THE OFFICIAL UGHA VOCAL GROUPS TOP 500
The survey was tabulated from votes from UGHA members who were asked to list their top ten favorite recordings. This was not an easy task with so many great vocal group harmony releases from the late 40's through the 50's and into the early 60's. The next survey (in the year 2000) will have members vote for their favorite 20, perhaps making their decisions easier.
This survey was tabulated by UGHA member, Rich Kriz, an enourmous undertaking. Rich set up a computerized point system with a ballot's #1 pick getting 100 points and working down to 10 points for #10. The #1 recording, "Golden Teardrops" by the Flamingos finished with 3,175 points, an overwhelming total as compared to #2, "My Reverie" by the Larks with 1,750. The 500th choice "The Bells Ring Out" by the Spaniels had 25 points.
The purpose of this Top 500 survey was to revive the interest of our membership regarding the classic recordings of our musical culture. And is now to serve as a credibility factor in attracting new members.
Our special thanks to Rich Kriz for his many hours of dedication to this project.
TOP 500 DATA
1 GOLDEN TEARDROPS - FLAMINGOS 1953 CHANCE
2 MY REVERIE - LARKS 1951 APOLLO
3 CRAZY FOR YOU - HEARTBEATS 1955 HULL
4 SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE - HARPTONES 1953 BRUCE
5 ITS TOO SOON TO KNOW - ORIOLES 1948
6 SHARE - TEENAGERS 1956 GEE
7 MOST OF ALL - MOONGLOWS 1955 CHESS
8 THE WIND - DIABLOS 1954 FORTUNE
9 I'LL NEVER TELL - HARPTONES 1953 BRUCE
10 THE CLOSER YOU ARE - CHANNELS 1956 WHIRLIN' DISC
158 DARLING CAN'T YOU TELL
CLUSTERS -1958 TEE GEE