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06:55

The Birth of Music for Teens.

Rock historian Ed Ward profiles the Gee and End record labels. They were the first to produce vocal-group records for teenagers by groups like Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, the Cleftones, and Arlene Smith and the Chantels.

07:55

The Roots of Doo-Wop.

Rock and roll historian Ed Ward explores the roots of doo-wop from jazz harmonists the Cats and the Fiddle to groups such as the Ravens and the Orioles.

06:57

A Harmony Group Ruined by Success.

Rock historian Ed Ward has a retrospective on the Five Keys, a black harmony group that turned out a number of pop and R&B hits in the early 1950's. Their hits included "The Glory of Love," "Ling Ting Tong," and "Close Your Eyes."

03:58

Mark Halliday Reads His Poem "Ode: The Capris."

Poet Mark Halliday reads a poem inspired by a song by the Doo-Wop group The Capris. Halliday, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has read several of his poems on Fresh Air. (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Friday, December 30, 1988.)

09:53

Catching Up with Little Anthony

Part 1 of the Fresh Air interview with soul singer Little Anthony. He fronted the group the Imperials, and is still performing in New York.

26:56

Ben E. King: The Fresh Air Interview

The hit songwriter sang bass with the doo-wop group The Crowns; he switched to lead vocals when they became The Drifters. King got his start at Harlem's Apollo Theater before finding national fame. As a solo performer, he had hits with original songs like "Stand by Me" and "Spanish Harlem."

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