Aug 1 2021

David Byrne Presents: Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong

By Todomundo

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Bossa Cubana Los Zafiros
Scooby Doo Pa Pa Dj Kass
The Boy From New York City The Ad Libs
Paradise Jean Adebambo
Waba Duba Yello - Point
Imagination The Quotations
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) Betty Everett
A Lover's Question Clyde McPhatter
Come Softly To Me The Fleetwoods
Whispering Bells The Del-Vikings
Zoom Zoom Zoom The Collegians
Duke of Earl Gene Chandler
Summertime, Summertime The Jamies
Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow The Rivingtons
Ain't Got No Home Clarence "Frogman" Henry
Gee The Crows
Little Bitty Pretty One Frankie Lymon
Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop Little Anthony & The Imperials
Rockin' Robin Bobby Day
Get a Job The Silhouettes
Rama Lama Ding Dong The Edsels
Valarie The Mothers Of Invention
Wplj The Mothers Of Invention
Adios Hermanos Paul Simon
He's So Fine The Chiffons
Lollipop The Chordettes
Stay Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
Da Doo Ron Ron The Crystals
In The Still of the Night The Five Satins
Blue Moon The Marcels
Mr. Sandman The Chordettes
Life Is But a Dream The Earls
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes The Platters
I Only Have Eyes For You The Flamingos
Speedo The Cadillacs
Sh-Boom The Chords
I Met Him On a Sunday Laura Nyro & LaBelle

Why do we love nonsense syllables in pop music? I’ve included a lot of what is known as “Doo Wop” songs in this playlist, but there are more electronic and african songs that use this technique also. Doo Wop is an African American art form that emerged in the 1940s. If you couldn’t afford a band back then, the backing singers could provide both harmonies and rhythm by repeating these syllables. Maybe surprisingly, it’s often the nonsense syllables that become the hook... the most memorable part of the song. It’s often the sha-la’s, and bop-shoo-bops that we sing along to. It’s incredibly catchy, and of course it spread well beyond the African American community… even back to Africa and Cuba (check out vocal group Los Zafiros!- The Sapphires).

-DB

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Aug 1 2021

David Byrne Presents: Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Bossa Cubana Los Zafiros
Scooby Doo Pa Pa Dj Kass
The Boy From New York City The Ad Libs
Paradise Jean Adebambo
Waba Duba Yello - Point
Imagination The Quotations
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) Betty Everett
A Lover's Question Clyde McPhatter
Come Softly To Me The Fleetwoods
Whispering Bells The Del-Vikings
Zoom Zoom Zoom The Collegians
Duke of Earl Gene Chandler
Summertime, Summertime The Jamies
Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow The Rivingtons
Ain't Got No Home Clarence "Frogman" Henry
Gee The Crows
Little Bitty Pretty One Frankie Lymon
Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop Little Anthony & The Imperials
Rockin' Robin Bobby Day
Get a Job The Silhouettes
Rama Lama Ding Dong The Edsels
Valarie The Mothers Of Invention
Wplj The Mothers Of Invention
Adios Hermanos Paul Simon
He's So Fine The Chiffons
Lollipop The Chordettes
Stay Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
Da Doo Ron Ron The Crystals
In The Still of the Night The Five Satins
Blue Moon The Marcels
Mr. Sandman The Chordettes
Life Is But a Dream The Earls
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes The Platters
I Only Have Eyes For You The Flamingos
Speedo The Cadillacs
Sh-Boom The Chords
I Met Him On a Sunday Laura Nyro & LaBelle

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