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Album Review

The Del Vikings have a confusing history, but there are a couple of undisputed facts. Their signature tune and biggest hit, "Come Go With Me," was written by bass vocalist Clarence Quick and features a fine lead vocal by Norman Wright, as well as a distinctive sax line by Gene Upshaw. Past that, confusion reigns. "Come Go With Me" was a hit in 1956 on Dot Records, and while it was still on the charts, the group split into two different outfits, both using the Del Vikings name, or some variation of it, with part of the group remaining at Dot while Quick and Wright moved on to sign with Mercury Records. So while Quick wrote the other big tune that was a hit for the Del Vikings, "Whispering Bells," it wasn't his version of the group that had the hit. This brief collection sidesteps all of that and presents the top dozen sides released under the Del Vikings name, including the two biggest hits. In truth, this is probably sufficient for most listeners. A pleasant enough doo wop group, the Del Vikings came late to the dance, and thanks to the confusion of their contractual situation, were never really given the opportunity to develop their sound further.

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Hall of Fame

The Del Vikings should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if anything for being the first inter-racial group. Everyone should listen and enjoy.

all time classics

these are true classics right here--- im in high school and i think they're awesome!

not complete!

Would have 4 stars if "Jitterbug Mary" was included!!

Biography

Formed: 1955 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The story of the Dell-Vikings (or Del Vikings, or Del-Vikings) is one of the most glorious, complicated, and frustrating of any successful doo wop group in music history. With two major national hits ("Come Go With Me" and "Whispering Bells") to their credit -- one more hit than most other successful doo wop groups ever had -- they had a jump on virtually all of their competition. Just as they were ascending those heights of fame and success, however, internal fractures and some greed and misdirected...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, R&B/Soul, Doo Wop
  • Released: Mar 23, 2004

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