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Romanticism (genre)

Cleve Duncan dies at 78; one of the Penguins on 'Earth Angel'

Cleve Duncan, whose plaintive tenor captured the heartache of teen love in the enduring 1954 doo-wop hit "Earth Angel," died Nov. 7 in Los Angeles. He was 78.

A spokeswoman for the Inglewood Park Cemetery Mortuary confirmed his death but could not provide the cause.

"Earth Angel," which reached No. 1 on rhythm and blues charts, was the only hit for the doo-wop act that Duncan fronted, the Penguins.

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But what a hit....