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The Bobbettes

The Bobbettes were among the first successful girl groups of the rock era; in a field dominated by male artists, their 1957 hit "Mr. Lee" not only cracked the pop Top Ten, but also hit number one on the R&B charts. Originally dubbed the Harlem Queens, the group teamed sisters Emma and Jannie Pought with Laura Webb, Helen Gathers, and Reather Dixon; first meeting in 1955 while singing in the glee club at Harlem's P.S. 109, soon the girls were appearing at the Apollo Theater's legendary amateur nights, and through manager James Dailey, they landed a contract with Atlantic. Inspired by one of their school teachers, the Bobbettes' debut "Mr. Lee" appeared in mid-1957 and was also their biggest hit; four Atlantic follow-ups failed to chart, and after issuing the ballad "You Are My Sweetheart" in 1959, the group left the label for the Triple-X imprint. There, "I Shot Mr. Lee" -- a song recorded for but rejected by Atlantic -- began to climb the charts, forcing Atlantic to release their own version and effectively killing the single's momentum; although the subsequent "Have Mercy Baby" and "Dance with Me Georgie" both emerged as minor hits, in 1960 the Bobbettes moved to End Records, cutting the standard "Teach Me Tonight." 1962's "I Don't Like It Like That," an answer song to the Chris Kenner hit "I Like It Like That," was the group's last chart entry, although they continued recording for a series of labels -- most notably Diamond and Mayhew -- through 1974, touring oldies circuits in years to follow. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: 50's Radio Hits & Jukebox Oldies

Disc 1

1. Click Clack

2. Rockabilly Party

3. Them There Eyes

4. Oh Lonesome Me

5. I'm Stickin' With You

6. The Joker (That's What They Call Me)

7. Round And Round

8. Thunderbird

9. Secretly

10. First Date, First Kiss, First Love

11. I'm Wanderin'

12. I'm Walkin'

13. A Lover's Question

14. Fabulous

15. Dynamite

16. Jim Dandy

17. Skinny Minnie

18. Shame, Shame, Shame

20. Woo-Hoo

21. Turn Me Loose

22. Hula Love

23. Okefenokee

24. Skiffle Party

25. Shenandoah Waltz

26. A Lover's Prayer

27. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

28. Dig

29. Hey Mae

30. White Lightning

31. Lucky Lips

32. Never Like This

33. Guitar Boogie Shuffle

34. Dance Me Daddy

35. Sittin' In The Balcony

36. This Should Go On Forever

37. Get A Job

39. One Summer Night

40. New Fangled Tango

41. Bim Bam

42. C.C. Rider

44. Pretty Blue Eyes

45. The Stroll

46. I'm Coming Over To Love You Tonight

47. Mr. Lee

48. Kansas City

50. I Am With You

Disc 2

51. I Never Had A Sweetheart

52. Catch A Falling Star

53. Mr. Wonderful

54. Mourning In The Morning

55. 6-5 Jive

56. The Big Beat

57. Why, Why, Why

58. Just Because

59. Wait For Me (Ti Diro)

60. I Love You

62. Hula Hoop Song

63. Crazy Little Daisy

64. Just A Dream

65. Fraulein

66. I Apologise

67. Deep Purple

68. Smokie, Pt. 1

69. C'mon Let's Go

70. The Hawaiian Wedding Song

71. By The Riverside

72. Don't You Just Know It

73. Be My Love

74. Black Slacks

75. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz

76. Little Bitty Pretty One

77. Whatever Lola Wants

78. Say When

80. When

81. The Breeze And I

83. Pretend

84. Heart And Soul

85. Wine, Women, And Gold

86. Blueberry Hill

87. Too Much Boogie

88. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

89. California Zephyr

90. Blue Monday Blues

91. Rock-A My Soul

92. I'll Do Anything You Say

93. Harlem Blues

94. Let's Dance

98. Someone On My Mind

99. Bat Masterson

100. Baby, What's Wrong With You

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Track List: The Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 1

