This is an archive of our What's
New Page from 2011. 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...
2011 has been an eventful year
in Classic Urban Harmony. We had some very happy and some very sad
times. We wanted to do something special and wrap up the year with a slide show
of some of the many memories that we've captured in photograph. We
couldn't cover everything but we hope you the slide show below will bring back
some fond memories of the year gone by. Happy New Year! - Charlie & Pam
To view the 81 photos: Clicking
on any thumbnail photo enlarges it below. The ARROW on the right shifts
the thumbnails one picture per click to the left, exposing the next photo
(which you can then enlarge).
Vic Donna Group at CUH Headquarters
Re-MemberThen finds its echo!
Lar-Kings singing at the WFDU Fundraiser
In Memorium: Steve Applebaum with Charlie
Carole Applebaum with Pam at Steve Applebaum Tribute at South Philly String Band Club
Charlie Horner & Eddie Natale at Steve Applebaum Tribute at S. Philly String Band Club
Nostalgia 5 at Steve Applebaum Tribute at South Philly String Band Club
Pam & Charlie with Val Shively at Steve Applebaum Tribute
Re-MemberThen singing at Steve Applebaum Tribute at South Philly String Band Club
Mills Bros Society Reunion in Bellefonte
Bellefonte, PA: ancestral home of the Mills Bros
Mills Bros Society officers: Anthony DiFlorio, Dan Clemson & Charlie
Pam overseeing the Mills Bros memorabilia display
The Mills Brothers: John Mills & Elmer Hopper in Bellefonte
Charlie & John Mills in Bellefonte
Elmer Hopper, Pam & Charlie in Bellefonte
Charlie (guest appearance) with Felix Hernandez on WBGO
Alan David Stein & Charlie (guest) on WMTR
Classic Urban Harmony presentation at Garwood (NJ) Library
Classic Urban Harmony presentation at Garwood (NJ) Library
Classic Urban Harmony presentation in Washington's Crossing, PA
Pam and our memorabilia display in Washington's Crossing, PA
Classic Urban Harmony presentation in Washington's Crossing, PA
Legends Concert in Centerton, NJ
Swallows performing in Centerton
Swallows lead Eddie Rich & Pam
Bobby Thomas & Quiet Storm in Centerton
Jersey Rocks Exhibit and Program at the Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
Pam & Charlie with some of their displayed memorabilia at the Morris Museum
More memorabila from the CUH Archives on display, Morris Museum
Flyer from the two-part Classic Urban Harmony presentations at the Morris Museum
The Morris-Tones open the first Classic Urban Harmony presentation, "New Jersey Doo Wop Groups Part 1"
CUH presentation, "New Jersey Doo Wop Groups Part 1" at the Morris Museum
Carl Anderson & Ted Bennett of the Plurals view their display at the Morris Museum
Duprees' founder, Tom Bialoglow, at the Duprees display, Morris Museum
The Morris-Tones open the second CUH presentation, "NJ Doo Wop Groups Part 2" at the Morris Museum
Celebrity NJ doo wop singers at the CUH Morris Museum second presentation
14 Karat Soul performs at the Morris Museum Jersey Rocks Acappella Concert #1
Sheps singing at Jersey Rocks Acappella Concert #1
Copians singing at Morris Museum Acappella Concert #1
Nicky Addeo & Nite Owls at Jersey Rocks Acappella Concert #1
Poster for the second Jersey Rock Doo Wop & Acappella Concert (designed by Warren Tesoro)
Joe Ziza & Friends; Jersey Rocks Doo Wop Concert #2
Quiet Storm at the second Doo Wop & Acappella Concert at Morris Museum
The Del Larks at the 2nd Jersey Rocks Doo Wop & Acappella Concert
Bobby Thomas & Quiet Storm tribute to the Orioles at the second Morris Museum Doo Wop & Acappella Concert
Pam, Bobby Thomas & Charlie at the Morris Museum
Classic Urban Harmony presentation at Franklin Township (NJ) Library
Classic Urban Harmony presentation at Franklin Township (NJ) Library
JT's Emeralds (now the Fashions) perform at a CUH concert at the Franklin Township (NJ) Library
Vic Donna Group perform a CUH acappella concert in Somerset, NJ
Our second CUH presentation of the year at Garwood (NJ) Library
In memorium: Lenny Sanchez and Re-Vels' John Jones (right)
Philly Doo Wop Festival flyer
Pam & Charlie at 2011 Philly Doo Wop Festival
Re-MemberThen at 2011 Philly Doo Wop Festival
Pam & Charlie with Vic Donna Group at 2011 Philly Doo Wop Festival
Pam & Charlie with Neighbors Complaint at 2011 Philly Doo Wop Festival
Jerry Blavat, Pam & Charlie at 2011 Philly Doo Wop Festival
Pam & XM Radio's Cool Bobby B at 2011 Philly Doo Wop Festival
Pam & Charlie swing dancing at 2011 Philly Doo Wop Festival
Junior & 4 Seniors at South Philly String Band Club after the Doo Wop Festival
Joe Grimaldi, KJ O'Doherty, Buzzy Garland at String Band Club
Quiet Storm singing at the South Philly String Band Club
Poster from Silver Stars competition in Nashville
Masqueraders competing in Silver Stars competition
Masqueraders take 2nd Place (out of 300) in 2011 Silver Stars competition, Nashville
Pam & Charlie & the Masqueraders in Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
Soul of Asbury Park Concert
Bobby Thomas backed by Quiet Storm in Asbury Park Concert
Reunion of the Broadways, Asbury Park Concert
Lenny Welch at Asbury Park Concert
Bobby Thomas & Pam at Asbury Park Concert
Still Around, singing at the (NJ) Doo Wop Singers Club 2nd Anniversary
Earls' Larry Chance backed by Re-MemberThen at Doo Wop Singers Club 2nd Anniversary
Pam & Charlie at Doo Wop Singers Club 2nd Anniversary
Acappella Extravaganza at Molloy College poster
Vic Donna Group at Acappella Extravaganza
Sheps at Acappella Extravaganza
Happy Holidays from Pam & Charlie
Vic Donna Group at CUH Headquarters
Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" A Listing of Those Who Touched Our Musical
Lives and Left Us in 2011.
And now the sad part. During 2011 we've had to say
goodbye to more than 75 people who gave so much to our world of harmony.
About a third of those on this list, we knew personally. Some were very
dear friends, others we knew casually. But each person on this list was
known to us through their contributions to the music we love. All
touched our lives and all will be missed.
Just when we thought we'd completed this list, we lost Al
Russell of the Do Ray Me Trio (see below), who passed away on Christmas Eve.
Please take a moment to scan the list below and give thanks that these people
were a part of our lives, even if for too short a time. - Charlie & Pam
Do Ray Me Trio's Al "Stomp"
Russell Dies at age of 90.
Al Russell was born in Columbia, SC, and began playing piano in
the 8th Grade. After graduating high school, he began a career as an
entertainer that lasted 65 years. First with the Al Russell Trio and
later with the Do Ray Me (Do-Re-Mi) Trio, Al Russell had more than 30 records
released on a dozen different labels. Since 1946 Al Russell and his
group was based in West Philadelphia. Though a trio, the Do Ray Me's
were an important early influence on many vocal groups. Al died December
24, 2011 of cancer at the age of 90.
Al Russell Trio, ca. 1946. Al Russell on right at piano.
(Photo courtesy of Paul Ressler)
Do Ray Me Trio, ca. 1954. Al Russell at piano.
(Photo courtesy of Paul Ressler)
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
Dan Clemson's Article, "The
Mills Brothers Trace Roots To Bellefonte" Published in Pennsylvania
Congrats to Mills Brothers Society co-founder, Dan Clemson, for
his outstanding ten-page article on the Mills Brothers just published in the
Winter 2012 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage magazine! Dan
Clemson's article traces the history of the Mills family from their escape
from slavery on the Underground Railroad in the 1820's through their
establishment as prominent residents of Bellefonte, PA. It tells the
story of the Mills Brothers origin and career in clarity and detail not
previously published in one article. For more details see our
Etta James Hospitalized with
Etta James, one of the most known singers in R&B history, spent
Christmas in a Riverside, CA. She is under sedation, while being treated
for late stage leukemia. The 73-year old singer began her career with
the R&B vocal group, the Peaches.
Great Mills Brothers
Christmas Song now posted to our Mills Brothers Society Page!
Group harmony would not exist in its present form had it not
been for the vocal innovations of the Mills Brothers. We picked out a
Mills Brothers Christmas song to post on our Mills Brothers Society Page, that
is one of our personal favorites. It's a side that is not that well known,
but one that deserves recognition. Recorded and released in 1949 on Decca
24768, "My Christmas Song For You" is an outstanding recording done almost
acappella, except for a faint guitar. Released originally as a 78, we do
have a 45 of this record. Group harmony fans, you've got to hear this.
Click on our Mills
Brothers Society Page and scroll down to the YouTube. - C&P
Happy Holidays from Pam &
Charlie at Classic Urban Harmony LLC
To you, our extended Classic Urban Harmony family, we convey
our warm thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a happy
and healthy New Year! We hope that during the past year, your visits to
this website have been informative and enjoyable. We'll try our best to
again be a voice for R&B, Doo Wop, Gospel and Soul Harmony in 2012.
Again, our sincere thanks for your support. Happy holidays! - C&P
Our Annual Holiday Harmony Feature this year is the
story of the song "Christmas In Heaven" by Billy Ward & the Dominoes,
featuring Jackie Wilson on the King label.
Read the story of one of R&B's classic holiday records - "Christmas
In Heaven" by Billy Ward & the Dominoes, featuring Jackie Wilson. To see
a photo of the group members and listen to this song from 1953, click
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
Ronald Mosley of the
Skarlettones and Ruby & The Romantics Dies
Sad to report that Ronald Mosely of the Skarlettones ("Do You
Remember" on the Ember label), Supremes ("Another Chance To Love" on the APT
label) and Ruby & The Romantics ("Our Day Will Come") passed away on December
3, 2011. He was 72.
Acappella Group, Quiet Storm
to issue a new CD!
The fine Philly acappella group, Quiet Storm, has announced
they will be releasing their next CD shortly. We'll let you know when it
comes out. In the meantime, here's a taste of what's in it!
Soul singer, Dobie Gray Dies
at the age of 71.
Soul singer, Dobie Gray, best known for songs like "The
In-Crowd" and "Drift Away" died in Nashville on December 6, 2011. He was
71. Dobie Gray (real name, Laurence Darrow Brown) was born in Simonton,
TX on July 26, 1940. He moved to Los Angeles in the early sixties where
he made several recordings for small labels under different names. His
career was helped by Sony Bono, who was responsible for the name change to
Dobie Gray. Dobie Gray's song "Drift Away" was done acappella by Reunion
and has since become an acappella group favorite.
Spinners' Edgar "Chico"
Edgar "Chico" Edwards, early member of the legendary soul vocal
group, the Spinners died December 3, 2011. Chico and his brother James
were early members of the group before they recorded in the late 1980's.
Chico left the group prior to their first Tr-Phi lable recordings but rejoined
them in 1963, in time for their Motown recordings. Chico was on the
Spinners' hit records, "Truly Yours" and "I'll Always Love You". He left
the group in 1967 before they switched to the Motown subsidiary, VIP.
Chico was replaced at that time with G. C. Cameron.
Acappella Extravaganza in
Rockville Centre, NY, featured 22 Vocal Groups. Photos posted.here.
An acappella extravaganza was held at Molloy College’s Hays
Theatre in Rockville Centre, NY, on the evening of December 3,
2011. Randy Bergen (“Mr. Acappella”) has been producing shows
here for many years. This may have been his last (but we hope
not). It was a marathon of doo wop acappella lasting five hours
and featuring twenty-two vocal groups. Classic Urban Harmony
was there to document the event in photos. To take a look,
Howard Tate Dies; Soul Singer
and former member of the Gainors
Howard Tate, soul singer of extraordinary talent, and former
member of the Philadelphia Gospel group, the Evening Star Quartet and the
1950's doo wop, the Gainors, died Friday December 2, 2011, of complications of
Leukemia and Myeloma. He was 72.
Howard Tate was born in Macon Georgia, on August 14, 1939.
He moved with his family to North Philadelphia in the early 1940's. One
of the more popular Gospel groups in Philly in the late 1940's and early
1950's was the Evening Star Quartet, a group led by "Little" Joe Cook and Sam
Bell. When Joe Cook left the group to form the R&B group, Little Joe &
the Thrillers, the Evening Star Quartet replaced him with Howard Tate.
