The CHORDS - SH-BOOM ( Life Could Be A Dream) Little Maiden
10" 78 RPM
Record is VG VG+ light marks ( Sh-boom plays well)( Little Maiden is ONLY VG not so good) ( Listen)
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SH-BOOM ( Life Could Be A Dream)
Sh-Boom" (sometimes referred to as "Life Could Be a Dream") is an early doo-wop song. It was written by James Keyes, Claude Feaster & Carl Feaster, Floyd F. McRae, and James Edwards, members of the R&B vocal group The Chords and published in 1954. It was a U.S. top ten hit that year for both The Chords (who first recorded the song) and The Crew-Cuts.
The song was first recorded on Atlantic Records' subsidiary label Cat Records by The Chords and would be their only hit song. "Sh-Boom" reached number 2 on the Billboard R&B charts, and peaked at number 5 on the pop charts. It is sometimes considered to be the first doo-wop or rock 'n' roll record to reach the top ten on the pop charts (as opposed to the R&B charts). This version was ranked #215 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and is the group's only song on the list.
On the B-side of "Cross Over the Bridge", Cat grudgingly issued one of the group's own songs, "Sh-Boom", a fun piece of nonsense, with a sax solo by Sam "The Man" Taylor. When word started coming out of California that the Chords record was getting very heavy sales orders, Atlantic was thrilled. Their reaction changed to shock when they found out that the side generating the orders was "Sh-Boom". But they recovered quickly enough to pull "Cross Over the Bridge" (of which Atlantic did not own the publishing rights) from the record in June, adding a new B-side which was also recorded at the March session titled "Little Maiden" (with the same catalogue number, Cat 104). On July 3, 1954, the Chords' version of "Sh-Boom" hit both the pop and R&B charts, where it would peak at # 5 and # 2 respectively. A watered-down cover version by Canada's Crew Cuts on Mercury went all the way to the top of the pop charts. Such was the furore created by the song that even a parody version by Stan Freberg (still funny after 50 years, IMO, though perhaps unnecessarily cruel) made the Top 20.