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Sh Boom by The Chords

The Chords Sh-Boom

Doo Wop

This is early doo wop and early rock and roll. “Life could be a dream,” they say in “Sh-Boom.” And the song was a happy dream for The Chords, a group from the Bronx discovered singing in a subway. The members consisted of Carl and Claude Feaster, Jimmy Keyes, Floyd McRae, and William “Ricky” Edwards. The song, which is credited to all of the group’s members, has a little pop, a little swing, a little R&B, some nonsense syllables, and a message of optimism. These are the ingredients of doo wop. In the summer of 1954, “Sh-Boom” went to #2 on the R&B Chart and #5 on the U.S. Pop Chart. Their version of the song is on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

There has been the minor controversy over whether “Sh-Boom” by The Chords or “Gee” by The Crows is the first rock and roll record. Chronologically, “Gee” was released first. However, they both peaked in popularity during the summer of 1954. Does it really matter, though? All of this talk of genres is a later artifact anyway. The musicians were just making music, and the people were dancing. The category listed on the record is Vocal Quartet.

If you would like to read more about “Gee, ” please click here.

Here are the lyrics to “Sh-Boom” by The Chords:

“Life could be a dream
Life could be a dream, sh-boom

Life could be a dream, sh-boom
If I could take you up in paradise up above, sh-boom
If you would tell me I’m the only one that you love
Life could be a dream sweetheart

Hello hello again, sh-boom and hopin’ we’ll meet again, boom ba boom

Oh, life could be a dream, sh-boom
If only all my precious plans would come true, sh-boom
If you would let me spend my whole life lovin’ you
Life could be a dream sweetheart, sh-boom

Every time I look at you
Something is on my mind
If you do what I want you to
Baby, we’d be so fine

Oh, life could be a dream, sh-boom
If I could take you up in paradise up above, sh-boom
If you’d tell me, darlin’, I’m the only one that you love
Life could be a dream sweetheart

Hello hello again, sh-boom and hopin’ we’ll meet again, boom ba boom

Sh-boom
Sh-boom Life could be a dream
Life could be a dream sweetheart

Sh-boom
Sh-boom
Sh-boom
Sh-boom

Sh-boom
Sh-boom
Sh-boom

Oh, life could be a dream, sh-boom
If I could take you up in paradise up above, sh-boom
If you’d tell me, darlin’, I’m the only one that you love
Life could be a dream sweetheart

Hello hello again, sh-boom and hopin’ we’ll meet again, boom ba boom

Sh-boom
Sh-boom

Life could be a dream
Life could be a dream, sh-boom”

 

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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