Personalities | The Penguins | Roots of Rock

(Vocal group, 1954–59)

The Penguins were an early West Coast doo-wop group formed in 1954, when the group’s members were all attending Fremont High School in Los Angeles. Tenor Curtis Williams created the song ‘Earth Angel’ with two other vocalists. The song, which was going to be a B-side, became a national hit, spending three weeks at the top of the R&B charts and reaching No. 8 on the pop charts. The Penguins could not sustain their success and disbanded in 1959.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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