Why Do You Have To Go?

Album: From Streetcorner to Soul (1957)
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  • The Dells formed in the early '50s, and became one of the most enduring Doo-Wop groups of all time. This song was written by Verne Allison of The Dells, and like many of their songs, it expresses a powerful sentiment. Kenny Vance, who was an original member of Jay & the Americans, and performs many vocal classics with his group The Planotones, mentions this as a classic song. Says Vance: "What I loved about those songs in the early days, they created an atmosphere. They were atmospheric. It wasn't about the lyrics so much, or the melody, but when they put the whole thing together it had a certain feeling. And that's to me what connected the audience when we were kids. It just had a feeling that you couldn't get away from. When adults tried to copy those records to make money, they couldn't do it. Those records were made by teenagers. And there's something about what they captured on those records viscerally that I think entered the listener." (Read more in our interview with Kenny Vance.)
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