Mr. Lee, President of Philadelphia Group Harmony Assocaition
(PGHA), had a stellar line-up on his show, "Heavenly Harmony XII," which was
held on October 3, 2009 at the Theater of Living Arts (TLA) on South Street in
Philadelphia. Mr. Lee, dressed in a black tux, was a fabulous host
for his PGHA show. He also had Sandi I. as a charming co-host. The backing band
was the amazing Hal Keshner Band with Hal on keyboards, two
saxophones, one guitar and drums.
Left to right: Sandi Italiano, Hal Keshner and Mr. Lee
started with The Encounters. The group wore black outfits with gold
embroidery. Taking the place of the ailing Pete Milazzo, Joel Katz, was
superb. The Encounters always get my heart beating. They
vocalized “I Wonder Why,” “I Laughed” (Jesters) and “Pretty Little Girl” (Timetones).
Cleary and the Balladeers sing acappella with very tight harmony.
Philadelphian Frankie Lafaro is the newest member of the group. The
Balladeers sang “This Could Be The
Night” (Velours), “I’ll Never Tell” (Harptones), and “Don’t Say Goodbye”
(with John Paloney lead). Frankie Lafaro led on his song, “What Do I Have To Do”.
energetic new group The Dynamics gave a powerful presentation of “ I
Don’t Want to Cry” (Chuck Jackson), “Pretty Little Angel” (Crests), and
“Chapel of Dreams” (Dubs). A special song “Beside You” (Crests) was sent
out to Mr. Lee. Right before intermission they sang “The Diary” (Little
Anthony) and “ I Believe” (Earls).
Joel Katz (left) and the Dynamics
intermission, The Encounters took the stage once more, this time singing acappella. Joel Katz and Warren Tesaro alternated in place of Pete
Milazzo. Their first song was dedicated to Ronnie I, “Now That You’re
Gone.” They closed with their fabulous rendition of “Zu Zu.”