Friday, August 28, 2009

The Dubs

Ok so these guys got together in Harlem, back in 1956 or so, and said what can we call ourselves to guarantee that no one will remember us in future years. People remember The Drifters, The Coasters, but not the Dubs; The Penguins, ok, The Five Satins, sure, who doesn’t know I’ll Remember (In The Still Of The Night), even The Danleers have a chance, but nobody remembers The Dubs. And why would they? The Dubs? Really.

They actually had 3 singles on the top 100, but only 1 made the top 40, and for the life of me I can’t remember where I got it.

The Dubs:

Could This Be Magic – Romance presented as an aspect of the supernatural. Not a new idea, even then. Think It’s Magic, by Doris Day, Black Magic Woman by Fleetwood Mac (ha! You thought it was Santana, didn’t you?) This is a little remembered but highly beautiful doo-wop record, of a type which was becoming old-fashioned even then. Not the Barry Manilow song (which was Could It Be Magic, anyway), and 100 times better. From the fall / winter of 1957.

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