14 Karat Soul

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14 Karat Soul is an a cappella group from East Orange, N.J. active in the 1980s.[1][2][3][4][5] They were originally a strictly doo-wop group, but later branched out into other genres.[6] The group featured in the 1980 Mabou Mines short film Sister Suzie Cinema, a 20-minute doo-wop opera by Bob Telson and Lee Breuer.[7][8][9][10]


The discography of 14 Karat Soul includes several albums and compilations on Pony Canyon for the Japanese market, where the group was known through numerous Japanese TV adverts.

  • Lovers' Fantasy
  • Sister Suzie Cinema & The Gospel at Colonus (with Ben Halley Jr.)
  • Have Fun Tonight
  • Too Young: 14 Greatest Ballads
  • Take Me Back
  • On The Road Again
  • Ole Skool Soul
  • Songs From The Heart
  • The Girl in White
  • Transpacific
  • Get Back In Love
  • That's Doo-Wop Acappella
  • In Love With You
  • 14 Karat Soul Sings Disney
  • Mo' Disney, Mo' 14 Karat Soul
  • Imagine
  • Sesame Street Sing-Along Travel Songs


  1. ^ Craig Morrison Go Cat Go!: Rockabilly Music and Its Makers 1996 0252065387 Page 236 "one had 14-Karat Soul, a black doo-wop group."
  2. ^ Black Music & Jazz Review Volume 5 1982- Page 52 "Greg Marshall talks to a cappella doo-wop stylists 14 Karat Soul and develops a cold foot over the group's plans to embrace instrumental backing. "
  3. ^ Blues & Soul 1986 - Page 33 "14 Karat Soul are committed to singing their brand of vocal j group harmony a capella — that is to say unaccompanied..."
  4. ^ Billboard - 17 oct. 1981 He is also set to produce a demo tape by the vocal group 14 Karat Soul for Atlantic. "They sing doowop but they're contemporary." he says of the quintet from East Orange, N.J. "Again, it's a one of a kind thing. There's real substance there "
  5. ^ Shehu Sani Hatred for Black People 2013 page 210 Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson and Singer Michael Jackson push Japanese products, and Suntory brewery features a black doo-wop group called 14 Karat Soul in television spots for its Suntory white whisky. Japanese marketing experts ..."
  6. ^ Fezco, Mary Anna (June 1983). "Fourteen Karat Soul Ponders the Future Beyond Doo-Wop". Record. 2 (8): 8.
  7. ^ American Theatre - Volume 1 1984 Sister Suzie Cinema followed, a 20-minute doo-wop opera performed by the a capella group 14 Karat Soul — fun, but a trifle.
  8. ^ TV Guide - Volume 36 - Page 29 1988 "Sister Suzie Cinema," a John Sanborn video of a "doo-wop opera" by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson, features 14 Karat Soul, an all-male a cappella quintet.
  9. ^ Colette - Page 212 1981 "Il s'agit de poèmes musicaux et la musique de Bob Telson inspirée du « Doo-Wop » des années 50, du gospel mâtiné de disco, était remarquablement interprétée par le groupe de Harlem 14 Karat Soul — cinq Noirs vêtus de blanc avec une ..."
  10. ^ Billboard - 14 Sept. 1985 "Sister Suzie Cinema," scheduled for airing during the second season of PBS's weekly "Alive From 01! Center." The half-hour video is an a cappella doo-wop fantasy about the movies, starring 14 Karat Soul and Ben Halley Jr.