Carl Feaster, singer
The Chords

Carl Feaster

September 24, 1930, New York, NY ~ January 23, 1981

Tenor, lead singer in most of the Chords' incarnations. After Carl's death in 1981, the Chords never reunited. In 1959, under the alias Lionel Thorpe Feaster recorded six songs, most of which later appeared on various Chords compilation albums. ~ Make Today Rock

The Chords

A 1950s American doo wop group, whose only hit was ‘Sh-Boom.’ ~ Wikipedia: the Chords ~ retrieved March 19, 2014 © Wikipedia

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‘Sh-Boom’ is supposed to have been titled after the threat of an atom bomb explosion which, in the midst of Cold War posturing in 1954, was a very real topic on the public's mind. However, this demented ditty also included the surreally optimistic message that everything was ultimately fine and as the rest of the lyrics suggested, “life could be a dream.” By the end of June 1954, "Sh-Boom" had climbed up the charts nationwide, charting on both the R&B (number five) and pop (number two) lists, a nearly unprecedented feat for its time. For all practical purposes - along with the Crows' 1953 hit ‘Gee’ (another upbeat B-side hit that DJs flipped over) - ‘Sh-Boom’ introduced the white audience to black R&B music for the first time. ~ Allmusic: the Chords ~ retrieved March 19, 2014 © Allmusic

The Chords ~ Inducted in the 2007 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

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