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Zippity Zum - The Chords on CAT Records

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Uploaded on Nov 3, 2010

While watching a recent BBC documentary about Herb Alpert, I was surprised to hear Herb reference an influential record that also happened to be a favorite of mine from childhood, namely "Sh-Boom" by The Chords. That record dates back to 1954 and is often considered an early example of both 'rock and roll' and 'rhythm and blues'. Today it best falls in the category of 'doo-wop'.

The Chords were comprised of Carl Feaster (lead tenor), Jimmy Keyes (1st tenor), Floyd "Buddy" McRae (2nd tenor), Claude Feaster (baritone), William "Ricky" Edwards (bass), and Rupert Branker (piano). They were discovered singing in a subway station and were signed to CAT Records, a division of Atlantic.

After the success of "Sh-Boom", The Chords did more songs that unfortunately didn't measure up to the success of "Sh-Boom". One of those was a song written by Carl Feaster called "Zippity Zum (I'm In Love)". Very much in the same style as "Sh-Boom", it nevertheless failed to make the charts.

So here is a presentation of "Zippity Zum". The video is of my actual 45 RPM record from the period playing on my current turntable. Rather than listen to the scratchy well-worn 45, the audio is taken from a very clean album version of the song from an LP (THE BEST OF THE CHORDS) made in Sweden of all places.

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