“Golden Teardrops” by The Flamingos. From rock historian Ed Ward’s review of a new history of doo-wop:
As far as black teenagers were concerned, though, this was old folks’ music, and after WWII, they wanted something of their own. For harmony singing, all you needed were some other singers, and basic harmony instruction was as close as the church your parents probably made you attend anyway. The first wave of these groups was referred to as the “bird groups,” because the Robins, the Orioles and the Ravens were the first to start investigating the new ways of presenting vocal harmony. The Ravens, for instance, had a bass lead singer, Jimmy Ricks, known as Ricky.