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.
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. … more