Teardrops: The Very Best of Lee Andrews and the Hearts
2002 audio CD release
Lee Andrews & the Hearts scored only three hits, "Long Lonely Nights," "Tear Drops," and "Try the Impossible," in 1957-1958, so this collection contains plenty of the group's (and solo act Andrews') also-rans along with the successes. Liner notes … see full wiki
Hailing from Philadelphia, USA, Lee Andrews and the Hearts certainly made their mark during the late fifties. While most doo wop vocal groups never made the Billboard Top 100, Lee Andrews and the Hearts managed to place three songs on the charts. The haunting "Long Lonely Nights", "Try The Impossible" and their biggest hit "Teardrops" all charted between the summer of '57 and the summer of '58. Over the years the group would record several other memorable sides including "Maybe You'll Be There", a compelling dop wop version of the great WWII standard "The White Cliffs of Dover" as well as other tunes like "The Clock" and "Lonely Room". In "The Complete Book of Doo Wop" authors Matthew Schiff and Anthony Gribin list the Best 1000 Doo Wop Songs of All Time. Lee Andrews and the Hearts place 10 tunes on that list and 8 of those appear on this compilation.
This CD issued in 2002 by Collectables replaces an earlier less comprehensive release. After 1960 there were myriad personnel changes and the group would never again make the charts. And as time went on the group would develop a more soulful 1960's sound reminiscent of the Four Tops or Temptations. A handful of these tunes appear on this disc. At least one of them, "I've Had It" from 1968 could have been a major hit with the right promotion. Collectables has outdone itself on this one. There is a detailed 3 page bio of the group and the sound quality is superb. "Teardrops: The Very Best of Lee Andrews and The Hearts" would be a nice addition to your music library.
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