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Certainly one of the most important R&B groups of the 1950's.

  • Dec 14, 2008
Whether you are already a huge fan of this music or someone just exploring the genre  "The Five Keys:  Golden Classics" is a "must have" disc.  The Five Keys hailed from Newport News, Va. Lead singer Rudy West is considered by many to be the finest lead singer of the era.  He would certainly rank with the likes of WIllie Winfield of the Harptones and Eugene Mumford of the Larks.  Anyway, the Five Keys signed with Aladdin Records in 1951 and achieved modest success.  Their biggest hit with Aladdin was "The Glory of Love."  For the most part though, the Aladdin recordings were gutsy R&B numbers.  Many hard core R&B buffs probably prefer that sound to what emerged when Capitol Records signed the group in 1954.  Capitol saw the groups great potential with pop music audiences of the day.  The result was a series of fabulous recordings, replete with lush arrangements and highlighting the vocal prowess of Rudy West.  Tunes such as "Wisdom of A Fool", "Let There Be You" and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" appeared on both the pop and R&B charts.  I am also partial to a number of other cuts on this CD, including "The Verdict", "Who Do You Know In Heaven" "C'est La Vie" and in particular the final cut "One Great Love".  The Five Keys never achieved the national success Capitol had hoped for. But that certainly does not diminish the superb body of work they left for all to enjoy.  An extremely enjoyable disc!   Highly recommended!
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The Five Keys, a group which hailed from Virginia, began as a Gospel group in the late '40s. Switching to the Doo Wop genre, their sound and direction was inspired by The Orioles. They had multiple R&B hits in the '50s on the charts.

Track Listings
Ling Ting Tong
Close Your Eyes
Verdict, The
I Wish I'd Never Learned to Read
She's the Most
I Dreamt I Dwelt in Heaven
My Pigeon's Gone
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Wisdom of a Fool
Let There Be You
From the Bottom of My Heart
Gypsy, The
Who Do You Know in Heaven
C'Est la Vie
To Each His Own
It's a Cryin' Shame
Emily Please
Handy Andy
One Great Love
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Artist: The Five Keys
Label: Capitol
Genre: Rhythm and Blues
Release Date: 1993

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