Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Been So Long” by The Pastels

Over the last few days, I rediscovered the first of the three Doo Wop box sets released by Rhino Records between 1993 and 2000. That’s over 300 Doo Wop recordings – most of them classics…some not – spanning 12 CDs. The first box is by far the best because it has all the classics that anybody who is remotely interested in Doo Wop would want in one place. What makes the other two box sets pretty darn near essential are all of the undiscovered gems you’ve never heard before. There is so much great listening between these three box sets. Today’s song of the day was recorded by The Pastels back in 1957. The Pastels consisted of lead DiFosco “Dee” Erwin, first tenor Richard Travis, second tenor Tony Thomas, and baritone Jimmy Willingham. They were all stationed at a U.S. Air Force base in Narsarssuak, Greenland until being transferred to Washington DC in 1957. This, their first and only hit reached the R&B top five in 1958 and number 24 on the Billboard pop charts. They would never reach those heights again, but with an ablsolutely perfect record like this one…they already left their indelible stamp on the history of Doo Wop music.

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