At that time, the Evening Stars also contained future soul singer Garnet Mimms
and Sam Bell. By 1958, the Evening Star Quartet would themselves evolve
into an R&B group, the Gainors. The Gainors consisted of Garnet Mimms,
Sam Bell, Howard Tate, Willie Combo and John Jefferson. The Gainors
recorded numerous vocal group recordings for the Cameo, Mercury and Tally-Ho
labels. One of the best known is "The Secret" on Cameo.
Eventually, Mimms and Bell left to form Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters.
Howard Tate went solo. Much has been written about Howard Tate's career
as a soul singer. We want to make sure he's also remembered for his
vocal group records with the Gainors.
Cameo 151 The Secret
/ Gonna Rock Tonight
Cameo 156 You Must Be An Angel /
Red Top 110 Follow Me / Gonna Rock Tonight
Mercury 71466 A Message With Flowers / She's My Lollipop
Mercury 71569 She's Gone / Please Consider
Mercury 71630 I'm In Love With You / Nothing Means More To Me
Tally-Ho 102 Where I Want To Be / This Is A
Tally-Ho 105 Tell Him / Darlin'
Howard Tate's first record with the Gainors
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
One of the rarest of the Gainors' records
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
To hear this recording click the YouTube below.
Jerry Lawson to make guest
appearance on NBC-TV's "The Sing Off" on Monday December 5, 2011
Jerry Lawson, long time lead of the acappella group, the
Persuasions, and more recently of Talk of the Town, will make a guest
appearance on the popular NBC-TV show, "The Sing Off," on Monday evening
December 5, 2011. Jerry is tentatively scheduled to sing three songs
with the cast. Check your local TV listings for time in your area.
Our article on Philadelphia's
Capris ("God Only Knows") now posted on this website!
For years, misinformation has circulated about Philadelphia's
Gotham label Capris (not the "Moon Out Tonight" group - the black group
from West Philly that recorded "God Only Knows," "It's A Miracle," "It Was
Moonglow," etc.). Then, this year, after more than 30 years of research,
Classic Urban Harmony's Charlie Horner published the definitive Capris' bio in
Echoes of the Past magazine. Over the years, Charlie had
interviewed four original members of the Capris and had produced the anthology
LP of the group that was released by Collectables Records in the early
1980's. We have now reprinted the Capris bio on this website (with
permission of Echoes of the Past). We also changed the label
scans to color and added numerous color photos of the Capris at Charlie's
radio show that we discovered in our archives after the original article was
published. Even those of you who subscribe to Echoes (and we hope
you all do) will want to take a look at the Capris article a second time in
it's updated form. Click
Capris Article to take a look. Then use
the Return arrow to return to this page.
Recently uncovered Capris photo from Charlie's radio program,
Top, left to right: Eddie Warner, Harrison Scott, Charlie Horner (with Gotham label T-shirt), Ruben Wright. Bottom: Charlie Stroud.
for article and more previously unpublished photos.
JT's Emeralds to Change name
to the Fashions
Just heard from our friend, Frankie Lafaro, that the
Philadelphia acappella group, JT's Emeralds, will be changing their name to
the Fashions after the first of the year. The name change will avoid any
confusion with the other Philly acappella group, the Emeralds. Frankie
Lafaro, of course, is well known as leader of his previous vocal group,
Frankie & the Fashions. The current group will only use the name
Fashions, since they will not be doing Frankie's prior group's songs and in
addition, three members of the current group share the leads.
The last appearance of the group under the name JT's Emeralds
will likely be on the evening of November 30, 2011, at the South Philly String
Band Club, where they will be featured in place of Mid Life Crisis, due to an
illness of one of its members [see
Our Events Calendar for details].
Word has it that the Fashions will be opening Jerry Blavat's
Oldies Show at the Kimmel Center on January 28, 2012. The show is
scheduled to also star Ben E. King, Shirley Alston Reeves, Chris Montez, Lenny
Welch, Darlene Love, the Honeycombs and the Trammps. We'll be posting
details on Our Events Calendar shortly.
JT's Emeralds, soon to be known as the Fashions, at a Classic
event in 2011. Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale.
Latest Echoes of the Past
magazine now out! Contains our articles on Little Jimmy & the Tops
("Puppy Love") and our review of this summer's Morris Museum "Jersey Rocks"
The latest issue (#98) of Echoes of the Past magazine is
now out! It contains Charlie's bio of Little Jimmy & the Tops ("Puppy
Love") and Pam's review of all of this past summer's "Jersey Rocks" events at
the Morris Museum. [We're both writers, you know.] Also in the
magazine are George Frunzi's article on Ruth McFadden, Bob Bosco's article on
the Tridels, Carl Janusek's article on the Tommy Charles Quartet and more!
Highly recommended - we subscribed for years before we started writing for
them. A year subscription is only $16.99 (four issues) in the U.S.
Email Bob Belniak at
email@example.com for details.
South Philly Teen Idol Carlo Gerace Dies. Recorded with Carlo & the Secrets
South Philly singer Carlo Gerace died November 24, 2011.
Carlo gave us a couple of vocal group numbers including "Daddy Knows Best"
(possibly backed by the Fabulous Four/Four J's) and "Pony Time" by Carlo & the
Secrets. The Secrets may have contained Anthony Maresco (of Anthony &
the Sophomores) and some members of the Four J's).
Carlo Gerace Discography
As Carlo Gerace Chancellor 1080 - Too Young To Love / Wild About That Girl
Chancellor 1093 - Daddy Knows Best / A Teenager Sings The Blues
As Carlo & the Secrets Throne 801 - Pony Party / A Hundred Pounds Of Clay
(Photo courtesy of King Arthur)
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
To hear "Daddy Knows Best" click the Youtube below.
Todd Baptista's article on
the Bop Chords in Goldmine Magazine
Bop Chords' "Castle In The Sky"
One of two more desirable ways to have this record.
In Todd Baptista's article he shows a photo of the record
on an orange Holiday label (probably the first issue).
We've scanned the record on the black Holiday label.
More common is the red Holiday label.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
Doo Wop Singers Club of NJ
Celebrates its Second Anniversary and Classic Urban Harmony Is There!
What a fabulous celebration of vocal group harmony at the NJ
Doo Wop Singers Club's Second Anniversary on Sunday November 20, 2011.
Naturally, Classic Urban Harmony was there to review the event and capture all
of the groups and celebrities in photos. Click
Doo Wop Singers
Club 2nd Anniversary to take a look.
Dale McCaskill, lead of Beach
Music group, the Catalinas, killed in car accident
We just received the tragic news that Dale McCaskill, lead
singer of one of our favorite Carolina Beach Music groups, the Catalinas, from
2006 to 2010, was killed in a car accident on November 19, 2011. Dale
had also led the groups, Blue Condition and Second Nature. He was 61.
We had the opportunity to talk with Dale when we attended the
4th Annual Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival
in 2009. We enjoyed conversing with Dale about the Catalinas and his
singing career. He seemed like such a nice guy. Our condolences to
Dale's family and friends.
Catalinas' Dale McCaskill & Charlie Horner, 2009
New CD by Darchaes Just
released!!! Many previously unreleased sides.
If you follow this site, you know what fans we are of Asbury
Park (NJ) vocal harmony. One of our favorite groups from the area is the
Darchaes. It turns out that Ray & the Darchaes recorded numerous great
sides back in the early 1960's that were not released at the time. Now,
for the first time, many of these songs have been made available. The
newly released Darchaes CD contains 19 cuts - only four of which were ever
released before. 17 recordings are from back in the day. Two
others are newly recorded by the Darchaes. Click the YouTube video below
for a preview of the album. For more info, email
of Asbury Park Concert a Historic Reunion of West Side Singers!!!
The Soul of Asbury Park Concert was a historic reunion of Asbury
Park (NJ) R&B singers. Sponsored by the Asbury Park Press, the and the
Asbury Park Historical Society the November 12, 2011 concert was held in the
historic Paramount Theatre and featured such Asbury Park legends as Lenny Welch,
Ray Goodman & Brown, the Broadways, Bobby Thomas, Nicky Addeo & the Nite Owls,
Patsy Siciliano, Johnny Petillo, Nicky Addeo Jr. and New Era. The concert
relived the roots of the Asbury Park music scene before Bruce Springsteen and
Southside Johnny. Classic Urban Harmony was there to catch every minute of
the concert. To see our review, click
Soul of Asbury
More Losses to our Group
We are again saddened to hear of more losses in the group
Darryl "Cappy" Lewis of the Six Teens ("A Casual Look")
and Elgins (Flip, Titan & Lummtone labels) passed away on Thursday, November
Alton "Bart" Hollowell, tenor and baritone of the
Enchanters (Mercer & Coral labels), Fabulous Playboys (Daco and Apollo
labels), Falcons (Atlantic and Big Wheel labels), Minor Chords (Flick label), died in early November. Alton's career
spanned the 50's R&B era ("True Love Gone") to the soul era ("Standing On
Guard," "I Must Love You). [Alton Hollowell is not the
Alton Howell who sang with Billy Butler & the Enchanters. - Thanks to Rockin'
Richard for clearing this up. - C&P]
The Falcons on the Big Wheel label.
We believe Alton Hollowell is on the far right.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
Percy L. Williams, lead of the Detroit soul vocal group,
the Metros, died of cancer in early November. He was 65. The
Metros recorded some great singles and an album for RCA Victor ("Sweetest
One," "The Replacer"). Vocal harmony fans will remember the superb
version of "Blue Velvet" that's on the LP.
Boxing Great and Soul Singer
Joe Frazier Dies.
The boxing world lost one of its all time greats on November 7,
2011, when Philadelphia legend Smokin' Joe Frazer passed away from liver
cancer at the age of 67. Much has been written about Joe's incredible
boxing career and we won't repeat that here. We would like to point out
that Joe Frazier also had a notable career as a soul singer. We'll add
to this tribute in the near future, but in the meantime, we'll list some of
Smokin' Joe's soul singles below.
Cloverlay 100 -
The Bigger They Come / Come And Get Me Love
Cloverlay 101 - Good News
/ You Got The Love
- Knock On Wood / Try It Again
Knockout 101 - Answer Me
/ You Got The Love
Knockout 711 - My Way /
Come And Get Me Love
Prodigal 0623 - Little
Dog Heaven / What Ya Gonna Do When The Rain Starts Fallin'
Motown 1378 - First Round
Knockout / Looky Looky (Look At Me Girl) 1975
Capitol 2479 - If
You Go Stay Gone / Truly Lovin' Me
Capitol 2661 -
Knockout Drop / Gonna Spend My Life
Norman Dies, sang with O'Jays, Viceroys, Coasters, Harlem River Drive; Wrote
the lyrics to "Time Is On My Side"
We are sorry to report the passing of Jimmy Norman, singer,
songwriter and musician more recently associated with the Coasters.
Jimmy Norman was born in Nashville, TN on August 12, 1937. In his early
career, Jimmy recorded several records for the Little Star label including "I
Don't Love You No More" (recorded solo in 1962, Little Star #113).
Shortly there after, Jimmy's recordings were backed by the vocal groups the
Viceroys ("You Crack Me Up," Little Star #121) and the O'Jays (""Love Is
Wonderful," Little Star #126). As a songwriter, Jimmy wrote the lyrics
to "Time Is On My Side" for Irma Thomas. The song later became a hit for
the Rolling Stones. In 1969 he produced a record for the Coasters ("Act
Right" b/w "The World Is Changing" for the Turn Table label) and ended up
joining the group as a permanent member. In 1975 he also found time to
be the lead vocalist in the group Harlem River Drive ("Need You," Arista
label). Jimmy Norman died on November8, 2011.
Cadillacs Earl Carroll
Recovering in Harlem Nursing Home
We are constantly asked about the condition of Cadillacs lead
Earl "Speedo" Carroll. Last we heard he was recovering from some sort of
heart trouble in a Harlem nursing home and rehabilitation center. If
you'd like to drop Earl a get well card (we did), the address we have for him
is The Greater Harlem Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center Co. Inc., 30 W.
138th Street, NY, NY 10037. If you hear any updates on Earl's condition,
please let us know. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with
We've returned from a two week vacation that included a trip to
Canada immediately followed by an early morning flight to Nashville to cheer for
our friends the Masqueraders as they competed in the Silver Stars competition
(See the link below). We've just added new events to Our Events Calendar
Page. Check out all that's happening, including a celebration of Asbury
Park (NJ) group harmony on November 12.
Masqueraders Take Second Place in Tennessee's
Silver Stars Competition!!!!
