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bullet [New!]2014 Philly Doo Wop Festival
 
bulletTNT with Vic Donna Group & Charlie Horner
 
bulletAsbury Angels 2014, Bobby Thomas
 
bulletRichard Nader Doo Wop Concert XXV
 
bullet2014 Portsmouth VA Gospel Concert
 
bullet Billy Vera Big Band at the Cutting Room NYC
 
bullet VGHA Extravaganza III
 
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bulletRe-MemberThen
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bulletEncounters at Somerset Run
 
bulletRichard Nader's Doo Wop Celebration XXVI
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2013 Asbury Angels Plaque Dedications
 
bullet VGHA Acappella Extravaganza II
 
bullet2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
 
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bulletRe-MemberThen
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bulletJohn Moore's Middle Room Records Closes
 
bulletLittle Isidore in Fair Lawn, NJ
 
bulletNJ Doo Wop Singers Club Jan 2013
 
bulletCelebrating Asbury Park's West Side Harmony
 
bulletDoo Wop Singers Club 4th Anniversary
 
bulletChuck Berry Honored by the R&R Hall of Fame
 
bulletQuiet Storm at Somerset Run
 
bulletAsbury Angels 2012 Induction Ceremony
 
bullet2012 Philly Doo Wop Festival
 
bullet2012 Lead East
 
bulletTNT R&B and Doo Wop Party, Aug 2012
 
bulletPam Nardella's Frankie Lymon Tombstone BBQ
 
bullet Classic Urban Harmony Celebrates Vocal Harmony & the Masqueraders 50th Anniversary
Multi-Part
 
bulletFrankie Lymon Tombstone Finds a New Home
 
bulletStormin Norman Seldin & Return of Ray & Darchaes in Monmouth Beach NJ
 
bullet2012 Portsmouth VA Gospel Concert
 
bulletTNT North Jersey R&B and Doo Wop Party - 2nd Anniversary
 
bulletAcappella Extravaganza at Molloy College 2011
 
bulletDoo Wop Singers Club (NJ) Third Anniversary
 
bulletSoul of Asbury Park Concert
 
bulletMasqueraders Silver Star Competition
 
bullet6th Annual Philly Doo Wop Festival
 
bulletSouth Philly String Band Club After Party to 6th Philly Doo Wop Festival
 
bulletTymes' Norman & Peggy Burnett BBQ 2011
 
bullet2011 Lead East
 
bullet Morris Museum Acappella & Doo Wop Concert # Two
 
bullet Morris Museum Acappella Concert # One
 
bulletClassic Urban Harmony Presentation NJ Doo Wop Groups Part 2
 
bulletClassic Urban Harmony Presentation NJ Doo Wop Groups Part 1
 
bulletMorris Museum LaBamba & Quiet Storm Concert
 
bulletMorris Museum Jersey Rocks Exhibit Opening
 
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bulletEvening With Vocal Group Legends Concert
 
bulletRe-memberThen Finds Its Echo
 
bulletSteve Applebaum Tribute Concert
 
bulletWFDU Fundraiser, Teaneck, NJ March 2011
 
bullet Four J's Jimmy Testa Tribute & Benefit Concert
 
bulletVic Donna Group Rehearsal at CUH Headquarters
 
bulletPam & Charlie's 5th Anniversary Celebration - Multi Parts
 
bullet2010 Philly Doo Wop Festival
 
bullet"Doll Face" Musical Comedy
 
bulletNJ Doo Wop & Street Corner Harmony Association
 
bulletNick @ Nite Open Mic Night
 
bulletLeins Wedding
 
bullet"Fun-Raiser" at South Philly String Band Club
 
bulletRichard Nader’s Summer Doowop Reunion XXI
 
bulletPhilly Doo Wop Diner Mural
 
bulletMaking Crossroads 2
 
bulletCornerstone CD Release Party
 
bulletVirginia Legends of Gospel Concert
 
bulletS. Philly Stringband Club Jan 13, 2010
 
bulletRemembering Ronnie I. Concert Nov 2009
 
bulletPGHA's Heavenly Harmony XII Concert
 
bulletS. Philly Stringband
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bulletFilming a Documentary
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bulletAcappella Group Soul'D
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Oct 2009
 
bulletBattleship New Jersey Dance & Concert
 
bulletWVLT Cruisin' 92.1 Concert
 
bulletTymes' Norman & Peggy Burnett 2009 BBQ
 
bullet2009 Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival
 
bulletAcappella Group Choice at Franklin Township Public Library
 
bullet American Bandstand Studio Fundraiser
 
bulletAcappella at the South Philly String Band Club Revisited
 
bulletFour Man Trio at At Dover NJ's Attilio's Tavern
 
bulletNicky Addeo at Asbury Park's Wonder Bar
 
bulletASAP's First Acappella Concert
 
bulletAcappella at the South Philly String Band Club
 
bulletVisiting Radio's Past & Present at WDVR-FM
 
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bulletSilhouettes' John Wilson Visits CUH World Headquarters
 
bulletNJ Doowop Group Harmony Club, 2009.
 
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2009 What's New

This is an archive of our What's New Page from 2009.  Events are in reverse order with the latest events on top, the older events farther down.  For events from other years that our website existed, see...

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Courier News/Home News Tribune Article Now Posted on Our Website

For anyone who might have missed it, we've now posted Chris Jordan's article about us, "Sweet Songs: Somerset Couple Strives to Keep Doo-Wop Music Alive," on our website.  It's reprinted from the Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ) and the Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, NJ), November 15, 2009, pp. B1-2.
 

Classic Urban Harmony Visits the Star Diner in Rumford, Rhode Island.

