This collection of recordings serves as a window into the Fifties L.A. Doo Wop scene & is important for several reasons. Shirley Gunter & the Queens was the first Girl Group of early Rock & Roll to have a national hit in 1954 with " Oop Shoop " on the R&B charts. In the words of Queens member Lula Bea Kinney ( now know as Piper Alvez ), " Everything about the Queens was original. We sang 4-part harmony, but we sang a lot of minors, then back to majors. Shirley's voice, being unique, allowed us to move around in the chord; that's what created the sound. "
Shirley Gunter's voice & talent are what is so jaw droppingly good about these cuts, even when the song material isn't the best. My personal favorite on this collection is, of course, "Oop Shoop," so swingin' & danceable that even non-dancers will have the urge to jive & bop to it! Another nugget of gold is Shirley's cut of "Since I Fell for You," from 1953. Her rendition is so bluesy, & the accompanying guitar is smokin'! This song has a long history, originally recorded in 1945 by Ella Johnson & her brother Buddy Johnson's Orchestra. Then Lenny Welch made it a classic in 1963.
Anyhow, I highly recommend this CD for fans of Early Rock & Roll, R&B, & great female vocalists. It's a true treasure.