When HealthSpring held it's annual Silver Stars competition this
year, it opened up the contest to performers from both Nashville and Memphis,
TN. Performers had to be at least 60 years of age. More than 300
performers tried out for the coveted prizes, including our friends, the soul
vocal group, the Masqueraders. When the preliminary trials were over, the
Masqueraders were among the ten finalists, scheduled for a run-off in Nashville
on October 23, 2011. In spit of the fact that we had just gotten back from
Canada on October 22 and the next day was our anniversary, we were on an early
morning plane to Nashville to show support for our friends the Masqueraders.
To view numerous photos and read about the finals, held in the legendary Ryman
Silver Stars 2011.
More Sad News: Vocal Harmony World Mourns Loss of
Five More Singers
We are deeply saddened to report the losses of more members of
our vocal harmony community:
Freddy Ferrara, baritone and founding member of the Del
Satins, died October 21, 2011 at the age of 71 of amyloidosis. Freddy was
also a member of Brooklyn Bridge.
Reese Palmer, lead of the Marquees from Washington, DC,
died on October 27, 2011, after a long illness. Reese's group, the
Marquees, as well as recording songs like "Wyatt Earp" and "Hey Little School
Girl" for Okeh, were the first group Marvin Gaye sang with. Reese also
sang for more than ten years with the Legendary Orioles.
Paul Leka, member of the Chateaus of Sharon, CT, who
recorded "Honest I Will" for the Coral label in 1963, died on October 12, 2011,
at the age of 70.Also a songwriter, Paul wrote songs for Steam and the Lemon
Pipers and arranged for REO Speedwagon and others.
Bill Dalton, original member of the Royal Teens ("Short
Shorts," "Believe Me") died on October 23, 2011.
Tommy Storm, lead vocalist of the soul group, the Fabulous
Peps died of cancer in October (date unknown) 2011.
Funeral Arrangements Announced for Tymes' Donald Banks
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Donald Banks,
original bass singer of the world famous Philadelphia vocal group the Tymes.
Donald died Friday, October 7, 2011, of complications from a stroke and
The funeral will be held at 10 AM, Thursday October 13, at the
G Choice Funeral Chapel, 2530 N. Broad St., (near Broad & Lehigh)
Philadelphia, PA 19132. The phone number there is 215-227-0100.
The Tymes story began in the mid-1950's in North Philadelphia
when Norman Burnett, Albert (Ceasar) Berry III, Donald Banks and George
Hilliard started singing together as the Latineers. In 1960, the group
added George Williams Jr., as lead singer. Williams' voice was simialr
to that of Johnny Mathis.
The Latineers career took off after they entered a talent
contest hosted by WDAS Radio, called the Tip Top Talent Hour. Their
performance led to an audition with Billy Jackson, A&R man for Cameo-Parkway
Records. Jackson who would become one of Philly's greatest soul music
producers, had previously sang with the Re-Vels.
Changing their name to the Tymes, the group's first record, "So
Much In Love" hit #1 on the Pop Charts in the summer of 1963. It was
followed by "Wonderful Wonderful" which reached #7. More hits followed,
including "Somewhere," "To Each His Own," "The Magic Of Our Summer Love" and
"Here She Comes". The group moved to Columbia Records and scored a
moderate hit in 1968 with "People".
In 1974 the Tymes rebounded in a big way. Billy Jackson
recorded some new material with the group, including a song called "You Little
Trustmaker" to which he added his his own voice on lead. The record was
a huge hit, reaching #12 on the national charts. The follow up, "Ms.
Grace" barely made the charts in the U.S. but quickly became a #1 record in
the U.K. "Ms. Grace" has also gained a big following among followers of
Carolina Beach Music.
Donald Banks retired from singing a couple years ago, but did
rejoin the Tymes for special occasions such as the dedication of the Doo Wop
Mural in Germantown (Philadelphia) in 2010.
The Tymes remain one of the top vocal groups around, recently
returning from a major soul music concert in the U.K.
The Tymes in their
classic "looking at their watches" pose at the Doo Wop Mural, 2010.
From left to right: George Hilliard, Caesar Berry, Donald Banks,
(From the Classic Urban
Charlie and Donald Banks
Donald Banks, Pam, George
"So Much In Love" Canadain pressing, blue vinyl.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
Vanderpool Robinson Dies
Sylvia Robinson, well-known R&B singer and record company
owner, died September 29, 2011 in Secaucus, New Jersey. She was 75.
She was born Sylvia Vanderpool in New York City in 1936. She first
recorded for Columbia Records in July 1950 with Hot Lips page's band. By
the early 1950's she began recording R&B vocals under the name "Little Sylvia"
for Savoy and Jubilee Records. In 1955, Sylvia teamed with guitarist
Mickey Baker to record a series of popular duets, including the hit record,
"Love Is Strange". "Love Is Strange" reached #11 on the Pop Charts.
In 1964, Sylvia married Joe Robinson and together they formed All Platinum
Records in 1968, releasing smash hits by the Moments, Donnie Elbert and many
others. Continuing as a recording artist, she recorded "Pillow Talk" in
1973 under the name "Sylvia". In the 1970's the Robinsons started the
Sugar Hill label, a key label in the introduction of rap music.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
We are saddened to report the passing of three more members of
our music community.
Leo Blakely, member of the Egyptian Kings died September
27, 2011. Leo, a childhood friend of the group's lead Morris Wade,
joined the group in 1961. He was on their Nanc recording, leading the
group on "I Need Your Love".
Marvin Tarplin, guitarist for Smokey Robinson & the
Miracles died September 29, 2011 at the age of 70. Marvin co-wrote "The
Tracks Of My Tears," "Goin' To A Go-Go," "Ain't That Peculiar," "I'll Be
Doggone" and "Being With You."
Clarence Johnson, member of the Chanteurs who later
evolved into the Chi-Lites. Clarence left the Chi-Lites in 1964 at the
age of 22. He died on September 23, 2011 at the age of 69.
When we started this website three years ago we never expected
the response would be so great. Last week we had our 50,000th visitor to
our site. Our sincere thanks to all of you who visit us to follow what's
happening in the group harmony field. With your support we'll continue
to bring you timely news about our music. - Pam & Charlie
Review and Photos from the 6th Annual Philly Doo Wop
Festival and After Party at the South Philly String Band Club are Here!!!
We had a great time on Saturday, September 17th's 6th Annual Philly Doo
Wop Festival. We've posted a review and lots of great photos from the
Festival and After Party at the South Philly String Band Club. If you
were there, you'll have fun reminiscing. If you couldn't be there, you
enjoy seeing what went on. Click
Doo Wop Festival to take a look at the photos from the Philly Doo
Wop Fest. After that click
Philly String Band Club to see photos from the After Party.
Lenny Sanchez, former co-producer of Charlie
Horner's Radio Program Dies
We were very saddened to hear that our good friend, Lenny
Sanchez, long time former co-producer of Charlie Horner's "Classic Urban
Harmony" radio program on WXPN-FM in the late 1980's and early 1990's has passed
away. He was 73. As the guy who answered the phones and read the dedications on the
air, Lenny was often the first voice people heard when the called Charlie's
radio show. A popular figure on the radio show, Lenny left the show to
move to St. Louis in the early 1990's. He died suddenly in his home in
St. Louis on September 13, 2011. We'll miss Lenny's
enthusiasm and dedication to our music. Most of all we'll miss Lenny as a close
Lenny Sanchez (third from left) with members of the Re-Vels at
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
Katrina Trowery of Perfect Blend Dies
Katrina "Trina" Trowery, whose beautiful soaring voice was an
integral part of the Philadelphia acappella group, A Perfect Blend, died
Thursday, September 15, 2011, after a battle with cancer. Another great
voice has been silenced and Trina's absence will be felt throughout our music
Great Time at the Classic Urban Harmony Presentation at the Garwood NJ Public
Pam & Charlie Horner returned to the Garwood NJ Public Library to
present "Doo Wop Groups From New Jersey -
Part 1", on Wednesday evening September 14 and what a great time we had!
We talked about groups from Asbury Park, Plainfield, Newark, Jersey City and
more. When we covered the Vibranaires, Vibes and V-Eights, group member
Bobby Thomas was there to confirm all that we told and he greeted an
Angelo Pompeo, who grew up in Jersey City with the Duprees added some additional
info about the Duprees. WMTR Radio personality, Alan David Stein was on
hand to greet some of his listeners. We handed out our updated printed program listing more than 200
New Jersey vocal groups and gave out several CD's to some very knowledgeable
people in the audience who were the first to identify our mystery artists.
Most important, those in attendence gave us their ideas for future
presentations. We're looking forward to returning to Garwood with NJ
Groups Part 2 plus some more interesting talks. Click
Garwood NJ Groups One
to view some photos of the event.
Among Finalists in HS Silver Stars Contest! Final Round in Nashville,
TN, Oct 23, 2011
Our friends the Masqueraders (Robert Tex
Wrightsil, Sammie Hutchins and Harold Sundance Thomas) have just been named
finalists in the HealthSpring Silver Stars competition - sort of an American
Idol-like competition for entertainers over 60 in Tennessee. Out of 300
competitors, the Masqueraders were among ten finalists - three from Memphis
and seven from Nashville. The finals will be held in Nashville on
October 23, 2011 (from 4 - 6 PM) at the famous Ryman Auditorium.
Admission to the auditorium is free and opened to the public. Our
congratulations to the Masqueraders! Although the competition is tough,
we look for the Masqueraders to finish #1.
The Masqueraders at the HS Silver Stars competition, 2011
Weather Forecast Perfect for this Saturday's Philly
Doo Wop Festival
The weather forecast looks perfect as final
preparations as being made for this Saturday's (Sept 17) giant Philadelphia
Doo Wop Festival.
This year's outdoor Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival at Penn's
Landing will feature the following vocal performers: Herb Cox & The Cleftones,
Cornerstone (Featuring Golden Voice Harry) and their band, Quiet Storm, The
Vic Donna Group, The Larkings, Neighbors' Complaint, 45 RPM, Now & Then, Frankie Lafaro, Men of Jubilee
It will all take place from 1 PM to 7 PM. This is always a
special event for fans of vocal group harmony. The event is free to
attend, though you must pay for parking and we encourage you to make a
generous contribution to the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education
Center. Click on
the poster below to see a larger version or visit
www.phillydoowopfestival.org for more details.
The acappella group, Re-MemberThen warming up for the Philly
Doo Wop Fest at a recent backyard Barb-B-Q. Re-MemberThen
is one of many groups that will perform this Saturday.
Gate Quartet subject of an Article in latest issue of Juke Blues
The Golden Gate Quartet is the subject of an
informative article is the latest issue of the British music magazine, Juke
Blues. The article was written by Seamus McGarvey and appears in issue
#71. Other articles in this issue include pieces about the Chicago soul
group, The Steelers, Part 2 of the Smiley Lewis story and a tribute to Bobby
Re-Vels' Bass, John Jones Dies
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of John Henry Jones, Jr.,
original bass singer of the legendary North Philadelphia R&B vocal group, the
Re-Vels. John died on August 9, 2011 in Philadelphia. He was 72.
From the mid-1950's, the Re-Vels have long been a part of the Philly music
scene, beginning with their first recording of "My Lost Love" for the Atlas
label. From there the group recorded for the Teen/Sound label complex,
including such classics as "So In Love," "You Lied To Me" and "Dream My
Darling Dream". Among the group's biggest hits were "False Alarm" (Chess
label) and "Dead Man's (Midnight) Stroll" (Norgolde label). John Jones'
bass voice can be heard on all the Re-Vels recordings. While Billy
Jackson of the group became a legendary Philadelphia record producer,
responsible for hundreds of great soul and pop records, including those of the
Tymes whom he mentored, the Re-Vels would still get together on occasion and
perform as a group. While Charlie Horner was on WXPN radio, he
interviewed the group on his show. This led to an appearance by the Re-Vels
on Charlie's live stage show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.
"The Re-Vels were always one of my favorite groups and getting to know them
and hear them sing again was one of the more important accomplishments in my
involvement with our music. John was a great guy and his passing is a
major loss both to our music and to our Classic Urban Harmony extended
family." - Charlie Horner
Re-Vels, ca. 1957
(Autographed photo from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
The Re-Vels at Charlie Horner's radio program, 1991. John
Jones is in the center.
On left is Henry Colclough (lead on "False Alarm"). On right is Sam Hart
(lead on "You Lied To Me").
John Jones at WXPN, 1991
Re-Vels sing "Dream My Darling Dream" on Sound label, 1956
John Jones was one of the song's writers.
Sam Hart, lead; John Jones, bass.
