“DOO-WOP GREATS” EARL LEWIS AND THE CHANNELS–“THE CLOSER YOU ARE”

One of the best doo-wop vocal groups to never have a national hit record.  Earl Lewis And The Channels have been dubbed…”New York’s Finest” because of their wonderful blend of voices and romantic songs.  Earl Lewis joined the group after they formed in 1955 and became the groups main songwriter.

Earl Lewis And The Channels have seven songs listed in the “greatest doo-wop hits” of all-time by writers Gribin/Schiff in their book “The Complete Book Of Doo-Wop”.  The songs are: NOW YOU KNOW-1956…THE CLOSER YOU ARE-1956…I REALLY LOVE YOU-1956…THE GLEAM IN YOUR EYES-1956…THAT’S MY DESIRE-1957…BYE BYE BABY-1957…AND…MY LOVE WILL NEVER DIE-1957.

Earl Lewis wrote the classic…THE CLOSER YOU ARE-1956 (Port Records 70014), a hit in the New York area and other regional markets, but the song never charted.  The record is of course a doo-wop classic, a masterpiece of vocal harmony, and a favorite on oldies radio.  The flip-side of the single record is…NOW YOU KNOW, another great song that did not chart.

The “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” IS PROUD TO FEATURE BOTH SIDES OF THIS GREAT 1956 RECORDING…FOR SURE A CLASSIC HIT…THAT NEVER CHARTED…HOW DO YOU FIGURE!!!

The Closer You Are

Now You Know

Till the next time—Joe

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4 thoughts on ““DOO-WOP GREATS” EARL LEWIS AND THE CHANNELS–“THE CLOSER YOU ARE”

  1. r

    i lov doo wop i am 26 and i live in ethiopia my name is teg
    i search for the del vikings full recored but its hard to get that in africa
    if u have it please frowared through email

  2. john mastero and the crest are my fav doo wop group of all time .i have one song that i like very much ”step by step” could you please play that ? if u dont mind let me ask u one thing do kids in usa hear doo wop this days ?i think The media around the world will help so much if they are really in to this type of rhytm to devlop the melody of this generation music . I wonder that why elivis more popular than buddy ,chuck berry and larry williams .the media should give much attention to this three they are the real deal.

    • Hi Teg…Thank You for your comment….Agree…the music of the 50s…is being played less and less. Kids in the USA can hear doowop music on the internet, and on some AM and FM stations, but usually just the big hits…on my radio show on http://www.oldiesplus.net I play the hits of the 50s and 60s along with some of the rare songs that radio has left behind…I will play STEP BY STEP BY THE CRESTS FOR YOU MONDAY ON MY SHOW…PLEASE TUNE IN…YOU CAN ALSO JOIN US IN THE CHAT ROOM….THANK YOU…JOE

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