2. Sincerely

4. The Glory Of Love

5. Don't You Know I Love You

6. Middle Of The Night

7. The Door Is Still Open

9. Earth Angel

10. When You Dance

11. Why Don't You Write Me

13. Get A Job

14. Twilight Time

15. Maybe

16. Work With Me Annie

17. Silhouettes

18. For Your Precious Love

19. Lovey Dovey

20. Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight

21. Adorable

22. The Great Pretender

23. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

24. Only You

25. Rockin' Robin

26. At My Front Door

27. Hearts Of Stone

28. Don't You Just Know It

29. Try Me

30. Sexy Ways

32. Devil Or Angel

33. Sh-Boom

34. Honey Love

35. Western Movies

36. Little Bitty Pretty One

37. Young Blood

38. I Will Wait

39. Speedoo

40. Why Do Fools Fall In Love

41. Story Untold

42. Book Of Love

43. Happy Happy Birthday Baby

45. Tears On My Pillow

46. One Summer Night

47. Mr Lee

48. Gee

49. Ling Ting Tong

50. Yakety Yak

x

Track List: Oldies Doo Wop, Vol. 2

1. Rock Around The Clock

2. Be-Bop-A-Lula

3. Buzz-Buzz-Buzz

4. A White Sport Coat & A Pink Carnation

5. Save The Last Dance For Me

6. Its Only Make Believe

7. Jim Dandy

8. Over The Mountain, Across The Sea

9. Personality

10. There's A Moon Out Tonight

11. Tequila

12. One Summer Night

13. Party Doll

14. Mr Lee

15. Donna

16. I'm In Love Again

17. The Green Door

18. Summertime Blues

19. Tallahassee Lassie

20. A Thousand Stars

21. The Purple People Eater

22. Eddie My Love

x

Track List: Atlantic Top 60: Doo Wop, Rock And Bobby Socks

1. Shake, Rattle And Roll

2. Flip Flop And Fly

3. Corrine Corrina

4. Boogie Woogie Country Girl

5. Splish Splash

6. Queen Of The Hop

7. Plain Jane

8. Dream Lover

9. C.C. Rider

10. Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes

11. My Life

12. Treasure Of Love

13. A Lover's Question

14. You Went Back On Your Word Little Girl

15. Come What May

16. Money Honey

17. Tweedle Dee

18. Still

19. Jim Dandy

20. Voodoo Voodoo

22. Wild Wild Young Men

23. Lucky Lips

24. This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'

25. Mr. Lee

26. The Door Is Still Open

27. Sh-Boom

28. Devil Or Angel

29. So Young

30. Fool Fool Fool

31. Little Mama

32. Lovey Dovey

33. Love Bug

35. Ting-A-Ling

36. Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash

37. I Played The Fool

38. Middle Of The Night

39. Along Came Jones

40. Charlie Brown

41. I'm A Hog For You

42. Poison Ivy

43. Run Red Run

44. Searchin'

45. That Is Rock And Roll

46. Yakety Yak

47. Young Blood

48. Ruby Baby

49. Fools Fall In Love

50. Drip Drop

51. Under The Boardwalk

52. On Broadway

53. Saturday Night At The Movies

54. Come On Over To My Place

55. Smokey Joe's Cafe

56. Betty And Dupree

57. Wheel Of Fortune

58. What Am I Living For

59. Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout That River)

