Bop Doo-Wopp

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Bop Doo-Wopp
Bop Doo-Wopp.jpg
Studio album by The Manhattan Transfer
Released 1984
Genre Jazz
Length 28:52
Label Atlantic
Producer Tim Hauser, Richard Perry
The Manhattan Transfer chronology
Bodies and Souls
(1983)Bodies and Souls1983
Bop Doo-Wopp
(1984)
Vocalese
(1985)Vocalese1985

Bop Doo-Wopp is the eighth studio album released by The Manhattan Transfer in 1984 on the Atlantic Records label. Six of the ten tracks on Bob Doo-Wopp are live performances.

The album contained the song "Route 66" which originally appeared on the soundtrack to the Burt Reynolds' film Sharky's Machine.

The album is essentially a "live" album (6 tracks) with some additional studio cuts (4 tracks). Five tracks were recorded live at the Nakano Sun Plaza in Japan in November 1983. Songs from these concerts were also released in 1996 on their album Man-Tora! Live in Tokyo. The other live cut, "Duke of Dubuque", was recorded for the Evening at Pops series on PBS. The song "Safronia B" was recorded in Sydney, Australia in December 1983. The other three songs were recorded in New York City.

Charts[edit]

This album spanned another Billboard Hot 100 single in "Baby Come Back to Me (The Morse Code of Love)" which reached #83 on the chart in late 1984. The song was dedicated to The Capris (an Italian vocal group from Queens) who released the single "There's a Moon Out Tonight" in 1960.

Awards[edit]

Route 66 hit the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, reaching #78, and earned the group another Grammy Award in the category of "Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Route 66" (Bobby Troup) (3:20)
  2. "Jeannine" (Duke Pearson, Oscar Brown, Jr) (5:30)
  3. "My Cat Fell in the Well (Well! Well! Well!)" (Billy Moll, Terry Shand, Dave Roberson) (2:45)
  4. "The Duke of Dubuque" (James Marchant, Billy Faber, Lawrence Royal) (2:20)
  5. "How High the Moon" (Nancy Hamilton, Morgan Lewis) (1:58)
  6. "Baby Come Back to Me (The Morse Code of Love)" (Nick Santamaria) (2:52)
  7. "Safronia B" (Calvin Boze) (2:08)
  8. "Heart's Desire" (George Cox, James Dozier, Hugh X. Lewis, Bernard Purdie) (2:40)
  9. "That's The Way It Goes" (Raoul Cita, George Goldner) (2:49)
  10. "Unchained Melody" (Alex North, Hy Zaret) (2:30)

Personnel[edit]

The Manhattan Transfer
  • Cheryl Bentyne - vocals, vocal arrangements (6, 10)
  • Tim Hauser - vocals, musical arrangements (1), vocal arrangements (6, 8, 9, 10)
  • Alan Paul - vocals, vocal arrangements (6, 10)
  • Janis Siegel - vocals, musical arrangements (1), vocal arrangements (3-6, 10)
Musicians
  • Alex Blake - bass
  • Al Capps - vocal arrangements (1)
  • Richard Cole - vocal arrangements (2)
  • John Cutcliffe - additional backing vocals (7)
  • Yaron Gershovsky - keyboards, conductor, musical arrangements (2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10)
  • Wayne Johnson - guitar, musical arrangements (4)
  • Tom Kellock - synthesizer
  • Phil Mattson - vocal arrangements (2)
  • Jon Mayer - acoustic piano
  • Andy Muson - bass
  • Jim Nelson - drums
  • Ira Newborn - guitar, musical arrangements (3, 8)
  • Don Roberts - woodwinds, additional backing vocals (7)
  • Art Rodriguez - drums, additional backing vocals (7)

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Tim Hauser (Tracks 1, 2 & 4-10); Richard Perry and Tim Hauser (Track 3).
  • Tracking and Remix: Elliot Scheiner
  • Engineers: Howard Steele (Track 3) and Richard Lush (Track 7).
  • Second Engineers on Track 7: Glen Holguin and Richard Muecke.
  • Tracking Engineer on Tracks 1, 2, 5, 8 & 9: Kenichi Matsuda
  • Monitor Engineer on Tracks 1, 2, 5, 8 & 9: Pete Winer
  • House Engineer on Tracks 1, 2, 5, 8 & 9: Dan Kasting
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction: Bob Defrin
  • Cover Illustration: Leslie Cabarga
  • Management: Brian Avnet

References / Sources[edit]