1955: #1 R&B, #8 Pop
Composed by group members Curtis Williams, Gaynel Hodge, and Jesse Belvin, and based on the chord structure of “Blue Moon,” “Earth Angel” was the only big hit for the California based group the Penguins.
“Earth Angel” was also one of the first (if not the very first according to some sources) R&B hits to cross-over to the Pop (spelled w-h-i-t-e) charts in the segregated world of 1955.
1986: #3 R&B/Hip Hop, #21 Pop. #48 Hot Dance/Maxi Single
Thirty years later the New Edition covered this classic as have many artists in -between.
And last but not least The Penguins performed their classic almost 50 years later for The PBS Doo-Wop Special.
This is remarkable music than spans the generations no matter what race, creed, or color – isn’t it?
Enjoy the music.