Hello, The El Dorados were a black doo-wop group from Chicago, Illinois. Members included Pirkle Lee Moses-lead, ArthurBassett, Louis Bradley, Jewel Jones and James Maddox. They were one of the most significant vocal groups to come out of Chicago in the 1950’s.
Their classic recording of “AT MY FRONT DOOR” on the Vee-Jay record label is one of the all-time great doo-wop up-tempo hits of the ’50s and ’60s. The El Dorados hit was a #1 R&B record and it introduced the group to the new rock and roll revolution. On October 15, 1955 the group made their Billboard Top 100 debut. “At My Front Door” became a big hit on the pop chart, peaking at #17 and remaining on the chart for 11 weeks. That was no small feat, considering it was 1955 and black artists had a hard time getting their records played on white radio stations.
Pat Boone would cover their recording as was the case in the 1950’s. Pats version made its chart debut on October 29, 1955, just two weeks after The El Dorados version charted. Pats recording peaked at #7 and remained on the Top 100 for 14 weeks. Without a doubt The El Dorados version was far superior to Pat Boone’s.
The group split in 1957, not to reach the Billboard Pop chart again, although they did place “I’LL BE LOVING YOU FOREVER” high on the Billboard R&B chart (#8) at the end of 1955 and into 1956. A revamped version of The El Dorados continued to record for Vee-Jay but they were released from their contract in 1958.
Their recording of “At My Front Door” is still a favorite from the early days of rock and roll and is often heard on oldies radio. Pirkle Lee Moses the lead singer of The El Dorados died in December of 2000, at the age of 63.
Till the next time—Joe