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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


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7 comments:

  1. I thought I through you a curve ball, but you knocked it out the park. They had a few remakes of some great classics. I remember this song and this movie. I don't think there is an NE moment that I don't know about.

    Thanks for doing your research, and picking a great songs, and going back to the source.

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  2. Love your spin on the theme!
    I never liked the Karate Kid but I love the song, even though I prefer the original to the New Edition version.

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  3. MrsGrapevine - you did have me stumped for a bit - how ever was I going to bring this into the fifties/sixties era???? HA! But you made me work for it!

    Regina - I only liked the first Karate Kid and probably because I went around saying "wax on, wax off" until people wanted to clobber me, lol.

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  4. Great history lesson. I knew a couple of original doo-wap musicians when I lived in Jersey. I remember the original Earth Angel being played on the radio as a "blast from the past" sometimes. :-) The NE did a respectable remake.

    I had to work to connect the dots on this theme too, but for other reasons. One thing I like about this meme is it gets us to put the music we love within the context of our lives.

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  5. Vérité - MrsGrapevine really had me reaching this week to stay within my baby boomer era, lol!

    But you make a great point about putting music within the context of our lives and it turned out to be a very fun post for me!

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  6. Fellow boomer who just discovered your blog. Reading some of your posts put me in flashback mode.
    That Hulu.com ad is hilarious. Like most of us, I think Alec Baldwin has improved with age.

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  7. Wanderlust - welcome, thanks for stopping by!

    Yes, the whole point of this blog is to bring back some nostalgia for us boomers and, maybe, tell the younger generation what it was like to grow up in post WWII America. I also get to jog my memory in the process!

    I welcome suggestions, comments and memories from all so stop by often and enjoy some sound bytes, trivia and share some of your good old days.

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