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

African American groups were in the forefront of rhythm and blues music within their communities during the late 1940s, carrying through the 1950s. Music known as Doo Wop gained acceptance across all racial lines and today enjoys a vast listening audience through oldies radio stations and concerts across the country. This course will focus on 15 or more major groups of the era. We’ll discuss how they came together, the studios that produced them, and their effect on the genre. Each class meeting will feature recordings, photos, and original 45’s to enliven discussions. We will also hear songs by prominent all girl groups, bi-racial, and white male groups and will cap off the course with a holiday music special class. Note: Due to the length of this course, the first two class meeting dates are in session A. This course does not meet on Wednesday, November 21.

Instructor Bio:

Alan Kurland attended UVA where he was a disc jockey on 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 in New York City. Mr. Kurland has been a lifelong proponent of R&B/Doo Wop music, and still listens to it on the radio, internet, and CDs. He attends concerts featuring this genre and participates in R&B courses to stay up to date with happenings.

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
B306 Alan Kurland Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, 12 We 1:30-3:00 p.m. Homewood Suites A

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