Watch the trailer for the forthcoming Doo-Wop documentary, Streetlight Harmonies, coming digital and home video on March 31, 2020.
Lakeshore Records is set to release Streetlight Harmonies—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on March 6. The album contains cover versions of classic Doo-Wop songs of iconic artists whose stories are showcased in the lauded documentary performed by Straight No Chaser, Koryn Hawthorne, La La Brooks and more. From The Drifters to The Platters and Little Anthony & The Imperials, the music is beloved by millions and the film dives into the backgrounds of the artists to shine a light on the stories that few know. See the track list below the jump.
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01. The Angels Listened In – Committed
02. Goody Goody – Committed
03. Maybe – Angela Peel, Gabe Lopez and Trevor Page
04. Lover’s Prayer – Koryn Hawthorne
05. Up On The Roof – La La Brooks, Vito Picone, Charlie Thomas, & Straight No Chaser
06. Stand By Me – La La Brooks, Vito Picone, Charlie Thomas, & Straight No Chaser
Utilizing all-new interviews with stars such as Brian Wilson, Lance Bass and Brian McKnight, along with HD restored archival footage, the film explores the history and social impact of this timeless era. The Ley Line Entertainment film directed by Brent Wilson will be released on VOD March 31.
The film features the unmistakable falsetto leads, lilting harmonies and deep backing vocals set to a bluesy street corner rhythm that created those unmistakable sounds — “Stand by Me” covered by Straight No Chaser, La La Brooks, Charlie Thomas and Vito Picone, “Tears On My Pillow (Little Anthony & The Imperials), “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (The Teenagers), and more — all an endless jukebox of melodies and memories. No other genre of music can conjure up the innocence of a nation, or the pangs of love quite like the timeless sounds of Doo-Wop. An entertaining journey through bands, songs and harmonies that evoke both days gone by as well as current hits, Streetlight Harmonies uncovers a definitive period of music and the artists that defined it. Millions know the music but few know the artists and their history that laid the foundation for rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and built a bridge to The Civil Rights movement.
Iconic musicians featured in the documentary include Jimmy Merchant (The Teenagers), Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony and the Imperials), Al Jardine (The Beach Boys), Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson Band), Charlie Thomas (The Drifters), Sammy Strain (The Imperials, The O’Jays), Terry Johnson (The Flamingos), Diz Russell (The Orioles),Fred Parris (The Five Satins), Billy Brown (Ray Goodman and Brown, The Moments), Ron Coleman (The Broadways), Lois Powell (The Chantels), Fanita James (The Blossoms), La La Brooks (The Crystals), Janis Ian (Manhattan Transfer), Vito Picone (The Elegants), Eddie Rich (The Swallows), Leon Hughes (The Coasters), Jeff Barry, Brooks Arthur, Wally Roker (The Heartbeats), Freda Payne, Scherrie Payne (The Supremes), Florence La Rue (Fifth Dimension), Claude McKnight (Take 6), Brian McKnight, Lance Bass (NSYNC), Barbara Jean English (The Clickettes), Ron Dante (The Archies), Jon Bauman, Lenny Welch, Lamont Dozier, and many more.
“What an honor it was to re-create iconic songs like “Stand By Me” and “Up on the Roof” for Streetlight Harmonies,” said Seggie Isho of chart-topping a cappella group Straight No Chaser. “Doo Wop music played a pivotal role in American pop culture and changed the course of American music, and its effects can be heard in nearly every genre of popular music today. We’re thrilled to be a part of this project, as the film sheds light on the lesser-known stories in the history of American music.”
Says Charlie Thomas on singing with La La, Vito, and Straight No Chaser: “So glad everyone’s back together again to keep rockin’ — rock & roll is here to stay.”
Gravitas Ventures presents STREETLIGHT HARMONIES, available on Digital and VOD March 31 (pre-order on iTunes).