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[New!]Wally Osborne & Starfires

Satan & the Angels - Blue Eyed Soul

Tony Talent & the Coalitions

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

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The Vic Donna Story

Orioles' Deborah Chessler

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Windy City Harmony: Calvaes, Blenders & Accents

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Richard Barrett
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Richard Barrett
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Richard Barrett
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Richard Barrett
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Richard Barrett
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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

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at NJ Doo Wop Singers Club 2013

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2013 Asbury Angels Plaque Dedications
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2013 Portsmouth, VA Gospel Concert
at Manchester, NJ

at New Providence Library

bulletJohn Moore's Middle Room Records Closes
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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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bulletTNT R&B and Doo Wop Party, Aug 2012
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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
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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
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bulletClassic Urban Harmony Presentation NJ Doo Wop Groups Part 2
bulletClassic Urban Harmony Presentation NJ Doo Wop Groups Part 1
bulletMorris Museum LaBamba & Quiet Storm Concert
bulletMorris Museum Jersey Rocks Exhibit Opening
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bulletEvening With Vocal Group Legends Concert
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bulletSteve Applebaum Tribute Concert
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bulletVic Donna Group Rehearsal at CUH Headquarters
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bulletVirginia Legends of Gospel Concert
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bulletWVLT Cruisin' 92.1 Concert
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bullet American Bandstand Studio Fundraiser
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bulletSilhouettes' John Wilson Visits CUH World Headquarters
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bullet 2008 Black Swan Burlington Concert
bullet 2008 Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival
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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
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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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[New!]An Evening with Vocal Group Legends
Centerton Country Club,
, New Jersey
June 18, 2011

Poster Autographed to us by Eddie Rich & Bobby Thomas
(Thanks Tom Hight for the poster)

Blues & Rhythm Productions LLC's “Night Train” Jim Bakay produced and MC'd for the amazing concert of vocal group legends.  The talent at this show was incredible; Quiet Storm, The Vic Donna Group, Bobby Thomas & The Vibranaires doing a tribute to the Orioles and Eddie Rich & The Swallows!  The show was held in the Centerton Country Club in Pittsgrove, NJ.

Before the show we all enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner. We saw many friends in the audience.

Bobby Thomas, Pam Horner, Marian & Frank Cicerale

Bobby Thomas, Pma & Charlie Horner, Marian Cicerale

Bobby Thomas of the Vibranaires

Pam, Vic Donna and Charlie
(Photo Courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Tom Rowell, Vic Donna, Pam & Charlie
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Vic Donna & Val Shively

Vic Donna, Pam, Val & Patty Shively, Holly Heinz

George Marchese (Vic Donna Group) & Frank Cicerale (Re-MemberThen)

Swallows' Eddie Rich & Pam Horner

Swallows' Eddie Rich & Charlie Horner

Jim Bakay
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

The show opened up with the nattily dressed Quiet Storm in black Tuxes. They sang an original song “Have A Happy Birthday”.  They performed quite a few acappella songs, “Don’t Leave Me Baby” and Ronnie Milsap’s “Lost in the 50’s Tonight”.  The killer song was the Drifters “Your Promise to be Mine”.  We also loved Darrall Campbell’s lead on the Manhattans “Can I”.   They sang the second part of their set with backing by The Four Star Band doing songs by the Vibrations, Dells and Moonglows.  They closed with The Dreamlovers “If I Should Lose You.  This was another great appearance by Quiet Storm.

Quiet Storm

Quiet Storm

Quiet Storm
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Quiet Storm
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Quiet Storm's Darrall Campbell
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Just when we thought that the Vic Donna Group couldn’t get any better, turned in another stellar performance.  The superbly talented Vic Donna sang all the leads.  The group opened with Vic’s 1957 hit “Teenage Rose”  Their next song, Vic’s second record “Love Was A Stranger To Me” was written by Lloyd Davis of the Fi-Tones.  The Vic Donna Group continued with songs from Vic’s music career, including acappella versions of The Sharps’ “We Three” and The Compliments’ “The Time of Her Life”.  New to the group’s repertoire was The Five Keys’ “Just For A Thrill”. They closed with a very powerful version of “Hurt”.  We first heard the group sing this at our Fifth anniversary.

Vic Donna Group

Vic Donna Group
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Vic Donna
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Vic Donna Group's Danny Pesci
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Vic Donna Group's John Mirabile
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Vic Donna Group's Dom D'Elia
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Vic Donna Group's George Marchese
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

The Vic Donna Group

After a brief intermission Jim Bakay introduced the legendary Bobby Thomas and his Vibranaires who were composed of some members Quiet Storm plus Gil Torres from The Lar-Kings.  Bobby and the group did a tribute to Sonny Til and The Orioles whom Bobby sang with for many years.  They opened up with “Good Looking Baby,” a rhythmic tune The Orioles recorded for Jubilee that was not released until years later on CD.  Bobby then slowed down the pace with “I Need You So”.  Of course no Orioles tribute would be complete without “Crying In The Chapel”, a song that initially The Orioles didn’t want to record.  We were pleasently surprised when Bobby sang the seldom heard “Dem Days Are Gone Forever”.  For an encore Bobby asked the audience if they wanted to hear The Vibranaires “Doll Face” or The Orioles’ “It’s Too Soon To Know”.  Of course, the audience wanted and got both songs.  This was a tremendous performance, Bobby’s voice sounds as strong as ever.

Charlie & Pam swing dancing during intermission.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Bobby Thomas (left) and the Vibranaires

Bobby Thomas & the Vibranaires
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Bobby Thomas
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Bobby Thomas & Vibranaires
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Bobby Thomas & the Vibranaires

It’s not often an audience in New Jersey gets to hear Baltimore’s great Eddie Rich and The Swallows.  This legendary group began singing in the late 1940's.  They gave us a fabulous performance with The Four Star Band backing them.  The Swallows opened with the jump tune “We’re Gonna Rock”.  The unmistakable voice of Eddie Rich led the 1951 ballad “Will You Be Mine”.  The 80 year old Eddie Rich distinctive lead thrilled the audience with “Dearest”, “Eternally”, and “When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano”.  The Swallows ended their set with the energetic “Ride Jimmy Ride”.  They came back for an encore by singing The Five Keys “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”.

The Swallows.  Eddie Rich on right.

Eddie Rich & Swallows

Eddie Rich
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Eddie Rich
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

The Swallows

This was one of the best concerts we’ve seen in a long time!  Every group was superb!  Congratulations to Jim Bakay for putting on an outstanding concert.


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