Classic Urban Harmony visited the Star Diner in Rumford, RI on December 26, 2009, to give a mini-presentation and meet fans of vocal group harmony in Rhode Island.  We spoke for about a half hour about groups from the Washington Heights area like Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Lewis Lymon & the Teenchords and Jimmy Castor & the Juniors.  We also brought with us our collections of doo wop sheet music, photos and lobby cards for display.  There were plenty of area singers present, including Cal Raye of the Class-Airs, members of Ronnie & the Satellites and the acappella group Flashback.  After our presentation Flashback serenaded the crowd with some great harmony, at one point being joined by Cal Raye.  We plan on returning to the Star Diner soon to give a formal presentation.  Click Star Diner Event to see photos of our Rhode Island visit. 

New Holiday Harmony Song Spotlighted - the Drifters' "White Christmas"

Just in time for the holidays we've spotlighted another holiday harmony song.  Last year we gave you the story of the Orioles' "Lonely Christmas."  This year we've picked the Drifters' "White Christmas" to feature.  Click Drifters "White Christmas" to read about and see photos, label scans, YouTubes and much more - all pertaining to the Drifters' "White Christmas."  Happy Holidays!!!

Remembering Ronnie I. Concert Photos now Posted on our Website.

On November 28, 2009, a concert was held in Lodi, NJ, to celebrate the life of Ronnie Italiano (Ronnie I.), President and Founder of the United in Group Harmony Association.  The concert was produced and MC's by Sandi Italiano and featured performances by Cornerstone, the Devotions, the Clickettes, the Cliftonaires, the Solitaires and the Harptones.  We thought you'd enjoy seeing some of the photos we took that night.  To view them, click Remembering Ronnie I.

Tribute to Carolina Beach Music Star, Bobby Smith of the Poor Souls

When Bobby Smith of the Poor Souls died on November 29, 2009, it was a loss to both Carolina Beach Music fans as well as those who follow 1950's style group harmony.  Of all the modern era (post 1965) Beach Music groups, the Poor Souls did the most to reconstruct the R&B vocal harmonies of the early and mid-1950's.  Visit our tribute to Bobby Smith of the Poor Souls, including label scans of all their records, a discography, and rare never before published photos of the Poor Souls from 1982.

New Profile on Gospel Group, Claude Jeter & Swan Silvertones Posted!

As the year 2009 comes to a close, we begin to look back all that's happened this year, both good and bad.  In January we lost Claude Jeter, legendary lead of the gospel group, the Swan Silvertones.  Whether you're into Gospel, R&B, Doo Wop or Soul group harmony, all these fields owe a debt to Claude Jeter.  Claude is mostly responsible for, among other things, the use of falsetto leads in group harmony.  Claude Jeter never quite got the recognition he deserved, a fact made clear to us by James Power's tribute song to him, "The Man In Room 1009."  We thought it time to add a new Profile In Harmony to this website, one on Claude Jeter and the Swan Silvertones.  Whether you like gospel music or just love group harmony, check out our latest profile by clicking Swan Silvertones.  [Just added courtesy of Bob Marovich is a rare autographed photo of the Swan Silvertones from the late 1940's!!!]

Photos and Review of the Philadelphia Group Harmony Association (PGHA)'s Heavenly Harmony XII Concert

On October 3, 2009, the Philadelphia Group Harmony Association (PGHA) held their 12th Heavenly Harmony Concert in Philadelphia.  Classic Urban Harmony was there to take in the event.  To see Pam's review and our many photos of this great concert featuring the Encounters, the Balladeers, Joel Katz & the Dynamics, Joe Cariati & the Delmonicos and Little Isidore, Angel Rissoff and the Inquisitors, click Heavenly Harmony XII.

Fisk Jubilee Singers Nominated for a Grammy!!!

The Fisk Jubilee Singers, a vocal ensemble that traces its origins back to 1871 has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Gospel Performance.  Nominated is "I Believe" by Jonny Lang with the Fisk Jubilee Singers.  Tune in on January 31 to see if they win.

Chantels Again Overlooked in their Quest for Induction Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Once again we are disappointed to report that the Chantels were denied entrance to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after being nominated.  Those to be inducted in 2010 will be Abba, Genesis, the Hollies, the Stooges and Jimmy Cliff.  We are pleased to report that songwriters Jesse Stone and Otis Blackwell will be among those recognized.

Group Harmony World Loses Three More Singers

The world of group harmony was saddened to learn of the passing of three more of its own this week; Our good friend Wes Hayes of the Dreams, Al Alberts of the Four Aces and Bobby Smith of the Carolina Beach music group, the Poor Souls.
 

Recently Updated Mailbox Page

Check out all the interesting new emails we've gotten over the past few months.  See what your fellow site visitors are saying!  Click Mailbox.
 

Difficulties with our Website

We had serious problems with website lately, which is why we haven't been able to update it until now.  What's more, those of you who view our site through AOL or Netscape browsers may have had days when you couldn't visit us at all.  If this happens again and you can turn off your AOL browser and view us through Internet Explorer or Firefox you shouldn't have any trouble.  We are working to correct our website issues and apologize for any inconveniences we've caused.
 

Classic Urban Harmony subject of article in central NJ newspapers

Charlie & Pam Horner and Classic Urban Harmony were the subject of Chris Jordan’s well written article in the November 15, 2009 Courier News and Home News Tribune central NJ newspapers.  The response has been fabulous, sending hundreds of new visitors to this website and opening up new opportunities for us to give our group harmony presentations.  Many of you had trouble viewing the article on line, partly because our directions were confusing.  We've now made it easier by providing a direct link to the article, now archived on the newspapers' website.  Click ClassicUrbanHarmony to read about us.  Then use you back button to returm to our website.
 

“Doo Wop at the South Philly Stringband Club” Honors Its Founders and Staff

 The founders and staff of the “Doo Wop at the South Philly Stringband Club” were honored this Veterans Day (September 11, 2009) when the members of the audience gave them a surprise testimonial.  Expecting the usual Wednesday night acappella-fest, Bobby Buerklin, Eddie Natale and all the others who work tirelessly to keep our music alive in Philadelphia, were stunned to see no less than seven acappella groups arrive to sing for the packed club.

