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bullet Monmouth University West Side Music Exhibit
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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
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bullet Blue Notes' Roosevelt Brodie
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[New!]Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
December 3, 2011


An acappella extravaganza was held at Molloy College’s Hays Theatre in Rockville Centre, NY, on the evening of December 3, 2011.  Randy Bergen (“Mr. Acappella”) has been producing shows here for many years.  This may have been his last (but we hope not).  It was a marathon of doo wop acappella lasting five hours and featuring twenty-two vocal groups.  Because of the many groups in the show, each was limited to three songs.

Randy "Mr. Acappella" Bergen opening the concert

The Tribunes opening the show with "Rama Lama Ding Dong"

Besides "Save The Last Dance For Me" the Tribunes did a nice version of "Valerie"

We always enjoy seeing the Sheps.  Richie led the group on
"It's All In The Game" and Tommy Lockhart followed with
a strong version of "My Prayer".

The Sheps closed with the Five Keys' "The Verdict"

The Encounters are now down to a four man group but still sound great.
Hutch did a great falsetto lead on the Metallics' "Need Your Love"

The Encounters singing the Ly Dells' "Let This Night Last"

The Magic Touch, a fine acappella group from West Chester NY,
displayed their usual tight harmony.  Their songs ranged from the Harptones'
"Sunday Kind Of Love" to the "Animal House" song, "Shama Lama Ding Dong".

Magic Touch

The group, Acappella Soul, came to Randy Bergen's attention through
his granddaughter who saw them singing in front of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Acappella Soul sounded great, with soulful versions of "I Only Have Eyes
For You," Why Do Fools Fall In Love" and "Two Kinds Of People".

Shades Of Soul was short a voice so they borrowed Pete DeBenedetto (right)
from the Encounters.  They still sounded good with a lively version of "Zoom"
and an outstanding rendition of the Mad Lads' "Don't Have To Shop Around".

Shades of Soul

Echoes Of Time were missing two voices, but fortunately got help from
two members of Still Around (blue jackets).  They sang the popular songs
"Darling Lorraine," "Diamonds & Pearls" and "Island Of Love".

Echoes Of Time

Randy first met Street Corner Revue in 1973.  Over the years they've
undergone some personnel changes but still sound great.
The group opened with "Bring It On Home To Me," followed
by "The Way You Do The Things You Do.  Street Corner Revue
finished in grand style with a fabulous version of "Operator".


Street Corner Revue

Still Around was up next, led by John Bishop.  The group's founder, our friend
Stu Pushkin, made the trip to Long Island but laryngitis kept him from
singing.  With help from a fill in, Still Around performed and sounded fine.

Still Around performing "Oh Gee Oh Gosh," "Don't Ask Me To Be Lonely" and
the Little Anthony & the Imperials' great, "What Did I Do".

The Wrenditions have been part of Mr. Acappella's shows since 1988.
They did a nice job with "Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered,"
"The Diary" and "Over The Rainbow".

The Wrenditions

The Traditions have been singing for 25 years and are a popular group on
Long Island.  They started their set with "Gee" and followed with
"Lost Love" and the Fantastics' "There Goes My Love".

The Traditions

Randy introduces dj & concert promoter Mickey B (on left).
Mickey also sang with Paul Simon in Tico & the Triumphs.

The acappella group, Miles Harvey & the Teenchords, originated as a spin-off
of one of the later (1980's) Louis Lymon groups.  Here, Mike Harvey
leads the group in "Please Tell The Angels".

Certainly one of the highlights of the evening was when Mike Harvey's twelve-year-old
son, Miles J. Harvey did lead.  He is reminiscent of a young Frankie Lymon.  Miles
 led the group on the Teenagers' "ABC's Of Love" and "Share" and did a fabulous job.

Miles Harvey and his father, Mike Harvey

After a short intermission, we realized we still had ten more acappella groups to go.

L5, used to the acappella group, The Lords.  They changed the pace with
soulful acappella versions of "Mustang Sally" and "Walkin' In Memphis".


Cool Change was the acappella group that sang "On The Streets Of The Bronx"
in "A Bronx Tale".  They sang "Drip Drop," a medley that contained "Proud Mary"
and of course their signature song.  We'd like to see this group again.

Cool Change singing "On The Streets Of The Bronx"

Silk City sang next, having made a couple personnel changes since we last saw them.
They started things off up tempo with the Students' "Every Day Of The Week"
before slowing the pace to the Cadillacs' "The Girl I Love" and the
Chantels' "He's Gone" (words changed to "She's Gone")

Silk City

Still In Style did a nice job with "At My Front Door" and "Could This Be Magic".
They closed with the Earls' arrangement of "I Believe".

Still In Style

Lisa & the Lovetones performed nice versions of the Kodaks' "Little Boy And
Girl," the Ebonaires' "Love Call" and the Students' "My Vow To You".
They had great harmony.

Lisa & the Lovetones

The Clarions were a late addition to the show's line up.  They sang "Please Say
You Want Me," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "Gee Whiz".

The Clarions

Montage is a professional sounding group that normally performs with music.
At Randy's request, they performed acappella.  Montage sang the
Ronnie Milsap song, "Lost In The Fifties," "Where The Boys Are" and
"Daddy's Home"


The Vic Donna Group is always one of our favorites.  Vic had the distinction of
being the only performer on the show, who made records back in the 1950's.
Vic and the group were worth waiting for.  They began with "Story Untold" and
then followed with "Love Was A Stranger To Me," a song Vic Donna recorded
with backup from the Parakeets for the Atlas label.  The group closed with the
Parakeets' song, "My Heart Tells Me". 

The Vic Donna Group, left to right:
Vic Donna, Dom D'Elia, John Mirabile, Danny Pesce, George Marchese

The Vic Donna Group

Heart & Soul featured Beverly Warren, whose voice is well known to us.
Beverly sang with many vocal groups including the Blend-Aires, Tokens,
Teenchords, Revivals, etc., as well as recording solo.
Heart & Soul sang excellent renditions of "So Young,"
"Wonderful Tonight" and "This I Swear".

Heart & Soul

The final acappella group of the night was 3rd Edition.  They did a great job closing out
the show with some nice harmony on "When You Dance," "You Are" and
"The Shrine Of St. Cecilia".

3rd Edition

The encore!

It was a long but very enjoyable evening.  Thanks to Randy Bergen for producing and MC'ing this marathon acappella concert.


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