OLD SCHOOL FRIDAYS - EARTH ANGEL - Penguins, Elvis, New Edition

Today's theme for Old School Friday's is New Edition. I found a video of their version of Earth Angel which they recorded for the soundtrack for Karate Kid II.

I also found a video of the group that originally recorded the song - The Penquins. Originally released in 1954 as the B side of the single Hey Senorita, Earth Angel was the song that made it all the way to #1 on the Billboard charts.

During the fifties many radio stations commonly had segregated play lists - this particularly insidious form of discrimination actually ended up creating two simultaneous releases of Earth Angel during this time - the "white" version was done by the Crew Cuts. There is even a rare version of Elvis singing Earth Angel.

Who wrote the song?
Penguins baritone Curtis Williams along with Gaynel Hodge, and Jesse Belvin.

New Edition's Version of Earth Angel for Karate Kid II:

The Original Version of Earth Angel by the Penguins:

The Crew Cuts Version for segregated playlists. BTW, for those of you too young to recognize it - that record playing on this video is a 78!:

Rare Recording of Elvis singing Earth Angel at YouTube


This meme was developed by Marvalus View and Mrs. Grapevine The rules are simple: 1. Anyone can participate, any music genre 2. Old School is defined as music created before 1999 3. No offensive music allowed, please use the edited radio version 4. Post a video of your favorite songs to take us back down memory lane 5. Add your name to the meme so that others can check you out 6. Have fun and don't forget to leave comments for other participants Click here to join in the fun!
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