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Les Cooper

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Les Cooper (b. Mar. 15, 1931, Norfolk, Virginia) was an American doo wop musician, best known for his hit rock instrumental “Wiggle Wobble”.

Cooper sang in several New York doo wop groups, including The Empires and The Whirlers, and was the manager of the group The Charts. In 1962, he signed to Everlast Records and released the single “Dig Yourself” b/w “Wiggle Wobble”, billed with his band as Les Cooper & the Soul Rockers. Both sides were produced by Bobby Robinson. The B-side was an instrumental featuring the saxophone playing of Joe Grier (formerly of The Charts himself); it caught on at radio and became a nationwide hit, peaking at #12 R&B in 1962 and #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 early in 1963. It was his only hit; one of the follow-up singles was the sonically similar “Let’s Do the Boston Monkey”, recorded for Enjoy Records.

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  • tedwroberson

    REMEMBERING LES COOPER AND The COMET CLUB 169st BX. THANKS LES FOR GIVING ME MY FIRST GIG AS A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN. I STILL REMEMBER STANDING BESIDE YOUR PIANO AND YOU TELLING ME THE CHORD CHANGES TO SONGS.YOU WERE MY MENTOR. THANKS!

    15 Mar 2011 Reply

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