Doo Wop Music
Well, here’s one of the golden oldies that’s really an oldie. “Heart and Soul” is a pop and jazz standard that was written by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser; it was published in 1938. The first recording was by Larry Clinton & His Orchestra with Bea Wain. The R&B version of “Heart and Soul” by The Cleftones went to #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on the R&B Chart in 1961, and it became one of their biggest successes. The song was featured in the movies American Graffiti (1973) and Mischief (1985). There have been many, many covers, as there often are with great songs, including ones by Jan and Dean, The Four Aces, Glenn Miller, The Spaniels, and Mel Tormé.
The Cleftones were from Queens, New York, and formed in the mid 1950s. They had some early success with the songs “Little Girl of Mine” and “Can’t We Be Sweethearts.” The group had a number of personnel changes over the years. For “Heart and Soul,” but group members were Herb Cox, Charlie James, Warren Corbin, Gene Pearson and Pat Spann. Panama Francis was on drums, and a 16-year-old Duane Hitchings, who later became a famous jazz and pop musician, was on keyboards.