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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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Renovations to the Classic Urban Harmony Library

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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 Naderís 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 


The Avalons


The Avons


The Blue Notes (original)


Claude Robinson & Creations


The 5 Embers


The Juveniles/ Twilights/ Embers


The Silhouettes

    1960's Soul

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

    Carolina Beach Music

bullet The Poor Souls

    Modern Era
    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

     Great LINKS




In Search of Bermuda Vocal Groups

by Charlie & Pam Horner


On May 30, 2010, we boarded the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship in New York City on our way to Bermuda.  Bermuda has long had its own music traditions, though some Bermudian music is heavily influenced by Caribbean music styles like steelpan and calypso.  (Bermuda is not a Caribbean island).  Bermuda is also home to Gombay dancers (a West African-based tradition that dates to slavery days), reggae, jazz and Gospel music.

Charlie & Pam arriving the Royal Navy Dockyards, Bermuda

Pam Horner in Bermuda

Charlie Horner in Bermuda


Gombay dancers celebrate to the wild drumming.
Tradition dates to slavery times and can be traced in part to West African origin.

Modern reggae group performs at the Hamilton Harbor Nights Festival.


The Talbot Brothers

The Talbot Brothers are one of the best known Bermudian groups.  Often thought of as a calypso group, the Talbot Brothers could sing in a number of styles and some of their early records bear a striking resemblance to American jive groups like the Cats & A Fiddle.

The Talbot Brothers story began in a one room cottage in Tucker Town.  Tucker Town is now the playground for multimillionaires but before the 1920's it was a mostly black community of small farmers and fishers.  From these humble beginnings, came a family vocal and instrumental group that would become known worldwide.  Brothers Archie, Austin and Roy, along with cousin Ernest Stovell formed a quartet to sing in church.  One neighborhood record player allowed the Talbots to listen to records by American artists, one of their favorites being the Mills Brothers.  It would be the 1940's before they had access to radio.

The group started performing at local events and gaining in popularity.  Needing a bass fiddle, Roy built his own from a packing case and fishing line.  It soon became part of the group's act.  As tourism grew in Bermuda during the 1940's so did the Talbot Brothers' fame.  Brother Ross (Blackie) Talbot replaced Ernest Stovell and another brother, Dick (Bryan) Talbot joined the group, as did cousin Cromwell Manders.  The Talbot Brothers were now a sextet.

In January, 1949, the Talbot Brothers decided to make some recordings.  The recordings were done in Bermuda and were produced completely by the Talbot Brothers on their own Bermuda label.  The original 78 RPM records were only sold in Bermuda, though many were bought by tourists who brought the back to the U.S., Canada and Great Britain as souvenirs.  Later the sides would be reissued in the U.S. and Canada on labels like Audio Fidelity.

Talbot Brothers original 78 RPM album
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

Two of the songs issued on the three-record 78 RPM album should be of strong interest to vocal group collectors.  "Bermuda Buggy Ride" sounds a lot like something from the jive group "Cats & A Fiddle."  "But She's My Buddy's Chick" is the 1945 Nat Cole Trio song also done in harmony 1946 by the Delta Rhythm Boys.  The Talbot Brothers do a great interpretation of the song, also in fine harmony.  Also of interest to harmony fans, from the first Talbot Brothers recordings is "Hip Hip Hooray."

(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

Talbot Brothers recordings issued on 10" 33 RPM album, ca. early 1950's.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

The Talbot Brothers went on to world acclaim, appearing on Ed Sullivan's TV show and even performing at the London Palladium.  In Bermuda they are considered national heroes, even deserving of their own postage stamp.

While many of the Talbot Brothers recordings over the years are calypso, some should be heard with an ear to vocal harmony.  Check out "Bermuda's Still Paradise" and "Sunset In Bermuda" for some close (almost Four Freshmen) harmony.

Unfortunately, all of the Talbot Brothers are gone now.  While in Bermuda, we were pleased to see many of the store selling the book, Bermuda's Famous Talbot Brothers by Elizabeth Jones.  This 59-page coffee table book traces the history of the Talbot Brothers, including scores of photos from different stages of the group's career.  Also included with the book are a fabulous 30-minute narrated DVD with footage of the Talbot Brothers appearance on Ed Sullivan's TV show and two CD's of the groups better known recordings.  The book/DVD/CD package is also available on line at www.talbotbrothersbermuda.com.

Talbot Brothers book, 2009


The Harmony Four

Bermuda also has it's share of Gospel quartets, only a small number of whom has recorded.  We've always been intrigued by a group called the Harmony Four who did a record in our Classic Urban Harmony Archives called "Miracle World."  This record features a tenor lead, reminiscent of Bill Kenny, great harmony and a talking bass bridge.  It came out on the group's own Har-Fo label out of Hamilton, Bermuda, probably around 1962.

Great Gospel harmony record from Bermuda
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

Hamilton, Bermuda, home of the Har-Fo label
As seen today from the water.
(Photo property of Classic Urban Harmony)

The Harmony Four, are believed to be from Hamilton and began singing as a group around 1960.  In addition to the 45 RPM single shown above, the Harmony Four are said to have released three albums.  We are still trying to acquire copies of these.  A 1995 newspaper article lists the Harmony Four as consisting of Mr. Warren Williams, Mr. Louis Thomas, Mr. Eugene Richardson and Mr. Tredwell Smith.  All four group members are Seventh Day Adventists and also sing in the Gospel choir, the Warrenaires.  Warren Williams is the writer and arranger of "Miracle World."  By 1995 Morton Williams had replaced Louis Thomas in the quartet.  In live appearances, the Harmony Four would often sing acappella.  We don't know if the Harmony Four are still singing.  We sincerely hope so.  On our next trip to Bermuda, we'll try to locate them.  In the meantime, if any Bermudian visitors to this website know the group, please email us.


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