- Audio CD (28 Mar. 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Ace
- ASIN: B0007RFOMU
- Other Editions: Audio CD
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,280 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Checkmate: the Complete King Recordings 1952-1955 CD
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Ace presents a single-group set of doo wop delights from the King label.
The Checkers were a splinter group from Billy Wards Dominoes, built around Bill Brown and Charlie White (who would later go on to be an early member of the Drifters with another ex-Domino, Clyde McPhatter).
To further reinforce the Drifters connection, the Checkers lead singer on many of these tracks is "Little" David Baughn, who replaced McPhatter in the Drifters when he was called up for military service. Thus whats here is, in essence, the Drifters before and after - the Drifters were formed.
A great mix of smooth doo wop ballads and uptempo jumpers, with many tracks making their their reissue or CD debut.
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