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Various - The Ember Records Doowop Collection

Various - The Ember Records Doowop Collection

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The Ember label was founded in 1952 by Mercer Ellington, song of Duke Ellington, and Jack Angel, but was acquired in 1953 by Al Silver, who turned it into a creative hub for R&B recording and most particularly becoming renowned for its output of doowop recordings by a string of different groups during the late ‘50s and into the 1960s. Most notable among those groups were The Five Satins and The Sihouettes, who both had multiple hits on the label during this era.

Best known for their 1956 million-selling song, In The Still Of The Night, The Five Satins formed in New Haven, Connecticut, and recorded the hit as a B-side to The Jones Girl. The single was initially issued on the tiny local Standord label and before it was released the following year on Ember when it ended up charting at No.3 on the R&B chart and number 25 on the pop chart. In early 1960 it garnered renewed interest and became a Top 10 hit in all three listed markets.

The Silhouettes were formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1956, at first using the name The Thunderbirds.  Their classic hit Get A Job – originally the B-side to I Am Lonely – was issued by their manager Kae Williams on his own Junior Records label, before being sold to the nationally distributed Ember label in late 1957. It reached No.1 on both the R&B and pop charts in US and has sold more than one million copies.

This 60-track 2CD set brings together most of the label’s releases by artists whose work falls broadly into the category of doowop, although this is obviously not a definition which can be slavishly or precisely applied. It’s a feast of classic doowop from a label which was at the heart of the genre.


Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Dear Diary The Smooth Tones


Crazy Baby The Smooth Tones
3 I Remember (In The Still Of The Night) The Five Satins
4 The Jones Girl The Five Satins
5 I'm Satisfied With Rock 'N' Roll The Concords
6 I'll Always Say Please The Concords
7 Weeping Willow The Five Satins
8 Wonderful Girl The Five Satins
9 Soft Lights David Clowney
10 Pretty Brown Eyes Kenny Esquire and The Starlites
11 They Call Me A Dreamer Kenny Esquire and The Starlites
12 Fountain Of Love The Starlarks
13 Send Me A Picture Baby The Starlarks
14 Our Love Is Forever The Five Satins
15 Oh Happy Day The Five Satins
16 Can't Stand To Lose You The Colonairs
17 Sandy The Colonairs
18 To The Aisle The Five Satins
19 Wish I Had My Baby The Five Satins
20 Hold Me Close The Marktones
21 Talk It Over The Marktones
22 Our Anniversary The Five Satins
23 Pretty Baby The Five Satins
24 A Million To One The Five Satins
25 Love With No Love In Return The Five Satins
26 Get A Job The Silhouettes
27 I Am Lonely The Silhouettes
28 Headin' For The Poorhouse The Silhouettes
29 Miss Thing The Silhouettes
30 Bing Bong The Silhouettes
Disc 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Voodoo Eyes The Silhouettes
2 A Night To Remember Fred Parris and the Satins
3 Senorita Lolita Fred Parris and the Satins
4 I Had A Love The Boptones
5 (Be My) Pussy Cat The Boptones
6 I Do I Do I Do The Mifflin Triplets
7 I'll Write A Book The Wonders
8 Hey Senorita The Wonders
9 Shadows The Five Satins
10 Toni My Love The Five Satins
11 I'll Be Seeing You The Five Satins
12 A Night Like This The Five Satins
13 Candlelight The Five Satins
14 The Time The Five Satins
15 Smoke From Your Cigarette The Fabulons
16 Give Me Back My Ring The Fabulons
17 Wishing Ring The Five Satins
18 Tell Me Dear The Five Satins
19 How High Is The Mountain The Illusions
20 Can't We Fall In Love The Illusions
21 Three Precious Words The Edsels
22 Let's Go The Edsels
23 You're Daddy's Little Girl Roger and the Travelers
24 Just Gonna Be That Way Roger and the Travelers
25 In A Dream The Paramonts
26 Shedding Teardrops The Paramonts
27 Tonight Tonight The Barries
28 Why Don't You Write Me The Barries
29 Pocahontas The Camelots
30 Searching For My Baby The Camelots
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    February 2023
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