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Stormin’ Norman Seldin and Friends plus
the Return of Ray & The Darchaes
Sallee Tee’s Grille, Monmouth Beach, NJ
February 16, 2012
 

On Thursday night, February 16, 2012, we drove to Monmouth Beach, NJ, to catch two fabulous Jersey Shore musical groups, Stormin’ Norman Seldin & Friends and Ray & the Darchaes. 

What a treat to meet the legend Norman Seldin who has had a 50-year music career as a singer, songwriter, keyboardist, front man, sideman manager, concert promoter, music instructor and record label owner.  Norman began playing in clubs when he was thirteen years old.  He helped give a start to the careers of Clarence Clemens, as well as Harry Ray of Ray, Goodman & Brown and many others.  Norman owned the Selsom label that released so many records by the Valtairs, Shondelles, Uniques, Shells and Tony Maples.  Norman is featured in a chapter of Local Heroes: The Asbury Park Music Scene by Martensson and Johansson.


Stormin' Norman Seldin, Charlie & Pamela Horner


Norman Seldin's Selsom label.  Harry Ray of the Valtairs later gained
fame with the Moments and Ray Goodman & Brown.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Double CD, "Asbury Park Now & Then" by Stormin' Norman Seldin & Friends
contains 46 cuts recorded by Norman Seldin over the years including all
the Valtairs, Uniques, Barbaroso & the Historians, Soul Set, Tony Maples
cuts, etc.  Many previously unreleased.  Lots of great vocal group sides.
Currently available through www.cdbaby.com/cd/storminn

 

On this night, Norman Seldin was on stage with Pam McCoy on guitar.  Later in the night John Hanney, a very talented self-taught harmonica player, who has been playing for six years joined in on the fun.  Stormin’ Norman and Friends played and sang a wide variety of music.  Some of the songs were “Traveling Man” (Rick Nelson), “Blue Bayou” (Linda Ronstadt) and “Let the Good Times Roll” (Shirley & Lee).  Norman has released a highly recommended double CD called Asbury Park Then & Now by Stormin’ Norman and Friends.  It contains many of the songs he’s recorded over the years.  We’ll be covering more of Norman’s musical career as well as that of the Darchaes in our April 22nd Asbury Park presentation, “West Side Harmony: Asbury Park's Vocal Group Legacy (1948 - 1968)”.  See Our Events Calendar.


Norman Seldin & Pam McCoy
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Norman Seldin, Pam McCoy and John Hanney


Crowd at Sallee Tee's Grille, Monmouth Beach, NJ
 

Ray and the Darchaes, a highly respected Asbury Park NJ vocal group from the early 1960’s had not made a live singing appearance prior to this in 40 years!  They’d recently released a great CD containing previously unreleased cuts from the 1960’s as well as a couple of new recordings.  Ray & the Darchaes are known for such doo wop classics as “Carol” and “Darling Forever”.  Lead Ray Dahrouge later went on to be a hugely successful song writer and producer.  He was joined by original Darchaes Sam Siciliano, Dennis Testa, Louie Scalpati and Patsy Siciliano.


Ray & the Darchaes, ca. 1960.
(Photo courtesy of Sam Siciliano)


"Little Girl So Fine" by Ray & the Darchaes
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


"Darling Forever" by Ray & The Darchaes
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


New CD by Ray & The Darchaes containing 17 cuts from 1961,
many previously unreleased, and a couple new sides.
Available through www.cdbaby.com/cd/rayandthedarchaes
 

Stormin’ Norman backed Ray & the Darchaes on the keyboard and sometimes sang lead with the Darchaes backing him.  What an amazing night!  The Darchaes warmed up with Norman on lead to “In The Still of The Night”.  Ray led with songs he wrote, “Darling Forever” and “Carol”.  Norman played and sang lead on “Come Go With Me”.  The group sang acappella on “There Will Always Be” and closed with a record Ray wrote in 1961, “Little Girl So Fine”.  What a thrill for us to be at Sallee Tees for this spectacular historic event.


Norman Seldin, Ray & the Darchaes
Left to right: Norman Seldin, Ray Dahrouge, Dennis Testa,
Sam Siciliano, Louie Scalpati, Patsy Siciliano
 

Norman Seldin, Ray & The Darchaes


Ray & The Darchaes
Left to right:  Ray Dahrouge, Dennis Testa,
Sam Siciliano, Louie Scalpati, Patsy Siciliano
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Ray Dahrouge
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Dennis Testa & Sam Siciliano
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Louie Scalpati & Patsy Siciliano
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Pam Horner, Ray Dahrouge, Charlie Horner
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Ray Dahrouge talking to Frank and Marian Cicerale


Frank Cicerale, Pam Horner, Ray Dahrouge, Charlie Horner, Tom Rowell


Charlie flipping through Darchaes and Selsom label 45's
from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives while
Ray Dahrouge, PJ Noce and Frank Cicerale look on.


Original label 45 of "Carol"


PJ Noce, Ray Dahrouge and Frank Cicerale


We loved the ambiance and dinner at Sallee Tee’s in Monmouth Beach and want to return.  All in all, it was an astonishing night.

Stormin' Norman Seldin and Friends play the stage room of Sallee Tee's Grille, 33 West Street, Monmouth Beach, NJ on alternate Thursday evenings.  Visit www.salleeteesgrille.com/ for details.

Check out the NJ Discover interview with Norman Seldin in the YouTube below.



 

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