Doo Wop Classics
The song was written by Ben E. King, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell, and the famous duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. (Leiber and Stoller produced the record as well.) In 1959, The Drifters had a hit with "There Goes My Baby." It went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart and the Cash Box Sales Chart.
There were -- and still are -- so many iterations of The Drifters, it's difficult to keep up. Anyway, this song was a new approach for The Drifters. Ben E. King was on lead and there were other new members, including Charlie Thomas, Dock Green, and Elsbeary Hobbs. The song features a prominent string arrangement. On the recording, there were Stoller on piano, King Curtis on sax, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Sticks Evans on drums and timpani.
Here are the lyrics to "There Goes My Baby" by The Drifters:
"There goes my baby, movin' on down the line
Wonder where, wonder where, wonder where she is bound?
I broke her heart and made her cry
Now I'm alone, so all alone
What can I do, what can I do?
(There goes my baby) Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
(There goes my baby) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
(There she goes) Yeah! (There she goes)
I wanna know if she loved me
Did she really love me?
Was she just playing me for a fool?
I wonder why she left me
Why did she leave me so all alone
So all alone
I was gonna tell her that I loved her
And that I need her
Beside my side to be my guide
I wanna know where is my (doo-doot-doo-doo-doo-doo)
Where is my baby (doo-doot-doo-doo-doo-doo) ?
I want my baby
I need my baby
(There goes my baby)
For More Golden Oldies Music
The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.
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The Rec Room has a featured song on the record player, 150+ songs in the juke box, and there are several Classic TV selections, which will be available through May 31:
- Life of Riley Season 5 Episode 37 titled “Vacation Plans” first aired on May 24, 1957. The cast included William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Tom D’Andrea, Lugene Sanders, Wesley Morgan, and Dick Wessel. Running time 22:17.
- The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Season 2, Episode 22. Gracie confuses a desk with a person. It first aired on July 3, 1952. Running time is 29:30.
- Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound in “The Echo.” It was written and voiced by Daws Butler. Running time: 6:00.
- Vintage commercial for Borden’s milk with a space theme. Running time: :59.
The Daily Doo Wop is a time machine to the first era of rock and roll. This starts around 1952 with the Eisenhower administration and goes until those longhaired Brits The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964, and the music began to change. During this time of the 1950s and early 1960s, doo wop music, with its beautiful vocal harmonies, lyrics about love, and a host of nonsense syllables thrown in, was a signature sound. It was an exciting period in popular music as so many strands of music were woven together. There was doo wop, rhythm and blues, barbershop music, pop, country, rock and roll, rockabilly, and plenty in-between. Radio stations were not hung up about musical genres. They played all kinds of music. The mantra was, “If it’s a hit, it plays.” The Daily Doo Wop goes beyond playing doo wop music, because that reflects the era.
The Daily Doo Wop blog has more than 250 posts with information about the great golden oldies music from this time, classic TV shows from what was called “the golden age of television,” pop culture (from TV tray tables to lava lamps), history (remember the race to space?), recipes (gotta love those casseroles and cakes), and more.
The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll. After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 100+ selections there. The Rec Room also has a TV set. There are several selections, which are updated twice a week. You’ll find vintage TV series, game shows, cartoons and shorts, children’s programming, and commercials. They’re not called classic TV shows for nothing!
Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday, and the juke box is full of song requests of 1950s music and sixties music. Requests come mostly from those who see us on Facebook. There’s lots of fun on The Daily Doo Wop Facebook page every day.
There is also a Daily Doo Wop Youtube channel, to which you can subscribe. The Daily Doo Wop music channel has music videos from favorite doo wop groups, rock and roll hits, and more golden oldies music.
Music is one of the best ways to remember the past. It’s not always the lyrics to the song or the antics on a sitcom that are important. It’s that it makes you smile and you remember who you were with. It might be a grandmother who is no longer here or a brother, sister, friend. Maybe you heard a song at a dance or were in a car when you had your first kiss.