The Re-Vels sing "Talking To My Heart" on Norgolde label, 1959
Henry Colclough, lead; John Jones, bass
Happier times. Henry Coclough, John Jones, Charlie
Horner, Sam Hart
Photos from the Peggy & Norman Burnett (Tymes) 2011 Bar-B-Q
Whenever we're invited to a Bar-B-Q at the home of our friends
Norman Burnett (of The Tymes) and his wife Peggy, we make sure we're available
that day! Norman & Peggy's parties are among the highlights of our
annual social calendar. We always run into old music industry friends
and meet new ones. Check out photos by clicking
Tymes Bar-B-Q 2011.
Photos from Saturday Afternoon at 2011 Lead East
Charlie & Pam slip away from their busy
schedule to visit the 2011 Lead East on Saturday afternoon, September 3 at the
Parsippani (NJ) Hilton. Billed as the world's biggest 1950's party, Lead
East has more classic cars, vocal groups and fifties music than you can
imagine. Click Lead
East to see some random photos including lots of acappella groups.
of the Philadelphia acappella groups, Quiet Storm and the Copians Dies
We are saddened to report that Philadelphia acappella
singer Vinnie Tucker formerly of Quiet Storm & the Copians has passed away. Vinnie
was one of the original members of Quiet Storm, leading the group in songs like
"Silhouettes," "My Autumn Love," "Baby Please," and "Come Home Soon".
Vinnie left Quiet Storm due to health problems with diabetes and pneumonia but
upon feeling better he joined the Copians. A relapse a couple months ago
left Vinnie hospitalized and in a coma from which he never recovered. A
benefit concert to raise money for Vinnie's family during this difficult time is
scheduled for the South Philly String Band Club on Saturday September 10. Performing will be Quiet Storm, The Copians, Junior & The 4
Seniors, The Tributes and other surprise performers. The benefit concert
starts at 7 PM but arrive early for a parking spot. $20 donation at the
door will go to Vinnie's family to help with medical costs. The South
Philly String Band Club is located at 2820 Porter Street (near 28th & Passyunk).
For more details see our Events
Calendar. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vinnie's
We are back from Vacation!!!
If you've been wondering why you haven't heard from us for
awhile, it's because we've taken a brief (non-music related) vacation in
Maine. We have a lot of catching up to do, so please be patient with us.
But we are back now and are picking up where we left off. We've just
added a number of items to our "What's New Page" (scroll down) and many new
events to our Events Calendar. We had a great time in Maine but it's
good to be back! - C&P
Charlie Horner & Steve Applebaum Article on the
Deckers, Teddy & the Twilights and Related Philly Vocal Groups now viewable on
In 1977 Charlie Horner and the late Steve Applebaum began work
documenting the history of the Philly group, Teddy & the Twilights and related
groups, the Deckers, the Buddies, the Tiffanys, the Mohawks as well as artists
they backed up including Freddy Cannon, Mark Valentino, Rochell (Brenda)
Johnson, Esau Isaac. Early work was published in Yesterday's memories 34
years ago. Over the years much more info has come to light.
Charlie updated the original article and published it in Echoes of the Past
magazine earlier this year, in memory of Steve Applebaum. We've now
posted the article on this website complete with color photos of the group's
important record labels. To view click
Teddy & the Twilights.
Latest Issue of Echoes of the Past magazine
contains our article on Philadelphia's Capris ("God Only Knows").
The latest issue of Echoes of the Past magazine contains our
article on Philadelphia's important 1950's R&B group, the Capris. The
complete story of this West Philadelphia R&B vocal group has, until now, never
been told. The Capris recorded four records for Gotham and its
subsidiary label, 20th Century, including "God Only Knows". But the
Capris story goes far beyond those four recordings. This is a must read
for anyone trying to understand the origins of "The Philly Sound". To
subscribe to Echoes of the Past, the only magazine with a major emphasis on
fifties R&B and doo wop vocal groups, email Bob Belniak at
Our article is not the only great story in this magazine. There's
Bob Bosco's article on Neighbor's Complaint, Steve Kahn's article on the
Clusters, George Frunzi's article on La La Brooks & the Crystals and more, Don't
miss another issue! With four issues a year for only $16.99 this is a
Losses Felt by our R&B Community
We are very saddened to report more losses in our R&B and vocal
Jerry Leiber, songwriter and producer, who, along with his
partner, Mike Stoller, helped shape the landscape of our music through their
work with the Robins, Coasters, Drifters, Ben E. King, Elvis Presley and
hundreds more, died on August 22 of a heart ailmentat the age of 78.
For details on Jerry Leiber's music career we recommend the book, Hound
Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography.
Nick Ashford, songwriter
and singers, half of the popular soul duet of Ashford and Simpson.
Ashford died August 22 in NYC of throat cancer. As performers, Nick
Ashford and his wife Valerie Simpson are best known recording wise for songs
like the 1984 hit "Solid (As A Rock)". As songwriters, the duo wrote
songs like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Reach Out And Touch
(Somebody's Hand)". Ashford was 70.
Ross Barbour, founding
member of the Four Freshmen, one of the world's greatest close harmony groups.
Ross died August 21 of lung cancer. He was 82. Ross was the last
of the original Four Freshmen, who over their career recorded more than 50
albums. Ross retired from the Four Freshmen in 1977.
Mrs. Alice Winfield,
beloved wife of Harptones' lead singer Willie Winfield, died on August 18 at
the age of 78 after a long illness. Our heart-felt condolences to Willie
and his family.
Jerry Ragovoy, songwriter
and producer, died July 13 at the age of 80. As a music buyer for the
appliance store Treegoob's in West Philadelphia in 1953, Jerry listened to a
young street corner group called the Castelles play their penny arcade demo in
his store. Along with store manager Herb Slotkin, he decided to form the
Grand record label to record the Castelles' "My Girl Awaits Me". The
record was a hit and started Ragovoy's music career. In 1962, Jerry
wrote and produced "A Wonderful Dream" for the Majors. He also wrote and
produced "Cry Baby" for Garnett Mimms & the Enchanters. Jerry's later
song compositions were recorded by the Rolling Stones ("Time Is On My Side")
and Janis Joplin ("Piece Of My Heart").
Rudy Negron, lead singer of
the Chicago soul vocal group the Mystics, who recorded "That's the Kind Of
Love" (Teako label) died during the week of June 6.
Morris Museum Doo Wop & Acappella Concert #2 Videos Now
If you missed Morris Museum Acappella Concert #2 on July 29,
2011, we've just added fourteen video clips to our review of this fabulous
concert featuring Bobby Thomas (of the Vibranaires) with backing from Quiet
Storm, The Del Larks, Quiet Storm and Joe Zisa & Friends' Jersey Tribute
featuring former members of the Duprees, Happenings and Joey & the Lexingtons. Click
Morris Concert #2 to check out the videos,
photos and concert review.
As the Morris Museum "Jersey Rocks" Exhibit and project draws
to a close (Sept. 5), we take time to summarize all the events we took part in.
These are our postings in the order that they happened. Click on any or
all. Enjoy - C&P.
Morris Museum "Jersey Rocks" Exhibit and Happenings - Summer
2011 - A Look Back
Jersey Rocks Exhibit Opening - May 5, 2011 -
Our first glimpse of the Jersey Rocks Exhibit with numerous photos of the
exhibit, Duprees' Tom Bialoglow, Royal Teens' Tom Austin and more.
Jersey Rocks Launch Party - May 13, 2011 - Photos of the Exhibit
Launch Party including the Springsteen tribute band, E Street Shuffle.
Classic Urban Harmony Presentation of New Jersey Doo Wop
Groups Part 1 - June 8, 2011 - A huge event in itself, with not
only our presentation but guest appearances by members of the Duprees, Del
Larks, Vibranaires, Darchaes, Plurals, Vito & Salutations, Memories of You,
Copians and Re-MemberThen and even some live impromptu acappella singing by
some of our guests. See photos and videos plus a review of the event.
Classic Urban Harmony Presentation of New Jersey Doo Wop
Groups Part 2 - June 15, 2011 - Another huge event with not only
the continuation of our NJ group presentation but guest appearances by members
of the Ad Libs, Royal Teens, Fourteen Karat Soul, Mixed Company, Shades of
Brown, Del Larks, Memories of You, Copians, Fabulous Dudes and Re-MemberThen.
We again were treated to some live impromptu acappella singing by some of our
guests. See photos and videos plus a review of the event.
Morris Museum Acappella Concert # 1 - July
15, 2011 - A review, many photos and eight videos from an unbelievable doo wop
acappella concert that featured Fourteen Karat Soul, the Sheps, Nicky Addeo &
the Nite Owls and the Copians.
Morris Museum Acappella and Doo Wop Concert # 2 - July 29, 2011 - A
review, many photos and fourteen videos from another great doo wop acappella
concert that featured Bobby Thomas of the Vibranaires backed by Quiet Storm
doing a tribute to the Orioles plus the Del Larks, Quiet Storm and Joe Zisa &
Friends' Jersey Tribute.
Dee Jaskel of the Philly Acappella Group, Street
Corner Five, Dies
We are saddened to report the passing of Dee Jaskel, second
tenor of the Philly acappella group, Street Corner Five. Dee died August
9, 2011 of cancer, after a long illness. Dee grew up in the Kensington &
Allegheny (K&A) section of Philadelphia and as a youngster sang with the
group, the Hollanders. Street Corner Five was one of the acappella
groups that formed from the collection of singers that used to hang out and
sing at John Moore's Middle Room Records on Friday evenings in the early
1980's. Dee sang with Street Corner Five from their beginning until more
recently when she became ill. She'll be greatly missed by all of us who
appreciated the sounds of Philly acappella. Our condolences to Dee's
husband, Ron, her family and friends.
Morris Museum Acappella Concert #1 Videos Now
If you missed Morris Museum Acappella Concert #1 on July 15,
2011, we've just added eight video clips to our review of this fabulous
concert featuring Fourteen Karat Soul, The Sheps, The Copians and Nicky Addeo.
We'll be adding videos to the #2
concert shortly. Click
Morris Concert #1 to check out the videos,
including a great clips of 14 Karat Soul doing "Jump Children," "Take Me Back
Baby" and "That's the Way It Goes," plus clips of the Sheps and Copians.
Fourteen Karat Soul
(Photo courtesy of Janet Markman)
Check out the
Morris Museum Acappella & Doo Wop Concert #2
Concludes a Fabulous Celebration of Group Harmony in New Jersey!
What a fabulous summer for group harmony in Morristown, New
Jersey! While the Jersey Rocks Exhibit at the Morris Museum continues
until September 5, the R&B and doo wop harmony events concluded with July
29th's second of two major concerts celebrating our music. Those in
attendance enjoyed an evening of great vocal harmony from the
Vibranaires' Bobby Thomas, Quiet Storm, the Del Larks and Joe Zisa & Friends'
Jersey Tribute! We've just posted many photos and a review of the
concert and you can view our posting by clicking
Morris Concert #2.
Videos of the groups performances will follow shortly.
Classic Urban Harmony Website Turns Three Years Old!
On August 1, 2011, this website,
www.classicurbanharmony.net turned three years old. Beginning
with a single page, we've now grown to become one of the more respected
websites in our field. Thanks to all of you for supporting us with more
than 47,000 hits during that time. We hope to add more and more
interesting content to this site in the months and years to come. - C&P
Vic Donna Group is Magnificent at Somerset NJ
Private Concert! See Videos on this website!
The Vic Donna Group, one of the finer doo wop acappella groups
around, recently gave an hour-and-a-quarter private concert at our home base,
the Somerset Run Active Adult gated community in Somerset, NJ. About a
hundred of our friends and neighbors came out to see Vic and the guys gave an
incredible performance. We wish the concert could have been open to the
public, but since it wasn't we're posting photos and a review here.
We've also added some not-to-be-missed video clips. Click
Vic Donna Group.
The Vic Donna Groups will be appearing at Nick's Lobster House,
2777 Flatbush Ave., in Brooklyn on July 28 beginning at 7:15 PM. See
Our Events Calendar
Acappella group Re-MemberThen sings live on WMTR
Radio, Friday Evening July 22.
Our friends Re-MemberThen sang live doo wop
acappella on Alan David Stein's "Doo Wop Drive" radio program Friday evening
July 22. They did a great job. To the delight of Alan's audience,
the Earls' Larry Chance called in to the program and was put on the air. Alan's show airs between 7 - 10 PM in the Morristown, NJ, area
on WMTR-AM (1250 AM locally) and over the Internet on
Re-MemberThen has also been added to the line up of the coming Philly Doo Wop
Festival, September 17.
Classic Urban Harmony Presentation, "Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey - PART 2"
at Franklin Township Public Library, Somerset, NJ on Thursday July 14 another
great time. Photos now Posted on this website.
Charlie & Pamela Horner returned to Franklin Township Public
Library for Part 2
of the multimedia presentation, "Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey".
