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Classic Urban Harmony

Celebrates Vocal Group Harmony

And the Masqueraders’ 50th Anniversary

June 10, 2012, Morristown, NJ

Part 3 - The Concert

The focus of our June 10 event celebrating vocal harmony was a spectacular concert featuring seven vocal groups each singing in a different style of group harmony.  For the concert, we all moved into the Bickford Theatre, 313 seat theatre in the Morris Museum.  We (Pam and Charlie) decided we'd MC the concert ourselves.  We were helped greatly by Joe Loud, who volunteered to be our backstage manager.  Joe managed the backstage of just about all of the UGHA shows, so we knew he'd keep things running smoothly.  We also planned to give the Masqueraders plaques for their 50 years of great R&B harmony just before their performance, though they didn't know that yet.

All photos (except where noted) were taken by JDV Music (www.jdvmusic.com) and are the sole property of Classic Urban Harmony.

Framed concert poster (designed by Warren Tesoro)
outside the Bickford Theatre.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Guests begin filling the theatre.
Members of Quiet Storm who would sing later in the program.

Kitten Kaboodle & Little Isidore from the Inquisitors

Mrs. & Mr. Emanual "Doc" Robinson (Mastertones)

Elaine Wade, Karen Efron, Paul Ressler, Paul's driver.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Angelo & Delores Pompeo
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Families of Re-MemberThen: Jamie & Liz Butkowski,
Eileen Offner, Pat Maitland, Helene Geliebter
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Eric Hafen, Director of the Bickford Theatre introducing Pam & Charlie

Pam & Charlie Horner welcome the audience

(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Pam & Charlie introducing the first group of the evening.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Re-MemberThen started the concert singing a parody of "On the Streets Of The Bronx"


Re-MemberThen shocked the audience with a great version of the obscure
Net Roman record, "Tears From My Eyes"
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Re-MemberThen had sung earlier as a strolling acappella group at the reception
On stage, they sang an original tune, "Thank You Johnny,"
written by member Harry Maitland as a tribute to Johnny Maestro.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Frank Cicerale leading Re-MemberThen on "Crying In The Chapel" in tribute to theirs (and our) friend,
the late Bobby Thomas.  Members include (left to right) Frank Cicerale, Jim Offner, Harry Maitland,
Marty Geliebter and Bill Butkowski.  Re-MemberThen will be performing a free concert at the
Franklin Township (NJ) Public Library, at 7 PM July 18.  See Our Events Calendar.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

King David's Harp, a gospel harmony group we brought here from Portsmouth, VA,
gave an unbelievable performance, drawing several standing ovations.

King David's Harp amazes the audience with their acappella rendition of
"The Lord's Prayer" (think Swan Silvertones!)

Van Jones leading King David's Harp in "Three Pictures Of The Lord"  The group
also sang "The Denial" (originally done by the Stripes of Glory on the Peacock label).
We gave them the song a week and a half before the concert and they did an incredible job.

King David's Harp singing a medley of Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers tunes,
including "Wonderful" and "Touch The Hem Of His Garment"

Next up was the popular acappella group from Philly, Quiet Storm.
They opened with a lively version of the Drifters' "Fools fall In Love"

Quiet Storm often backed the late Bobby Thomas when they combined to pay tribute
to the Orioles.  On this night, Quiet Storm sang an emotional rendition of
"It's Too Soon To Know" in honor of Bobby Thomas.

Quiet Storm singing "You're Mine".  Originally done by Dean Barlow & the Crickets,
Quiet Storm does the later arrangement by the Vibrations, a nice blend of 50's and 60's R&B.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Darrall Campbell (left) leading Quiet Storm in "Some Enchanted Evening".
Quiet Storm has a new CD out and just performed at a Classic Urban Harmony MC'd
free outdoor concert for the Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council, Franklin Park, NJ.
(Photo courtesy of John Bishop)

Charlie & Pam take time to acknowledge some of the celebrity singers in the audience.

Jimmy Merchant, founding member of the Teenagers and co-writer of
"Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Jimmy Merchant's new CD
For info on how to get a copy of Jimmy's new CD, email him at jimmymerchant@verizon.net

Charlie & Jimmy Merchant
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Bobby Diskin, Brooklyn vocal group historian, greets Sammy Strain (right)
of the Chips, Fantastics, Little Anthony & the Imperials and O'Jays.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Trudy Cunningham & Barbara Jean English of the Clickettes
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Doc Robinson of the Mastertones
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Norman Donegan of the Ad Libs
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


The acappella group, The Sheps
(Photo courtesy of Matt Gilliano)

Little Isidore and the Inquisitors are one of the most entertaining vocal groups around today.
Their unique blend of harmony and humor make them audience favorites.
They opened with a rocking "You And Me Baby" followed by one of our favorites, "Oceans Apart".

