“Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” Performed By The Penguins (1955) & New Edition (1986)

April 19, 2010


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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.

Musically yours,

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1 SupaStarry April 30, 2010 at 11:06 am

call me crazy, though i love the song my fave version was by the guys in the Temptations movie….i kno, sad. but it was the first version ive ever heard and i got too used to it.

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2 SonDan April 30, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I think that usually when you hear a song and like it — the first version that you heard is often your favorite.
Next time I watch the Temptations movie I will have to make it a point to check the credits out in slo-mo to see who is credited as singing the song in the movie.

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3 SupaStarry May 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

i believe the guy who plays Al really was singin in the movie (he’s also a singer in real life) plus i dont think we really have an idea of how the real “Al”.

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4 web design springfield May 10, 2010 at 11:47 am

I like New Editions version best.

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5 SonDan May 11, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Thanks for sharing. What do you like best about it over the original?

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