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doo-wop

[doo-wop] /ˈduˌwɒp/
noun, Popular Music.
1.
a style of small-group vocal harmonizing, commercialized as a type of so-called street singing in the 1950s, in which words and nonsense syllables are chanted in rhythmic harmony to support the stylized melody of the lead singer.
Origin
representing the chanted syllables
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British Dictionary definitions for doowop

doo-wop

/ˈduːˌwɒp/
noun
1.
rhythm-and-blues harmony vocalizing developed by unaccompanied street-corner groups in the US in the 1950s
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for doowop

doo-wop

1958, from the nonsense harmony phrases sung under the vocal lead (this one attested from mid-1950s).

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Slang definitions & phrases for doowop

doo-wop

modifier

: from the do-whop music and lovingly customized cars/ lead singer of her Sixties doo-wop outfit, Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles

noun

A style of street jazz-singing, esp by black ensembles (1950s+ Black musicians)

[echoic fr a common rhythm phrase of the songs]


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Encyclopedia Article for doowop

doo-wop

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.

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