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[New!]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

Asbury Park Vocal Groups, Pt.1

Philly's Original Capris

Little Jimmy & The Tops

Teddy & Twilights, Deckers

Groups from Philly's Francisville - Belltones, Joe Cook's Thrillers, Royal Demons, Madison Brothers

Sensations - Part 1

Sensations - Part 2

Johnny Maestro, the Crests & Brooklyn Bridge

Johnny Stiles & the Medallions on Essex

The Plurals

The Vic Donna Story

Orioles' Deborah Chessler

Tyrone & the Nu-Ports

Windy City Harmony: Calvaes, Blenders & Accents

        The Del Larks

Richard Barrett Part 1: The Valentines

Richard Barrett
Part 2:
Frankie Lymon & Teenagers

Richard Barrett
Part 3: The Chantels, Clickettes,
Fashions Veneers

Richard Barrett
Part 4:

Little Anthony & Imperials

Richard Barrett
Part 5: Lewis Lymon
&
Teenchords Jimmy Castor & Juniors

Richard Barrett
Part 6: The Channels,
Isley Bros, Del Knights

Richard Barrett Part 7: The 3 Degrees, Showmen

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bullet [New!]TNT 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
 
bulletRe-MemberThen
at NJ Doo Wop Singers Club 2013

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

 
bulletRe-MemberThen
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
Multi-Part
 
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
Club
Testimonial
 
bulletFilming a Documentary
on Acappella
 
bulletAcappella Group Soul'D
Out on
Celebrity
Solstice
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
Chessler

 
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
Festival 2008

 
bullet Philly Doo Wop
Festival 2006

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    HARMONY

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bullet [New!]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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Claude Robinson & Creations

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The 5 Embers

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The Silhouettes

    1960's Soul
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bulletThe Ad-Libs
 
bullet Jackson Five (Pre-Motown & Other Rarities)

    Carolina Beach Music

bullet The Poor Souls

    Modern Era
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bullet40 Years of Group Harmony: Ray Block's Photos of Vintage, Ad-Libs, Reunion, Bon-Aires, East River Drive
 
bulletYounger Dayz

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bulletThe
Angelic Gospel
Singers

 
bulletClaude Jeter & the Swan Silvertones

    Early Black
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    1870 -1930

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The American
Jubilee Singers

 

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The Dinwiddie Quartet

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The 60th Anniversary of the Vinyl 45 RPM Single

    Rare Record
    Labels

bulletHico Label

   Holiday Harmony

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

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bullet Philadelphia Area Doo Wop & Acappella Groups
 
bulletBermuda Vocal Groups

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Charlie Horner's Bio

 

Charlie Horner is recognized worldwide as an expert on early Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll vocal harmony.  He was born and raised in Philadelphia.  With a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Charlie’s been totally immersed in the fields of rhythm & blues, doo wop, soul and spiritual music since he first began collecting records at the age of 11.  That collection has now grown to over 50,000 records.  Starting in 1970, Charlie hosted a popular weekly radio program out of Philadelphia (WKDU and WXPN) on the history of R&B vocal groups that spanned 25 years. The program was also simulcast for a time on KALX (Berkeley, CA) and WKHS (Warton, MD).  In tracing the origins of urban group harmony, he’s interviewed hundreds of singers and reunited countless groups from the fifties who’d thought their fame was long passed.  Charlie’s produced and MC’d more than a half dozen acappella stage shows and is largely credited for a resurgence in doo wop music in the Philadelphia area that began in the late seventies and continues today.  He’s written liner notes for over fifty albums and published dozens of articles in magazines such as Echoes of the Past, Goldmine, Bim Bam Boom, Record Exchanger, Harmony Tymes and Yesterdays Memories.  Charlie’s served on the board of directors of the United In Group Harmony Association’s Hall of Fame and was president and co-founder of the Mills Brothers Society.  He was awarded the Philadelphia Group Harmony Association’s only Lifetime Achievement Award and also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the first ever Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland has called Charlie, "one of the foremost authorities on early rhythm & blues and vocal group music."

Charlie and his wife Pamela reside in Somerset, New Jersey, where they’re both active in preserving the legacy of the vocal harmony groups.  Charlie’s forty-five years of research and personal friendships with groups like the Orioles, Ravens, Harptones, Solitaires, Silhouettes, Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers, Chantels, Lee Andrews' Hearts, Tymes, Turbans and Sensations allow him to tell the story of how the music came about.

Achievements

By invitation of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, interviewed songwriter and Orioles manager Deborah Chessler in front of a live audience at the Rock Hall (February, 2009).  See Evening with Deborah Chessler.

Together with Pam Horner, produced, hosted and emceed an industry reception and concert in June 2012 at the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre to celebrate the soul vocal group, the Masqueraders' 50th Anniversary and vocal harmony itself.  The event included a catered dinner for 180 guests including 70 celebrity singers.  The concert had seven vocal groups, each singing a distinct style of vocal harmony.  See CUH 2012 Event.

Assisted the Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ) with their major exhibit, "Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll In The Garden State".  Loaned the museum memorabilia, helped organize and label displays, gave two multimedia presentations on "New Jersey Doo Wop Groups" including live demonstrations of acappella harmony in the exhibit gallery, researched and distributed printed programs listing more than 200 NJ vocal groups, helped organize and promote two major doo wop concerts (2011).

 

Named to the Advisory Panel of Asbury Angels, an organization that gives recognition to Asbury Park (NJ) musicians and music industry professionals who have passed away.

 

Serves on the Franklin Township (NJ) Cultural Arts Council's Performing Arts Committee, to encourage expression and appreciation of the Arts in Franklin Township.

 

[New!]Member of the Asbury Park Historical Society.

 

Member of the Meadows Foundation.

 

Patron sponsor of the 2012 7th Annual Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival.

Co-sponsored the Black Swan 2008 Burlington Vocal Group Concert.

Produced and hosted a popular radio program for 23 years, aired in PA, CA and MD.

Recognized worldwide as an expert on African American Music, particularly quartet singing.

Conducted interviews with hundreds of historically important vocal group singres.

Authored numerous articles on singing groups, published in music various publications.

Authored liner notes for over 40 commercially available record albums.

Produced historical reissue albums by several singing groups.

Presented with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival.

Selected for the Philadelphia Group Harmony Association’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vice president, co-founder and then President of the Mills Brothers society.  Editor of their quarterly magazine.

Member of the Board of Directors of the United In Group Harmony Association’s Hall of Fame.

Subject of an Associated Press feature and numerous local newspaper articles.

Consultant with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for their 1995 Induction Ceremony.

Produced and MC’s seven major concerts.

Made dozens of guest appearances on radio programs from NY to VA to CA.

Toured Europe with and as a guest of popular European vocal quartets the Golden Gate Quartet and Deep River Quartet.

Gave music presentations from PA to VA for the United in Group Harmony Association and the Mills Brothers Society.

Now gives music presentations on the history of R&B and Doo Wop vocal group singing.

 

 

 

 

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