60. Since I Met You Baby

x

Track List: The 50s

1. Jim Dandy

2. Lipstick On Your Collar

3. Maybe

4. Sweet Nothin's

5. Mr. Lee

6. Eddie My Love

7. Lollipop

8. Lucky Lips

9. Born Too Late

10. Lullaby Of The Bells

11. The Big Hurt

12. What A Diff'rence A Day Makes

13. Please Mr. Disc Jockey

14. The Wayward Wind

15. Alone (Why Must I Be Alone)

16. Pink Shoe Laces

17. Cry Baby

18. Ivory Tower

20. Teach Me Tonight

22. Tonight You Belong To Me

23. Don't You Know

24. Lonely Nights

25. Cry Me A River

x

Track List: Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974

Disc 1

2. That Old Black Magic

3. Annie Laurie

4. Midnight Special

7. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

8. So Long

9. I'll Get Along Somehow

10. Hey Little Girl

11. Mardi Gras In New Orleans

13. Danny Boy

15. Teardrops From My Eyes

16. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

17. Don't You Know I Love You

18. Shouldn't I Know

19. The Chill Is On

20. Chains Of Love

21. Fool Fool Fool

22. One Mint Julep

23. Wheel Of Fortune

24. Sweet Sixteen

25. 5-10-15 Hours

26. Gator's Groove

Disc 2

1. Ting-A-Ling

2. Daddy Daddy

3. The Midnight Hour

4. A Beggar For Your Kisses

5. Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean

6. Good Lovin'

7. Wild Wild Young Men

8. Mess Around

9. Honey Hush

10. Soul On Fire

11. Money Honey

12. Lovey Dovey

13. Such A Night

14. Tipitina

16. Honey Love

17. Whatcha Gonna Do

18. Shake, Rattle And Roll

19. Sh-Boom

20. Oh What A Dream

22. After The Lights Go Down Low

23. Tomorrow Night

24. Tweedle Dee

25. I've Got A Woman

26. Greenbacks

Disc 3

1. The Door Is Still Open

2. Flip Flop And Fly

3. A Fool For You

4. This Little Girl Of Mine

5. Play It Fair

6. Adorable

7. Smokey Joe's Cafe

8. Ruby Baby

9. In Paradise

10. The Chicken And The Hawk (Up, Up And Away)

11. Devil Or Angel

12. Drown In My Own Tears

13. Hallelujah I Love Her So

14. Jim Dandy

15. Down In Mexico

16. Corrine Corrina

17. Treasure Of Love

18. Love Love Love

19. It's Too Late

20. Lonely Avenue

21. Since I Met You Baby

22. Lucky Lips

23. Without Love (There Is Nothing)

24. Fools Fall In Love

25. Midnight Special Train

26. Empty Arms

27. C.C. Rider

28. Searchin'

Disc 4

1. Young Blood

2. Mr. Lee

3. Long Lonely Nights

4. Betty And Dupree

5. What Am I Living For

6. Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes

7. Yakety Yak

8. A Lover's Question

9. I Cried A Tear

10. Night Time Is The Right Time

11. Charlie Brown

12. What'd I Say, Pt. I & II

13. There Goes My Baby

14. Along Came Jones

15. Let The Good Times Roll

16. Poison Ivy

17. Dance With Me

18. Just For A Thrill

19. This Magic Moment

20. Save The Last Dance For Me

21. Shoppin' For Clothes

22. Spanish Harlem

23. Young Boy Blues

24. Stand By Me

25. Gee Whiz, Look At His Eyes

26. Saved

27. Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)

Disc 5

1. Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)

2. Amor

3. Last Night

4. I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)

5. You Don't Miss Your Water

6. I Found A Love

7. Cry To Me

8. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)

9. Green Onions

10. Up On The Roof

11. See See Rider

12. I (Who Have Nothing)

13. If You Need Me

14. These Arms Of Mine

15. Hello Stranger

16. On Broadway

17. Just One Look

18. Mashed Potatoes

19. Land Of A 1000 Dances

20. Walking The Dog

21. Release Me

22. Mercy Mercy

23. Under The Boardwalk

24. And I Love Him

26. Mr. Pitiful

27. Baby, I'm Yours

Disc 6

1. Teasin' You

2. Got To Get You Off My Mind

3. I Want To Do Everything For You

4. I've Been Loving You Too Long

5. A Sweet Woman Like You

6. In The Midnight Hour

7. Seesaw

8. Respect

9. You Don't Know Like I Know

10. When A Man Loves A Woman

11. 634-5789

12. Hold On, I'm Comin'

13. Cool Jerk

14. Neighbor, Neighbor

15. Land Of 1000 Dances

16. Knock On Wood

17. Try A Little Tenderness

18. Mustang Sally

19. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

20. Sweet Soul Music

21. I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You

22. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

23. Show Me

24. Tramp

25. Funky Broadway

26. Hip Hug-Her

27. Soul Man

Disc 7

1. Respect

2. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

3. Soul Finger

4. Baby I Love You

6. Chain Of Fools

7. I'm In Love

8. Memphis Soul Stew

9. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone

10. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

11. Tighten Up - Pt. 1

12. Slip Away

13. Think

14. Too Weak To Fight

15. Can I Change My Mind

16. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

17. Take A Letter, Maria

18. Rainy Night In Georgia

19. Turn Back The Hands Of Time

20. The Ghetto

22. Call Me

Disc 8

1. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)

2. Precious, Precious

3. Groove Me

4. Patches

5. Don't Knock My Love - Pt. 1

6. Funky Nassau

7. Thin Line Between Love And Hate

8. Rock Steady

9. Day Dreaming

10. You've Got A Friend

11. Clean Up Woman

12. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

13. Killing Me Softly With His Song

15. I'll Be Around

16. Feel Like Makin' Love

17. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)

18. Sideshow

19. Mighty Love

20. Love Won't Let Me Wait

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