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The Mills Brothers and Ink Spots in Beach Haven, NJ (August 4, 2008)

by Pamela Horner

On Monday, August 4th 2008, we had the pleasure of attending the second of two shows at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven N.J.  Beach Haven is a chic beach town on the Jersey shore.  It was such a delight to walk in the door of the theatre and see The Ink Spots seated at a table.  They were sharply dressed in black tuxes with gold cummerbunds, bow ties, and handkerchiefs.  We took pictures and Charlie said hello to each of The Ink Spots.  They are Sonny Hatchett, Harold Winley, Herman Denby, and Morris Dow.  Three of them sang with other groups in the past.  Sonny led Sonny and the Dukes, Harold sang bass with The Clovers, Herman sang lead with the Swallows, and Morris, a guitar player, was with Jimmy McGriff, Nancy Wilson, and Herb Kenney.  Morris was an uncle to the late Alphonso Howell of the Sensations and Silhouettes.  Morris also recently wrote a book called “Journey to the Fourth Season”.   It's a tale about the Seasons written for the whole family.  The Illustrations done by Juanita Maldonado are beautiful.  What a great line up!  Later when we saw them on stage their great pedigrees were musically evident.  Elmer Hopper of the Mills Brothers was also out chatting with patrons from the earlier performance but with the crowd around him we didn't get a chance to talk to him until after the show.

The Ink Spots led off the show with “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie”,” The Gypsy”, and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”.  Herman Denby did most of the Leads.  On the next two songs, "I’ll Never Smile Again” and “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall," Herman sang the lead and Harold did the talking bass.  For the song “Mood Indigo”  Morris played guitar and the harmonica.  The group sang great renditions of many Ink Spots songs ending their performance with “If I Didn’t Care”.  What a fabulous group!  It was my first time seeing them and I would love to see them again.

A short film of the The Mills Brothers in the early years preceded them on stage.  The Mills Brothers are John Mills and Elmer Hopper.  I hadn’t seen them since September of 2005.  Always a thrill to see these performers.  They were dressed in classy black tuxes with black bow ties.  Elmer sang with Paul Robi’s Platters for many years.  John is the son of Donald Mills.  The duo are superb entertainers.  John talked about the Mills Brothers legacy, which started in 1922.  He mentioned that “Tiger Rag” was the first million seller of all time.  They opened with “Opus One”, “Paper Doll” and “Don’t Blame Me”.  Elmer did a Platters' medley featuring "Twilight Time” and “Only You”.  John rejoined Elmer on stage to sing “You Always Hurt The One You Love" and “Still There’s You” a song written by John and once recorded with his father.  The duo sang “Basin Street Blues” imitating instruments by cupping their hands and using their voices.  A crowd pleaser, “Til Then” was very well received by the audience.  They ended their show with “Up a Lazy River.”  A local three piece band did a fabulous job backing both performances.  After the show, we were so happy to have time to talk and take photos with John and Elmer.  Check out their web site on our Link Page for a list of performances.  They are very talented and entertaining gentlemen.

 

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The Mills Brothers: John Mills & Elmer Hopper

Mills Brothers' Elmer Hopper, Charlie & John Mills

Mills Brothers with Pam and our friends Nels & Lisa

Pam & Elmer Hopper

Charlie & Elmer Hopper

The Ink Spots

Ink Spots on stage

Ink Spots, l to r: Sonny Hatchett, Herman Denby, Morris Dow, Harold Winley

Pam & Charlie with the Ink Spots

Harold Winley's former group, the Clovers

Sonny Hatchett & Dukes record

Herman Denby's former group, the Swallows

 

 

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