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"Little Boy and Little Girl" sounds uncannily like Frankie Lymon and company's "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent," and "Oh Gee Oh Gosh" sounds a lot like "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" — you get the picture. And given their role as would-be successors to Lymon and his group, none of this is a surprise, but it is also great fun, and Pearl McKinnon is a wonder to hear, sounding more like Frankie Lymon than the man himself did after 1957. The group also wasn't bad when they stepped away from the sound of the more famous group into a groove more their own, as on the exquisite slow tune "Kingless Castle" (written by Pearl McKinnon). The production is very clean, the sources and the mastering are crisp, and the whole CD was put together with a lot of love. Bonuses include a faster, more stripped-down alternate take of "Little Boy & Little Girl," and a faster, more upbeat version of "Oh Gee Oh Gosh," as well as both sides of the only single released by Pearl & the Deltars, which is closer to straight urban rock & roll than to doo-wop music.


Formed: 1957 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s

In a different, fairer reality, the Kodaks might be remembered at least as rivals to Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. True, they never performed in any movies and only made one national television appearance, and they never wrote a song like "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" -- but they had the sound, and the beat, and a lead singer with a voice as powerful as Lymon's. Formed in Newark, NJ during the mid- and late '50s, the Kodaks' sound was driven by Pearl McKinnon's powerful lead vocals, and as a mixed...
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