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[doo-wop] /ˈduˌwɒp/
noun, Popular Music.
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.
Origin of doo-wop
representing the chanted syllables Unabridged
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rhythm-and-blues harmony vocalizing developed by unaccompanied street-corner groups in the US in the 1950s
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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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: from the do-whop music and lovingly customized cars/ lead singer of her Sixties doo-wop outfit, Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles


A style of street jazz-singing, esp by black ensembles (1950s+ Black musicians)

[echoic fr a common rhythm phrase of the songs]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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