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The Chicago Scene
Awards and Recognition:

Recipient of the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in the Field of Recorded Rock, Rhythm and Blues, or Soul, 1997.

The Chicago Tribune's Bill Dahl praised Robert Pruter's Doowop for "vividly describ[ing] an enchanting time on the local music scene, when a handful of teenagers could taste rock 'n' roll stardom with harmonies they cooked up on a street corner."

Pruter foraged sources from fanzines to the Chicago Defender and conducted extensive interviews in cooking up Doowop, which chronicles the careers of such legendary 1950s groups as the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Spaniels, and the El Dorados, along with virtually every other Chicago doowop group that contributed to that era.

Supported by a grant from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc.

"A truly significant contribution. . . . A great deal of the history Pruter has captured would have died along with the musicians unless he had documented it."--Colin Escott, author of Good Rockin' Tonight: The Story of Sun Records

"A piece of major scholarship . . . that widens the perspective on Chicago as a vital center in the history of African American popular music. Meticulously researched and based on extensive interviews with the remaining singers from the scene, Doowop is destined to be a classic."--Ray Funk, authority on African American vocal groups

Robert Pruter is the author of Chicago Soul, which received the Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections and a Certificate of Excellence for scholarly works from the Illinois State Historical Society. Pruter also is rhythm-and-blues editor for Goldmine magazine and senior editor, social sciences, with Standard Educational Corp., Chicago.

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