drifters, Dion, the Beach Boys & more.
Legend has it that Doo Wop music got its famous nonsense-name from a 1954 record for a song called "Never," by a Los Angeles-based group called Carlyle Dundee & The Dundees.
In 1955, The Turbans' Top 40 song, "When You Dance," featured the group chanting "doo-wop" several times.