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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!]Asbury 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

    PROFILES IN
    HARMONY

    In Tribute

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

    1950's R&B &
    Doo Wop
    Groups

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The Academics 

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The Avalons

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The Avons

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The Blue Notes (original)

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Claude Robinson & Creations

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The 5 Embers

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The Juveniles/ Twilights/ Embers

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The Silhouettes

    1960's Soul
    Groups

bulletThe Ad-Libs
 
bullet Jackson Five (Pre-Motown & Other Rarities)

    Carolina Beach Music

bullet The Poor Souls

    Modern Era
    Doo Wop Groups

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

    Gospel Groups

bulletThe
Angelic Gospel
Singers

 
bulletClaude Jeter & the Swan Silvertones

    Early Black
    Vocal Groups
    1870 -1930

bullet

The American
Jubilee Singers

 

bullet

The Dinwiddie Quartet

   History of
   Recording

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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

    Hometown
    Harmony

bullet Philadelphia Area Doo Wop & Acappella Groups
 
bulletBermuda Vocal Groups

    Ongoing
    Research

Unknown Vocal Groups

     Great LINKS

 

 

Our Presentations

 

Here's a listing of the multimedia presentations we have available.  Each is 90-minutes long and included music and video clips, rare photos of singers, records, sheet music and other memorabilia as well as our stories of vocal groups, as told to us by the singers themselves.  To see an 11 minute excerpt from one of our presentations click the YouTube below.



 

Under The Streetlamp: Tales from the Doo Wop Era - Part 1 - Presented by Charlie & Pamela Horner

Trace the growth of Doo Wop Music from its roots with the Mills Brothers and Ink Spots, Ravens and Orioles.

Learn the true stories behind groups like the Dominoes, Moonglows, Penguins, Spaniels, Flamingos and Dubs.

Rediscover the kiddie groups like Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.

Hear about the Harptones, Five Satins and Dion & the Belmonts as well as some of the lesser known but still fascinating artists of the Golden Age of Vocal Groups.

Recall the days when groups harmonized under streetlamps to tunes like “In The Still Of The Night,” “Gloria,” and “Earth Angel”.

Doo Wop music historian Charlie Horner’s forty years of research and twenty years on Philadelphia’s WXPN-FM, have allowed him to interview hundreds of 1950’s singers. This presentation is assembled through their memories and personal stories as well as Charlie’s huge archive of records, photographs, sheet music and other memorabilia.  Some memorabilia will be displayed during the talk.

To book this 90 minute presentation for your community or organization, please email us at:   CUH@att.net

 

Under The Streetlamp: Tales from the Doo Wop Era - Part 2 - Presented by Charlie & Pamela Horner

Whether or Not You Attended PART 1, You’ll Love PART 2!!!

All NEW Stories About the History of Doo Wop Music from its roots through the Golden Age of the 1950’s.

Learn the actual stories behind vocal groups like the Five Keys, Chords, Platters, Shep & Limelites and Lee Andrews & the Hearts.

Hear about the Clovers and Heartbeats as well as some of the lesser known but still fascinating artists like the Prisonaires.  Follow Hank Ballard and the Midnighters through the series of Annie records.

Recall again the days when groups harmonized on the corner to tunes like “A Thousand Miles away,” “Sh-Boom,” and “Long Lonely Nights”.

Doo Wop music historians Charlie & Pam Horner continue their Journey Through the Doo Wop Era with more tales from under the streetlamp.  As usual there’ll be captivating stories, photos from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives of records, photographs, sheet music and memorabilia, and plenty of music clips for you to sing along to.

To book this 90 minute presentation for your community or organization, please email us at:   CUH@att.net



 

Under The Streetlamp: Tales from the Doo Wop Era - Part 1 - Presented by Charlie & Pamela Horner

Whether or Not You Attended PART 1 or 2, You’ll Love PART 3!!!

