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doo-wop

[doo-wop]
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noun Popular Music.
  1. a style of small-group vocal harmonizing, commercialized as a type of so-called street singing in the 1950s, in which words and nonsense syllables are chanted in rhythmic harmony to support the stylized melody of the lead singer.
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Origin of doo-wop

representing the chanted syllables
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doo-wop

noun
  1. rhythm-and-blues harmony vocalizing developed by unaccompanied street-corner groups in the US in the 1950s
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Word Origin

C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for doo-wop

1958, from the nonsense harmony phrases sung under the vocal lead (this one attested from mid-1950s).

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