We’ve tried to capture the excitement of that night with the photos.  Click South Philly Stringband Club Doo Wop Testimonial to take a look.  Most of all, we at Classic Urban Harmony want to express our gratitude to Bobby, Eddie and all who have helped them make “Doo Wop at the South Philly Stringband Club” such a success.


Classic Urban Harmony Takes Part in Documentary on Acappella Vocal Groups

Read about Visual Communications Group, Inc.'s visit to Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters while filming a documentary on the art of acappella group harmony.  Click Acappella Documentary.

Chantels Release New CD!

Our friends the Chantels have notified us that they've just released a new CD and it's a nice one!  You can click on the YouTube below to hear a couple songs from it.  To those visitors to our website that have voting privileges, don't forget the Chantels are nominees for this year's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  They deserve to get in!!!  For information on how to purchase the Chantels new CD email BarCagency@aol.com[The YouTube below is presented  with the Chantels' permission.]

 

The Vic Donna Story Now Posted on Our Website

Our "Vic Donna Story", originally in the September issue of "Echoes of the Past" magazine is now also posted on our website.  Click Vic Donna Story to view and then use the Back Button to return to this page.  To read about Vic's new CD or to hear a Vic Donna & the Parakeets singing "Teenage Rose," scroll down.

New Vic Donna CD now available!

The long awaited Vic Donna CD is finally been released!  Many of you enjoyed our article on Vic Donna in the September issue of "Echoes of the Past."  [The Vic Donna Story is now also available on this website.]  Now Vic has recorded a new CD of songs he used to sing back in the day - some from the street corners of Brooklyn, some written by the Parakeets and Fi-Tones but never recorded.  Vic has recorded 13 such songs acappella with Vic singing all the voices!  In addition the CD includes all the recorded songs by Vic Donna and the Parakeets and Fi-Tones.  It includes "Teenage Rose," "Love Was A Stranger To Me." "Count The Tears," "My Life Is In Your Hands," and "To Know You Care."  If you're not familiar with Vic Donna, we've embedded a YouTube of his "Teenage Rose" below.   To purchase the CD, go to www.widetracksound.com or call702-808-1921.


[Permission was obtained from Vic Donna to use the song/photos below to our website.]


 

Chris Bartley Tribute Now Posted on this Website.

On October 26, 2009, the world lost another golden voice.  Chris Bartley, R&B, Soul, Doo Wop and Gospel singer died of kidney failure at the age of 62.  Chris Bartley gave us some great sixties soul records like "The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven," even before joining the Ad Libs in the 1970's.  To read about Chris' career as a singer, including many photos, click on our Chris Bartley Tribute Page.
 

Alexander "Pete" Dixon of the Visions Passes

Just heard from Alshaun Dixon, who's father was Alexander Dixon of the Visions on the Original Sound label.   Alexander "Pete" Dixon passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 71.  Dixon was lead singer of the Visions, a Los Angeles vocal group that recorded "Look At Me Now' b/w "Cigarettes" in 1963.  The group performed on the "Chitlin Circuit" and in clubs around L.A. throughout the 1960's.  Pete Dixon later sang with the Echoes of Eden Choir at St. Paul Baptist Church and the Wings Over Jordan Choir in Los Angeles.


(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
 

Our next article for Echoes of the Past magazine will be on the Plurals!

Our next article for Echoes of the Past magazine, due out in December, is about the Plurals.  The Newark, New Jersey group is best known for their 1958 song, "Miss Annie."  For info on how to subscribe, email Bob Belniak at echoes.past@yahoo.com
 

Charlie & Pam Return from Italy, Greece and Turkey
 

(Charlie & Pam in Mykonos, Greece, October 2009)
 

We are back!  In case you've noticed our sparse activity on this website over the past couple of weeks, it's because we've been taking a break from the music in order to cruise the Mediterranean.  Our travels took us to Italy (Rome, Sicily, Naples and Capri), Greece (Mykonos, Athens and Santorini) and Turkey (Epheses).  We apologize to those of you who depend on our website to get your weekly fix of group harmony news and for falling behind in our Events Calendar.  In the rush to get away we neglected to post some area events.  We hope they were successful anyway.  We are now hard at work again having completed our tribute to our friend John Wilson.  We also met a fine young acappella group on the cruise ship, called Soul'D Out.  See below to link to our write up on them.

Acappela Group "Soul'D Out" Rocks Cruise Ship

On our recent Mediterranean cruise on board the Celebrity Solstice, we were pleasantly surprised to hear a young acappella group named Soul'D Out.  The group performs a variety of music styles in tight acappella harmony.  To see our photos of the group and listen to a YouTube clip, click Soul'D Out.

Silhouettes' John Wilson Tribute Now Posted

On September 21, 2009, we lost our friend John Wilson, the last member of the Silhouettes.  We were fortunate to have interviewed John when he visited us in February and have now posted a tribute to John "Bootsie" Wilson, including his bio and many photos.  Click Silhouettes' John Wilson Tribute.

Article Tells the True Story of how Michael Jackson came to Motown Records.

It's about time someone set the record straight on how Michael Jackson came to record for Motown!  We've known for some time that our good friend Weldon A. McDougal III played a key role in getting the Jackson Five a contract with Motown.  Finally an article has been published in Goldmine magazine that gives Weldon credit!  Click Weldon-Michael Jackson Article to read about it.  The hit the Back Button to return to our website.
 

Weldon A. McDougal III and Charlie Horner, September 2009
(Photo by Pamela Horner)

 

 

[New!]www.ClassicUrbanHarmony.net Passes Fifteen Thousand Visitors!

In just over fourteen months of existence, our website, www.classicurbanharmony.net, has now seen more than fifteen thousand (15,000) visitors.  Our sincere thanks to all of you who share our devotion to group harmony! 

 

 

Golden Gate Quartet Concert in  Suffolk VA - POSTPONED!!!!

We've just received word that the Golden Gate Quartet's concert, originally scheduled for October 25 in Suffolk, VA. has been postponed until Sunday February 28, 2010.  Please  Check Our Events Calendar for more details.


Chantels Nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Our friends the Chantels have been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Only 5 of the 12 acts nominated will be inducted at the Annual Induction Ceremony on March 15, 2010.  We don't have a vote, but if we did, the Chantels would be our choice! 
 

Classic Urban Harmony's Doo Wop Part 2 Presentation at the Bridgewater (NJ) Public Library, September 24, 2009.

We had a great time returning to the Bridgewater Public Library.  Celebrity guests in attendance were our friends Bobby Thomas (Vibanaires & Orioles) and Bill Keith (Blendtones, A Moments Pleasure, Philadelphia Students & Accords).  See photos from latest our presentation of "Under the Streetlamp: Tales From the Doo Wop Era - Part 2" by clicking Bridgewater Public Library on September 24, 2009.
 

Classic Urban Harmony's Doo Wop Part 3 Presentation at the Franklin Township (NJ) Public Library, September 22, 2009.

See photos from our first presentation of "Doo Wop - Part 3" (including one of the rare penny arcade acetate by the Quantrells) by clicking Franklin Township Public Library on September 22, 2009.  Special guests in attendance were Vic Donna (Parakeets, Sharps, Compliments), Shelly Buchansky (Vito & Salutations, Five Discs, Kid Kyle's Kool Kats & Silk City), Ron Taylor (Del Larks), Jim Bakey (Street Corner Five).  Among the radio personalities there, in additions to Jim Bakay, were Steve Propes, Lou Rallo and Carl Tancredi and music historian Steve Applebaum.
 

New Section Added to Classic Urban Harmony Website

We've added a new section to our website.  From now on photos of all our past Classic Urban Harmony presentations and events can be reached through the section called Past Presentation Photo Album.  Hope you like it.

 

Dancing and Vocal Group Harmony on the Battleship New Jersey

The deck of a battleship seems like an unusual place to find vocal harmony.  But this was one ship that rocked without sending us running for the Dramamine.  See our pictures of 5/3 Woodland and 45 RPM by clicking Battleship.
 

The WVTL Cruisin' 92.1 Dinner, Doo Wop and a Sock Hop

See our photos and review of the WLVT Cruisin' 92.1 Dinner, Doo Wop and a Sock Hop in Pittsgrove, NJ, on September 18, 2009.  Not only did we get to see three great acappella vocal groups (Joey P. and His Emeralds, Quiet Storm and Joe Cleary & the Balladeers) but we were surprised with a special appearance by our friend Jimmy Merchant, an original member of the Teenagers!  Click WVLT Concert to take a look.

Photos from the Tymes' Norman & Peggy Burnett's Annual BBQ

When the Tymes' Norman Burnett and his wife Peggy throw their annual BBQ there's always great food and great company.  The guests always include many of our friends from the Philadelphia area music scene.  We thought you'd like to see some photos from this year's get-together.  If so, click Burnett 2009 BBQ.

Rare Photos of Castelles' Billy Taylor with the CLOVERS added to our Billy Taylor Tribute Page!

With all the groups Castelles' Billy Taylor sang with it's easy to forget to mention one or two.  We always used to have to remind Billy that he was once a member of the Clovers, if only for a short time.  For about a month in mid-1987, Billy Taylor sang with Harold Lucas' Clovers while they performed in the lounge of one of the Atlantic City casinos.  We have now posted some of our unpublished photos of Billy singing with the Clovers.  They're on our Billy Taylor Tribute Page.  We hope you like them.

John Farrington of A Moments Pleasure Passes

We are saddened to report the death of our friend John Farrington of the Philadelphia acappella vocal group, A Moments Pleasure.  John passed away on September 16, 2009.  John was a good friend and he'll be missed.


A Moments Pleasure with John Farrington on the far right.
 

All Star Acappella Productions (ASAP) is no more.

We are sorry to report that ASAP (All Star Acappella Productions), the organization that formed several months ago to produce monthly acappella shows in northern New Jersey, will no longer continue to operate.  There apparently was not enough support for the organization for them to be successful.  When people fail to attend shows in their area, it seriously hurts our music.  The less people producing shows, the less work there is for vocal groups.  Singing groups can not continue to rehearse day after day for a couple gigs a year.  We at Classic Urban Harmony try to support any events that keep our music alive.  If there's a group harmony event in your area, go out and see it.  We thank Gil and his staff at ASAP for the wonderful shows they did produce.
 

Classic Urban Harmony visits the 2009 Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival

For the second year in a row we've traveled to South Carolina to catch part of the Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival.  We're glad to report this year was again spectacular.  To read Pam's review and view scores of photos of the Tams, Catalinas, Swingin' Medallions and East Coast Party Band, click 2009 Charleston Beach Music Festival.

 

Two More Unknown Group Photos Identified!!!!!!!!

Since we started this website a little more than a year ago, one of our goals was to give credit to the many vocal groups whose history has been overlooked.  Over the years, we and other historians have come across photos of groups that we couldn't identify.  We started posting photos of these yet-to-be-identified photos, hoping visitors to this site could help us ID them.  We've not been disappointed.  We happily announce that Unknown Groups # 3 and # 5 have now been identified.  That means we've now identified 5 of the 8 unknown groups!  To see the names of Unknown Groups numbers 3 and 5, and to read how and by whom they've been identifies, click Unknown Groups.  And while you're on that page, take a look at the remaining three groups.  You might just recognize them. 
 

New Updates to this website include a greatly expanded list of group harmony concerts we support on Our Events Calendar.  We've also posted a lot of emails on our Mailbox Page.
 

New Echoes of the Past Magazine now out with our article on Vic Donna!

The latest issue of Echoes of the Past magazine (#89) is now out.  It contains our article on Vic Donna and the different groups he recorded with (the Parakeets, Fi-Tones, Sharps, Compliments, etc.)  What a fascinating life story!  Also in the issue are Bob Bosco's article on the Kings Five/United Four, George Frunzi's article on Val Shively (Part 2), articles on the Mighty Jupiters, Caribbeans and much more.  For info on how to subscribe, email Bob Belniak at echoes.past@yahoo.com



 

 

August 21, 2009 - Our entire Classic Urban Harmony staff (Charlie & Pam) just returned from a well deserved vacation in Quebec City, Canada.  We had a great time, though the only music related activity we attended was a fabulous Johnny Cash Tribute Show, performed by Shawn Barker at au Cabaret du Capitole.  Monsieur Barker (actually, he said he's from from St. Louis) does a fabulous job of singing and even looking like Johnny Cash.  He and his band performed for about an hour, took a twenty minute break, and then returned for another forty-five minutes of singing.  They covered Johnny Cash's career from the early Sun label songs through his final recordings.  We know Johnny Cash's music has nothing to do with classic urban harmony but we like to credit talent when we see it.

Charlie & Pam in Quebec City

Unfortunately, being out of the country, we were not able to attend the memorial service for our friend Billy Taylor.  We do hope to receive photos from others who were at the service to add to our Billy Taylor tribute very soon.

From Canada we also heard the news of Les Paul's passing.  Les Paul, of course did have a big effect on group harmony.  Think of how many R&B and R&R group recordings make use of an electric guitar!  In addition, Les Paul's two recordings with the Delta Rhythm Boys are phenomenal.  From our hotel room in Quebec, (thanks to WiFi) we were able to convert our review of Les' last show to a tribute (see below).

Prior to our trip, we learned from Carl Fisher of the passing of David Govan, long time member of the Jayhawks, Marathons and Vibrations.  We've also just heard that Johnny Carter, legendary tenor of the Flamingos and the Dells just died (see below).

Anyway, we're back and ready to tackle more than a hundred emails that backed up while we were gone.  If we haven't answered yours yet, please be patient.

- C&P
 

Johnny Carter, legendary floating tenor for the Flamingos and the Dells died of lung cancer on August 20, 2009.  Born June 2, 1934, John Carter was an original member of the Flamingos and recorded with them on the Chance, Parrot and Checker labels.  He was drafted in 1956 and after getting out of the service, Johnny joined the Dells in late 1959.  John Carter remained with the Dells throughout the rest of their career.  He had one of the more distinctive voices in R&B history.


Flamingos on the Chance label
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

 

David Govan, baritone of the Jayhawks, Vibes, Marathons and Vibrations passed away this past May.  David Govan (August 2, 1940 - May 1, 2009).

Jayhawks with Dave Govan in center.
(Photo courtesy of Jayhawks' & Vibrarions' Carl Fisher)

 

Les Paul Tribute

We were shocked this week to hear of the passing of guitar legend Les Paul.  Several weeks ago we went to see Les perform at the Iridium Club in NYC, just a week before his 94th birthday.  Les and his trio were fabulous!  Little did we know at the time that that night would be his final performance.  We posted photos of that night on our website that we've now turned into a tribute.  To see our write up and photos of Les Paul's final night at the Iridium, click Les Paul Tribute.


Castelles' Billy Taylor Tribute Page now updated with NEW photos.

We are saddened to announce the passing of our friend, the Castelles' Billy Taylor.  Click HERE for our tribute to Billy Taylor and his singing career with the Castelles, Dreams, Spaniels, Orioles, Cobras, Modern Red Caps, Dominoes and Clovers.  We're adding more and more photos so revisit this page often.  If you have photos of Billy Taylor you'd like to add, please email them to us.

We also mourn the passing on July 24, 2009, of Warren Suttles, last surviving member of the original Ravens.


Ravens' Warren Suttles, Leonard Puzey, Maithe Marshall with Charlie Horner, 1988
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
 


Choice Concert Photos and Review Now Posted!

If you missed our FREE Acappella Concert by CHOICE on August 6, you missed a great event.  We've now posted a review and many photos from the event.  Click Choice Concert to take a look!. 


Keep Rockin', New Fifties and Sixties magazine now out!

We've recently become aware of a new magazine dedicated to the life and times of 1950's and early 1960's.  The magazine is called Keep Rockin' and it covers everything from cars to comics to culture.  Plenty of coverage of music too, including interviews with people like Jimmy Beaumont of the Skyliners and Lou Christie.  It's an enjoyable read.  To learn more, check out Keep Rockin' website through our Links Page.
 



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Turns One Year Old!

On August 1, 2009, our website begins its second year.  Thanks to all of you, over the first year we've averaged more than a thousand hits per month.  We'll keep adding interesting articles, photos, reviews and music news as long as you keep stopping by.



 

Dancing with the American Bandstand Stars Fundraiser

We recently learned of a fundraiser to repair the deteriorating floor of the Original American Bandstand Studio at 46th & Market Streets in Philadelphia and decided to cover this worthy event.  In addition to getting to dance on the Bandstand floor next to some of the original Bandstand dancers, we got to hear two excellent vocal groups, the Accords and the Phyllies Intruders and meet up with Steve Caldwell of the Orlons and Joe Terry of Danny & the Juniors.  See photos of the event and read Pam's review by clicking American Bandstand Fundraiser.

Classic Urban Harmony Returns to the South Philly String Band Club to Catch Acappella Groups "Memory Lane" and "The Balladeers"

When, in May, we posted a page on the twice-a-month acappella doo wop fest at the South Philly String Band Club it became one of our most visited articles.  We went back this June to see the acappella groups, Memory Lane and the Balladeers.  Click South Philly String Band Club Revisited to see more photos and an update on this great harmony get-together.  To get on the mailing list for the South Philly String Band Club, contact Eddie Natale at his new email address, eddie7792@gmail.com

Pre-Motown and Other Early Jackson Five Rare Records

With all the tributes to Michael Jackson, little attention is being paid to the early pre-Motown records by Michael and the rest of the Jackson Five.  The Jacksons grew up in Gary, IN, the city that gave us the Spaniels and Vee Jay Records.  Classic Urban Harmony dug deep into our archives to give you a pictorial history of some of the Jackson Five's earliest and rarest records.  Click Jackson Five to take a look.

Four Man Trio at Dover, NJ's Attilio's Tavern

One of the most entertaining acts in northern New Jersey today is the vocal group and self-contained band, Four Man Trio.  Click Here to see our write up and photos from the Four Man Trio's recent performance at Attilio's Tavern in Dover, NJ.  When you're finished reading about the Four Man Trio, be sure to visit their website through our Links Page.
 

New Acappella Organization, ASAP, Holds its First Concert in Paramus, New Jersey

All Star Acappella Productions (ASAP) just held its first monthly acappella concert at the Paramus (NJ) Elks Club and it was a fabulous time.  The show featured the Encounters, the Larkings, Echoes of Time and special guests, Joel Katz and the Dynamics.  Click Here to read Pam's review and see many photos of the event as Classic Urban Harmony visits ASAP.  For information on future ASAP events, see our Events Calendar, click on their Link from our Links Page, or call 347-692-6209.

 

Nicky Addeo at Asbury Park's Wonder Bar

One of our favorite singers is New Jersey's own Nicky Addeo.  When Nicky began what we hope will be an extended Sunday night stay at Asbury Park's musically historic Wonder Bar, we were right there to see him.  Read Pam's review and see photos by clicking Here.

 

Charlie's Article on Tyrone & Nu-Ports & Pam's Article on Deborah Chessler now Posted on this Website

We've now posted Charlie's article, "Fell Like A Million: The Story of Tyrone & the Nu-Ports" and Pam's article, "An Evening With Deborah Chessler: Songwriter and Former Manager of the Orioles at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" on this website under Articles by Us.  Both were originally published in Echoes of the Past magazine.  We've updated and added to the photos in the Nu-Ports article.  Just click the highlighted links to see each.

If you're not already a regular subscriber to Echoes, you're missing out on the many other fascinating articles this magazine has to offer, plus a chance to read our articles months before they are posted here.  Don't miss a single issue of the only magazine expressly dedicated to 1950's R&B and doo wop vocal harmony.  For the next issue, due out in September 2009, we're working on an article about Vic Donna & the Parakeets!
 

Guitar Legend Les Paul's 94th Birthday

Classic Urban Harmony visits New York City's Iridium Jazz Club to catch Les Paul on the eve of his 94th birthday!

 

 

www.ClassicUrbanHarmony.net Passes Ten Thousand Visitors!

In just over nine months of existence, our website, www.classicurbanharmony.net, has now seen more than ten thousand (10,000) visitors.  Our sincere thanks to all of you who share our devotion to group harmony! 

 

 

Classic Urban Harmony Announces Its New Upcoming Events: Free Acappella Concert by CHOICE in August and Doo Wop Part 3 Presentation in September, Plus More!!! 

Check out the dates for our new Doo Wop Presentation Part 3 as well as a free acappella concert at Somerset, NJ's Franklin Township Public Library.  View these as well as other upcoming events we highly recommend.  Visit our Events Calendar Page.
 

Acappella & Doo Wop at the South Philly String Band Club

Twice a month the South Philly String Band Club comes alive with great acappella harmony.  Click here to read about and see photos of Philly's hottest group harmony happening. 
 

Charlie Horner Reunited with Old Radio Console As Classic Urban Harmony Visits NJ Station WDVR-FM

Come with Charlie & Pam to NJ radio station WDVR-FM as Charlie visits the vintage radio console he used to engineer at some thirty-five years ago!  Click WDVR.
 

Echoes of the Past Magazine now out with Charlie's Article on Tyrone & Nu-Ports & Pam's Article on Deborah Chessler

The latest issue of Echoes of the Past magazine is now out.  It features Charlie's eight-page article, "Fell Like A Million: The Story of Tyrone & the Nu-Ports" and Pam's article, "An Evening With Deborah Chessler: Songwriter and Former Manager of the Orioles at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame".  Also in the issue are Bob Bosco's article on the Fantasys, George Frunzi's article on Val Shively plus more.

Don't miss a single issue of the only magazine expressly dedicated to 1950's R&B and doo wop vocal harmony.  For the next issue, due out in September 2009, we're working on an article about Vic Donna & the Parakeets!

The magazine is available from Echoes of the Past, P.O. Box 40, Agawam, MA 01001-0040 or email echoes.past@yahoo.com. Subscription rates in U.S. are $16.99 for 1-Year (4 Issues).
 

Forty Years of Group Harmony:  Photo Gallery of the Ad Libs, Vintage, Bon-Aires, Reunion & East River Drive

Singer Ray Block shares with us some photos of some great New Jersey R&B and acappella groups he sang with between 1970 and the present.  To take a look at great photos of Vintage, the Ad-Libs, the Bon-Aires, East River Drive and Reunion, CLICK HERE.

Since we've added this feature, we were informed by Ray Block of the passing of Abby Grant, who is pictured in many of Ray's photos.  Abby died at 11 PM on May 3, 2009.  Abby will be remembered by these photos and for the great music she gave us.  She will be dearly missed.
 

New Oldies Calendar to Debut This June!

