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[New!]Wally Osborne & Starfires

Satan & the Angels - Blue Eyed Soul

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Golden Bells & Contessas

Sweet Delights

Sammy Strain & the Imperials, 1964 -, Part 4 in the series

Sammy Strain & the Imperials, 1961 - 1963 Part 3

Sammy Strain & the Fantastics Part 2

Sammy Strain & the Chips Part 1

Asbury Park Vocal Groups Pt. 2

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Philly's Original Capris

Little Jimmy & The Tops

Teddy & Twilights, Deckers

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Sensations - Part 1

Sensations - Part 2

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Johnny Stiles & the Medallions on Essex

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The Vic Donna Story

Orioles' Deborah Chessler

Tyrone & the Nu-Ports

Windy City Harmony: Calvaes, Blenders & Accents

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Richard Barrett Part 1: The Valentines

Richard Barrett
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Richard Barrett
Part 3: The Chantels, Clickettes,
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Richard Barrett
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Little Anthony & Imperials

Richard Barrett
Part 5: Lewis Lymon
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Richard Barrett
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Richard Barrett Part 7: The 3 Degrees, Showmen

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bullet [New!]Choice at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Philly Ringtones at Franklin Township Library
[New!]Curators Talk, Spirituals to Soul Exhibit
bullet [New!]Sonny Til's son & grandson visit Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters
bullet [New!]Re-MedmberThen at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Quiet Storm at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Spirituals to Soul Museum Exhibit, Freehold
bulletVelvet Candles in Barcelona, Spain
bulletFilming Doo Wop Documentary
bullet2015 Portsmouth VA Gospel Concert
bullet Monmouth University West Side Music Exhibit
bulletAsbury Park West Side Music Exhibit Monmouth University - Set Up
bulletAsbury Park West Side Music Exhibit, Heaven Gallery
bullet2014 Philly Doo Wop Festival
bulletTNT with Vic Donna Group & Charlie Horner
bulletAsbury Angels 2014, Bobby Thomas
bulletRichard Nader Doo Wop Concert XXV
bullet2014 Portsmouth VA Gospel Concert
bullet Billy Vera Big Band at the Cutting Room NYC
bullet VGHA Extravaganza III
bullet Asbury Park Gospel Explosion

African American
Museum Philadelphia
Gospel Awards Ceremony

bullet Ray Goodman & Brown in Plainfield
at NJ Doo Wop Singers Club 2013

bulletEncounters at Somerset Run
bulletRichard Nader's Doo Wop Celebration XXVI
2013 Asbury Angels Plaque Dedications
bullet VGHA Acappella Extravaganza II
bullet2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
bullet Time Capsule Show 50th Anniversary
2013 Portsmouth, VA Gospel Concert
at Manchester, NJ

at New Providence Library

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

bulletSilhouettes' John Wilson Visits CUH World Headquarters
bulletNJ Doowop Group Harmony Club, 2009.
bullet New Years Eve 2008 with Nicky Addeo & Nite Owls
bullet 2008 European Road Trip: Deep River Quartet & Golden Gate Quartet
bullet 2008 Black Swan Burlington Concert
bullet 2008 Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival
bullet Mills Bros,
Ink Spots
Beach Haven

bulletPhilly Doo Wop
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bullet Philly Doo Wop
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bullet Dick Rietveld, Deep River Quartet
bullet Robert Murphy, Neighbors Complaint
bullet Walter McNeil, Gospel Nobleaires
bullet Jewel Akens, 4 Dots
bulletVirgil Johnson, Velvets
bulletCleotha Staples, Staple Singers
bulletDarlene McCrae, Cookies, Raeletts
bulletGregory Carroll, Four Buddies, Orioles, Dappers, Ink Spots
bulletJerome Ramos, Velours
bulletMickey "Guitar" Baker
bulletEarl Speedo Carroll, Cadillacs
bulletMajor Harris, Delfonics, Nat Turner Rebellion, R&B Soloist
bulletBilly Scott, Prophets
bulletCleve Duncan, Penguins
bulletDeborah Chessler, Songwriter,Mentor to the Orioles
bulletWilla Ward, Ward Singers, Gay Charmers
bulletBobby Thomas, Vibranaires, Vibes, V-Eights, Orioles
bulletJohn Jones, Moments Pleasure, Norristones, Copians
bulletChester Brown. The Counts
bulletJimmy Ellis, Trammps, Cordells, Exceptions
bulletJimmy Castor
bulletJack Scandura
bullet Cadillacs' Bobby Phillips
bulletBobby Robinson
bulletRobins' Grady Chapman
bullet Blue Notes' Roosevelt Brodie
bullet Moonglows' Harvey Fuqua
bulletCrests' & Brooklyn Bridge's Johnny Maestro
bulletDelroys' Reggie Walker
bulletSolitaires' & Vocaleers' Herman Dunham
bulletValentines' & Del-Knights' Eddie Edgehill
bulletChris Bartley
bulletSilhouettes' John Wilson
bulletLes Paul
bullet Castelles' Billy Taylor

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bullet40 Years of Group Harmony: Ray Block's Photos of Vintage, Ad-Libs, Reunion, Bon-Aires, East River Drive
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Angelic Gospel

bulletClaude Jeter & the Swan Silvertones

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The 60th Anniversary of the Vinyl 45 RPM Single

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bulletHico Label

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bullet Vocalaries' White Christmas
bulletPenguins' A Christmas Prayer
bulletDominoes' Christmas In Heaven
bulletCameos' Merry Christmas
bulletDrifters' White Christmas
Lonely Christmas


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[New!]Classic Urban Harmony

Celebrates Vocal Group Harmony

And the Masqueraders’ 50th Anniversary

June 10, 2012, Morristown, NJ

Part 1: Behind the Scenes


It had been a year and a half since Classic Urban Harmony’s last gala, our 5th Wedding Anniversary in October 2010.  The time was right to gather our music industry friends again and commemorate the many styles of vocal harmony.  There’s been enough negative talk lately about how our music is fading.  We wanted an evening not to eulogize vocal harmony, but to celebrate it.  Coincidently, our friends the Masqueraders were celebrating 50 years as a soul harmony group and we wanted to honor them.

