For collectors 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. DO THE BOP was written by John and Dave White. It includes the doo-wop hit, SOMETIMES (WHEN I'M ALL ALONE), also written by Dave White with Danny and The Juniors singing back-up.
This historical CD is presented by songwriter/record producer, John Madara, through THAT PHILLY SOUND, which is dedicated to the music that came out of Philadelphia during the 50's and 60's.
Before becoming a 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.
John knew Dick Clark from American Bandstand. 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.
They followed 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.
Along with AT THE HOP, John and Dave would go on to write and produce such timeless classics as THE FLY (Chubby Checker), YOU DON'T OWN ME (Leslie Gore) and 1-2-3 (Len Barry, who also co-wrote the song with Madara & White). These and countless other hits by Madara & White helped to create "The Sound of Philadelphia."
Both songs have been digitally restored and digitally mastered.
Make this historical CD a part of your oldies record collection!
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