Left to right: Johnny Staccato, Kitten Kaboodle, Molten Milton, Little Isidore

Jim Kline accompanying on guitar.

Little Isidore and the Inquisitors singing "I Like It Like That" and "All Night Long".
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Little Isidore & the Inquisitors singing a great version of
"Memories are Made Of This"
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Vic Donna has been singing vocal harmony and recording since 1957.  He's recorded
with the Parakeets, Fi-Tones, Sharps and Compliments, among others.
Two years ago Vic assembled his current group, The Vic Donna Group,
from some of the best voices around.  Besides Vic Donna, the group contains
Dom D'Elia, John Mirabile, Danny Pesci & George Marchese.
The group's first professional performance
was at our 5th Wedding Anniversary in October 2010.

The Vic Donna Group opened with the uptempo "Big Night For Love".
They followed that with a sensational version of the Five Keys' "Just For A Thrill".

Vic Donna singing his 1958 recording, "Love Was A Stranger To Me"
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

 The unique blend of voices and intricate harmonies makes the Vic Donna Group
one of the top vocal groups singing today.  We were thrilled to hear them
sing "The Time Of Her Life" (a song recorded by Vic while with the Compliments)
and "The Gypsy". The Vic Donna Group closed with a song borrowed from
the Parakeets, "My Heart Tells Me".
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

With one sensational group after another, the concert kept rolling along smoothly.
The legendary Solitaires are well known to all fans of 1950's R&B harmony.
Led by Milton Love, and on some songs Don Cruz, the Solitaires re-created
their classic songs "The Angels Sang," "Please Kiss this Letter," "Blue Valentine,"
and "Please Remember My Heart".  Other members of the current group
include Al Grant and Ray Goodwin.

Certainly one of the superb leads of all time, Milton Love

"Don Cruz leads the Solitaires on "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance"

The Solitaires also sang "I Wonder Why" and "Embraceable You"
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

The Solitaires conclude their set with their signature song, "Walking Along".


Before bringing on the Masqueraders we announced to our guests that they'd each receive
a hand-molded chocolate figure of a vocal group.  Those 11 people who attended more of our
Classic Urban harmony events than anyone else, would receive figures made of red chocolate!

It was now time to surprise our featured group, the Masqueraders, by honoring them with
plaques for their 50 years of outstanding contributions to R&B vocal harmony.
To help us award the plaques, we brought up Terry Stewart, President and CEO
of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, who'd driven in from Cleveland for the occassion.

Pam & Charlie presenting the plaques to the Masqueraders.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Sammie Hutchins receiving his plaque.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

(Photo courtesy of Matt Gilliano)

The Masqueraders receiving a standing ovation.

(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

"If I were a beggar
I'd stand out on the corner everyday
And I'd get down on my knees
And I'd beg for the right words to say.
But I'm Just An Average Guy..."

Ladies and gentlemen...

(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

(Photo courtesy of John Bishop)

The Masqueraders opened with their 1966 LaBeat label recording, "One More Chance"

Abdur-Rahman Hatim leading the Masqueraders in re-creating their hit records,
"I'm Just An Average Guy," "I Ain't Got To Love Nobody Else" and
"(Call Me) The Travelin' Man".

Abdur-Rahman Hatim

Robert "Tex" Wrightsil

Harold "Sundance" Thomas

David "Cowboy" Sanders

Sammie Hutchins

The Masqueraders performed an astonishing harmony version of "At Last" and then
their exciting rendition of "A Change Is Gonna Come"

They closed the concert portion of the evening with "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight".
But the night wasn't quite over.  Our guests retreated to the theatre lobby
where they had a chance to meet and get autographs and photos of the performers.
(Photos of that will be in PART 4 - Coming soon!)
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Because of the significance of the event, we've posted hundreds of photos and will post numerous short video clips, over the next few weeks.  Please click on the segment below that you'd like to view.

Part 1 - Behind the Scenes - Any event of this magnitude requires months of planning and preparation.  Here we'll give you the story behind selecting the venue, caterer, entertainment, invitations, table centerpieces and even the chocolate favors for the guests.

Part 2 - The Reception and Buffet - With 180 invited guests there were plenty of music celebrities attending.  See photos of who were there.

Part 3 - The Concert - See photos from the concert, featuring Re-MemberThen, King David's Harp, Quiet Storm, Little Isidore & the Inquisitors, the Vic Donna Group, Milton Love & the Solitaires and the Masqueraders.  We also have photos of the Masqueraders receiving plaques for 50 years of great R&B harmony.

Part 4 - The party continues at the hotel for out of town guests.

Part 5 - Some nice compliments we received from our guests.  Coming Soon!!!

Part 6 - The Concert Videos - Coming Soon!.


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