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The Corsairs originated from La Grange, NC, releasing seven records as the Corsairs, and one as Landy McNeil & the Corsairs, the first on Smash, and the rest on Tuff Records. Their lineup consisted of three brothers, Jay, James, and Moses Uzell, and cousin George Wooten. As the Gleems they sang at all the local functions and made their way north to the New Jersey/New York area, and were discovered harmonizing in a Newark, NJ, night spot by Abner Spector. Spector later hit with "Sally Go Round the Roses" by the Jaynettes. The family affair debuted on Smash as the Corsairs with "Time Waits" b/w "It Won't Be A Sin" in 1961, but it went unnoticed. For their second release Spector switch them to Tuff Records where they scored with "Smokey Places," which nearly cracked the pop Top Ten, settling at number 12 in 1961. Chess Records distributed this and their subsequent Tuff recordings. They followed with "I'll Take You Home" b/w "Sittin' on Your Doorstep" in 1962, a fine recording that stalled at number 62. They kept releasing singles until 1964, but "Dancing Shadows," "At the Stroke of Midnight," "Stormy (It's Almost)," and "Save a Little Monkey" did next to nothing. A versatile group, all three brothers sang lead, their recordings bridged the gap between '50s doo wop and '60s R&B. They released their final recording in 1964, "The Change in You," b/w "On the Spanish Side," as Landy McNeil & the Corsairs, but the sound had stagnated and didn't stand a chance against current favs' like "My Girl," "Baby I Need Your Loving," and other mid-'60s sounds. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: It's Pop & Doo Wop, Vol. 6

1. When The Boy In Your Arms

2. Shout, Shout, (Knock Yourself Out)

3. Let's Twist Again

4. That's All You Gotta Do

5. A Rockin' Good Way

6. Many Tears Ago

7. A Rockin' Good Way

8. This Magic Moment

9. Three Steps To Heaven

10. Fool #1

11. (I Don't Know Why) But I Do

12. Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart

13. The Mountain's High

14. Runaround Sue

15. I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door

16. A Swingin' Safari

17. Break It To Me Gently

18. Funny Way Of Laughing

19. Party Lights

20. Smokey Places

21. Gravy

22. Al Di La

23. Little Deuce Coupe

24. You Can't Sit Down

25. I Only Want To Be With You

26. All Alone Am I

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Track List: Doo Wop Love Songs Vol 1

2. I (Who Have Nothing)

3. My Hero

4. The Gleam In Your Eye

5. Smoky Places

6. Let It Please Be You

7. There Goes My Love

8. Adios

9. Close Your Eyes

12. Share

13. Duke Of Earl

14. Try Me

15. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

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Track List: Rock Classics Volume I

1. Sweet Little 16

2. Personality

4. Dedicated To The One I Love

5. The Book Of Love

7. Suzie Q

8. Smokey Places

9. Sincerely

10. Sea Of Love

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Track List: Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

Disc 1

1. Come Back My Love

2. The Glory Of Love

3. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

4. Love Walked In

5. Twilight Time

6. Blue Velvet

7. The Wind

8. Work With Me Annie

9. My Memories Of You

10. Down On My Knees

11. The Letter

12. A Casual Look

13. Please Send Me Someone To Love

14. Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams)

15. Count Every Star

16. Every Night (I Pray)

17. I Met Him On Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)

18. Bad Boy

19. Sixty-Minute Man

Disc 2

1. For Sentimental Reasons

2. The Girl I Love

3. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

5. Come Softly To Me

6. Chapel Of Dreams

7. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

8. Don't You Just Know It

9. Little Bitty Pretty One

10. Down The Aisle Of Love

11. A Million To One

12. Once Upon A Time

13. Moonlight Cocktails

14. Deep Purple

15. At The Hop

16. Little Darlin'

17. Lonely Way

18. Sea Of Love

19. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)

20. I Believe

Disc 3

1. A Wonderful Dream

2. Village Of Love

3. The Angels Listened In

4. It Happened Today

5. My Own True Love

6. Love Came To Me

7. Come On Little Angel

8. I Count The Tears

9. Let Me In

10. Smoky Places

12. This Magic Moment

13. Angel Baby

14. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)

15. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

16. A Thousand Stars

17. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

18. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

20. Forever

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Track List: 25 Beach Music Classics

1. I Love Beach Music

3. Whispers (Gettin' Louder)

4. It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)

5. Cool Jerk

7. Hello Stranger

8. Work With Me Annie

9. Get On Up

10. With This Ring

11. Hey! Baby

12. I'm Gonna Miss You

13. Untie Me

14. Gimme Little Sign

15. Backfield In Motion

16. The Cheater

17. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)

18. Love Makes The World Go Round

19. Come To Me Softly

20. In A Moment

22. Color Him Father

23. Give Me Just A Little More Time

24. Brenda

25. Build Me Up Buttercup

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Track List: The Very Best Of White Doo Wop

1. Since I Don’t Have You

2. I Believe

3. I Wonder Why

5. Tonight I Fell In Love

6. Little Darlin'

7. 16 Candles

8. Hushabye

9. Morse Code Of Love

10. Once In A While

11. Till Then

13. The Bells Are Ringing

14. Little Boy Blue

15. I Only Want You

16. You Belong To Me

18. Cruise To The Moon

19. This I Swear

20. Teardrops Follow Me

21. Dry Your Eyes

22. Maybe You'll Be There

23. Barbara

25. Rockin In The Jungle

26. Rip Van Winkle

28. Born To Be With You

29. Bristol Stomp

30. I'm In The Mood For Love

31. Little Star

32. There's A Moon Out Tonight

33. Pizza Pie

34. Step By Step

35. A Teenager In Love

36. Smokey Places

37. Babalu's Wedding Day

38. So Tenderly

39. The Stroll

40. Come Softly To Me

41. Book Of Love

42. Tonight Tonight

43. Just To Be With You

44. Short Shorts

45. Mister Lonely

46. You

47. Never Let You Go

48. Shining Star

49. Runaround

50. A Thousand Miles Away

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Track List: The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 1

1. Denise

2. Sally Go Round the Roses

3. Mule Skinner Blues

4. Sixteen Candles

5. Pretty Little Angel Eyes

6. I Love How You Love Me

7. The Big Hurt

8. A Thousand Stars

9. Rockin' Robin

10. Earth Angel

11. Bongo Rock

12. Tossin' And Turnin'

13. My True Story

14. Stranded In The Jungle

15. Angel Baby

16. Party Lights

17. When We Get Married

18. Cindy's Birthday

19. Let's Dance

20. Who's That Knocking

21. Love You So

22. Cherry Pie

23. Since I Don't Have You

25. Since I Fell For You

26. Image Of A Girl

27. Smoky Places

29. A Little Bit Of Soap

30. Eddie My Love

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Super great rare recording.
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The Corsairs were terrific.'Sm o k e y Places' is one of Bruce Willis` favorites, featured on his old TV series with Cybil Shepherd Moonlighting . Another great song by the Corsairs was 'Its almost Sunday Morning'
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I have loved the Corsairs since 1961!!! Where y'all @, guys??? WE NEED U BACK!!!!!
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i should start a band that appeciate the old song
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man this music is older tahn me wow what happen to the good music and now day you can barley get good curtainly music
that mean somthing
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The Corsairs do a great version of Stormy
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I'd like to buy "The Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. I. How do I do it?
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one of the best late doo wap groups ever, the production of this song is so good. better than most drifters later efforts.

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