Eighteen with a bullet

This song must rate as one of the greatest of all doo-wop songs and what is interesting is that it’s not American and it comes along a good 25 years after doo-wop’s heyday. Some say it’s a pastiche — it’s only a reflection of the times with more “knowing” lyrics. This said, the ground had already been laid by the late 60s with Zappa and the Mothers releasing Ruben and the Jets. I first fell in love with doo-wop via the bio-pic of Alan Freed but the rather anemic Sha Na Na to their credit, gave me a taster.