Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Major Changes to Doo-Wop Classics

For personal reasons, I have no choice but to change Doo-Wop Classics to a VIP live365.com radio station only. However, for those who wish to listen to a smaller collection of doo wop music for free, you can go here and listen to my Finetune radio station:
Thank you for all your support as listeners through the years.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Live365.com Will Continue Playing Music Past July 15th

Live365 has assured its webcasters that it will continue on with the fight against SoundExchange/RIAA. It will be in operation tomorrow, July 16th, and continue on until such time that it can not operate any more.

A lot has transpired in that last few days. I won't go into the details. DooWopClassics will therefore continue on until such time that it can not. It's worth the battle... at least it is to me. In essence, Congress is forcing all parties concerned to come to the negotiating table. What this means is that the public outcry to Congress has worked. Please keep it up.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

What Will Happen on July 16th? Will the Music Will Die!

The time keeps ticking on the left. D-day is July 15th. Will Internet radio cease on that date? At this point, even I as a broadcaster with Live365.com do not really know. One fellow broadcaster at Live365 has said that it will take a miracle to stop the death of Internet radio. I would be satisfied with another stay of execution. It may not happen this time.

Congress has listened to its constituents, but has decided to try and let the various parties work things out amongst themselves rather than its getting involved by putting through the Internet Radio Equality Act. Considering that many in Congress receive campaign donations from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), I'm not surprised by this stance.

Of course, there is always the Federal Court appeal process, but as you know, court hearings and procedures are lengthy processes. I can not really see any miracle coming from this area.

Why is SoundExchange, an arm of the RIAA putting through these royalty rate increases that will more or less destroy the Internet radio industry? When I first heard of SoundExchange's proposed increases a few months ago, I concluded that it was doing this because (1) the people running Sound Exchange were completely stupid and had not a clue what Internet radio was all about, or (2) Sound Exchange was trying to destroy Internet radio. Well, the people behind Sound Exchange, the RIAA, are not stupid.

There is no coincidence about the timing of these new royalty rate increases. The first half of this year was devastating for the RIAA. Music compact disc sales dropped by 20% and even though sales have been declining over the years, never has this large of a drop happened before. Digital sales of music are on the increase but not enough to compensate for the drop in "hard music" sales. With digital sales, a purchaser can choose the songs they want instead of buying a CD wherein they are forced to buy some songs they don't want.

The RIAA controls 90% of the music industry in North America - music copyright, publishing, sales, distribution, etc. It set out on a warpath against music sharing programs and sued every body and anybody they could without much discrimination. It sued dead people, dead people's children, and even disabled people who didn't even have a computer. They were sued for music piracy and other such nonsense. The RIAA will now soon suffer counter law suits for malicious prosecution. The RIAA acts like a fatally wounded beast as it flails around trying to damage and destroy the lives and property of others, whether innocent or not.

Ten years ago, the RIAA viewed Internet radio as a primary source for illegal music downloading and used its power and influence to burden Internet radio with all forms of restrictions. It was also behind the institution of legislation that forced Internet radio to having to pay music royalties, whereas your standard AM and FM radio stations have been exempt from such royalty payments since the beginning.

It looks to me now the beast, the RIAA, is in its death throws. It is now trying to impose royalty rates upon Internet radio that will virtually destroy it, and it's even moving up against standard AM and FM radio trying to lobby for change in legislation that will enforce these industries to pay royalties as well. This beast, in so much pain, now views all forms of radio to be a competition to its CD sales. It has set itself to destroy any and all competition.

The continued call from SoundExchange has to do with recording artists deserving royalty payments for their creative works. Internet radio has always come back and stated that yes, recording artists and songwriters deserve to receive fair compensation for their works. But how supportive is SoundExchange in this matter?

