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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

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  The Poor Souls:
Carolina Beach Music at its Finest

The Poor Souls, ca. 1983
Bobby Smith, front center
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

On November 29, 2009, Carolina Beach Music lost one of its brightest stars.  Bobby Smith, bass singer extraordinaire and key founding member of the Poor Souls died of a heart attack.  A year and a half later, on JUne 9, 2011, we lost magnificent tenor, Butch Stone, of lymphocytic leukemia.  For those of us who love vocal harmony groups and Carolina Beach Music, the Poor Souls were the embodiment of both.  Sure, you could dance the shag to all the Poor Souls' songs.  But the Poor Souls chose material that was true to Beach Music's 1950's R&B roots.  The Poor Souls repertoire featured songs by the Swallows, Checkers, Cadets, Coasters, Clovers, Blenders, Bull Moose Jackson and Louis Prima as well as their own original material that sounded like it came from 1954!  And while the Poor Souls were outstanding in every way, what gave them an edge on most Beach groups was Bobby Smith's bass lead and Butch Stone's tenor.  Please scroll to the bottom of this page to watch a very moving video slide show of a Poor Souls' road trip.

Butch Stone in the recording studio, only months before his passing.

We at Classic Urban Harmony don't pretend to be experts on the history of the Poor Souls.  I [Charlie] saw the group only once back in 1982 and talked to Bobby Smith for all of ten minutes.  But we are big fans of the group and their records grace the shelves of our archives.  The Poor Souls' website will soon post a more detailed tribute to Bobby Smith.  Until then, let this page try to tell the story of one of Beach Music's best - Bobby Smith & the Poor Souls.

The Poor Souls history began in 1967 in Charlotte, NC.  The group first started singing and performing Beach Music in Charlotte, NC.  The story goes that they took their name from the Charlotte nitery, the Pour House, and that the group's name was first spelled "Pour Souls."  Early members of the group included, among others, Bobby Smith, Budge Eaton, Tim Eaton, Butch Stone and Roger Smith.

The Poor Souls disbanded a couple of times during the 1970's when gigs were scare for true Beach Music groups.  But the Poor Souls came back strong in 1980.  We became aware of them when our friend Chris Beachley first recorded them for his It Will Stand label.  The single, "Brazil" b/w "Over The Rainbow," was a magnificent example of Beach Music done in a Classic Urban Harmony style.  "Brazil" was done like the Coasters version while "Over The Rainbow" followed the Checkers' mold.  Both featured the strong bass lead of Bobby Smith.  Both sides were popular in the Carolinas as well as getting airplay in Philadelphia on Charlie Horner's WXPN Classic Urban Harmony radio program.

The Poor Souls' first record in 1980
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

To hear "Brazil" by the Poor Souls, click on the YouTube below.

When next we heard of the Poor Souls, they were recording for General Johnson's Surfside label.  This was perhaps the golden age of the Poor Souls.  Their first release on Surfside in 1982 was a version of the Swallows' "It Ain't The Meat, It's The Motion" with the lyrics changed to "It Ain't The Beat, It's The Motion."

The Poor Souls' first Surfside release in 1982
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

When I (Charlie) saw the Poor Souls perform at the Surfside (SC) Holiday Inn in August 1982, the group was in fine form, performing many of the sides they would later put on record, like the Blenders' "Don't Mess Around With Love."  What impressed me the most were Bobby Smith's bass voice, the group's harmony and choice of more obscure 1950's R&B group harmony.  Still, all the songs were updated to contemporary Beach Music style, complete with a band with a powerful horn section.

Ad for the Poor Souls at the Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

Marquee for Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
(Photo by Charlie Horner)

Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
(Photo by Charlie Horner)


Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, Bobby Smith left
(Photo by Charlie Horner)

Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
(Photo by Charlie Horner)

Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
(Photo by Charlie Horner)

Poor Souls at Surfside Holiday Inn, August 1982
Bobby Smith center
(Photo by Charlie Horner)


In December of 1982 the Poor Souls released a Beach Music Christmas song. 

The Poor Souls' 1982 Christmas Record
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


The year 1983 was another busy year for the Poor Souls.  Their first release was "White Cliffs Of Dover," another Checkers' song.

(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


The Poor Souls released an LP on Surfside in 1983 called S.O.S.  It contained their past (and future singles) and was named the 1983 Beach Music Album of the Year.

The Poor Souls 1983 Album
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

Another single that found it's way to the Carolina Beach Music market in 1983 was the Ricky Donathan record "Summertime Is Here."  The Poor Souls backed him one the song.

Ricky Donathan backed by the Poor Souls.
With original record sleeve.
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

The Poor Souls, Bobby Smith in front
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

The Poor Souls 1986 release of Bull Moose Jackson's "Bowlegged Woman"
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

Over the years, the Poor Souls have won many accolades including being inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame (1999), the South Carolina Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame (1999) and the South Carolina Governor's Award (2004).

The Poor Souls had just completed an outstanding CD called "Try To Remember" before Butch's passing.  It is available through www.thepoorsouls.net.  If you're a Poor Souls fan like we are, or even if you are not yet acquainted with their music, please watch the video slide show below of a Poor Soul's road trip and try to remember. - Charlie & Pam

Video slide show provided by Poor Souls'
manager and producer, Chauncey Edwards


Poor Souls Discography

45 RPM Singles 

As the Poor Souls

It Will Stand 4602      - Brazil / Over The Rainbow                              ca. 1980

Surfside 820302          - It Ainít The Beat / I Want You                      1982

Surfside 821028          - Merry Christmas All / [same]                         1982

Surfside 830221          - White Cliffs Of Dover / Walk That Chaulkline     1983

As Ricky Donathan with the Poor Souls

Sandhill 1004              - Summertime Is Here / -                                1983

As Bobby Smith & the Poor Souls

Surfside 860512          - Bowlegged Woman / Iíll Always Love You         1986

Ripete 2017                - Belly-Roll Me / I'll Always Love You                 1990

Bobby Smith                - Carolina: Home of Rhythm & Blues / Take My Wife Please


Vinyl LP ďS.O.S.Ē Surfside 1005                                                    1983

Walk That Chaulkline
White Cliffs Of Dover
It Ainít The Beat
Lonely Teardrops
I Want You
Donít Mess Around With Love
Over The Rainbow
Your Cash Ainít Nothiní But Trash

[Note Bobby Smith also did a solo album CD.]

New CD just released - "Try To Remember"


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