“The vocal group sound is an American art form that is becoming a forgotten part of our heritage”, wrote Jay Warner in the preface to his 1992 edition of ‘The Billboard Book of American Singing Groups’. As a UK collectors group that has tracked and documented the career of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons it seems totally appropriate for us to continue Jay’s good work and to devote blog space to preserving and informing re other great ‘harmony’ groups from the 60s.
Jay Warner certainly provided a “momentous encyclopedia” of vocal groups. So as archivists and music detectives we will expand this blog and dedicate it to preserving and informing re many of the groups in Jay Warner’s excellent book.. With the internet now providing access to previously un-valuable archive information and ‘lost tracks’ either previously un-issued or little known, we can point the collector at the CD sources and capture maybe some of the ‘human interest’ stories filling in some of the gaps via this blog and the UK Newsletter.
Our first research project involves the Happenings Later Years 1969-77 so watch this blog for our next research….and contact us if you believe a vocal group deserves to have their ‘human interest’ stories recorded or their ‘lost tracks’ preserved. We will do what we can. And maybe it will encourage the record companies to make the tracks available in best quality sound. Contact email@example.com if you want us to publish a tribute to your favourite ‘harmony’ vocal group..