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• Released to coincide with Ms. Gunter’s first-ever trip to the UK, "Oop Shoop" is also Shirley’s first ever legitimate album release anywhere in the world.

• Shirley and the Queens are generally considered to be among the first female R&B groups, and pivotal to the ‘girl group’ sound that was soon to be embellished by the likes of the Shirelles, Marvelettes etc. Her later work with her brother Cornel’s group, the Flairs, represents the apex of 1950s west coast rhythm & blues.

• This collection features every single recording that Shirley made for Modern and Flair – and, two later singles notwithstanding, pretty much represents her recording career in total. Almost 70% of these tracks have never been reissued on CD – four have never been issued at all.

• "Oop Shoop" itself is a bona fide Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame classic, and the rest of the tracks here – the emphasis for which is very definitely on the upbeat - are not even slightly shabby by comparison...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Gunter: Oop Shoop - The Flair & Modern Recordings 2 May 2010
By Leslie A. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought the cd was excellent I play it all the time there where some ... 8 Sept. 2014
By Beatrice Sanchez - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought the cd was excellent I play it all the time there where some songs I never heard of, but once I did no stopping me now. If you are a Shirley Gunter fan this is one cd I recommend. I even bought one for a friend.
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