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[New!]Wally Osborne & Starfires

Satan & the Angels - Blue Eyed Soul

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

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Richard Barrett Part 1: The Valentines

Richard Barrett
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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
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Isley Bros, Del Knights

Richard Barrett Part 7: The 3 Degrees, Showmen

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bullet [New!]Choice at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Philly Ringtones at Franklin Township Library
[New!]Curators Talk, Spirituals to Soul Exhibit
bullet [New!]Sonny Til's son & grandson visit Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters
bullet [New!]Re-MedmberThen at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Quiet Storm at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Spirituals to Soul Museum Exhibit, Freehold
bulletVelvet Candles in Barcelona, Spain
bulletFilming Doo Wop Documentary
bullet2015 Portsmouth VA Gospel Concert
bullet Monmouth University West Side Music Exhibit
bulletAsbury Park West Side Music Exhibit Monmouth University - Set Up
bulletAsbury Park West Side Music Exhibit, Heaven Gallery
bullet2014 Philly Doo Wop Festival
bulletTNT with Vic Donna Group & Charlie Horner
bulletAsbury 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
at NJ Doo Wop Singers Club 2013

bulletEncounters at Somerset Run
bulletRichard Nader's Doo Wop Celebration XXVI
2013 Asbury Angels Plaque Dedications
bullet VGHA Acappella Extravaganza II
bullet2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
bullet Time Capsule Show 50th Anniversary
2013 Portsmouth, VA Gospel Concert
at Manchester, NJ

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
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
bulletFilming a Documentary
on Acappella
bulletAcappella Group Soul'D
Out on
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

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


    In Tribute

bullet Dick Rietveld, Deep River Quartet
bullet 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

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

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The 60th Anniversary of the Vinyl 45 RPM Single

    Rare Record

bulletHico Label

   Holiday Harmony

bullet Vocalaries' White Christmas
bulletPenguins' A Christmas Prayer
bulletDominoes' Christmas In Heaven
bulletCameos' Merry Christmas
bulletDrifters' White Christmas
Lonely Christmas


bullet Philadelphia Area Doo Wop & Acappella Groups
bulletBermuda Vocal Groups


Unknown Vocal Groups

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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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