doo-wop

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See also: doowop and doo wop

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Coined by a DJ, Gus Gossert, in the 1970s, referring to (mostly) white rock-and-roll groups of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The name is onomatopoeic, representing the nonsensical backing vocals of some songs of the genre.

Noun[edit]

doo-wop (uncountable)

  1. A style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America characterized by nonsensical backing vocals.