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The Hollywood Argyles were a doo wop band put together by producer/songwriter Kim Fowley, then still a student at University High School in West Los Angeles. They had one hit record, "Alley Oop (Lute 5905)", in 1960, then faded into obscurity. Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... Kim Fowley (born 1942) is an American pop and rock singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for helping record the 1966 novelty record Theyre Coming to Take me Away, Ha Ha, recorded by Jerry Samuels under the name of Napoleon XIV. The B-side consisted of the A... University High School is the name of several high schools, including: University High School in Fresno, California University High School in Irvine, California University High School in Los Angeles, California University High School in Tucson, Arizona University Laboratory High School of Urbana, Illinois University Laboratory High School Of Baton Rouge... West Los Angeles is a district in western Los Angeles, California. ... Alley Oop USPS stamp Alley Oop was a character created in 1932 by American cartoonist V. T. Hamlin. ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


According to Gary Paxton – who, at the time, was half of Skip and Flip (“It Was I”, “Cherry Pie”) – Alley Oop was written by Dallas Frazier as a country tune:

"As for the name, Kim Fowley and I were living in a $15-a-week room in Hollywood.... Since I was still under contract (to Brent Records) as 'Flip,' I couldn't put my name on 'Alley Oop.' Seeing that the studio was on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. And Argyle Street, I decided on Hollywood Argyles."

"Other than myself, there were no actual Hollywood Argyles. Everyone else on the track was either a friend or a studio musician who I paid $25 apiece for the session. When 'Alley Oop' suddenly took off and people wanted to book us for concerts, there was no such group." ...

The "Alley Oop" session was produced by Kim Fowley; the already famous Sandy Nelson was the drummer.

According to Jerry Osborne, two other groups (Dante and the Evergreens (Madison 130) and the Dyna-Sores (Rendezvous 120)) had a version of "Alley Oop" on the charts at the same time. Sandy Nelsons song Teen Beat rose to #4 on the charts in 1959. ... Madison Records was a United States based record label. ...


Frazier, who recorded "Alley Oop" in 1957, is perhaps best known for the song "There Goes My Everything," a hit song for Englebert Humperdinck in 1967. Engelbert Humperdinck has been the name of two notable people: Engelbert Humperdinck, a German composer. ...


Paxton later formed Garpax Records and became a gospel artist. Gospel music may refer either to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the 1930s or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by white southern Christian artists. ...


References

  • Ask “Mr. Music” - Jerry Osborne
  • Joel Whitburn. "Top 40 Hits". ISBN 0-8230-8280-6.

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The Hollywood Argyles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (317 words)
The Hollywood Argyles were a doo wop band put together by producer/songwriter Kim Fowley, then still a student at University High School in West Los Angeles.
Since I was still under contract (to Brent Records) as 'Flip,' I couldn't put my name on 'Alley Oop.' Seeing that the studio was on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. And Argyle Street, I decided on Hollywood Argyles."
Everyone else on the track was either a friend or a studio musician who I paid $25 apiece for the session.
"MR. MUSIC" (835 words)
Since I have always been under the impression that “Alley Oop” is performed by the Hollywood Argyles, I checked their section and found that they too put it out on June 13, 1960.
The Hollywood Argyles issue made it to No. 1; however, Dante and the Evergreens also did very well, reaching No. 15.
Since the Hollywood Argyles and Dante's records came out during the same week, no one seems to know exactly which is the original version and which is a cover.
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