Building on our previous presentations on this topic, we added a section on the
Kodaks and even some interesting videos. To see some photos of the event,
Franklin Township NJ Groups 2.
Morris Museum Acappella Concert # 1 was ... INCREDIBLE!!! - Review and
Photos now posted on this website.
If you missed the first Morris Museum Acappella Concert on July
15 you missed a once in a lifetime show. It featured the spectacular
return of Fourteen Karat Soul plus outstanding performances by Nicky Addeo &
the Nite Owls, the Sheps and the Copians! To see our review of the
concert plus over three dozen photos click
Museum One. Videos to follow shortly.
Steve Applebaum's Collection of Charlie Horner Radio
Show tapes donated to Classic Urban Harmony Archives
When Steve Applebaum passed away earlier this year, we lost not
only one of our closest friends but the archivist to all the "Charlie Horner
Show"/"R&B Show"/"Classic Urban Harmony Show" radio programs. Over the
twenty five years that Charlie Horner did regular group harmony radio shows,
Steve maintained a library of cassette tapes of nearly every one of the
programs. When ever we needed one of Charlie's radio interviews with an
artist for an article we were writing, Steve usually locate it and send us a
copy. (Steve also co-produced the "R&B Show" during the 1975 - 1976
Recently, Carole Applebaum donated to us Steve's collection of
nearly all of the cassettes of Charlie's radio programs - over 1000 cassettes
amounting to close to 3000 hours of programming between 1970 and 1995.
While most of the records played on the show are now easily found on YouTube,
at the time Charlie started airing them you had to have original label vinyl
45's to do such a radio program. Of greatest interest to us, of course,
are the radio interviews Charlie conducted with numerous group harmony
singers. many of which are no longer with us.
Our sincere thanks to Carole Applebaum and to Carl Tancredi and
Holly Heinz for facilitating the transfer of tapes to Classic Urban Harmony
Nearly complete set of cassettes of Charlie Horner's radio
JT's Emeralds Sing to Standing Room Only Crowd at
Franklin Township Library! Photos now posted to this website.
JT's Emeralds gave a fabulous performance before a capacity crowd
at the Franklin Township Public Library in Somerset, NJ, on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
The Philadelphia area group sang two very entertaining acappella sets for an
enthusiastic audience of over a hundred people. An unknown number of
people who tried to register late were turned away. To see photos of the
event, click JT's Emeralds.
JT's Emeralds in concert at the Franklin Township Public
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)
Special Discount Offer on Morris Museum Acappella
Concerts for Classic Urban Harmony Website Visitors! Still tickets left
to see Fourteen Karat Soul, Nicky Addeo & the Nite Owls, The Sheps and The
Copians on July 15!
As a reward to those who loyally visit our website, the Morris
Museum is offering a special discount to those purchasing tickets to both the
July 15 and July 29 "Jersey Rocks" acappella concerts at the Museum's Bickford
Theater. Call to buy a ticket to both concerts at once and mention the
secret password, "streetcorner" and the
cost will be $20 per ticket ($40) instead of the regular price of $25 per
ticket ($50). That's a savings of $10 per person. Remember you
must purchase tickets to both shows and mention the password, "streetcorner"
to receive the discount. The Friday, July 15, concert stars Nicky Addeo
& The Nite Owls, Glenny T & Fourteen Karat Soul, The Sheps and the Copians.
The Friday, July 29, show stars The Del Larks, Bobby Thomas & The Vibranaires,
Quiet Storm and Joe Z's group Jersey Tribute.
Back from Japan and sounding great!
Don't miss Glenny T and Fourteen Karat Soul
at the Morris Museum Acappella Concert #1
July 15, 2011
Butch Stone, Poor Souls' Tenor Dies
Word has reached us that Thurman Buie "Butch" Stone, original
and forty-year member of the Carolina Beach Music group, the Poor Souls died
on June 9, 2011 of lymphocytic leukemia. He was 62. The Poor
Souls' bass, Bobby Smith passed in November 2009. We pay tribute to
Butch through the following very moving video, sent to us by the Poor Souls'
manager and producer, Chauncey Edwards. To read the full story of the
Poor Souls (just updated) on our website, click on
Poor Souls Bio.
The Poor Souls had just completed a new CD, "Try To Remember"
prior to Butch's passing. It is available through
(Video slide show courtesy of Chauncey Edwards)
Poor Soul's Butch Stone in the studio, only months before he
(Photo courtesy of Chauncey Edwards)
Our article about vocal groups from the
North Philly area of Francisville, now posted to this website. Read about
the Belltones, Little Joe Cook's Thrillers, the Royal Demons and the Madison
Our recent article from Echoes of the Past
magazine about the vocal groups from the North Philly neighborhood of
Francisville, including the Belltones (Grand label), Little Joe Cook's
Thrillers, the Royal Demons and the Madison Brothers, is now updated and
reprinted on our website. These groups recorded some of the greatest and
rarest of Philly's R&B group sounds. We've made additions and added color
photos and label scans. Click
Francisville Groups to take a look.
If you're not subscribing to Echoes of the
Past, you should be. There are a lot more articles about vocal groups
in each issue besides our articles. Email Bob Belniak at
for subscription details.
Classic Urban Harmony Guest Radio Appearances with
Alan David Stein - Photos Posted
The name Alan David Stein is well known to listeners of New
Jersey radio, especially to those who love R&B and doo wop group harmony.
That is why we anxiously accepted Alan's invitation to visit his popular
Friday evening WMTR-AM (Morristown, NJ) radio program, "Doo Wop Drive" and
play some New Jersey doo wop music on the air. Things went so well that
Alan invited us to discuss doo wop music in general the following Tuesday as
he hosted a talk radio program on New Brunswick's WCTC-AM. Click
Alan David Stein
to see photos of our recent radio guest appearances.
Classic Urban Harmony Presentation at Traditions @
Washington Crossing, PA, Another Success!
On Friday evening, June 24, 2011, Charlie & Pam Horner took
their Classic Urban Harmony multimedia presentation, "Under The Streetlamp:
Tales from the Doo Wop Era - Part 1" to Washington Crossing, PA, where they
entertained nearly 100 residents of the Traditions Active Adult Community.
We had a fabulous time with an enthusiastic capacity crowd. To view
photos of the event, click
With still more than five weeks to go until our website's third
anniversary, we have now passed 45,000 visitors. Almost 20,000 of your
visits have come in the past year. This has been a great year for us and
we thank each and every one of you for supporting our website and our
activities. - C&P
"Evening With Vocal Group Legends" Concert Photos
Now Posted on this Website
We attended the "Evening With Vocal Group Legends" concert in
Pittsgrove, NJ, on JUne 18 and found it to be one of the better concerts in
recent memory. The concert starred Quiet Storm, The Vic Donna Group,
Bobby Thomas & The Vibranaires, and Eddie Rich & The Swallows. All the
acts were outstanding! Congrats to Jim Bakay for producing such a
fabulous event. We've now posted photos and a review of the concert.
To view them, click
Vocal Group Legends Concert.
Our Morris Museum NJ Groups Part 2 presentation
Photos and Videos now Posted!
In one of the more unique
happenings in our music’s history, our two-week event at the Morris
Museum combined a major New Jersey music exhibit with a historical
presentation of NJ group harmony’s history. Attendees were able to
meet and greet some of the singers discussed in the presentations
and represented in the museum displays. As an added touch, both
weeks featured impromptu demonstrations of how vocal harmony was put
together on the street corners by spontaneous acappella singing.
Any one of these elements may have been done before but the
combination will likely never happen again. Those who were present
were treated to an enjoyable and educational one-of-a-kind
The events just keep getting better and better at the Morris
Museum's "Jersey Rocks" program! We had an unbelievable time Wednesday,
June 15, 2011, with another
packed house, plenty of celebrity guests, an impromptu acappella group singing
and our final presentation "New Jersey Doo Wop Groups - Part 2".
We've now posted a review and many photos plus some videos on this website.
Museum NJ Groups - Part 2 to take a look!
Morris Museum June 3 Concert with LaBamba & Hub Caps
and Quiet Storm Photos Posted
Better late than never, we've now posted photos and a review
from the June 3 concert of LaBamba & the Hub Caps and Quiet Storm at the
Morris Museum's Bickford Theater. To take a look, click
Carl Gardner, lead singer and founder of the
Just heard the sad news that Carl Gardner Sr., lead singer and
founder of the Coasters, died Sunday June 12, 2011, in Port Lucie, FL at the
age of 83. We'll add more details of Carl's long music career shortly.
Our condolences to the Gardner family.
Classic Urban Harmony presentation "New Jersey Doo Wop Groups - Part 1" Rocked
The Morris Museum!!!!!!
What a fabulous time we had Wednesday with a packed house at
the Morris Museum as we gave Part 1 of "New Jersey Doo Wop Groups". How about those acappella singers? And all those celebrity guests?
Morris Museum NJ Groups Part 1 to relive that fabulous night! See you all next
Wednesday for Part 2! - C&P
Tickets Still Available for Wednesday Evening (June
15) Event at the Morris Museum! Some will also be available at the door.
Tickets are still available for next Wednesday's (June 15)
Morris Museum event. There also should be some tickets available at the
door, especially for people arriving around 5 PM. However, late comers
at Part 1 found themselves sitting in the hallway so we advise you to have a
ticket and come early! You can call the
Museum Box Office at 973-971-3706 during regular daily hours and have tickets
held for you at the Box Office. Or you can arrive early and purchase
tickets when you get to the museum.
Remember, doors open at 5 PM for those who want to view the
exhibit, "Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll In New Jersey" and meet and
greet NJ celebrity singers like original Ad Libs' Norman Donegan, Royal Teens'
Tom Auston, Blentones' Bill Keith, Mix Company's Jeff Chandler and most likely
Hi-Fives' David Brigati and Johnny Barlow from Shades of Brown and now the
At around 5:30 you'll be able to hear live doo wop acappella
singing from some members of the acappella group, The Copians. To hear
an example of The Copians'
harmony click the YouTubes below.
You'll receive a copy of our updated printed program, listing
200+ recorded R&B, doo wop and acappella vocal groups. And you'll get to
see numerous photos of other New Jersey doo wop groups.
At 6:30, we'll begin our presentation, "Doo Wop Groups of New
Jersey - Part 2", specially prepared for the "Jersey Rocks" program.
Tickets are $20 per presentation. Attendees will also be
able to purchase tickets to both "Jersey Rocks" July doo wop
Hope to see you there! - C&P
The Copians to sing live doo wop acappella at June
15 Morris Museum Classic Urban Harmony event!
The fine acappella group, The Copians, have volunteered to sing
prior to our June 15 presentation, "Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey - Part 2" at
the Morris Museum, 6 Normany Heights Road, Morristown, NJ. Doors open at
5 PM and you can tour the Jersey Rocks exhibit, meet our celebrity NJ doo wop
singers and listen to the Copians harmonize. Our presentation (Part 2)
begins at 6:30. If you've never heard the Copians, click the Youtubes
below. They'll be singing the first one ("Human") for Norm Donegan of
the Ad Libs who will also be there.
Hope to see you there. - C&P
The Copians doing the Starlites "Missing You" (Peak label).
"Sharkey" Schmidt, lead of NJ acappella group Reunion dies.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve "Sharkey"
Schmidt, lead singer of the NJ acappella group, Reunion. Our
relationship with the group Reunion goes back to the early 1980's when the
group appeared at UGHA and sang live on Bill Swanke's original "Big Beat Show"
on WRSU. Since then we have seen Sharkey and the group sing numerous
times and have always enjoyed their performances. Steve died June 2
after suffering a stroke some days before. He was 62. We'll post
some photos in tribute to Steve soon.
Two Members of the Guytones Die.
The last two members of the Guytones have passed away.
Stanley Evans (lead and tenor) of the Guytones dies on Friday May 13.
James Brown Robinson (lead and tenor) died of cancer on Tuesday May 17 at the
age of 78. The Guytones got together in 1957 in the Queens Village
section of Philadelphia. The group was signed by DeLuxe records
where they released six singles, including songs like "She's Mine," "This Is
Love" and "Baby I Don't Care". RIP Stanley and James. You'll be
Live doo wop acappella singing to be a part of the
June 8 Morris Museum "NJ Doo Wop Groups" Presentation!
Our June 8 event at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd.,
Morristown, NJ, just keeps getting better and better. For those arriving
early for our multimedia presentation, you'll now be serenaded with some live
doo wop acappella singing while you walk around the Jersey Rocks exhibit and
meet & greet your favorite celebrity NJ vocal group members. Some
members of the talented NJ acappella doo wop group, "Re-MemberThen"
have volunteered their voices in combination with some of our celebrity
guests. Just like the old days under the streetlamp, this is the real
roots of Rock & Roll. Thanks to the Morris Museum's "Jersey Rocks"
program, we have the opportunity to have our music recognized by a major
museum. Please support us. The world is watching!
