14 Karat Soul
14 Karat Soul is an a cappella group from East Orange, N.J. active in the 1980s. They were originally a strictly doo-wop group, but later branched out into other genres. The group featured in the 1980 Mabou Mines short film Sister Suzie Cinema, a 20-minute doo-wop opera by Bob Telson and Lee Breuer.
The discography of 14 Karat Soul includes several albums and compilations on Pony Canyon for the Japanese market, where the group was known through numerous Japanese TV adverts.
- Lovers' Fantasy
- Sister Suzie Cinema & The Gospel at Colonus (with Ben Halley Jr.)
- Have Fun Tonight
- Too Young: 14 Greatest Ballads
- Take Me Back
- On The Road Again
- Ole Skool Soul
- Songs From The Heart
- The Girl in White
- Get Back In Love
- That's Doo-Wop Acappella
- In Love With You
- 14 Karat Soul Sings Disney
- Mo' Disney, Mo' 14 Karat Soul
- Sesame Street Sing-Along Travel Songs
- Craig Morrison Go Cat Go!: Rockabilly Music and Its Makers 1996 0252065387 Page 236 "one had 14-Karat Soul, a black doo-wop group."
- Black Music & Jazz Review Volume 5 1982- Page 52 "Greg Marshall talks to a cappella doo-wop stylists 14 Karat Soul and develops a cold foot over the group's plans to embrace instrumental backing. "
- Blues & Soul 1986 - Page 33 "14 Karat Soul are committed to singing their brand of vocal j group harmony a capella — that is to say unaccompanied..."
- Billboard - 17 oct. 1981 He is also set to produce a demo tape by the vocal group 14 Karat Soul for Atlantic. "They sing doowop but they're contemporary." he says of the quintet from East Orange, N.J. "Again, it's a one of a kind thing. There's real substance there "
- Shehu Sani Hatred for Black People 2013 page 210 Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson and Singer Michael Jackson push Japanese products, and Suntory brewery features a black doo-wop group called 14 Karat Soul in television spots for its Suntory white whisky. Japanese marketing experts ..."
- Fezco, Mary Anna (June 1983). "Fourteen Karat Soul Ponders the Future Beyond Doo-Wop". Record. 2 (8): 8.
- American Theatre - Volume 1 1984 Sister Suzie Cinema followed, a 20-minute doo-wop opera performed by the a capella group 14 Karat Soul — fun, but a trifle.
- TV Guide - Volume 36 - Page 29 1988 "Sister Suzie Cinema," a John Sanborn video of a "doo-wop opera" by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson, features 14 Karat Soul, an all-male a cappella quintet.
- Colette - Page 212 1981 "Il s'agit de poèmes musicaux et la musique de Bob Telson inspirée du « Doo-Wop » des années 50, du gospel mâtiné de disco, était remarquablement interprétée par le groupe de Harlem 14 Karat Soul — cinq Noirs vêtus de blanc avec une ..."
- Billboard - 14 Sept. 1985 "Sister Suzie Cinema," scheduled for airing during the second season of PBS's weekly "Alive From 01! Center." The half-hour video is an a cappella doo-wop fantasy about the movies, starring 14 Karat Soul and Ben Halley Jr.