Jimmy Merchant, Earls' Larry Chance
Visit NJ Doo Wop Group Harmony Singers Club
North Brunswick, NJ, January 20, 2013
It's always a great time at the NJ Doo Wop
Group Harmony Singers Club, 6 Deerbrook Blvd., North Brunswick, NJ, where
singers get together and harmonize on the third Sunday of each month.
This January's meet up had a couple of added surprises when Teenagers' Jimmy
Merchant and Earls' Larry Chance both drove in from out of state to attend.
Larry sang several songs backed by the doo wop acappella group, Re-MemberThen.
Jimmy entertained everyone with tales of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.
We also got to hear about ten vocal groups sing; some professional and some
pick up groups that organized at the club. For photos of all the groups and a
write up about the afternoon, click the
NJ Doo Wop Singers Club Jan 2013. For
details about the Doo Wop Singers Club contact Stu Pushkin at
The NJ Doo Wop Singers Club begins its meet ups at 11 AM when
singers get together to form different pick up groups and harmonize. We
arrived at 1 PM, just in time to hear the performance portion of the
Stu Pushkin, Founder of the Doowop Group Harmony Singers Club
The acappella group, Still Around, opened the afternoon.
Stu Pushkin did most of the leads in place of John Bishop who was not able to
attend. The group sounded good!
Up next was the Chapel of Dreams Quintet, a pick up group
formed earlier in the day. They did a nice job on "Chapel of Dreams,"
the song that gave them their name.
Chapel of Dreams Quintet
Still Around came back to sing with Shelly Buchansky (of Vito & the
Salutations and several other groups). They did fine versions of "Dear
Lord" and "Your Way".
Still Around with Shelly Buchansky, third from right.
Echoes of Time, although missing their usual lead, did a nice rendition of
Echoes of Time
We were already aware of one of the special guests that would
be there on this afternoon. Larry Chance, legendary lead of the Earls,
was in attendance. He and his wife Deb were guests of Frank & Marian
Cicerale. Larry was there to enjoy the atmosphere and sing a few songs
backed by Re-MemberThen. We were surprised to see our friends Jimmy
Merchant and his wife Mary. Jimmy, of course, is an original member of
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and co-writer of "Why Do Fools Fall In Love".
Jimmy Merchant & Larry Chance
Left to right: Larry Chance, Jimmy Merchant, Shelly
Mary & Jimmy Merchant, Charlie Horner
Pam Horner & Jimmy Merchant
Larry Chance entertaining the audience.
Shelly Buchansky looks on.
Jimmy Merchant talking about the Teenagers.
Emcee Hattie Winterfeld and Jimmy Merchant
Pamela displayed a powerful voice, singing "Gee Whiz" backed by
a pick up group.
Pamela Del Franco & Pick Up Group
The group that backed Pamela Del Franco continued singing as
"The Replacements". Pat Moschetto led an energetic acappella version of
"Tossin' & Turnin'," while Mike Del Franco led a great version of "Moon Out
The Replicas sang nice versions of "Lorraine" and "My Vow To
Bits & Pieces, a group made up of singers from different groups
gave us "Could This Be Magic".
Bits & Pieces
The featured vocal group of the afternoon was Re-MemberThen.
To start their performance, they asked Larry Chance to sing lead with them.
Larry led the group in great acappella renditions of "Lost Love," "On The
Streets Of The Bronx" (a song Larry wrote) and "Gloria". Marty and Larry
shared the lead on "Please Stay".
Larry Chance leading Re-MemberThen
Larry Chance & Re-MemberThen
Left to right: Larry Chance, Jim Offner, Marty Geliebter,
Frank Cicerale, Harry Maitland, Bill Butkowski
Re-MemberThen then continued singing on their own. Frank
Cicerale resumed his usual strong lead on "What Time Is It," "To The Aisle"
and "You Belong To Me".
The afternoon didn't end there as Pamela Del Franco sang again
as did Echoes of Time, this time joined by Stu Pushkin.
We had a great time.
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