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[New!]Wally Osborne & Starfires

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

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Asbury Park Vocal Groups Pt. 2

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Philly's Original Capris

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Orioles' Deborah Chessler

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Windy City Harmony: Calvaes, Blenders & Accents

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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
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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
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bullet Classic Urban Harmony Celebrates Vocal Harmony & the Masqueraders 50th Anniversary
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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
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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
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bulletMorris Museum Jersey Rocks Exhibit Opening
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bullet"Doll Face" Musical Comedy
bulletNJ Doo Wop & Street Corner Harmony Association
bulletNick @ Nite Open Mic Night
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bullet"Fun-Raiser" at South Philly String Band Club
bulletRichard Nader’s Summer Doowop Reunion XXI
bulletPhilly Doo Wop Diner Mural
bulletMaking Crossroads 2
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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
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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
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Interview with
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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
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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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bulletPenguins' A Christmas Prayer
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bulletCameos' Merry Christmas
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Lonely Christmas


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The Academics



New Haven, Connecticut, is known for its great R&B harmony groups, including the Five Satins, Nutmegs, Four Haven Knights and Starlarks.  In the early fifties, most New Haven R&B groups were black.   In 1956, a white group called the Academics changed all that.

The Academics began singing as teenagers.  Ron Marone (baritone), Marty Ganter (second tenor), Richie “Goose” Greenberg (bass), Billy Greenberg (tenor), and Dave Fisher (tenor) all went to Hillhouse High School in New Haven.  They took their name from their high school nickname. The Academics practiced songs like “I’m Yours” by the Flamingos, “At My Front Door” by the El Dorados and “Darla My Darlin” by the G-Clefs.

New Haven attorney, Joel Alderman, who was also a news reporter at radio station WELI-AM in New Haven liked their sound and agreed to manage them.  Alderman also managed the Starlarks and had recorded that group on his own Elm label.  Alderman brought the Academics to WELI disc jockey Carl Loucks who was impressed with their sound and encouraged them to record.  They were taken in to the studios of WELI to record two songs that Marty Ganter had written – “Too Good to be True” b/w “Heavenly Love” The songs were released on a new label Joel Alderman formed called Anchor Records.  (The label name was later changed to Ancho to avoid trademark infringement with another label). Thanks to Carl Loucks and Jim Gallant, host of a daily TV show called Connecticut Bandstand, “Too Good to be True” became the #1 record in New Haven.




After “Too Good To Be True,” was released, Charlie Luth replaced Goose Greenberg in the group.  The Academics’ second record on Ancho was “Darla My Darlin” [led by Ronnie Marone] b/w “At My Front Door” [led by Dave Fisher].  Instrumentation on the two Ancho releases was provided by the Kingsmen Quintet who also recorded an instrumental on the Hillside label.


The Academics’ final release was “Something Cool” [led by Dave Fisher] b/w “Drive in Movie” [led by Marty Ganter], released on the Elmont label in mid August 1958.  Instrumentation on the Elmont release was supplied by the Melotones who later became the Passengers.  All the Academics records did well in the Connecticut area but failed to chart nationally.


The Academics


Following the release of the Academics third record, Vinnie Giardina replaced Dave Fisher, who left to attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  At Wesleyan, Fisher formed the folk group, the Highwaymen who recorded “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” and “Cotton Fields.”  Dave Fisher passed away on Mat 7, 2010.

Dave Fisher with the Highwaymen


In August 1963, in the middle of the group oldies revival period, Eddie Gries and Donn Feleti purchased the masters to the two Academics Ancho records from Joel Alderman and re-released them on the Relic label.  This created a brand new following for the group.

In 1989, two unreleased Academics’ masters from 1960 (“I Often Wonder” b/w “Girl That I Love”) were located and issued. 


The Academics continued singing over the years, appearing with many well-known performers including Connie Francis, the Five Satins, the Platters, and Paul Anka.

The Academics today consist of original members Marty Ganter (lead and songwriter) and Ron Marone (baritones and arranger) as well as Vinny Giardina who joined in 1958 and John Roddy a former member of Roger Koob and the Premiers, another great Connecticut group.



    The Academics still sound great and have been making appearances in Connecticut and the tri-state area ever since their inception fifty years ago.  On October 4, 2008, the Academics performed on the Black Swan Concert and sounded fabulous singing "Something Cool," "Drive-In Movie" and "To Good To Be True."  For more on the Black Swan Concert see our Concert Review.

The Academics at the 2008 Black Swan Concert


Academics Singles Discography

Ancho 101 - Too Good To Be True / Heavenly Love                    56

Ancho 103 - Darla My Darlin' / At My Front Door                        57

Elmont 1001/2 - Drive-In Movie / Somethin' Cool                        8/58

Relic 509 - Darla My Darlin' / At My Front Door [Reissue of Ancho 103]      63

Relic 510 - Too Good To Be True / Heavenly Love [Reissue of Ancho 101]  63

Ancho 104 - I Often Wonder / Girl That I Love                             89    [recorded 1960]


This Academics profile and two of the group photos were contributed by Jim Santa Barbara whose fine radio program, “The Wax Museum Show” can be heard on the 3rd Sunday of each month, 8-11 EST at http://doowopradio4u.com
Additional info credited to Paul Lepri’s “The New Haven Sound,” (United Printing, New Haven, CT: 1977).


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