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The Olympics is the name of at least three artists:

1) A doo-wop group formed in 1957
2) A Danish pop-band formed in 2008
3) An indie rock group out of Iowa City

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1) A doo-wop group formed in 1957 by lead singer Walter Ward. The group included Eddie Lewis (tenor), Charles Fizer (tenor), Walter Hammond (baritone) and Melvin King (bass) and except for Lewis were friends in a Los Angeles, California high school. Their first record was credited to Walter Ward and the Challengers (“I Can Tell” on Melatone).

After the name change, they recorded “Western Movies” (Demon Records) in the summer of 1958. Co-written by Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith, “Western Movies” made it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song reflected the nation’s preoccupation with western themed movies and television programs. It told the story of a man who lost his girl to TV westerns, and it included doo-wop harmonies as well as background gunshots and ricochet sound effects.

In 1960 the group recorded “(Baby) Hully Gully,” which initiated the hully gully dance craze. “Big Boy Pete,” which the group also released in 1960, served as inspiration for The Kingsmen’s “Jolly Green Giant.”

The Rascals later covered their song “Good Lovin’” and took all the way to #1.

Over the next 10 years The Olympics recorded upbeat R&B songs, often about dances popular at the time.

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