[New!]An Evening with Vocal Group Legends
Centerton Country Club,
Pittsgrove
, 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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