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June 16, 2021

Hushabye is the name of a song that was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman in 1959 for the doo-wop vocal group The Mystics. It is based on the lullaby “All the Pretty Horses”. It spent sixteen weeks on Billboard Hot 100 (nine of those in the top 40), reaching #20 at its peak. It’s an American classic, especially for those of us who grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

The Mystics are a singing group which began in Brooklyn, New York, USA in the late 1950s. The group was known as The Overons, a quintet that, when signed to Laurie Records, consisted of Phil Cracolici (b. 1937, lead), Albee Cracolici (b. 1936, baritone), George Galfo (b. 1939, second tenor), Bob Ferrante (b. 1936, first tenor), and Al Contrera (b. 1940, bass). Under the direction of their manager, Jim Gribble, The Overons became The Mystics when each group member wrote a name they liked on a slip of paper, placed the papers in a hat and Al Contrera’s choice was drawn.

Hushabye is a lyrically simple song but very well suited for the doo-wop sound. However, this song was covered by the Beach Boys on their 1964 album All Summer Long , featuring Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals.

Give both a listen here and let me know what you think. Which is best?

Mystics –
Beach Boys –

Hushabye was also covered by The Kingsmen (1966), Jay and the Americans (1969), and Robert John (1982)

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  1. Oddly, I’m more familiar with the Kingmens version. I had a K-Tel record with that on it. While I like the BBs rendition, it is almost overly produced to my ear. In the end, the Mystics carry the day as they have that ‘on the corner’ sound that real doo-wop demands. Thanks.

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  2. I like them both but will vote for the doo-wop sound of the Mystics:)

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    Rewgards, Helga, Vienna

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  4. My vote also goes to the Mystics. Crisper vocals and a little more upbeat. Too much falsetto in the mix for rather Beach Boys.

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