Selected Bibliography -Page 2

(updated August 12, 2009)

(4) Song Title Discographies (5) Record Label Discographies(6) Record Price Guides (7) Current Magazines (8) Out-of-print Magazines


Who Sang Our Songs? The Official Rhythm & Blues and Doo-Wop Songography; by Douglas E. Friedman and Anthony J. Gribin; in Association with United In Group Harmony Association; published by Harmony Songs Publications, P.O. Box 252, West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764; arranged alphabetically by song title, 480 pages with over 30,000 entries;



Group Collector's Record Label Guide - Jeff Kreiter - P.O. Box 127, Bridgeport, Ohio 43912; inside: A pictorial guide to record labels of doo-wops and rhythm & blues from 1950 - 1965 (singles). It includes information on pricing, distinguishing "boots" or reproductions from authentic records, and differences between various authorized pressings; e-mail:

Collecting Rare Records - Lou Silvani; published by Times Square Records: P.O. Box 391, Bronx, NY 10463; listed alphabetical by label, giving location of label, a sampling of group 45s on each label, in some cases listing personnel of group, & suggestions on how to determine a "boot" or reproduction from an original; lots of great label photos!

Dead Wax - A Reference Compiled by Joe Pecoraro; P.O. Box 17, Woodlawn Station, Bronx, New York 10470, USA; Details on how to distinguish reproductions/bootlegs from the originals; includes also some awesome rare label images in color, magazines and ads from the past, list of collectors/historians over the years, more!

Off the Record - Motown by Master Number 1959-1989 by Reginald J. Bartlette; available through Popular Culture, Ink., P.O. Box 1839, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106; 1-313-973-1460; All available information on Motown & related commercial record releases, as well as all known promotional only issues, acetates, alternate takes, master numbers for all releases, running times for each song title, and full release dates for every single mentioned.



45 RPM Vocal Group Record Guide - Jeff Kreiter - P.O. Box 127, Bridgeport, Ohio 43912; A reference & price guide to vocal group harmony records (1949 - 2003). Records listed by alphabetical label order - includes suggested price range and dating; Cross Reference Index of Groups, first and second labels; Email

The Umphred Guide to Blues and Rhythm & Blues 45s of the '50s - Discography & Price Guide to "The World's Rarest Records" - Neal Umphred & John Tefteller - Monaural Press, Bellevue, Washington; 16,000 listings: 45 rpm singles, picture sleeves, and EPs - includes: single artist blues, group vocal, jump blues, instrumental, rock & roll, more. (Webmaster's note; our copy is the "Advance Copy"; this is not the completed book; that version will be 150 pages longer with additional text and nearly 200 photos; it is unknown if and when this will be issued.)



Echoes of the Past - Bob Belniak - P.O. Box 40, Agawam, Ma. 01001-0040; articles & photos on rock & roll and doowop groups; contributions by Steve Propes on delta numbers; one-of-a-kind "odd ball" group 45s reviews by Nay Nassar; info/photos on early R&B/blues 78s by George Moonoogian; and some great articles by Bob Bosco; email:

Blues & Rhythm - the Gospel Truth; Tony Burke, Keith Briggs, Tony Watson, Byron Foulger; United Kingdom; dedicated to legendary Blues, Gospel and R&B artists of the 50s era; for subscription info email Byron Foulger or Tony Watson

Rockin' 50s - Bill Griggs, P.O. Box 6123, Lubbock, Texas 79493 - contains articles and photos on R&B, Blues, & Rockabilly artists; email: There is also a special section devoted to "DJs Who Played The Music" (back then!) researched & compiled by George Nettleton. (This magazine may be out of print now ?)

American Music Magazine - Bo Berglind/Erik Petersson - Varberg, Sweden; September 1999 issue has a great write up on the Golden Crest Records Story with some one-of-a-kind photos of Golden Crest & Shelley records & artists, and those behind it, nicely done by John Broven (author of many books) who is married to the heir of Golden Crest/Shelley Records, Shelley (Galehouse) Broven! For information on this magazine, or anything to do with these labels, and/or a CD of these recordings email:

Rhythm and News Magazine Record Research - Bjorn Jentoft - P.O. Box 184, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475 - USA; Phone (860) 399-9752; Fax (860) 399-0199. Professionally laid out magazine featuring the early pioneer rhythm & blues vocal groups and the labels they recorded on. Nice articles/discographies/photos by Pete Grendysa, Eddie Gries, Donn Fileti, George Moonoogian, Opal Louis Nations, Victor Pearlin, Steve Propes, and many others. Sold on "per issue" basis (no subscriptions).



The following magazines were issued in the 1970s, 80s, and/or 90s. All had articles with photos of the groups & artists of the 50s era. Some were more doowop related; some were more blues/RnB related. Excellent discographical information on the artists, as well as many one-of-a-kind early photos made for wonderful reading.

Should there be more related books in the making, we will be glad to add them when they have a title, publisher, and target publishing date!

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