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What's New Page first.
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Classic Urban Harmony, LLC promotes the legacy of
Rhythm & Blues Vocal Group Harmony (1940's through 1960's), Doo Wop Music, Soul
Harmony, Spiritual Quartet Singing and Early Rock & Roll Music through
multimedia presentations, workshops, courses, historical research, interviews,
magazine articles, radio guest appearances, library and museum displays, finding
bookings for vocal groups, a Classic Urban Harmony newsletter and this website.
Who We Are:
Classic Urban Harmony, LLC is wholly owned by Charles and Pamela Horner and
located in central New Jersey.
Dr. Charles Horner is a music historian and
former radio personality who now gives multimedia presentations on the
development of 1950's Rhythm & Blues, early Rock & Roll, Doo Wop Music and
Soul Music. He is recognized worldwide as an authority on the
history of vocal harmony.
Pamela Horner has been an aficionado
of R&B vocal group harmony for more than twenty years. She is
skilled as an educator, administrator, researcher and writer.
The Classic Urban Harmony Archives
Located at an undisclosed site in the eastern half of
the United States, a temperature and humidity controlled, guarded and
constantly monitored facility houses over 50,000 phonograph records as
well as thousands of news clippings, photographs, books, trade magazines,
sheet music, posters and other memorabilia relevant to vocal harmony.
Charlie and Pam are photographed here in the Archive's West Wing.
(Photo by Lauretta Camardelli)
This website has grown to become a valuable source for information on the
history of vocal harmony groups. Our WHAT'S NEW page covers the latest
news in this field. On other pages you can browse through a couple
hundred articles on this website about our music's history, from group bios to
concert reviews to obits to book reviews. Our EVENTS CALENDAR page lists
upcoming concerts and events important to group harmony fans. We add new
posts every couple days.
The Classic Urban Harmony Newsletter:
We have a free email newsletter covering the latest in vocal
group harmony happenings that we send out whenever we have enough to report on
(usually every few weeks). To subscribe, just send your name and email to
Music History Displays for Libraries and Museums:
Music memorabilia items from our CUH Archives are available
for loan to library and museum displays and exhibits. We will design and
set up professional exhibits of all sizes. Our archives contain tens of
thousands of items, including rare photos, recordings, songbooks, sheet music,
posters, books, magazines and much more. Since designing, labeling and
setting up such exhibits requires considerable knowledge and labor (in addition
to an inexhaustible supply of valuable display items) we do charge for this
service. Our fees vary according to exhibit size, location and length of
display time, but are generally quite reasonable. Exhibit fees can often
be packaged with one or more of our multimedia presentations.
Booking Acappella and Doo Wop Groups:
While not our primary business, we do try to line up gigs for
the acappella and doo wop groups that we know. If you're looking for an
acappella group for a community event or concert in the New Jersey area, we can
usually match your needs and budget to one of a couple dozen reliable and
entertaining acappella groups that we work with.
Classic Urban Harmony Multimedia Presentations - What We Offer:
Classic Urban Harmony LLC offers a number of live multimedia
presentations, all based on the history of Rhythm & Blues, early (1950's) Rock &
Roll, Doo Wop, Soul, Spiritual and Gospel vocal group music. All presentations consist of 60
or 90 minute PowerPoint talks containing rare photographs of singers, record
labels, sheet music and memorabilia from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives.
Many photos are unpublished and come from the singers themselves or were taken
by the managers of Classic Urban Harmony LLC. Talks will also contain
audio song clips and in some cases, video clips. Presentations include
anecdotes direct from the singers. Our multimedia presentations are meant to educate as well as entertain.
We help our audiences learn the stories behind the songs they grew up with as
well as the singers who sang those songs.
Who We Present To:
We give our presentations at libraries,
museums, historical societies, active adult and retirement
communities, colleges and corporate
functions in New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. We also talk at
music conventions, educational forums and on themed cruise ships, worldwide.
Why We Do What We Do and Why We're Unique:
Rhythm & Blues Vocal Harmony and Doo Wop Music is one of the
least documented, least respected and least understood of all the American
musical art forms. Over the past 45 years we've had the pleasure of
interviewing literally hundreds of vocal group singers. Many became our
close friends. Tragically, many of those singers are no longer with us.
The task of preserving their legacy has fallen on the select few serious
researchers who had the foresight to document these artists' stories over the
past several decades.
For information on scheduling a Classic Urban Harmony presentation for your community or organization, please email us at
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