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The Edsels

A brief encounter with fame came for the Edsels when they recorded the doo wop masterpiece "Rama Lama Ding Dong." Originally released in 1959, the single became a hit some three years after its initial release, thanks to the efforts of diligent record collectors and disc jockeys.

Taking their name from Ford's legendary failed automobile, the Edsels formed in the tiny mill town of Campbell, OH, in the late '50s. The group consisted of lead vocalist George Jones, Jr., James Reynolds, Marshall Sewell, Harry Greene, and Larry Greene. The group auditioned for a local Ohio music publisher in 1958. Through the publisher, the group landed a record deal with the small Dub Records. The Edsels' first single was a song Jones had written, "Rama Lama Ding Dong." The first pressings on Dub Records were mislabeled "Lama Rama Ding Dong."

"Rama Lama Ding Dong" became a local hit, but made no impact nationally. In 1961, disc jockeys began playing the song again because it sounded similar to the Marcels' current hit, "Blue Moon." Within a few months, the single was re-released on Twin Records -- this time with the correct song title -- and it quickly scaled the pop charts, peaking at number 21. Ironically, the group had broken up by the time "Rama Lama Ding Dong" became a hit in 1961. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Cub Koda, Rovi
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You should see them dance to this tune!
jim.orangebu c k e t
I've always wondered what Rama Lama looked like.
Great Original but didn't Larry Chance and the Earls cover it ?
just unbelievable ! The F----in BEST! doo wop ever OMG!
bzybnd
So this is who put the Rama in Rama Lama Ding Dong.
The Best doo-wap song of ALL TIME!!!
the publisher of this group was a man named James (Jimbo) Maderitz. he is my grandfather. he was one of the greatest men to ever live. may he rest in peace as of may 13 2013. love you forever and always.
I was born in the 50's so this kind of music are my favorites and the 60's doo - wop and oldies forever.
how about Kenny Vance??
Nice doo-wop cool oldies
There is a version of the Edsels that are occassionall y appearing at some doo-wop revival and oldie shows.I`m not sure how many of the original members are still around.I haven`t been able to catch them yet but I will definitely be there the next time they are in my area.Great Doo-wop!
RAMA LAMA DING DONG FOREVER!!!!!
the best time of our lives
peoples6
Do-Wop can't get much better than this!
Luv'n it!!!
One of the best Doo Wop's ever! the Edsels had it going on!
Pure doo-wop!
One of my favorite oldies!
t_heath
Fun song to listen to even after all these years.
boogie down
definitive song, spot-on hamonies, recorded clean. Always knocks me out.
one hit wonder, but what a hit it was. still sounding strong.

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