Sh-Boom was written by The Chords, a doo-wop group from The Bronx, New York. It was actually the B-side of their first single, but it received much more attention than the A-side and became a nationwide hit in the US in 1954. It was quickly covered by a white Canadian vocal quartet called The Crew Cuts, who made it into more of a vocal show-piece and had an even bigger hit with their version in the same year.
The Gurt Lush arrangement is based on the Crew Cuts version, but The Chords' more R&B-styled original is well worth a listen. There's also a short video of The Chords talking about the song's genesis.
Sadly, The Chords never managed another hit record, but The Crew Cuts had plenty more, mainly with covers of originally R&B songs. Catchy arrangements and clean vocal delivery were clearly their strongest suits.
Sunday 26 November
North Bristol Arts Trail, St Michael & All Angels Church, Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NT. 4.15-5.45
Saturday 9 December
Charity Carol Singing, Clifton Down Shopping Centre, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday 11 December
Radio Bristol / Bristol Post Carol Concert (Lord Mayor's appeal), Colston Hall, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 16 December
A Gurt Noel (our official do), St Albans Church, afternoon rehearsals, concert at 7.30 p.m.
Friday 22 December
Carol Singing, Bristol Heart Institute, BRI, 12.30-1.30 pm
25 February 2018
Innovation 216, St Georges (Morning)
28 February and 1 March 2018
The Hall on the Hill, St Georges
3 March 2018
CoMA, The Festival of Contemporary Music for All
2 - 6 May 2018
Calella Festival, Costa de Barcelona
7 July 2018
Summer Spectaular featuring WWI Suite, St Georges