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"Oh Rose Marie" by The Fascinators

Doo Wop Music

Among our top doo wop songs are “Oh Rose Marie” and “Chapel Bells” by The Fascinators. The Fascinators came together as did many others by singing on street corners in New York City (for them, that was Brooklyn). Group members were Tony Passalacqua, Angelo LaGrecca, Nick Trivatto, Ed Wheeler, and George Cernacek. In the late 1950s, Capitol Records was a label that, with a few exceptions, was not releasing much doo wop music or rock and roll. (Among the exceptions were The Five Keys and Gene Vincent.) However, the manager for The Fascinators had some connections there — and the group was doing well locally. Capitol particularly wanted Passalacqua (who later went on to a solo career), but at the time it was all of them or nothing. The group came out with “Chapel Bells” and “Who Do You Think You Are.”  Those are fine doo wop recordings, but they did not sell that well. Distribution issues, perhaps? It’s hard to tell;  it’s a tough business.

“Oh Rose Marie” didn’t chart much either, but it has excellent vocals and a  mid-song recitation of the singer’s inner thoughts and feelings, which is sometimes a characteristic of doo wop music. The song was written by Joseph Passalacqua, Nick Trivato, George Cernacek, Angelo LaGrecca, and Ed Wheeler. It is a classic doo wop song probably better known regionally in the Northeastern U.S. than nationally or internationally.

Here are the lyrics to “Oh Rose Marie” by The Fascinators:

Oh Rose Marie
Please won’t you try
To give your love to me
Don’t pass me by

Oh Rose Marie
I’ve waited so long
And babe p-lease
Don’t say it’s wrong

Oh Rose Marie
I have a little vow
No other love could be
I’ll prove it now

Oh Rose Marie
I will never lie
To you eternally
My heart is tied

(Spoken)
Oh Rose Marie
For all my pleas
There’s been no answer
But heart says please

(Spoken)
On what you you
My life depends
And with your answer
Love starts or ends

Oh Rose Marie
Please won’t you try
To give your love to me
Don’t pass me by

Oh Rose Marie
I’ve waited so long
And babe p-lease
Don’t say it’s wrong

Oh Rose Marie
I have a little vow
No other love could be
I’ll prove it now

If you are interested in purchasing music by The Fascinators, please consider this: Oh Rose Marie

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2 Comments

  1. The had top regional hits in the New York area. Good doo wop group. Thx for the info.

  2. […] For another song by The Fascinators: “Oh Rose Marie.” […]

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