Album:Teen Beat Volume 2
Doo wop veteran Les Cooper scored a top 30 hit in 1962 with this instrumental classic. It was a B-side and DJs flipped it over. Cooper was born Mar. 15, 1921 in Norfolk, VA and he grew up in New York City. He was in doo wop groups like the Empires and The Whirlers. And he managed the Charts who scored a top five R&B hit with Deserie in 1957. The Charts split up in 1958 when lead singer Joe Grier went into the service. The Charts were on Everlast Records owned by producer Bobby Robinson and his brother Danny Robinson. Cooper recorded the single Dig Yourself as Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers. The instrumental Wiggle Wobble was on the B-side. In those days, small labels looked at B-sides as throwaways. It was common to put an instrumental on the B-side so DJs would concentrate on the A-side. But in this case, DJs preferred the B-side. And Wiggle Wobble reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The sax solo was by Joe Grier. Cooper released a few more singles but he could never repeat the success of Wiggle Wobble. At least he got songwriting royalties for it. Collectables has released a Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers comp. But it's only a half hour long. And most fans will only be interested in Wiggle Wobble and you can get it on this various artists comp of instrumental hits from Ace Records. Les Cooper died on Aug. 3, 2013 at age 92. Here's a video for Wiggle Wobble by Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers.