The Edsels

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The Edsels
Origin Campbell, Ohio, United States
Genres Doo-wop
Years active 1957–1963
Labels Dub Records, Twin Records, Roulette Records, Tammy Records, Capitol Records
Members Maurice Jones
Danny Friendly
Past members James Reynolds
George 'Wydell' Jones
Marshall Sewell
Larry Green
Harry Green

The Edsels were an American doo-wop group active during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The name of the group was originally The Essos, after the oil company, but was changed to match the then-new Ford automobile, the Edsel. The Edsels recorded over 25 songs and had multiple performances on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. The Edsels were one of the few doo-wop groups to sign with a major record label, as most groups of that era found success with small independent labels. Before their national hit "Rama Lama Ding Dong," songs like "What Brought Us Together", "Bone Shaker Joe" and "Do You Love Me" helped the group land a major recording contract with Capitol Records in 1961.

Today the group is known almost exclusively for their song "Rama Lama Ding Dong". The song was recorded in 1957 and released, under the erroneous title "Lama Rama Ding Dong," in 1958. The song did not become popular until 1961, after a disc jockey in New York City began to play it as a segue from the Marcels' doo-wop version of "Blue Moon". The song eventually became popular throughout the US, peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The group continues to perform today. In addition, James Reynolds performs with his five sons Jeff, Baron, Patrick, Chris and Carlise (as the Reynolds Brothers).[1] That group released an album, The Reynolds Brothers, featuring songs written by James and fellow Edsels member George Jones.

Personnel[edit]

  • George 'Wydell' Jones – lead vocals (died September 27, 2008)[2]
  • Larry Green – first tenor
  • James Reynolds – second tenor
  • Harry Green – baritone
  • Marshall Sewell – bass (died June 4, 2013)[3]

Influence of the song "Rama Lama Ding Dong"[edit]

  • A cover version of the song was performed on The Muppet Show once: in Episode 89 (or season 4, episode 17), the episode that also had Mark Hamill, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca from Star Wars as guests, a shepherd, his sheep and his girl perform the song.
  • British rock'n'roll band Showaddywaddy covered the song on their album The Very Best Of Showaddywaddy.
  • Rocky Sharpe and The Replays covered the song in 1979.
  • Serbian doo wop band Vampiri covered the song in 1991.
  • Barry Mann wrote a song called "Who Put the Bomp" in 1961, in which he sings about his girl falling in love with him after listening to some doo-wop style songs with their recognizable nonsense lyrics. In the song he asks the question, who put the ram in the 'Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong'.
  • "Rama Lama Ding Dong" is heard in the Grease song "We Go Together".
  • "Rama Lama Ding Dong" is heard in the film Children of a Lesser God and is used by the character James Leeds (William Hurt) to teach his class of hearing-impaired teenagers.
  • "Rama Lama Ding Dong" is played in many German ice rinks when the local team scores.
  • A satirical version entitled "Shama Lama Ding Dong" is presented in the film Animal House.
  • Le Tigre's song "Deceptacon" featured the lyrics "Who took the ram from the ramalamadingdong?"
  • The song featured in the title sequence of an episode of Love/Hate
  • "Rama Lama Ding Dong" is parodied as "La canción de la vieja l'visillo" by spanish comedian José Mota in one episode of his TV show.
  • On July 2, 2013, British newspaper The Sun used the headline "Ramadan A Ding Dong" after Channel 4 broadcast a controversial Muslim call to prayer.[4]

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