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Why Don’t You Believe Me by The Duprees

"Why Don't You Believe Me"" by The Duprees

Doo Wop

As part of the pioneering in music that was going on during this first era of rock and roll, you can have a doo wop group that sings pop and jazz standards with their great vocal harmony¬†to a Big Band sound. That’s golden oldies music from golden oldies. The song “Why Don’t You Believe Me?” was written in 1952 by Lew Douglas and Roy Rodde, who also collaborated on “Have You Heard, ” and King Laney. The singer’s feelings of love are true, but¬† do not seem to be believed. Joni James first recorded the song and had a hit with it in 1952. There have been numerous covers since, including Margaret Whiting, Pat Boone, Bing Crosby, Vic Damon, The Kalin Twins, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin, Patti Page — and The Duprees. Their version with its wonderful harmonies and big band arrangement went to #37 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1963.

The Duprees were high school friends from Jersey City, New Jersey, and formed in the early 1960s. The original group consisted of Joey Canzano (aka Joey Vann), Michael Armone, Joe Santollo, John Salvato, and Tom Bialoglow. They have changed their lineup over the years, of course, and continue to tour and perform.

Here are the lyrics to “Why Don’t You Believe Me” by The Duprees:

“Please tell me why
Tell me why

Why don’t you believe me
It’s you, I adore
(Please believe, please believe)
(Please believe)

Forever and ever
Can I promise more

I’ve told you so often
The way that I care
(Please believe, please believe)
(Please believe)

Why don’t you believe me
It just isn’t fair

Here is a heart that is lonely
Here is a heart you can take
Here is a heart for you only
That you can keep or break

How else can I tell you
What more can I do
(Please believe, please believe)
(Please believe)

Why don’t you believe me
I love only you

Why don’t you believe me
I love only you
(Please tell me why)
Tell me why”

If you want to read about “You Belong to Me” by The Dupress, click here, or “Have You Heard, then click here. A compilation 2 CD set is available from amazon: The Duprees For Collectors Only

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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2 Comments

  1. […] For other songs by The Duprees: “You Belong to Me” and “Why Don’t You Believe Me.” […]

  2. Maria Aschenbach says:

    The Duprees are the best of the best groups that I love from my teenage years and will always love listening to them.

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