Produced by Dootsie Williamsit was released as their debut single in October on Dootone Records. The Penguins had formed the year prior and recorded the song as a demo in a garage in South Los Angeles. The song's origins lie in multiple different sources, among them songs by Jesse BelvinPatti Pageand the Hollywood Flames.
Its authorship was the subject of a bitter legal dispute with Williams in the years following its release.
Although the song was going to be overdubbed with additional instrumentation, the original demo version became an unexpected hit, quickly outstripping its A-side. The song grew out of Southern California and spread across the United States over the winter of — A cover version by white vocal group the Crew-Cuts peaked higher on the pop charts, reaching number three.
The Penguins' only hit, it eventually sold in excess of 10 million copies. The original recording of the song Marvin berry earth angel an enduring hit single for much of the s, and it is now considered to be one of the definitive doo-wop songs. Init was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registrydeeming it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.
The song echoes "Earth Angel" in its melodic refrain: Hodge later noted that the group lifted the bridge from that song for "Earth Angel". Duncan's vocal range spans from F 3 to G 4.
Although it was an unfinished demo, "Earth Angel" began to see immediate success. Williams carried a rough acetate dub with him to Dolphin's of Hollywood All Night Record Shop, a local record store, to gauge shop owner John Dolphin 's opinion.
The song has continued to sell multiple decades after its release;  infor example, it was still selling thousands of copies per week around the world. Group members later engaged in a dispute with Dootsie Williams regarding royalties. Ram had directed the group to Mercury, slyly using his power as a representative to get another L.
A court decision found this contract was invalid as three of the four members of the group were minors at the time Marvin berry earth angel their signing.
Dootone countersued, claiming Mercury induced the group to break their Dootone contract and for taking the publishing rights of "Earth Angel".
Dootsie Williams sued and was awarded the rights to the song in by the Los Angeles Superior Court "on the ground that Belvin and Hodge had written most of it. Their version peaked at number three on the pop charts, higher than the original. In addition to cover versions, the song has also been employed in various film and television soundtracks.
Australian group Human Nature covered the song on their album Jukebox. Although Marvin berry earth angel Penguins never matched the success of their debut single, the song has continued to see popularity and acclaim. Cleveland Duncan, the song's lead vocalist, remarked, "I never get tired of singing it, as long as people never get tired of hearing it.
An appraisal in the book Singles dubs the song "a simple but elegant recording now judged by many to be one of the finest examples of what would become doo-wop". It stood out because of the sincerity of the delivery. The artless, unaffected vocals of the Penguins, four black high schoolers from L.
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