The Penguins

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1984 (The 1985 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Earth Angel (1954)

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Will The Penguins be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


18 comments so far (post your own)

these guys wrote and sang the classic EARTH ANGEL. I am suprised they are not in.

Posted by brian on Monday, 03.3.08 @ 21:35pm

They should have been inducted some between The Four Tops and The Platters!!

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 11.8.08 @ 13:58pm

"some time between" is what I meant to say. Felt I needed to correct myself there.

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 11.8.08 @ 13:59pm

No, i'm sick of the hall inducting ever bloody doo wop and soul group.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 06.5.11 @ 11:09am

Oh come on, GFW.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 14:20pm

Bit silly that comment was, but I stand by it, atleast on soul. I don't know anything about doo wop so I have no idea how many are in.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 14:53pm

I actually don't think the Hall is overrepresented in doo-wop, though maybe I am being biased as I love doo-wop. I'll agree with you on soul, though.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 15:09pm

This list actually covers the doo-wop movers and shakers pretty well.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 15:13pm

Yeah, percy sledge was the straw that broke the camels back i think.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 15:20pm

GFW, my first blog on Rock Hall Monitors was about doowop.

The problem with trying to represent doo-wop is that there weren't too many groups that had more than one big hit, and in many instances ONLY that one hit. The Penguins are the classic example. "Earth Angel" could quite easily be called the first rock'n'roll ballad and is a doo-wop standard. But other than that, nothing.

I don't think they're really that overrepresented on soul, either though. Percy Sledge was a bad call, and I'm not too big with Isaac Hayes either, but other than that, they really haven't inducted too many, if any, soul artists that don't deserve it. I don't think Joe Tex is all that deserving, but the Spinners are a big yes from me.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 15:29pm

That's actually a pretty good statement on soul as well. I'd agree with putting the Spinners in but Joe Tex might be a bit much. It's sort of like punk. I mean, ok we've got it fairly well covered with the Ramones, the Clash, the Stooges and the Sex Pistols so do we really need to induct, say, the Buzzcocks too? (and I'd support the Buzzcocks). Basically, how much is too much?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 15:50pm

With punk I'd say you need
The Stooges
The Clash
The Ramones
Sex Pistols

Then maybe
The Buzzcocks

Posted by GFW on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 15:56pm

I'd agree with those picks. However, I would add New York Dolls to the maybe pile. I'm not a fan but they blurred the lines between glam rock and punk in a fairly influential/innovative manner so they're at least worth mentioning. Personally, I'd put MC5 in before them, though.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 16:02pm

Should be in. Great vocals, harmonies.

Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 11:26am

Here is another classing doo wop group." Earth Angle " Stands the test of time! all it takes is one great song to change the world , this is one of them. they had a few differant singers over time but who cares ,they all could do the job,
I hope they get in .just dosen't make sense they are not in.

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 04.21.12 @ 20:09pm

R.I.P., Cleve Duncan. Earth Angel is one of the most beautiful doo wop songs and showcases Duncan's amazing vocals to perfection. It definitely beats the somnambulistic version by The Crew Cuts.

Although Earth Angel was The Penguins' only significant hit on the National Pop Charts (#8, to be exact. The inferior Crew Cuts version made it to #3), they had a second hit on the national R&B charts in 1957, Pledge of Love (#15). The Penguins joined Atlantic Records in March that year after leaving Mercury two months earlier. Pledge of Love was issued by Atlantic the same month that The Penguins joined that label.

Earth Angel was rereleased in December 1958 and later returned to the National Pop Charts, but missed the top 100, ranking in only at #101.

All information courtesy this outstanding article about The Penguins by Marv Goldberg, which should tell you everything you need to know about this group:

Interestingly enough, Earth Angel was released by Dootone Records (later rechristened as Dooto) three times: twice under the Dootone name and once under Dooto. Mercury released Earth Angel only once as a single.

Posted by Zach on Saturday, 12.8.12 @ 20:17pm

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