doo-wop

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See also: doowop and doo wop

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Coined by DJ Gus Gossert in the 1970s, referring to (mostly) white rock-and-roll groups of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The name is onomatopoeic, representing the nonlexical backing vocals of some songs of the genre.

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doo-wop (uncountable)

  1. A style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America characterized by nonsensical backing vocals.
    • 2016, Lawrence Pitilli, Doo-Wop Acappella, Rowman & Littlefield (→ISBN), page 27:
      The R&B groups possessed a grittiness and soulful earnestness that was soon to be emulated by street-corner doo-wop groups, some of whom would achieve commercial success with instrumentally arranged hit records.

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