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Backup Singers

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Backup singers or backing vocalists provide vocal accompaniment for the featured singer in a band or a singing group, either in live performance or on record. Arrangements that counterposed backup singers to a lead voice may have originated...

Vocal Groups

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Informal singing in groups (with or without instruments) has flourished since the Renaissance period, when people would gather at each other’s houses to sing madrigals and part songs. Since the eighteenth century, this domestic music-making...

Quartet

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...In popular music, a quartet is an ensemble made up of four musicians, four singers or a mixture of instrumentalists and singers. Unlike in Western classical music, in which quartet formats are determined by the demands of a written score...
...One of the first American pop vocal groups to gain international fame, the Ink Spots were responsible for stylistic innovations which led to rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and doo-wop. Originally formed in 1931 in Indianapolis, Indiana...

Doo Wop

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Doo wop is both a sub-genre of rhythm and blues music and a performance style. The term is most commonly used to refer to a postwar, secular male vocal music that became a popular component of rhythm and blues from about 1949 through 1960....