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Album Review

The Marvelows recorded in the wrong decade, they had a couple of hits in the late sixties, but their hearts were in the 50's. Their biggest hit "I Do," was a harmony favorite that actually did better for the J. Geils Band. They ventured deeper into the 50's with throwbacks "My Heart," "Shim Sham," "Hey, Hey Baby," and "A Friend," a humorous bass vocalist accents the selections, pumped by energetic, exaggerated backing vocals. The Marvelows achieve a more up-to-date sound on "In The Morning," a pretty swooping ballad, and the upbeat "Talking About You Baby." Look elsewhere if you prefer the typical 60's group sound, but if you like doo-wop, you'll love The Mighty Marvelows.


Genre: Soul

The Marvelows were a Chicago soul group who scored just once, with the upbeat "I Do," a pop Top 40 hit in 1965. The group was formed in Chicago Heights, IL, when Melvin Mason met the recently relocated Paden brothers (Frank who sang bass, and Johnny who sang tenor) in the late '50s. Joined by tenor Willie (Sonny) Stephenson and Mason's wife's cousin Jesse Smith, the quintet became the Marvelows. Smith's mother suggested that he look up a former schoolmate of hers, Johnny Pate. Pate, who had just...
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