If recording artists and songwriters do not register with SoundExchange and claim their royalties due from Internet radio, SoundExchange takes these royalties for itself. Therefore, we have a situation in which over 8,000 recording artists allegedly can not be contacted by SoundExchange to receive the royalties due to them. These are artists such as Bobbie Gentry and The Delphonics - American icons in music. However, when Internet webcasters can see the list of such notables, they are able to contact these folks in a matter of minutes to let them know that royalties are due to them. Whereas, SoundExchange is not able to contact them for some reason. So don't believe anything that SoundExchange claims. It lies, and has no concern for artists receiving the royalties due to them. Where is the incentive to contact these artists when SoundExchange receives all the royalty payments if the artists don't register and claim their royalties?

In order for Internet radio to be saved, SoundExchange needs to be dismantled and all legislation put through to enforce royalty payments from Internet radio should be repealed. This won't happen, and thus, current Internet radio will die. We will see, in the future, Internet radio but it will be totally controlled by the RIAA. Therefore, you can expect to find maybe 5 genres of music as opposed to the hundreds you can now find. You will find the music stifling and boring, but that is the style of the RIAA.

Time will tell, but it will tell in about 5 days time. The current music will die, but long live the music that the RIAA wants people to hear, but I won't listen to it.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Short Revival of Doo-Wop Classics

Due to encouraging signs coming forth with the state of the Internet Radio, Doo-Wop Classics will revive somewhat, taking it a month at a time. What this means is that the slots for free listeners will open again, although there will not be as many as there were before.

The date for the royalty rate increases has been put back from May 15th to July 15th. Also, the Internet Radio Equality Act has been introduced into Congress. Such events are encouraging, and I hope that I will be able to revive Doo-Wop Classics to its former "glory."

Please come to this blog for recent updates in this war to keep the music alive.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Doo Wop Classics Top 100

The Top 100 all-time doo wop hits was compiled through the incorporation of current surveys, pop charts from the 50's and 60's, and from the R&B charts from the doo wop golden era. The intent of this Top 100 is that no matter where you come in to listen to it, whether at No. 95 or No. 5, each song is classic doo wop and is enjoyable.

Rank Artist - Song
1 Five Satins - In The Still Of The Night
2 Penguins - Earth Angel
3 Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You
4 Mellow Kings - Tonight Tonight
5 Elegants - Little Star
6 Channels - The Closer You Are
7 Jive Five - My True Story
8 Dubs - Could This Be Magic