With the passing of their publisher, Tony De Rienzo, the Golden Oldies Forever Concert Calendar came to an end.  Fortunately, a new concert calendar is beginning.  It's called It's About The Music! and it promises to be all that we came to depend on Golden Oldies Forever for.  It's even compiled and edited by the same person, our friend Andrea Siegel.  The new concert calendar will again be the most comprehensive schedule of upcoming events in the oldies and group harmony scene, countrywide.  Fabulous listings of events, venues, radio & Internet shows, producers, promoters, artists and record stores and contacts for hundreds of active vocal groups.  Plus, Classic Urban Harmony's own Pamela Horner will be contributing occasional reviews of recent concerts.  Since the new magazine does not yet have a website, you can contact Andrea for a subscription at doowops429@aol.com.  For those in the U.S., it's $30 for three issues a year.  You can make your check out to "LTD Enterprises, Inc." and send it to Andrea Siegel, 291 Brookfield Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10308.
 


Philadelphia Group Harmony Association Debuts It's New Website!

Mr. Lee, President of the Philadelphia Group Harmony Association, announced the introduction of PGHA's new website.  Check out www.pgha.info for PGHA's latest newsletter, now online.  Also on the site is a calendar of group harmony and doo wop concerts in the Philadelphia area and a listing of vocal group radio and Internet radio programs.  The site is still partially under construction but it looks like it's going to be a great one.  We at Classic Urban Harmony are proud members of PGHA and urge to to visit the PGHA website and support this fine organization. 
 

Philadelphia Group Harmony Association Announces Concerts for 2009!

PGHA has announced two new group harmony concerts taking place on July 18 and October 3.  Tickets are on sale now for the first concert with Kenny Vance & the Planetones and the Encounters, to take place in Medford, NJ.  For details check out our Events Calendar Page or visit www.pgha.info.

 

Happy 60th Birthday to the Vinyl 45 RPM Record!!!! - A Newly Featured Page

The vinyl 45 RPM single was born 60 years ago on March 31, 1949.  That's the date RCA Victor sent out press releases announcing the new format for music.  A couple days later, on April 2, Billboard magazine announced the news.  The 45 RPM vinyl single ushered in the Golden Age of Rhythm & Blues Vocal Groups as well as the Rock & Roll Era of the 1950's.  Click on the 60th Anniversary of the 45 to read our tribute to these amazing little unbreakable disks.  And while you're at it, climb up in your attic, retrieve that old box of vinyl 45's, blow the dust off them and give them a spin.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY "45's".
 

Additions

Check out the new links on our Links Page.
 

[New!]Next Echoes of the Past Magazine to carry Charlie & Pam's Article on Tyrone & the Nu-Ports

The next issue of Echoes of the Past magazine, due out in June, will feature our latest article, "Feel Like A Million: The Story of Tyrone & the Nu-Ports."  It's based on Charlie's 1980 in-depth interviews Nu-Ports' members Tyrone Johnson and Calvin Henderson.  This will be the first time the career of this great South Jersey vocal group has ever been written about.  We've updated the story through conversations with South Philly native, Marc Tanno, whom the Nu-Ports backed on record.  This issue will also feature great articles by Bob Bosco, George Frunzi and others.   Echoes... is the only current magazine completely devoted to 1950's and early 1960's vocal groups.  It is available from Echoes of the Past, P.O. Box 40, Agawam, MA 01001-0040.  Subscription rates in U.S. are $16.99 for 1-Year (4 Issues).
 

Updated Version of Charlie & Pam's Article on Calvaes, Blenders & Accents now posted on this Website!

Our article "South Side Harmony in the Windy City: The Calvaes, Blenders & Accents Stories," has now been updated to include the events of March 2009 and is now posted on this website.  Click Windy City Harmony to read about the Calvaes, Blenders and Accents.   

 

Review and Photos of SoulTrip USA Chicago

On March 6, 2009, Classic Urban Harmony headed to Chicago to join our friends from the U.K. and elsewhere at the latest SoulTrip USA event.  There, we also met dozens of Chicago soul singers (not to mention a few doo wop singers), attended a live concert and heard hours of great "Northern Soul" music.  We even found time to visit Chess Records and look for the former home of Vee Jay Records.  To read our review and see scores of great photos, click Chicago SoulTrip USA.

Classic Urban Harmony Returns to Franklin Township Public Library for Doo Wop Presentation Part Two!!!

MAY 5, 2009 - SAVE THE DATE.  If you've enjoyed one of our previous presentations, you'll love "Part Two".  Classic Urban Harmony will return to Franklin Township Public Library on May 5 to present it's multimedia presentation, “The Evolution of Doo Wop Music - Part Two” on Tuesday evening, May 5, 2009, from 7 – 9 PM.  The Franklin Township Public Library is located in the Somerset County Municipal Building Complex at 485 DeMott Lane (near Amwell Rd.) in Somerset, NJ.  See http://www.franklintwp.org for directions.

The presentation will again be FREE and opened to the public but pre-registration will again be required.  We'll let you know when sign-up is available.  Revisit this site often, as the last talk at this library filled up quickly.  Be sure to arrive a few minutes early as we'll have a completely new music display in the case near the circulation desk.

Two New Unknown Vocal Groups Added!!!!!

We've just added two new Unknown Vocal Group photos to our Unknown Vocal Group Page courtesy P. J. Noce and Pete Wilgus.  P.J.'s photo of of a 1960's group from northern New Jersey called the U-Phonics while Pete sends us a 1950's vocal group from Cleveland.  We need your help in identifying the groups in these photos.  Check them out on our Unknown Vocal Group Page.

 

Charlie Horner Guest Appearance on the J. P. Godsey Radio Program Now Archived on the Internet

For those of you who missed Charlie's guest appearance on the February 11, 2009 "J. P. Godsey Show," it has now been archived on J. P.'s website.  The show was first broadcast on WPMH 670 AM in the Virginia Beach, VA area and also streamed live on the Internet.  J. P. is very knowledgeable about popular music and he and Charlie had a good time talking about vocal groups from the Mills Brothers to Little Anthony & the Imperials.  To listen to that week's show, including Charlie and two other guests, click Here.

