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Doo Wop 50

Airs Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The resplendent Cadillacs perform “speedo.”

The year 1999 marked the 50th anniversary of doo wop music: harmonic vocal-group songs popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s. This program reunited more than 100 original performers to sing their mega-hits. From the Platters’ “Great Pretender” to Gene Chandler’s “Duke of Earl,” the fast-paced special includes such magic moments as the reunion of the Chantels’ after 40 years and host Jerry Butler’s performance of his first hit recording.

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