All NEW Stories About the History of Doo Wop Music from its roots through the Golden Age of the 1950’s.

Learn the actual stories behind vocal the groups the Moonglows, the original Blue Notes, the Sensations, the Crests, Virgil Johnson & the Velvets, the Mello Kings and more.  Part 3 also captures the influence of fast cars on the songs of the Doo Wop Era.

Recall one more time the days when groups harmonized on the corner.

Doo Wop music historians Charlie & Pam Horner conclude their Journey Through the Doo Wop Era with more tales from under the streetlamp.  As usual there’ll be captivating stories, photos from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives of records, photographs, sheet music and memorabilia, and plenty of music clips for you to sing along to.

To book this 90 minute presentation for your community or organization, please email us at:   CUH@att.net

 

  Crossing Jordan: How African American Spirituals Changed the World - Presented by Charlie & Pamela Horner

In 1871, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers left Nashville on a series of tours to raise funds for their impoverished school.  They battled prejudice and oppression, as well as the hardships of the road.  Often with no rest or money, they faced hunger, exhaustion and serious illness.  But through perseverance they sang their way into the hearts of a nation and the world.  By the time they returned seven years later, they’d raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for their school.  They’d toured the United States and much of Europe, singing for audiences of presidents and royalty, as well as the common people.  This 90-minute multimedia presentation will cover the development and evolution of African American Spirituals from slavery times through the middle of the 20th Century, including

A brief analysis of the importance of Spirituals during slavery, including their use in communication, secret meanings to the lyrics, etc.

 

History of the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ tours of the U.S. and Europe in the 1800's, including performances for President Grant, Mark Twain and Queen Victoria.

 

Notable Jubilee and Gospel groups from the 1800's through the 1950's including the Norfolk Jubilee singers, Golden Gate Quartet, Swan Silvertones and Soul Stirrers.

 

Influence of Spirituals on our American musical heritage.

The talk will include photos of Jubilee singers, their songbooks and memorabilia, and sound and video clips of spirituals.

To book this 90 minute presentation for your community or organization, please email us at:   CUH@att.net

 

 

Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey - Part 1 - Presented by Charlie & Pamela Horner
 

The Garden State produced some of the finer groups of the 1950's and early 1960's but is rarely given credit.  Join us to explore New Jersey's history of harmony, as we examine the stories of the Coleman Brothers, Rivals, Rivieras, Duprees, Plurals, Del-Larks, Four Lovers (Four Seasons), Vibranaires, Ronnie & the Hi-Lites and many more.

To book this 90 minute presentation for your community or organization, please email us at:  
CUH@att.net

 

 

 

Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey - Part 2 - Presented by Charlie & Pamela Horner

A continuation of our acclaimed "Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey" series, Part 2 contains the stories of the Shirelles, Monotones, Kodaks, Fiestas, Ad Libs, Hi Fives, Fourteen Karat Soul and many more.

To book this 90 minute presentation for your community or organization, please email us at:   CUH@att.net


 

 

Doo Wop Groups and the New Jersey Shore - Presented by Charlie & Pamela Horner

The resort cities of the New Jersey Shore have provided the perfect environment for R&B and doo wop vocal groups to thrive throughout the 1950's and 1960's.  We explore the entertainment scenes of Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside Heights, Asbury Park and other shore towns in relationship to the vocal harmony group that sang there.

To book this 90 minute presentation for your community or organization, please email us at:   CUH@att.net

 

 

West Side Harmony: Asbury Park's Vocal Group Legacy - Presented by Charlie & Pamela Horner

Long before Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny, Asbury Park NJ was producing great entertainers.  Many came from across the tracks in the predominately African American section along Springwood Avenue.  We'll explore the musical heritage of the West Side, including such talented R&B vocalists as the Vibranaires, Ray Dots, V-Eights, Darchaes, Broadways, Lenny Welch and many more.

To book this 90 minute presentation for your community or organization, please email us at:   CUH@att.net

 

 

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