Hushabye – book chronicles The Mystics

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One of the most fondly recalled songs of the late 1950s, was “Hushabye,” and the group that crooned that one single word, was THE MYSTICS a vocal group that hailed from Brooklyn NY. Group member Al Contrara, has written a poignant book which tells the tale of this quartet, entitled “Hushabye: The Mystics, the Music and the Mob.” Among the intriguing stories, is one that when the act was signed to Laurie Records, they were promised a tune written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman, called “A Teenager in Love.” They were quite disheartened when it was given to labelmates  Dion & The Belmonts, however fate was on their side, when Pomus & Shuman wrote a song in a similar fashion, “Hushabye,” which became the group’s biggest hit, and signature tune.

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