*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

The Groups That Put the R (rhythm) in R&B

African American groups were in the forefront of rhythm and blues music so popular within their communities during the late 1940s, carrying through the 1950s. The music known as Doo Wop through these groups, gained acceptance across all racial lines and today still enjoys a vast listening audience through oldies radio stations and oldies concerts across the country. This course will focus on 15 or more, time permitting, major groups of the era. We’ll discuss how they each came together, the studios that produced them, and their effect on the genre. Each class meeting will feature recordings and photos and original 45s to bring the discussion alive.  We will also hear bonus songs by prominant All Girl groups, Bi-Racial male groups and will cap off the course with a Holiday music special class.

Instructor Bio:

Alan Kurland attended UVA where he was a disc jockey on the college radio station WUVA during the height of the R&B and Doo Wop music period. He also participated with a top 1950s Rock & Roll group that had a number-one song in the northeast region. After college, he filled in as a DJ occasionally on several radio stations specializing in R&B music in New York City. Mr. Kurland has been a lifelong proponent of R&B/Doo Wop music, and still listens on radio, internet, and CDs as well as attends concerts featuring this genre whenever the opportunity presents itself. Mr. Kurland still participates in R&B courses when possible to stay up to date with happenings in that world.

Required Reading:

A healthy appetite for great R&B music.

Recommended Reading:

Morrow, Bruce and Rich Maloof. Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era, 2010. Gribin, Anthony and  Matthew M. Schiff. The Complete Book of Doo-Wop Rhythm and Blues, 2000. Baptista, Todd R. Group Harmony: Echoes Of Rhythm And Blues Era, 2007.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B16 Alan Kurland Oct 24, 31 Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec 5, 12 Tu 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Homewood Suites WL

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