The forgotten sound of South Louisiana. Setting out on the “By The Bayou” journey, I didn’t envisage reaching CD 12. The project started as a vehicle for white Louisiana rockers, but exploration of the tape vaults of J.D. Miller and the catalogues of Eddie Shuler’s Goldband, Floyd Soileau’s Jin, Sam Montelbano’s Montel and Joe Ruffino’s Ric and Ron labels revealed more than enough great vocal group material to fill a dedicated CD. So here is a collection of chanting rockers and sweet harmonies, rather overlooked as ingredients which go into the rich gumbo of South Louisiana music of the 50s.
First released in 1995, Document's Earliest Negro Vocal Groups, Vol. 2 reaches back to 1893 for one of the earliest known recordings by an African-American singing group, unveiling a fascinating array of 27rarities by seven different ensembles, and ultimately inching no closer to the present day than 1922. As is the case with each of Document's sacred and secular vocal ensemble compilations, this installment is packed with recordings so rare as to fill the receptive listener with gratitude for access to such historic treasures. Fifteen years after its first appearance, this was released in a new edition with a different cover photo as Earliest Negro Vocal Quartets, Vol. 2…..
There are collectors…and then there are doo wop collectors, which is why we have dedicated our first Cameo Parkway compilation to the fantastic vocal groups who recorded for the label. All of these (except the Rays track and the two Roommates tracks, which we HAD to include) are from the original tapes, and only one track (the Lydells There Goes the Boy , which again we felt was a must) has ever been out on CD at retail before….
DeWayne Julius Rogers is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for the tender acoustic piano-based ballad "Say You Love Me," a charting single from his 1975 RCA album It's Good to Be Alive. Natalie Cole's cover of the song was the first single from her album "Snowfall in the Sahara".