Our first step was to pick a location.  We’d been actively involved with the Morris Museum’s “Jersey Rocks” exhibit and had assisted with two concerts in their Bickford Theatre.  We also gave two Classic Urban Harmony multimedia presentations there and attended the exhibit launch party, catered by Encore Caterers.  We were impressed by their food and professionalism.

Pam outside the Morris Museum

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

Morris Museum & Bickford Theatre

Charlie at the Bickford Theatre Stage Door

Hence, the idea to hold a spectacular reception and buffet dinner in the museum followed by a concert in the Bickford Theatre.  We already held memberships in the Morristown museum and were very familiar with members of their organization.

After reserving the Morris Museum and Theatre, we contacted Encore Caterers and picked a menu.  Then it was time to pick the vocal groups we wanted to hire.  It was a tough decision, since we are friends with a lot of groups.  However, we made an early decision to make sure different styles of vocal harmony were represented and did not overlap.

The obvious choice of a soul harmony group was the Masqueraders, since it was their 50th anniversary and since the five key members had only sung together once in the past 20 years, and that was at our 2010 anniversary.  For a 1950’s R&B group, we selected the legendary Milton Love & the Solitaires.  They had sung at our wedding.  Vic Donna has been singing and recording vocal harmony since 1957.  The Vic Donna Group is known for their intricate R&B harmonies.  Little Isidore & the Inquisitors are one of the most unique and entertaining groups around.   Quiet Storm has made quite a name for themselves in the acappella vocal group world.  We wanted a great gospel vocal group and found one in King David’s Harp out of Virginia.

To set the scene, we had Re-MemberThen as a strolling acappella group during the reception.  They are an up and coming group with a street corner doo wop sound.

Warren Tesoro designed a sensational poster for us in 1950’s style, using Classic Urban Harmony colors (blue, yellow and red).

Concert Poster designed by Warren Tesora

The Invitation we designed and printed ourselves
after selecting the right paper and matching envelopes.

As parting gifts for each guest, we again hand-molded candy vocal group figurines out of chocolate.  Knowing record collectors favor red vinyl, we molded a limited number in RED chocolate!  We'd reserve those for the people who'd attended more of our Classic Urban Harmony events than anyone else.

Pam molding candy vocal  groups from red chocolate

Refrigerated Chocolate figures

Pam packaging the chocolates

Finished chocolate figures

Charlie cleaning the molds for the next set

For table centerpieces, we scanned record labels of some of our rarer 78’s.  We printed them, cut them out and pasted them onto green sticks.  The sticks were placed in small plants.

Scanned record labels in the computer

Pam cutting out the labels

The record labels

Green (Gospel series) Parrot label on stick

Labels on green sticks

Preparing the centerpieces

Finished centerpiece


For our out of town quests, we blocked out some rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel, close to CUH Headquarters.  Each guest received a welcome bag full of Classic Urban Harmony goodies.


Finished welcome bag

Four of the Masqueraders, Harold “Sundance” Thomas, Robert “Tex” Wrightsil, David "Cowboy" Sanders and Sammie Lee Hutchins arrived on Friday evening, June 8.  After checking in, they joined us for dinner in New Brunswick.

Masqueraders arriving at hotel in Somerset, NJ

Masqueraders David Sanders, Harold Thomas, Tex Wrightsil and Sammie Hutchins
at the hotel with concert poster.

Sammie Hutchins, Pam Horner, Charlie Horner, Sundance Thomas, Tex Wrightsil
at Old Man Rafferty's restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ

Saturday June 9, 2012, Masqueraders' Abdur-Rahman Hatim and Jimmy and Mary Merchant arrived at the hotel.
Jimmy Merchant is an original member of the legendary Teenagers and co-writer of "Why Do Fools Fall In Love".

Front: Harold Sundance Thomas.  Back row (left to right): Sammie Hutchins,
Charlie Horner, Jimmy Merchant, Mary Merchant, Tex Wrightsil, Pam Horner
David "Cowboy" Sanders, Abdur-Rahman Hatim

Dinner at Origins Thai restaurant in Somerville, NJ.
(Left to right: Jimmy Merchant, Charlie Horner, Pam Horner, Tex Wrightsil
Sammie Hutchins, David Sanders, Harold Thomas, Abdur-Rahman Hatim, Mary Merchant

 After dinner, we all went back to Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters where the Masqueraders serenaded us with some songs.

Masqueraders singing at CUH Headquarters


Teenagers' Jimmy Merchant touring Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters, poses
next to his framed and autographed sketch of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.
Jimmy is now an accomplished artist as well as an entertainer.

Left to right: David Sanders, Pam Horner, Tex Wrightsil, Jimmy Merchant
Harold Thomas and Sammie Hutchins

The Masqueraders with Mary & Jimmy Merchant

David, Tex, Mary, Jimmy, Harold, Charlie and Sammie.

On Sunday morning, June 10, Pam & Charlie went back to the hotel to listen to the Masqueraders rehearse.

Masqueraders rehearsing at the hotel.

Sundance Thomas at the keyboard.

Abdur-Rahman Hatim at rehearsal.


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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