HIDDEN HITS presents
DO THE BOP
with Johnny Madara and
and The Juniors
and fans alike, DO THE BOP is the original unreleased version of the
classic 50's hit, AT THE HOP, featuring Philadelphia's own, Johnny
Madara, with Danny and The Juniors singing back-up. It includes
the doo-wop hit, SOMETIMES (WHEN I'M ALL ALONE), written by Dave White.
a successful songwriter/record producer, John "Johnny" Madara
was an artist with his first record reaching the national charts,
"Be My Girl." But fate would step in when John heard
a group, The Juvenaires, singing on the street corner. The group
was headed by Dave White, and John and Dave soon formed a partnership.
At the time,
John had a record contract with Capitol Records. Dave and John
wrote a song, DO THE BOP. They went in and recorded it with
the B-side, SOMETIMES (WHEN I'M ALL ALONE). John sang the lead,
and the Juvenaires sang the background. Capitol Records didn't
like it. They didn't understand early rock and roll.
Dick Clark from American Bandstand, where he had performed several
times. Dick really liked the song, but suggested that the title and
lyrics be changed to reflect the record hops, which were really taking
off. The Bop was a dance that was on the way out.
Dick's advice. DO THE BOP became AT THE HOP. The lyrics
were changed but the music was the same. The Juvenaires, which
had renamed themselves Danny and The Juniors, recorded the song, along
with SOMETIMES (WHEN I'M ALL ALONE). Through ABC Paramount,
who had acquired the master, AT THE HOP reached the top of the charts
worldwide, and remained #1 for an astounding seven weeks, the first
record to reach that success.
have been digitally restored and digitally mastered.
historical CD a part of your oldies record collection!
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Love the tunes!!! Johnny's the best! I'm a singer/guitar
player and I used to sing "Sometimes" at every gig.
The girls ALL love it! It brings back so many memories...and,
Johnny is just fantastic! Getting "Do The Bop" along
with "Sometimes" was an awesome treat! Best of everything
Johnny, and I hope things are going well for you. Take care.
Reviewer: Hal -
Awesome. Sometimes when I am all along was my parents
song & when she rec'd this CD, she was so thrilled - She plays
it for everyone & it's great!!! The sound is excellent
- doesn't seem like it's an oldie goldie!!! Thanks.
Reviewer: Kim Voorhis
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