Wednesday, June 8, doors open at 5 PM; multimedia presentations
Admission to the exhibit "Jersey Rocks: A history of Rock &
Roll in the Garden State"
Meet & Greet/Autograph Session with original members NJ Pioneer
R&B and Doo Wop Vocal Groups
Live acappella doo wop singing
Additional display of New Jersey Vocal Group photos
Souvenir printed program listing 200+ New Jersey Recorded R&B,
Doo Wop & Acappella Groups
Classic Urban Harmony Multimedia Presentation "Doo Wop Groups
of New Jersey - Part 1"
For a list of expected celebrities, see the item below.
New Jersey Groups - Part 2 will take place June 15.
Admission is $20 per presentation, $35 for both (purchased together).
To order tickets, call the Museum Box Office, 973-971-3706.
of Special Guests Announced for the Meet & Greet/Autograph Session at the Morris
Museum June 8 Classic Urban Harmony Presentation on History of New Jersey Doo
Wop Groups - Part 1
We now have a list of special guests that we expect to have at
the Morris Museum Meet & Greet/Autograph Session on June 8, prior to our
presentation, "History of New Jersey Doo Wop Groups - Part 1". Please join
us at 5 PM to visit the "Jersey Rocks" exhibit and meet some of your favorite
Tommy Bialoglow, original first tenor and founding member
of Jersey City's The Duprees
Bobby Thomas, lead and founding member of Asbury Park's
The Vibranaires, as well as
former member of The V-Eights and
Sonny Til's Orioles.
Sammy Campbell, original lead and Ron Taylor,
original tenor/baritone of Plainfield's The Del Larks.
Carl Anderson and Ted Bennett of Newark's
Representing Elizabeth's The Parakeets, Vic Donna of
Vic Donna & The Parakeets
Shelly Buchansky, original member of Brooklyn's
Vito & The Salutations, now a NJ resident.
Frank Cicerale, Randy Croce and Jim Offner of the
acappella group, Re-MemberThen
June 15 event guests to be announced in a few days. Tickets
get you into the 5 PM exhibit, meet & greet autograph session, the display of 50
additional New Jersey vocal group photos, the 6:30-8 PM multimedia presentation
on the "History of New Jersey Doo Wop Groups - Part 1" and a special souvenir
program listing 200 NJ doo wop and acappella groups.
Tickets are $20 per presentation ($35 for both weeks, when
purchased together). Tickets are only available in advance from the Morris
Museum Box Office, 973-971-3706.
Museum Jersey Rocks Concert June 3 presents band LaBamba & the Hubcaps plus
acappella group Quiet Storm.
In the first of the Morris Museum's "Jersey Rocks" formal
concerts, Friday June 3, at 7:30 PM, will present live, dynamic vocalist and
trombone player Richie "LaBanba" Rosenberg and his band, the Hubcaps, plus
acappella group, Quiet Storm. LaBamba has toured with Bruce Springsteen,
Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and Diana Ross. For the past two decades
he's been a nightly fixture on TV with Conan O'Brien. LaBamba and the
Hubcaps will have you dancing the night away. Philadelphia acappella group
Quiet Storm is a sensational doo wop acappella group. Tickets are
available at the Morris Museum Box Office, 973-971-3706 at $45 per person.
Next Up: Classic Urban
Harmony Celebrates New Jersey R&B and Doo Wop Groups at the Morris Museum's
"Jersey Rocks" Exhibit, June 8 and June 15.
Tickets are now
available for our next major Classic Urban Harmony event – a two-part
presentation held at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd.,
Wednesday evenings June 8 and 15, 2011,
we’ll be celebrating New Jersey vocal group harmony with a two-part
presentation on “R&B & Doo Wop Vocal Groups from New Jersey”.
There’s a lot more going on here than one of our regular
Each week, doors will open at 5 PM and ticket holders will be
able to peruse the major exhibit, “Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock &
Roll in the Garden State”. See the “R&B Roots” section of the exhibit
with our Avons fan club and business cards, our blue vinyl Plurals
record. See the photo card of Frankie Lymon visiting Georgie Hudson
at WNJR! Flip through the book of photos with write ups of New Jersey
doo wop groups, like the Vibranaires, Coleman Brothers, Del Larks,
Parliaments, Plurals, Ad Libs, and many more. See Tommy Bialoglow’s
original Duprees jacket, the exhibit on the Shirelles, the Four
Seasons exhibit and the Brigati corner paying tribute to David
(Hi-Fives) and Eddie (Rascals) Brigati (includes the original Rascals
organ). Many types and ages of NJ R&R are represented. Plan on
spending about an hour in the museum (or see half one week and the
rest the next).
Each person attending will receive our
recently updated printed program listing more than 200 New Jersey Doo
Wop and Acappella groups.
Each week prior to our presentations
we’ll have tables set up where you can flip through some of our
additional New Jersey Group memorabilia.
Also, at the tables will be members of
some of your favorite New Jersey Doo Wop Groups that you can talk to
and have them sign autographs or perhaps acquire group photos or CD’s
from. We’ll be announcing who will be at each presentation soon.
We’ve already lined up member(s) of the Ad Libs, Del Larks,
Duprees, Plurals, Vibranaires, Royal Teens, Mixed Company and Vic Donna
(representing the Parakeets) and Shelly Buchansky of Vito & the
Salutations (OK, we know the Salutations are from Brooklyn, but Shelly
lives in New Jersey now!). Expect a lot more.
Our multimedia presentations will
begin at 6:30 PM sharp.
Each presentation will tell the stories of several famous New Jersey
Doo Wop Groups, including music clips, rare group photos, record
labels, sheet music and memorabilia photos. Plus there’ll be mystery
songs with CD prizes for those who guess the artists.
oJune 8 will present
Part 1 of New Jersey Doo Wop Groups. It will include artists like
the Coleman Brothers, the Vibranaires, Lenny Welch, the Rivieras, the
Duprees, the Plurals, the Del Larks, the Four Lovers and roots of the
Four Seasons and more.
oJune 15 will present
Part 2 of New Jersey Doo
Wop Groups. It will include artists like the Rivals, the Shirelles,
the Ad Libs, The Hi-Fives, early Joey Dee & Starlites, The Royal Teens, the Criterions, the Avons,
the Fiestas, the Monotones, Ronnie & Hi-lites and many more.
Admission is $20
per presentation ($35 for both, purchased at once). You can get
tickets to Part 1, Part 2 or both. Discounts are available for
Morris Museum members.
include admission to the Jersey Rocks Exhibit and the Meet/Autograph
Session with the NJ Doo Wop Singers before each presentation.
Get tickets in
advance by calling the Morris Museum Box Office at 973-971-3706
and ask for tickets to “Jersey Rocks Lecture Series 2”, New Jersey
Doo Wop Groups Parts 1 and/or 2.
As our music
is only one part of New Jersey’s contribution to Rock & Roll, your
support is critical to determining how museums all over will view the
importance of 50’s and 60’s group harmony in future cultural
exhibits. Please come out to our presentations and the Jersey Rocks
Doo Wop concerts scheduled for later in July.
We are saddened to report the passing of Bob Flanigan, founding
member of the Four Freshmen. Bob died May 15, 2011 at the age of 84.
The Four Freshmen were one of the greatest close harmony groups ever to sing.
Bob sang with the group for 44 years from their beginning in 1948 until 1992.
He continued directing the group after his retirement from singing.
Four Freshmen of the 1950's.
Bob Flanigan is second from the right.
Morris Museum's "Jersey
Rocks" Launch Party Scores Big!
The Morris Museum officially kicked off its "Jersey Rocks"
Exhibit with an extremely successful launch party and Classic Urban Harmony was
there. The Boardwalk-themed bash was filled to capacity as we enjoyed fine
food and drink while participating in a silent auction, raffles and of course
the Jersey Rocks exhibit. For entertainment we had "E Street Shuffle," a
great Springsteen tribute band. We especially enjoyed talking to people
who stopped by the Jersey doo wop section of the exhibit. For photos,
Rocks Launch Party. Hope to see all of you out at our NJ Doo
Wop presentations at the Museum, June 8 and 15.
Urban Harmony Presentation, (Doo Wop - PART 3) at Garwood (NJ) Public Library,
Another Success Story!
Our return to the Garwood NJ Public Library on Wednesday evening
May 11, 2011, for the third time in less than a year, was another success story!
This time we presented a newly updated "Under The Street Lamp: Tales From The
Doo Wop Era - Part 3" to an enthusiastic crowd. Celebrities in the
audience included Frank Cicerale, lead of the acappella group Re-memberThen and
Tommie Shider, lead of the acappella group, The Sheps. Also present were
WRDV-FM radio personality Night Train Jim Bakay as well as well known music
authorities Angelo Pompeo and Carl Tancredi. To see photos of and read
about the event, click Garwood 3.
Morris Museum Exhibit "Jersey
Rocks" Opens in Morristown, NJ. Classic Urban Harmony Reviews the
Exhibit with Photos!
The Morris Museum opened its
"Jersey Rocks" exhibit on Thursday May 5, featuring New Jersey's
contributions to Rock & Roll. Classic Urban Harmony
contributed to the 1950's R&B and Doo Wop section but this was our
first chance to see the exhibit and take photos for our website.
Join us as we view the exhibit by clicking "Jersey
Rocks". Don't forget, we'll be presenting "New
Jersey Doo Wop Groups, Parts 1 and 2" at the Museum on Wednesdays
June 8 and 15. Our presentations start at 6:30 PM but come out
between 5:00 and 5:30 PM to view the exhibit before our talks.
Admission to the Jersey Rocks Exhibit is included in your tickets to
our presentations. We'll also have tables set up with our own
Jersey Doo Wop memorabilia and a number of famous New Jersey Doo Wop
singers will be there to sign autographs.
Admission to Morris Museum's
"Jersey Rocks" Exhibit now included with your ticket to Classic Urban Harmony
"NJ Doo Wop Groups" Presentations
Through special arrangement with
the Morris Museum, when you purchase a ticket to Classic Urban
Harmony's "Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey" Parts 1 or 2, you may
arrive an hour early and tour the "Jersey Rocks" exhibit free of
charge. Tickets to each of our presentations are $20 pp and
now include free admission to the exhibit (a $10 value).
[Tickets to both Part 1 and Part 2 of our presentations can be
purchased at once for $35, saving an additional $5).
Our presentations begin at 6:30
PM sharp, but another reason to arrive at 5:30 is that each
presentation will include a chance to meet some famous NJ doo wop
singers who will be signing autographs prior to thr presentation.
We have also arranged for ticket
holders to the acappella concerts to tour the Jersey Rocks Exhibit
prior to those concerts free of charge.
Acappella Group "Re-memberThen"
finds its Echo - Now with Videos Added!
When an anonymous source tipped
us off that one of our favorite up-and-coming doo wop acappella
groups, “Re-memberThen,” would be holding an impromptu rehearsal in
the commuter tunnel under the railroad five minutes from Classic
Urban Harmony headquarters, you had to know we’d be there to cover
it. To see what we saw, click
We've now added Videos of the event!!!
Jack Scandura Dies. Sang with the Blue Stars, Blend-aires, Cliftonaires, 5
Discs, Kid Kyle's Kool Kats
We were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our
friend, Jack Scandura. Jack was one of the most talented and versatile
singers we knew. His voice was key to the intricate harmonies of many
groups, including the Blue Stars, Blend-Aires, Cliftonaires, 5 Discs and Kid
Kyle's Kool Kats. Jack died of a heart attack during the early morning of May
2011. He was 64. We've posted a tribute to Jack Scandura on this
Jack Scandura to visit it. RIP, Jack. We
miss you. - Charlie & Pam
Castaleers' Lead Joe Hill
Though we don't yet have details, we've heard that Joe Hill, lead
of the Castaleers out of Providence, RI, died sometime in April, 2011. Joe
led the group on "That's Why I Cry" on the Planet label.
and Schedule Announced for Morris Museum (Morristown,
NJ) "Jersey Rocks" Program. Classic Urban Harmony presentations moved to
6:30 PM starts.
Tickets are now available for the many events at the Morris
Museum's "Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll In the Garden State" program
which opens Thursday May 5.
[Note: The Museum is closed friday May 6 for a special event.] New events and details on all of the lectures and concerts can be viewed by
going to Our Events Calendar.
