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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

        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!]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

    1950's R&B &
    Doo Wop


The Academics 


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The Avons


The Blue Notes (original)


Claude Robinson & Creations


The 5 Embers


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The Silhouettes

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

    Carolina Beach Music

bullet The Poor Souls

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    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

Angelic Gospel

bulletClaude Jeter & the Swan Silvertones

    Early Black
    Vocal Groups
    1870 -1930


The American
Jubilee Singers



The Dinwiddie Quartet

   History of


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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Younger Dayz


(Clockwise from left: Eadie Fuentes, Mike Esperto, Gordon Pekusic,
Tommy Siconolfi, Joe Mirrione)


    One of the best doo wop groups of the 1990's was a quintet called Younger Dayz.  When we met up with Joe Mirrione singing with Terry Johnson's Flamingos at the Black Swan Concert in October 2008, it occurred to us that visitors to our site would be interested in reading about Joe's earlier group.  We asked Joe to supply us with some biographical information on Younger Dayz and are pleased to present the group's profile here. - Charlie & Pam


    Younger Dayz was formed on September 23, 1992 when Joe Mirrione was introduced to Tommy Siconolfi through their mutual friend Les Levine.  Tommy had been singing with two friends, Eadie Fuentes and Gordon Pekusic, and had a dream of rounding out the group with two more singers their age.  Shortly after the foursome met and began rehearsing in Joe's home in New Hyde Park, Long Island, they added bass Mike Esperto.  The songs they sang in that first meeting were simple ones but the blend and musical chemistry they experienced were transcendent of the material with which they were experimenting.  They were taking songs that had been performed literally thousands of times by hundreds of artists and making them sound as fresh as the day they were recorded.  One of the major factors in their unique sound was their youth - Joe was only 16 years of age at the time and the average age of the group members was 24.

    Joe had the idea to lift the title of one of the first songs the group learned together, "In My Younger Days" (originally by The Monarchs and later by The Admirations, who Mirrione had recently reunited for a WCBS-FM radio show in NY) and turn it into Younger Dayz, a name that would soon spread throughout the vintage rock and roll circuit as one of the finest up-and-coming acappella acts.  Other young groups seemed to self-destruct as quickly as they burst onto the scene, but Younger Dayz went on to gain the respect and friendship of innumerable artists and producers.


(Left to right: Gordon Pekusic, Tommy Siconolfi,
Joe Mirrione, Eadie Fuentes, Mike Esperto)


     Shortly after their formation, Joe took the group to Starlight Discs, with whom he had recorded as the lead singer of The Clusters.  On Starlight, Younger Dayz recorded "Made for Lovers" and "Beginning to Love You" which were released on "Starlight Serenade Vol. 7" in early 1993.   “Beginning to Love You” became something of a signature song for the group but was originally written by Tommy & Lola Foy of The Saints and released on one of their earlier albums.



    On November 27, 1993 they released "Christmas in New York" b/w "Heaven Sent", an Eddie Brian production on which they were backed by a 21-piece orchestra.  Brian wrote both songs especially for the group and with Eadie leading both sides, many took notice of the catchy originals - among them, WCBS-FM in the Big Apple who often played "Christmas in New York" at midnight Christmas Eve to herald the break of Christmas Day and Al Roker who used it in a Christmas public interest segment on NBC-TV.  Originally released only on green wax and cassette single, both songs were eventually picked up for over a dozen different compilations including "Doo Wop Renaissance" on Relic as well as "Holiday Harmony" and "Rhythm & Blues Christmas Vol. 4", both on Collectables.  One veteran New York DJ with literally hundreds of thousands of songs to his knowledge and at his disposal chose "Heaven Sent" as his wedding song and openly encouraged his audiences to do the same.  Both Vito Picone's "Island Hop" and Tommy Petillo's "Jersey Spotlight" featured the group on their televised holiday shows.


(Younger Dayz on Westbury Music Fair: Left to right: Eadie Fuentes
Joe Mirrione, Tommy Siconolfi, Gordon Pekusic, Mike Esperto)


    In 1994, Younger Dayz was presented with the Gus Gossert Memorial Award as voted by the membership of the United in Group Harmony Association and began a 3-year run of performing alongside the top groups in the industry at countless major concerts in the tri-state area.  Joe Mirrione recalls, "We worked for every major producer and promoter including Richard Nader, Dick Fox and John Vogele - sometimes within days of each other - at a time when many of these producers had a 'if you work for them, you can't work for me' policy.  We were loved and we were proud of what we accomplished.  It was a heck of a run."  Mirrione also produced several events for the group, including tributes to some of the unsung heroes in the industry like Prez Tyus, who wrote "I'm So Young" and "Every Day of the Week."

    In 1995, the group released the album "Sounds of Innocence" which featured Younger Dayz favorites such as The Students' "My Vow To You", The Schoolboys' "Please Say You Want Me" and Mirrione's original arrangement of "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart", a recording that really showcased the group's harmonic expertise.  Self-produced and released on their own label, Chapter Eleven Records, "Sounds of Innocence" featured liner notes written by luminaries such as Raoul Cita of The Harptones who called their work "expertly done", Johnny Maestro who heralded a "good choice of songs and a very clean blend of voices", Emil Stucchio who called the leads and harmonies “excellent" and Larry Chance who said, "It's terrific - I love it."


(Last photo of Younger Dayz, Clockwise from top: Tommy Siconolfi,
Joe Mirrione, Eadie Fuentes, Mike Esperto, Gordon Peksusic)

    By 1997, the group had split up.  Tommy currently runs a recording studio in Staten Island.  Gordon left the music scene but still resides in the tri-state area.  Eadie sings with a show band.  Mike Esperto moved to Florida to start a family.  Joe Mirrione went on to sing with New York Nites for several years and in 2005, joined forces with Terry Johnson of the original Flamingos and has been recording and touring with Terry Johnson's Flamingos since then.

    Youngerdayz will soon have a website.  We'll give you a link to it as soon as it's up and running.


(Terry Johnson's Flamingos at the Black Swan Concert, 2008:
Joe Mirrione on far right)


(Right to left: Joe Mirrione, Jeff Calloway, Charlie & Pam)


Younger Dayz biographical information supplied by Joe Mirrione.

All photos of Younger Dayz, courtesy of and property of Joe Mirrione.


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