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1958, from the nonsense harmony phrases sung under the vocal lead (this one attested from mid-1950s).
: from the do-whop music and lovingly customized cars/ lead singer of her Sixties doo-wop outfit, Patti Labelle and the Bluebellesnoun
A style of street jazz-singing, esp by black ensembles (1950s+ Black musicians)
[echoic fr a common rhythm phrase of the songs]
style of rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll vocal music popular in the 1950s and '60s. The structure of doo-wop music generally featured a tenor lead vocalist singing the melody of the song with a trio or quartet singing background harmony. The term doo-wop is derived from the sounds made by the group as they provided harmonic background for the lead singer.