For those planning to attend our two presentations on New Jersey Doo Wop
Groups, please note the starting time is now 6:30 PM on June 8 and 15 but you
might want to get there even earlier! We'll have even more details
shortly but we plan to invite many famous Jersey doo wop singers
for you to greet and get autographs. This is turning into quite an
New Classic Urban Harmony Events Announced on our
Check out the new Classic Urban Harmony events coming up on our
We've announced some new presentation dates, and an upcoming live concert by
Philly's JT's Emeralds at the Franklin Township Public Library in Somerset,
NJ. Don't forget, our Doo Wop - Part 3 presentation at Garwood NJ Public
Library is now open for Registration. Don't delay.
Classic Urban Harmony visits WBGO-FM and Felix
Hernandez' "Rhythm Review" Radio Program
Pam & Charlie Horner visited Felix Hernandez' WBGO-FM "Rhythm
Review" radio program on April 16, 2011, where Charlie played some extremely
rare soul vocal harmony group records. Felix's popular classic soul program airs every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Charlie and Felix have been friends for over 35 years. Click
Harmony on Rhythm Review" to see photos of the event and label scans
and backgrounds of all the records played. Felix Hernandez' website is
and his program can be heard each Saturday from 10 AM - 2 PM EDT on
April 2, 2011, Mills Brothers Concert and Mills
Brothers Society Reunion in Bellefonte, PA
The Mills Brothers concert and Mills Brothers Society Reunion
in Bellefonte, PA, was a fabulous event. We've got a full review and
about 50 photos of the concert, memorabilia display and video session and
numerous photos of Bellefonte points of historical regarding the Mills
Brothers. If you want to see where our group harmony music originated
more than 100 years ago, start here! To see photos from this event,
Brothers Return to Bellefonte.
Mills Brothers Society Now Part of Classic Urban
Following a fabulous reunion in Bellefonte, PA, The Mills
Brothers Society has now been reactivated as a part of the Classic Urban Harmony
website! To check out the Society's new webpage, click
The Mills Brothers
More Details Now Available on Third Acappella and
Doo Wop Concert for Morristown (NJ) Morris Museum "Jersey Rocks" Events
We now have advanced information on the third concert at the
Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ) as part of the "Jersey Rocks" summer exhibit
and celebration of New Jersey's contributions to Rock & Roll. It will
take place on Friday evening, July 29, 2011 at the museum's Bickford Theatre
and will feature the following vocal groups; Sammy & the Del Larks, Bobby
Thomas of the Vibranaires (and group), Quiet Storm (acappella group) and
Jersey Tribute (an all star NJ group containing a former original member of The
Happenings, The Duprees and Joey & The Lexingtons!). See
Our Events Calendar
for details of the exhibit and all of the group harmony events.
Bob Marcucci, owner of Philadelphia's Chancellor
More sad news. Bob Marcucci, owner of the Philadelphia
record label, Chancellor Records, died March 9, 2011, at the age of 81.
Of course Bob will be remembered for discovering and recording Fabian and
Frankie Avalon. Group harmony fans also remember the many vocal groups
Bob recorded for Chancellor, including sides for the Four Dates, Hearts, Day
Brothers, Fabulous Four, Del Knights, Maureen Gray (and group), Five Satins
and Dean Randolph (with group). More details later.
Jacks' lead, Willie Davis Dies
Saddened to hear that Willie Davis, lead singer of the Jacks
("Why Don't You Write Me") and member of the Cadets ("Stranded In The
Jungle"), Peppers, Thor-Ables, Flares ("Foot Stompin") and Rocketeers passed
away February 20, 2011 at the age of 78. We'll have more details later.
Philly String Band Club Hosts Steve Applebaum Tribute Concert
On Friday, March 25, 2011, the South Philly String Band Club
held a concert to commemorate the life of our good friend, Steve Applebaum.
The club was packed with Steve's friends and seven groups volunteered to sing.
It was a great way to celebrate Steve's life with the music he loved.
We've written a full review of the night and included numerous photos for
those who were not able to attend and for those who were there and want to
Steve Applebaum Tribute Concert to take a
& Rainbows' Bass, Kenny Arcipowski Dies
We are saddened to report that Kenny Arcipowski, original bass
singer for Randy & the Rainbows, passed away Wednesday March 23, 2011, after a
brief, sudden illness. He was 67. Kenny was on all of the group's
Rust label recordings including their national hit, "Denise".
While he left the group in the late 1960's, Kenny remained close to the other
members, occasionally joining them on stage when they played their home base
in Queens, NY.
www.classicurbanharmony.net, has just passed 40,000 visitors!
Considering that we started from scratch a little more than two and a half
years ago, we're very pleased. Our sincere thanks to all of you who
visit our website. We hope you keep coming back.
More Details Announced for the Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ) Major Exhibit and Summer Celebration of New
Jersey's Contributions to Rock & Roll. Classic Urban Harmony to Assist
with Display Photos, Memorabilia and Two Presentations on 1950's R&B and Doo Wop
Music From New Jersey. First Two Concerts Announced!
The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960,
has scheduled a summer of exhibits, concerts and related events showing New
Jersey's contributions to the history of Rock & Roll music. A partial
schedule of events is now available (see below). The Morris Museum and
this website will be announcing more details and how to obtain tickets, shortly!
May 5 - September 5, 2011 (Wednesdays through Sundays) - See
for hours and directions.
The Jersey Rocks Exhibit
centerpiece of the celebration will be a major exhibition of music photos and
memorabilia from New Jersey artists called "Jersey Rocks - A History of Rock
& Roll in the Garden State". The exhibit has displays on many
NJ artists from early 1950's R&B through the Four Seasons, Springsteen and
Bonjovi. Classic Urban Harmony has lent numerous
items from our Archives and assisted in the write ups and captions for the
Section of the exhibit. If the rest of the exhibit is as good as the part
we worked on (and we know it will be) this is a not to be missed display!
Friday, June 3, 2011.
Concert featuring La Bamba & Quiet Storm
The first concert of the "Jersey Rocks" celebration will be held
on Friday evening, June 3 at the Morris Museum's 312-seat Bickford Theatre.
It will feature the well known r&b, rock & soul band, La Bamba (visit
www.labambaandthehubcaps.com). Opening for La Bamba will be the
popular doo wop acappella group, Quiet Storm.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 7 - 8:30 PM
Classic Urban Harmony Multimedia Presentation: "Doo Wop
Groups from New Jersey, PART 1"
Classic Urban Harmony's Charlie & Pamela Horner will give Part 1
of the multimedia presentation, "Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey". In Part 1
of this two-part series, we'll cover the stories of The Coleman Brothers, The Vibranaires, Lenny Welch, The Rivieras, The Del Larks, The Parliaments, The
Plurals, The Duprees, Ronnie & The Hi-Lites, The Hi-Fives, the roots of The Four
Seasons and more. We'll be using a large screen to show you photos of the
groups, record labels, sheet music and other memorabilia while we tell you the
groups' own stories. We'll also be playing music clips of the groups'
songs. A Q&A will follow the presentation. We'll be displaying our
own books of photos of NJ vocal groups. Plus, everyone attending will
leave with a complimentary pamphlet listing all of the doo wop groups of New
Jersey - a real collectors item. Expect quite a few of the group singers
we'll talk about to be in the audience, too. Feel free to greet them after
the talk. And don't forget to come early to wander through the exhibits.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 7 - 8:30 PM
Classic Urban Harmony Multimedia Presentation: "Doo Wop
Groups from New Jersey, PART 2"
Classic Urban Harmony's Charlie & Pamela Horner will give Part 2
of the multimedia presentation, "Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey". In Part 2
of this two-part series, we'll cover the stories of The Monotones, The Avons, The Ad Libs,
The Fiestas, The Shirelles, The Kodoks, Nicky
Addeo, The Darchaes and many more. As in Part 1, you'll see photos of the
groups, record labels, sheet music and hear music clips while we tell you the
groups' stories. There'll be more group singers in the audience, too.
You don't have to attend Part 1 to attend Part2, but you'll want to be there for
Friday, July 15, 2011
Doo Wop Acappella Concert featuring Nicky Addeo & the Nite
Owls, The Copians, 14 Karat Soul's Glenn T (backed by the Copians) and the Sheps
The second concert of the "Jersey Rocks" celebration will be an
all acappella doo wop and r&b event held on Friday evening, July 15 at the
Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre. It will feature Asbury Park's own Nicky
Addeo (formerly of The Darchaes, Uniques, Plazas, Historians) with his group,
The Nite Owls; The Copians; Glenn T (formerly of the great East Orange group, 14
Karat Soul) backed by the Copians; and The Sheps.
Additional events, including another acappella concert are being
planned. Come early to any of the events and visit the exhibits first.
We'll let you know how to get tickets to any or all the events as soon as they're
available. See our Events
Calendar Page for more details or visit
once details are announced.
Both Part 1 and Part 2 of Our Sensations ("Yes Sir That's My baby", "Let Me
In") Story now viewable on this website!
Both Parts 1 and 2 of our Sensations article are now posted on
this website for your viewing. The label scans are now in color and we
have a great discography. We know Northern Soul fans will
appreciate seeing our mint copy of Yvonne Baker's "You Didn't Say A Word" on
Parkway. To read both parts of this fascinating story of a great
Philadelphia doo wop group, click
Sensations Part 1, the hit the Back button and click
Sensations Part 2. Both articles previously ran in Echoes
of the Past magazine. Scroll down to see how to subscribe.
Fabulous Time at the WFDU-FM Fundraiser in Teaneck NJ (March 10,
We had a
fabulous time at Christine Vitale's WFDU-FM Fundraiser Concert at the Mexicali
Live Restaurant in Teaneck, NJ, on March 10, 2011. What a great concert,
featuring the Expressions, the Lar-Kings, Quiet Storm, the Magic Touch, the
Vic Donna Group and the Persuasions! We've posted a review, many photos
and even a few videos of the concert. Click
to take a look!
Rainge of the Spaniels Dies
Carl Rainge, first tenor for the R&B group, the Spaniels, died
Sunday, March 6, 2011 after a long illness. He was 74. Carl joined
the Spaniels in 1956, after the group group had already scored big with songs
like "Goodnight Sweetheart". He briefly replaced James Pookie Hudson as
lead. Hudson had quit the Spaniels for a short time. When Pookie
Hudson returned to be the group's lead again, Carl was retained as first tenor.
Rainge recorded with the Spaniels on songs like "Everyone's Laughing" and
"You're Gonna Cry".
Cadillacs' Bobby Phillips Memorial Service
Bobby Phillips, original founding member of the legendary R&B
group, the Cadillacs, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011. A memorial
service for Bobby will be held on Tuesday March 15 at 6 PM at:
Unity Funeral Chapel
2352 Fredrick Douglas Blvd. (8th Avenue)
Between 126th and 127th Streets
New York, NY
To see our tribute
page to the Cadillacs' Bobby Phillips, click
Another great voice in our music has been stilled. RIP
The Cadillacs & Pam Horner at the R&B Foundation Awards
Bobby Phillips is on the right.
(Photo from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
Latest Issue of Echoes of the Past is out -
Features our article on the Belltones (Grand label), Little Joe Cook's
Thrillers, the Royal Demons and Madison Brothers plus much more!
The latest issue of Echoes of the Past (Issue #95) magazine is
now out and features our article on the R&B groups from Philadelphia's
Francisville section of North Philadelphia - the Belltones, Little Joe Cook's
Thrillers, the Royal Demons and the Madison Brothers. Also in the
magazine are Bob Bosco's article on Dale & the Cashmeres, George Frunzi's
article on Billy Galante and much more. For info on
subscribing to Echoes of the Past ($16.99 for 4 issues a year) email Bob
Owens of Mellomoods & Solitaires Dies
Monteith P. "Monte" Owens, first tenor and guitarist for the Mello
Moods and Solitaires in the 1950's, died March 3, 2011 in the
Bronx, New York, after a long illness. He was 75.
Born March 31, 1936, Monte and his Bronx neighborhood
friends, lead singer Ray Wooten, bass Jimmy Bethea, and tenors
Alvin Baylor, and Bobby Williams formed the Mello Moods in 1949
and scored a national hit with their 1951 debut release, "Where
Are You" in 1952. The Mello Moods appeared at the Apollo and the
Brooklyn Academy of Music. They recorded three additional singles
for Red Robin and Prestige Records in 1952-53 including "I
Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night", "Call On Me", and "I'm Lost",
before going their separate ways.
