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The Spaniels were an American R&B doo-wop group, best known for the hit "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight". For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight is a popular song. ...


They have been called the first successful Midwestern R&B group[1]. Some historians of vocal groups consider Pookie Hudson to be the first true leader of a vocal group, because the Spaniels pioneered the technique of having the main singer solo at his own microphone, while the rest of the group shared a second microphone[2]. Midwest as shown by U.S. Census Bureau official map from [3] Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Frontman (also front man) is a term referring to the lead singer or band leader of a music group. ... The human voice consists of sound made by a human using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, screaming. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ...

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Original members

The original members included:

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Career

The group debuted in late 1952 at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana as Pookie Hudson & The Hudsonaires. They changed their name to The Spaniels that Spring and, upon graduation, became one of the first two artists to sign with Vee Jay Records, the first large, independent Afro-American owned record label[citation needed]. The group recorded their initial release, "Baby It's You" on 5 May 1953. Released in July, 1953, the song reached number ten on Billboard magazine's Rhythm and Blues chart on September 5. High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. ... This article is about the city in Indiana, for other uses of Gary, see Gary (disambiguation). ... Spring is one of the four seasons of temperate zones, the transition from winter into summer. ... Vee-Jay Records was a record label, specializing in blues, jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


In Spring 1954, "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" hit number twenty-four on Billboard's Top 40, and rose to number five on the R&B chart. The Spaniels played regularly at the Apollo, and were on the tour that proved fatal for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), better known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer, songwriter, and a pioneer of Rock and Roll. ... Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), better known as Ritchie Valens, was a pioneer of rock and roll and was a Mexican-American with Yaqui American Indian roots born in Pacoima, California [1], became the first Mexican American rock and roll star. ... Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr. ...


The line-up changed numerous times over the ensuing years[3].


The Spaniels were the top selling vocal group for Vee Jay. The band broke up when the label went bankrupt in 1966, but in 1969, the group reformed, releasing hits like "Fairy Tales" in 1970. An entire new generation was exposed to the group's music when "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" was featured prominently in the blockbuster movie, American Graffiti. Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed by George Lucas. ...


Two current Spaniels-related groups continue to perform: one in Washington, D.C., and the original group still based in Gary. Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Federal District District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack Evans...


The D.C. based group, with Pookie Hudson and Joe Herndon, appeared on the PBS special, Doo Wop 50. Hudson, wrote but never received much credit or income from "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight".[citation needed] PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ... Doo Wop 50 was a PBS special created by T.J. Lubinsky, grandson of Herman Lubinsky. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ...


Hudson died 16 January 2007, after a lengthy battle with cancer. January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD (or CE) era. ... It has been suggested that Cancerous tumor be merged into this article or section. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Thomas, Bryan. The Spaniels. Answers.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-07.
  2. ^ The Spaniels. vocalgroup.org. Retrieved on 2006-12-07.
  3. ^ The Spaniels Biography. Oldies.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-07.

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