9 Dell Vikings - Whispering Bells
10 Classics - Till Then
11 Skyliners - This I Swear
12 Danleers - One Summer Night
13 Duprees - You Belong To Me
14 Dell Vikings - Come Go With Me
15 Skyliners - Since I Don't Have You
16 Chantels - Maybe
17 Passions - Just To Be With You
18 Capris - There's A Moon Out Tonight
19 Crests - Sixteen Candles
20 Quotations - Imagination
21 Dion & The Belmonts - I Wonder Why
22 Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
23 Dubs - Chapel Of Dreams
24 Little Anthony & The Imperials - Tears On My Pillow
25 Norman Fox & The Rob-Roys - Tell Me Why
26 Charts - Deserie
27 Marcels - Blue Moon
28 Knockouts - Darling Lorraine
29 Heartbeats - A Thousand Miles Away
30 Platters - Only You
31 Chimes - Once In A While
32 Fascinators - Chapel Bells
33 Excellents - Coney Island Baby
34 Moonglows - Sincerely
35 Randy & The Rainbows - Denise
36 Students - I'm So Young
37 Cleftones - Heart And Soul
38 Chimes - I'm In The Mood For Love
39 Cleftones - Little Girls Of Mine
40 Schoolboys - Please Say You Want Me
41 Nutmegs - Story Untold
42 Chords - Sh-Boom
43 Shep & The Limelites - Daddy's Home
44 The Impressions - For Your Precious Love
45 Tokens - Tonight I Fell In Love
46 Five Satins - To The Aisle
47 Velvets - Tonight (Could Be The Night)
48 Chantels - He's Gone
49 Curtis Lee & The Halos - Pretty Little Angel Eyes
50 Rosie & The Originals - Angel Baby
51 Earls - Remember Then
52 Dells - Oh, What A Night
53 Shields - You Cheated
54 Mystics - Hushabye
55 Impalas - Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)
56 Diamonds - Little Darlin'
57 Platters - The Great Pretender
58 Platters - Twilight Time
59 Bobby Helms - My Special Angel
60 Rays - Silhouettes
61 Orioles - Crying In The Chapel
62 Platters - My Prayer
63 Shirelles - Dedicated To The One I Love
64 Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
65 Phil Phillips - Sea Of Love
66 Dovells - Bristol Stomp
67 Monotones - Book Of Love
68 Jack Scott - My True Love
69 Tuneweavers - Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
70 Barbara Lewis - Hello Stranger
71 Don and Juan - What's Your Name
72 Aquatones - You
73 Crests - Step By Step
74 Tommy Edwards - It's All In The Game
75 Capris - Morse Code Of Love
76 Five Keys - Close Your Eyes
77 Cadillacs - Gloria
78 Passions - I Only Want You
79 Three Friends - Blanche
80 Cadillacs - Speedoo
81 Chantels - Every Night
82 Earls - Life Is But A Dream
83 Orioles - Chapel In The Moonlight
84 Ovations - The Day We Fell In Love
85 Velvets - Lana
86 Dion & The Belmonts - Lonely Teenager
87 Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - I Want You To Be My Girl
88 Lee Andrew & The Hearts - Long Lonely Nights
89 Rosie & The Originals - Lonely Blue Nights
90 Angels - Till
91 Earls - I Believe
92 Johnnie & Joe - Over The Mountain
93 Marcels - Heartaches
94 Willows - Church Bells May Ring
95 Time-Tones - Here In My Heart
96 Safaris - Image Of A Girl
97 Paradons - Diamonds and Pearls
98 Crests - The Angels Listened In
99 Drifters - Dance With Me
100 Bopcords - Castle In The Sky