The Mellomoods, Monte Owens with guitar
(Photo courtesy of Todd Baptista)
In 1953, Owens briefly sang and played with the Caverliers, a
Brooklyn group that later evolved into the Fi-Tones, but was best
known for his work with the Solitaires. Baylor brought his fellow
Mello Moods Owens and Williams into the Solitaires prior to the
group's first recording session in 1954. A skilled guitarist who
also possessed a clear first tenor, Owens played and or sang on
"Blue Valentine", "Please Remember My Heart", "South Of The
Border", "Ghost of A Chance", "Later For You Baby", "The Angels
Sang", "Walking Along", "Please Kiss This Letter", "Helpless", and
others. Owens participated in all of the Solitaires' Old Town
releases except one ("Walkin' and Talkin'"/"No More Sorrows"),
often arranged their material, and served as musical director in
concert appearances following the departure of Williams in 1956.
His soaring high tenor anchored the background harmony in the
group's signature ballad, "The Angels Sang". [The
above information excerpted from an obit supplied and (c) by Todd
for Steve Applebaum at South Philly String Band Club
A Steve Applebaum Memorial Concert will be held at the South
Philly String Band Club on the evening of Friday March 25, 2011. Doors
open at 6 PM. This will
be an open MIC night with Quiet Storm, Junior & the Four Seniors and the Copians (Jim Bakay's new group) already signed up to perform. More
groups are expected to sign up.
$20 will get you in the door, a great buffet, and a lot of great music. The South Philly String Band Club is located at 2820 Porter Street (near 28th
& Passyunk) in South Philly. For this and other South Philly String Band
Club events please see Our Events
Calendar or contact Eddie Natale at
Plans Announced for the Mills
Brothers Concert & Mills Brothers Society Reunion, April 2 in
1932 Mills Bros Post Card. One of a couple hundred Classic
Urban Harmony Archive
items of Mills Brothers memorabilia on display April 2 in Bellefonte, PA
Plans are complete for the Saturday, April 2, 2011, Mills
Brothers Concert in historic Bellefonte, PA (near State College) and the
accompanying reunion of Mills Brothers Society members and fans. The Mills
Brothers concert features John Mills, son of Donald Mills, who is carrying on
the Mills Brothers’ tradition with the help of Elmer Hopper, 21-year member of
the Platters. Classic Urban Harmony has taken a key role in the events of
Saturday afternoon leading up to the concert.
@ 1 PM: Reunion of members of the Mills Brothers Society
(and anyone else interested) at the Governors Pub, 211 W. High Street in
Bellefonte. The Pub is located on the exact spot where the Mills family barber
shop stood many years ago. The gathering will enjoy refreshments while
watching rare videos of Mills Brothers performances through the years.
Also on view will be one of the largest collections of Mills Brothers
memorabilia ever publicly displayed, direct from the Classic Urban Harmony
Archives. We’ll bring a collection of nearly 100 pieces of Mills Brothers sheet
music plus numerous rare Mills Brothers photographs, post cards, lobby cards,
programs and other memorabilia.
@ 5 PM Dinner at the Governors Pub (Dutch treat).
@ 7:30 PM The Mills Brothers Concert at the Bellefonte Area
High School, 830 E. Bishop Street, Bellefonte, PA. Tickets are $25 per person
and are available at the afternoon gathering and at the door. The concert is
sponsored by the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association.
addition to the members of the Mills Brothers Society, the afternoon
video and memorabilia display is open to others with an interest,
but anyone wishing to attend must register in advance as
space is limited. You can register by emailing
CUH@att.net with your name, contact information and number of
are responsible for your own lodging arrangements but some
suggestions are listed on
Our Events Calendar page.
Excerpts from Classic Urban Harmony Presentation now
Viewable on this Website
For those who have not yet attended one of our Classic Urban
Harmony Presentations, here are some excerpts from "Under The Streetlamp:
Tales From the Doo Wop Era - Part 3" given in 2010. It starts with our
memorabilia display table and ends with an 8 minute segment on the Moonglows'
Harvey Fuqua. We give our presentations at libraries, historical societies,
museums, active adult communities, etc. We are located in central New Jersey.
If interested, contact us at CUH@att.net. -- Charlie & Pam Horner
Harmony World Loses Two More Friends
Our world has grown sadder this past week with the loss of two
more friends who were an integral part of our group harmony scene; former
Maryland group harmony radio personality Charlie Coleman (WKHS-FM) and record
collector Joe Ronco. We will miss them both.
Group Harmony World Mourns the Loss of Music
Authority and Friend, Steve Applebaum
Words can not express our sorrow in learning of the passing of our dear friend
and colleague in the research of R&B group harmony, Steve Applebaum.
Steve died Tuesday afternoon, February 22, 2011, after a long fight with
cancer. He had just turned 64. Steve Applebaum and Classic Urban
Harmony's Charlie Horner had been close friends since late 1969, when Steve
became the first regular listener to Charlie's radio program. At the
time, Charlie was on a small carrier current radio station, WXDT, who's signal
was only broadcast to Drexel University buildings. Steve worked across
the street from Drexel at the time and was able to reign in the signal while
at work. Steve Applebaum and Charlie soon became good friends, a
friendship that grew even stronger over the next forty one years. Steve
and Charlie shared a love of the music that led them to be the first to track
down, interview on the radio, and write a definitive bio of the Castelles on
the Grand label. When Charlie Horner moved to WXPN-FM radio in
1975, Steve co-produced the program with Charlie for the first couple years.
We are preparing to update and reprint an article for Echoes of the Past
magazine that Steve and Charlie wrote together in 1977 on The Deckers/Teddy &
the Twilights. It will be published in Steve's memory.
Steve Applebaum's knowledge of fifties R&B vocal groups was
encyclopedic and his love and support of our music was immeasurable. We
will forever miss his input on the research we are doing. Most of all,
we'll miss him as our friend. We could write pages about how Steve
touched our lives, but instead we'll post the following photos and remember.
RIP, Steve. - Your friends Charlie & Pam.
Steve & Carole Applebaum
Pam, Charlie & Steve
Steve Applebaum & Charlie Horner
Four J's Jimmy Testa Tribute and Benefit Concert a
The tribute and benefit concert for the late Jimmy Testa of the
Four J's and Fabulous Four was a huge success. The Waterfall Room of
Swan Caterers in South Philadelphia was packed to standing room only on
Wednesday February 16, 2011, a tribute to the respect and admiration people
had for the late singer. Over a dozen acts performed, including Charlie
Gracie, Billy Carlucci of the Essentials, Billy Harner, Purple Reign, JT's
Emeralds, 45 RPM and many more. To see photos from the event, click
Jimmy Testa Tribute.
Urban Harmony's Charlie Horner to make guest appearance on Felix Hernandez' WBGO
"Rhythm Review" Radio Program on April 9 (1 - 2 PM), playing the rarest of the
great soul harmony 45's.
Classic Urban Harmony's Charlie Horner will make a guest
appearance on Felix Hernandez' WBGO-FM radio program (88.3 FM and
Felix's popular classic soul program airs every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM.
On April 9, Charlie will be playing super rare great soul harmony records from 1
- 2 PM on Felix's show. Charlie and Felix have been friends for over 35
years. If you want to hear some "one of a kind" great 60's and 70's soul
harmony 45's tune in by Internet.
about The Del Larks and the song "Job Opening" featured in New Jersey
The Sunday, February 20 edition of central New Jersey's Home
News and several related newspapers ran an article about our friends from
Plainfield, NJ - Sammy Campbell, Ron Taylor and the Del Larks ("Remember The
Night," "Lady Love," "I Never Will Forget" and "Job Opening"). The
article, written by Chris Jordan, tells the story of the group and their rare
Northern Soul recording of "Job Opening". Classic Urban Harmony
contributed a few quotes and there were photos of Sam & Ron and the Del Larks.
If you weren't able to pick up the paper, it will be posted on the Internet
for a short while.
Also to read our detailed bio of the Del Larks click
Del Larks Bio.
A video of Sam and Ron singing "I Never Will Forget" with some of the Sheps at
our anniversary is also available below.
Vic Donna Group holds rehearsal at Classic Urban
After making their professional debut as a vocal group at our
anniversary celebration, the Vic Donna Group's reputation for tight harmony is
rapidly growing. The YouTube of their performance collected more than
five hundred hits within the first four weeks of us posting it (click
to watch). Last week, the Vic Donna Group honored us by holding one of
their rehearsals at Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters, our own private
concert. We had a few other quests visit that evening and had quite a
time! To see photos of the Vic Donna Group rehearsing at CUH
Vic Donna Group.
Video Clips From the Horner's 5th Anniversary Now
We've finally posted high-definition video clips from the Pam &
Charlie Horner 5th Anniversary celebration on this website and on our YouTube
Channel (chorner1). See excerpts from the performances of the
Masqueraders, the Sheps and the Vic Donna Group, Vibranaires' Bobby Thomas
(with the Sheps), the Del Larks (with the Sheps), Cornerstone's Golden Voice
Harry Schmitt (with the Sheps), Vito & Salutations' Shelly Buchansky (with the
Vic Donna Group), the Bill Keith Group, Frankie Lafaro and Little Isidore!!!
Robins' Grady Chapman Funeral Arrangements Announced
For relatives, friends and fans of the Robins' Grady Chapman,
funeral services will be held on Monday, January 17, 2010 @ 11 AM at
3311 Saucilito Street
Los Alamitos, CA
His burial will be at Forrest Lawn in Cypress, CA on Tuesday @
Royal Jesters' Oscar Lawson Dies
Oscar Lawson, founding member of the Royal Jesters out of San
Antonio, TX, died Saturday, January 8, 2011. We'll pass on further
details as we receive them. The Royal Jesters are known for numerous
great R&B group harmony songs on San Antonio labels like Cobra, Harlem,
Clown and Jox. See the YouTube below of "My Angel Of Love," their record
on Harlem out of San Antonio.
Bobby Robinson dies. Label owner, record
producer, record store owner and music giant.
Just got word that Bobby Robinson, a legendary in the history
of our music, passed away January 7, 2010, at the age of 93. Bobby
Robinson owned record labels like Red Robin, Whirlin' Disc, Fire, Fury and
Enjoy. Bobby started the record shop, Bobby's Happy House, on 125th
Street in Harlem in 1946. Through his many record labels he discovered
and produced groups like the Vocaleers, Velvets, Mellomoods, Scarlets,
Channels, Continentals, Teenchords, Kodaks, and dozens of others. To
view our tribute page to this icon of our music, click
Bobby Robinson Page.
We have some great photos and label scans there.
Grady Chapman of the Robins dies.
Grady Chapman, great tenor lead of the Robins died January 4,
2011 of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital. According to Grady's
daughter, Tania, he 81, having been born on October 1, 1929. Grady joined the Robins in 1952. He is
heard leading many of the groups' classic recordings on RCA Victor,
including "How Would You Know," "Oh Why," "My Heart's The Biggest Fool," and
"Ten Days In Jail." Grady also led the Robins on "Whataya Want" on the
Spark label and "Since I First Met You" (Whippet label).
To see a tribute to Grady, click
Grady Chapman Page.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by LaTasha Company, Long
Beach Colonial Mortuary, 628 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. For
details, call them at 562-436-1601 or email them at
Joseph Jones Jr. of the Tams dies.
Joseph Jones Jr., former member of Joe Pope's Tams died
December 31, 2010 from pancreatic cancer. He was 64. Joe joined
the Tams in 1972. When the Tams later split into two groups, Joseph
remained with Joe Pope's group, singing with them until he retired from
singing in 2008.
Tams' Joe Jones with Pam & Charlie, Charleston, SC, 2004.
(Photo from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
Larry Hancock of the soul group, the Intertains
Larry Hancock, lead of the Cleveland soul group, the Intertains,
passed away on January 3, 2011. Larry's tenor voice was featured on the
Intertains' first recording, "Gotta Find A Girl" on the Uptown label in the
mid 1960's and three follow up releases. Larry also sang with the group
S.O.U.L (Musicor) and Truth (S.O.C and Devaki labels).
Intertains' first record
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
The flip of "Glad I Found You" was "Need Your Love," a Northern
Soul classic. To hear a Youtube of "Need Your Love," click below.
Many New Group Harmony Events Scheduled for
Beginning of 2011.
While we're busy finalizing our own schedule of Classic Urban
Harmony events for 2011, we've just posted a number of new group harmony
happenings that we support for the beginning of this year. Visit our
Events Calendar to
check them out.
Musical Comedy Dollface's run shortened due to
scheduling problems. Show now ends January 9th.
After finally being recognized (and reviewed) by the New York
Times, Little Isidore's hilarious musical comedy, Dollface's run has been
shortened due to scheduling problems. It will now end Sunday January 9th
instead of the previously publicized January 16th. If you're holding
tickets for the cancelled week, please call the theater and change your
reservation. See our Events
Calendar for details on the show.