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The Alley Cats


During the 1950s young people sometimes gathered together on street corners to sing and hang outo.  Like Hip-Hop today, their songs and style became popular - and doo-wop was born. Doo-wop is a type of rhythm and blues combining nonsense syllables with lyrics in intricate, harmonic arrangements. It is done a capella, meaning voices without additional musical instruments. Bringing their own contemporary style to the tunes from the 50s and 60s, The Alley Cats breathe new life into doo-woop classics, including Sh-Boom, which is featured in this unit.  Lessons instruct students how to create rhythm patterns and nonsense patter to create their own songs in the Doo-wop style. The main universal theme throughout is Enduring Values.


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Audio courtesy of Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. and The Alley Cats.

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