Thursday, March 8, 2007

More Doo Wop Classics (songs not included in Top 100)

Artist - Song
Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is
Anastasia - Seven Days A Week
Angels - My Boyfriend's Back
Aquatones - Crazy For You
Barbara Lewis - Make Me Your Baby
Barbara Lynn - You'll Lose A Good Thing
Barry Mann - Who Put The Bomp
Ben E. King - Spanish Harlem
Ben E. King - Stand By Me
Bertha Tillman - Oh My Angel
Betty Everett - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
Billy Ward and Dominoes - Deep Purple
BlueNotes - If It's Our Destiny
Bobby Curtola - Pretty Blue Eyes
Bobby Vee - Take Good Care of My Baby
Bobby Vinton - Mr. Lonely
Brenda and The Tabulations - Dry Your Eyes
Brooklyn Bridge - Worst That Could Happen
Calvanes - Don't Take Your Love From Me
Carla Thomas - GeeWhiz
Carlton Beck Group - The Girl I Left Behind
Casinos - Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
Cathy Jean and The Roomates - Please Love Me Forever
Chanters - Angel Darling
Chesterfields - A Dream Is But A Dream
Chiffons - One Fine Day
Chiffons - Sweet Talkin Guy
Classics - PS I Love You
Cleftones - You Baby You
Clovers - Devil Or Angel
Clyde McPhatter - A Lover's Question
Concords - I'll Always Say Please
Concords - It's Our Wedding Day
Conway Twitty - It's Only Make Believe
Crests - Gee
Crystals - Da Doo Ron Ron
Crystals - He's a Rebel
Crystals - Then He Kissed Me
Danleers - A Picture Of You
Darvels - I Lost My Baby
DeeVines - I Believe
Dion - Donna the Prima Donna
Dion - Runaround Sue
Dion - Sandy
Dion - The Wanderer
Dion & The Belmonts - A Teenager in Love
Divine Brown - Old Skool Love
Doris Troy - Just One Look
Dreamlovers - When We Get Married
Drifters - Save the Last Dance for Me
Drifters - This Magic Moment
Drifters - Up on the Roof
Dubs - Don't Ask Me To Be Lonely
Duprees - Why Dont You Believe Me
Duprees MyOwnTrueLove
Edsels - Rama Lama Ding Dong
Essex - Easier Said Than Done
Everly Brothers-All I Have to Do Is Dream
Exciters - Tell Him
Falcons - You're So Fine
Fantastics - There Goes My Love
Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill
Fats Domino - Walkin To New Orleans
FiTones Quintette - It Wasn't A Lie
FiveSatins - Wishing Ring
Flamingos - A Kiss From Your Lips
Flamingos - Dream Of A Lifetime
Fleetwoods - Come Softly to Me
Fleetwoods - Mr Blue
FourEpics - I'm On My Way
Frankie Love - Moon Of Love
Gene Chandler - Duke of Earl
Gene McDaniels - A Hundred Pounds Of Clay
Gentrys - Keep on Dancing
Gladiolas - Little Darlin
Holidays - Stars Will Remember
J. Frank Wilson - Last Kiss
Jackie Wilson - Lonely Teardrops
Jacks - Why Dont You Write Me
Jaguars - The Way You Look Tonight
Jamies - Summertime Summertime
Jerry Butler - He Will Break Your Heart
Jesse Belvin - Goodnight My Love
Jimmy Charles - A Million To One
Jimmy Charles The Age For Love
Jimmy Jones - Good Timin
Jimmy Jones - Handy Man
Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
Johnnie Ray - Cry
Johnny Burnette - You're Sixteen
Johnny Crawford - Rumors
Joyce Webb and The Slades - After You've Gone
Kathy Young - A Thousand Stars
Larks - There Is A Girl
Lenny Welsh - Since I Fell For You
Lewis Lymon - I'm So Happy
Little Anthony & the Imperials - Goin Out of My Head
Little Anthony & the Imperials - The Diary
Little Willie John - TalkToMe
Lonne & The Crisis - Bells In The Chapel
Lydells - There Goes The Boy
Majestics - Angel Of Love
Martha & the Vandellas - Jimmy Mack
Martha & the Vandellas - Quicksand
Martha & the Vandellas- Love Is Like a Heat Wave
Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman
Mary Wells - My Guy
Mary Wells - Two Lovers
Maurice Williams the Zodiacs - Stay
Maxine Brown - All In My Mind
Mel Carter - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Norman Fox & The Rob Roys - Dream Girl
Orlons - Over The Mountain
Pentagons - To Be Loved
Reflections - I Really Must Know
Richie Valens - Donna
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Robert and Johny - We Belong Together
Rochel & The Candles - Once Upon A Time
Ron Holden - Love You So
Roomates - Glory Of Love
Rosie and The Originals - My Darling Forever
Roxy & The Daychords - I'm So In Love
Roy Orbison - Blue Angel
Roy Orbison - Crying
Roy Orbison - Evergreen
RoyalTeens - Believe Me
Sam Cooke - Cupid
Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
Sam Cooke - You Send Me
Santo Johnny - Sleep Walk
Senors - May I Have This Dance
Shadows - Under Stars Of Love
Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel
Shells - Baby Oh Baby
Shirelles - Mama Said
Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Skyliners - How Much
Sonny James - Young Love
Spaniels - Baby It's You
Students - Every Day Of The Week
Teddy Bears - To Know Him Is To Love Him
Temptations - Your Wonderful Love
The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Vogues - My Special Angel
Thurston Harris - Little Bitty Pretty One
Tokens - Please Write
Tommy Mclain - I Need You So
Tommy Regan - I'll Never Stop Loving You
Tymes - So Much In Love
Velvet Satins - The Night
Velvets - That Lucky Old Sun
Videls - Mister Lonely
Wheels - My Heart's Desire
Willie Wilson & The Tunemasters - I've Lied
Wrens - Come Back My Love