 

Echoes of the Past Magazine now out with Charlie & Pam's Article on Calvaes, Blenders & Accents

The latest issue of Echoes of the Past magazine is now out.  It features our latest research in the form of a ten page article, "South Side Harmony in the Windy City: The Calvaes, Blenders & Accents Stories."  Our in depth interviews of James "Zeke" Brown and Curtis Campbell provide unique insight into the Chicago harmony scene of the fifties and sixties.  The magazine also features Bob Bosco's article on the Troopers from Philadelphia and George Frunzi's article on Delaware's contribution to the development of the phonograph plus more.  The magazine is available from Echoes of the Past, P.O. Box 40, Agawam, MA 01001-0040.  Subscription rates in U.S. are $16.99 for 1-Year (4 Issues).

 

 

Additions

Check out the new Responses to Our Presentations, new emails in the Mailbox Page, and new links on our Links Page.

 

Classic Urban Harmony's Charlie Horner Interviews Deborah Chessler at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 

Charlie & Pam Horner traveled to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland on February 9, 2009, to interview Deborah Chessler, songwriter and creative force behind the legendary vocal quintet, the Orioles.  In the late 1940's, Deborah's songs helped shape a new style of music that would become known as Rhythm & Blues vocal harmony.  The interview took place in front of a live audience at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and was followed by a question and answer period with the audience.  Click on Interview with Deborah Chessler for Pam's review of the event and many photos!!!

Unknown Vocal Group #4 Identified!!!!!

Congratulations to P. J. Noce for identifying the photo of Unknown Vocal Group #004!!!!  P. J. joins Bill Proctor and Pete Finn in a select circle of music historians who have now identified three of our six unknown group photos.  Check out our Unknown Vocal Group Page to find out the identity of Group #004.

Silhouettes' John Wilson Visits Classic Urban Harmony

Silhouettes Day at Classic Urban Harmony World Headquarters featured a visit from the last surviving member of the Silhouettes, John Wilson, along with Elaine and Shana Lewis, wife and daughter of original Silhouettes' tenor Rick Lewis.  John Wilson led the group on songs like "Rent Man" and "Not Me Baby".  See the photos at John Wilson Visits CUH.

Classic Urban Harmony Guest Appearance on "J. P. Godsey Show"

Classic Urban Harmony would like to thank our good friend J. P. Godsey for having Charlie as a guest on his talk radio show, February 11.  "The J. P. Godsey Show"  was broadcast on WPMH 670 AM in the Virginia Beach, VA area and also streamed live on the Internet.  J. P. is very knowledgeable about popular music and he and Charlie had a good time talking about vocal groups from the Mills Brothers to Little Anthony & the Imperials.  J. P. told us the broadcast will be archived shortly.  Visit J. P.'s website, http://www.mrhappyusa.com/

 The Photo Gallery of Our Musical Family

We've added ten new photos to the top of the Photo Gallery of Our Musical Family [OK, so we've left the two photos of us first.  But after that, the next ten are new.]  We'll be adding even more soon.

Visit our New Calendar Page to Find Our Latest Activities Plus Other Group Harmony Happenings!!!!

Our activities have expanded and so has our website.  Now you can visit one page and see what we're up to.  Find info and timing on our Group Harmony and Doo Wop Presentations, our Radio Appearances, our Articles and everything else we do.  We'll also tell you about some other events you might be interested in.  Click on Calendar.
 

SAVE THE DATES:  April 2 and June 19, 2009.  We'll be giving a presentations for the Bridgewater NJ Public Library and the Meadows Foundation in Central New Jersey.  Details on our Our Events Calendar Page.

 

New Unknown Vocal Group (#006)

Yes, we've added another photo of an unknown group (#006) for you to help identify!  This one comes from our friend Val Shively, who tells us he believes the group is from Philadelphia or Camden, NJ.  Could be a fifties or early sixties group.  Please click on our Unknown Groups Page to see if you recognize them.  And while you're on that page, we still haven't identified groups #003 - 005. 

Classic Urban Harmony to Participate in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Project 

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has selected Classic Urban Harmony’s Charlie Horner to participate in a special live program.  On Monday, February 9, 2009, Charlie and Pamela Horner will fly to Cleveland where Charlie will conduct an interview with Deborah Chessler, songwriter and creative force behind the legendary vocal quintet, the Orioles.  In the late 1940's, Deborah's songs helped shape a new style of music that would become known as Rhythm & Blues vocal harmony.  The interview will take place in front of a live audience, from 7-9 PM, in the 4th Floor Theater of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  It will be followed by a question and answer period with the audience. The program is opened to the public but those interested must email edu@rockhall.org or call 216-515-8426 to RSVP.  See the Events Page of the R&R Hall of Fame Website for more details.

In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, Deborah Chessler was the songwriter and manager of Sonny Til & the Orioles, the first true Rhythm & Blues vocal group.  It was Deborah’s song (“It’s Too Soon To Know”) that changed the face of American music and led to the development of Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop and Rock & Roll.  A 1993 Rolling Stone magazine article called her the “Woman Who Invented Rock & Roll.”

Deborah Chessler is a close friend of Charlie & Pam’s who someday hope to complete a book about her and the Orioles.  Deborah Chessler’s story has a prominent part in our Classic Urban Harmony presentations.

Doo Wop Thrives in New Jersey at the Doo Wop Group Harmony Club

Read Pam's article and see photos of the (Central New Jersey) Doo Wop Group Harmony Club, an organization where singers can get together once a month and blend their voices in harmony. 

For events from other years see...

What's New (Current)
2010 What's New Page
2008 What's New Page
 

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