- a singing style for popular music, esp. of the 1950s, featuring a lead singer supported by a chorus and often involving falsetto and a cappella singing
- music sung in this style
Origin of doo-wop; from nonsense syllables sung in accompaniment
Origin of doo-wopImitative of the vocals in such music.
Coined by a DJ, Gus Gossert, in the 1970s referring to (mostly) white rock & roll groups of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The name is onomotapoeic of the nonsensical backing vocals of some songs of the genre.