Sometimes when you're in love, you're very happy, because your baby is "so fine." The Fiestas were an R&B group from Newark, New Jersey, who formed in 1958. The original group members included Tommy Bullock, Eddie Morris, Sam Ingalls, and Preston Lane. “So Fine,” written by Johnny Otis (initially uncredited due to some legal issues and eventually awarded), was their debut single. It was recorded on Hy Weiss’s Old Town Records. The story goes that he overheard them singing in the men's room next to his office in Harlem. It's a classic. There's plenty of harmony present, but the group sings together without a lead falsetto or bass. The song peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B Chart in 1959. The B-side was "Last Night I Dreamed," another great cut. The group also produced soul music, with songs such as "You Could be My Girlfriend, "Anna," and "Broken Heart."
Here are the lyrics to "So Fine" by The Fiestas:
"So fine, so fine, so fine, yeah my baby's so dog gone fine
She loves me, come rain, come shine oh oh yeah so fine
She thrills me, she thrills me, she thrills me, yeah
My baby thrills me all the time
She sends those chills up and down my spine
Oh oh yeah, so fine well I know she loves me so
Well I know, because my baby tells me so oh oh so fine
So, fine so fine, yeah, my baby's so dog gone fine
She sends those chills up and down my spine oh oh yeah, so fine"
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Johnny Otis was born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes in Vallejo, California. He was a very important and versatile influence in R&B (known by some as the "Godfather of Rhythm & Blues) and rock and roll, acting as composer, singer, musician, arranger, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, TV show host, artists, author, minister, and impresario. Artists including Big Mama Thornton, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, and Hank Ballard were among his discoveries.
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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, as follows:
- You Bet Your Life with the one, the only Groucho. This episode first aired on May 26, 1960. The secret word was money. And Groucho somehow ends up doing the bunny hop. George Fenneman is the announcer. Running time: 23:25.
- Burke’s Law Season 1 Episode 15 titled “Who Killed Jason Shaw?” It stars Gene Barry, as Amos Burke, the millionaire who is on the Los Angeles police homicide division. It also stars Gary Conway, Regis Toomey, and Leon Lontoc. The series was known for its guest stars. This episode features Tammy Grimes, Richard Haydn, Oscar Homolka, Burgess Meredith, and Keenan Wynn. Running time: 51:02
- Mighty Mouse cartoon “Spare the Rod.” In this Terrytoons cartoon, Mighty Mouse comes to save the day and teach right from wrong when the juveniles in the town are running wild. 06:20.
- A 1957 Cadillac Car commercial for “the car of cars… [that’s] economical to operate and a pride and pleasure to own.” Running time: 00:59.
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.
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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.