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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

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Philly's Original Capris

Little Jimmy & The Tops

Teddy & Twilights, Deckers

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Sensations - Part 1

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The Vic Donna Story

Orioles' Deborah Chessler

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Windy City Harmony: Calvaes, Blenders & Accents

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Richard Barrett Part 1: The Valentines

Richard Barrett
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Richard Barrett
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Richard Barrett
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Little Anthony & Imperials

Richard Barrett
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Richard Barrett
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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
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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
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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,
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Beach Haven

bulletPhilly Doo Wop
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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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bulletPenguins' A Christmas Prayer
bulletDominoes' Christmas In Heaven
bulletCameos' Merry Christmas
bulletDrifters' White Christmas
Lonely Christmas


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Third Annual Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival (August 21-24, 2008)

By Pamela Horner


On the advice of Willie C, our good friend and advisor on matters of Carolina Beach Music, we flew down to Charleston, SC this August to attend the Third Annual Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival.  This was an extravaganza of music put on by Beach Music and Shag Preservation Society of S.C.  Though the festival had activities spread over four days, we were only able to attend the Saturday performance at The Citadel Alumni House in Charleston.  The day began at 11 AM with and hour of shag dance lessons.  The Shag is a dance that began in South Carolina in the 1940’s.  It’s a form of swing dance associated with Beach Music and is the state dance of both South Carolina and North Carolina.  Carolina Beach Music is a form of Rhythm & Blues music that lends itself to this dance.  In a one-hour lesson, Charlie and I were able to get the basic steps but we’ll need a little practice before we enter any shag contests.  Some of the shaggers we saw were pretty good.

The Citidel Alumni House, Charleston, SC


The festival organizer, Harriett Grady-Thomas, did a fabulous job keeping everything running smoothly.  The opening group was The Fabulous Shades and they were indeed fabulous.  There were four singers plus a smoldering band.  Some of the songs they did were Beach Music standards, “Party Time Man”, “In A Moment”, “Hold Back The Night” and their big hit “I Wanna Be At The Beach”.  See our Links page to connect with the Fabulous Shades.

The Fabulous Shades

I never thought I’d ever hear Billy Scott & The Prophets, now called Billy Scott & the Party Prophet Band, but they were there too.  Billy is a born entertainer.  He’s very dynamic on stage and off.  He sang “Party Time Man,” “Carolina Girls” and “634-5789”.  He closed his act with his well-known hit “I’ve Got The Fever”.  Billy Scott was a pleasure to hear and meet after his performance.  Visit their website through our Links page.

Billy Scott

What a surprise for us to hear that the next group, Wallstreet, not only was from New Jersey, but that they sang Beach Music.  It turned out, they live only a stones throw from Classic Urban Harmony LLC’s world headquarters. They began their set dressed in business suits, looking very sophisticated, but by the end of their act they’d generated so much energy, their jackets and ties had to be discarded.  Wallstreet have had three smash hits on The Beach Music Charts in the past two years.  People sitting near us knew all the words to their songs and sang along.  Wallstreet sang all of their Beach Music hits - “Finally Friday,” “The Little Things That You Do” and “Life’s Good When You’re Shagging.”  The first two tunes cracked the Beach Music Charts’ Top-25 in 2006 while the latter song is climbing the Charts now.  At the time of the Festival it was #36 with a bullet!  The group also did a number of other songs including Louis Jordan’s “Let The Good Time Roll.”  Two members of Wallstreet also perform with the legendary Trammps.  In salute to the Trammps, Wallstreet closed with “Hold Back The Night.”  We’re looking forward to seeing Wallstreet again but closer to home.  Check out their MySpace site through our Links page.


Next up was Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs.  The name Maurice Williams was known even before the Zodiacs, when he sang with the Gladiolas.  Maurice is celebrating his 50th anniversary in show business (though some might argue that the Gladiolas started in 1957).  What a career, and Maurice is still sounding fine!  He had some help from a group member on the high notes but otherwise he sounded just like his records.  Maurice and the Zodiacs began their set with “Brown Eyed Girl”, “We Like That Old Time Rock And Roll” and “What A Wonderful World”.  Maurice celebrated his career by singing “May I,” “Stay” and “Little Darling.”  They have an album to be released this fall.  If you’re in the Carolinas try to catch this classic group.  They still have it.  Visit their website through our Links page.

Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs

Next was a man that we’ve seen many times in New Jersey.  In the past he was a member of Little Isidore and The Inquisitors.  Now, he’s a Beach Music sensation.  His name is Angel Rissoff and he’s from the Bronx.  Angel’s also had several songs on the Beach Music charts.  He opened his program with the Five Royals’ “Think” and then went into “Ain’t No Big Thing” and “Part Time Love.”  He also included “For Your Love,” a song he used to sing as Little Leopold in the group Little Isidore and The Inquisitors.  Angel closed with “I Want A Love I Can See”.  Another solid performance at the festival, plus he was backed by blistering band called the Nu Soul Stew Band.  You can visit his site through our Links page.

Angel Rissoff

This was my third time seeing the final group of the evening.  Previously, we had flown down to South Carolina for festive New Years’ Eve performances.  They were extraordinarily great both times so my expectations were immense.  They were still amazing!  They were, the fabulous Joe Pope Tams!  The Tams had a long performance, even running overtime, but not a single person there minded!  Their chorography was beyond amazing.  They danced on stage and down with the audience.  The Tams sang “Love Train” and formed a train with the audience, all around the auditorium.  Lead singer, Lil’ Redd Cottle, joined the group thirty years ago when he was just a kid.  Known as having the “fastest feet in the South,” Redd danced up a storm.  The Tams opening with “I Love Music,” and then sang all their hits including “I’ve Been Hurt,” “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am),” “Hey Girl (Don’t Bother Me),” Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” “Laugh It Off,” and “Untie Me.”  They closed a stellar performance with “Without Love, Where Would You Be Now”.  Original Tams cofounder, Charles Pope, and Joe Jones (with the Tams for the last 35 years) were kind enough to take photos with us.  Charlie maintains the Tams may be the most exciting performers in the country today!  At the Festival, Harriett mentioned she’d be writing a book about the Tams.  We’ll let you know when it’s finished.  Check out the Tams’ website from our Links page.  They have many performance dates listed and this is a group you don’t want to miss!

The Charles Pope Tams


Willie C and Harriett

Harriett and the folks at the Beach Music and Shag Preservation Society have been doing a great job preserving Carolina Beach Music and they need all of our support.  They have a great new CD out called "Big Mama's House" that all the festival artists contributed songs to.  Proceeds benefit the Society.  We'll be reviewing it on our site in the near future.  For info on all the Society's events and how to get their new CD, reach them through our Links page.  And don’t forget to use our Links page to visit Willie C’s website to stay on top of the latest Carolina Beach Music news!


Here are some more photos from the Charleston Beach Music Festival.  Enjoy!

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2008 Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival Poster

Charlie & Pam in Charleston, 2008

The Fabulous Shades

Billy Scott's Van

Billy Scott

Billy Scott & Cindy Floyd with the Party Prophet Band

Willie C & Billy Scott

Billy Scott & Pam

Billy Scott & Charlie


Pam & Wallstreet's Odell Mickens

Maurice Williams

Maurice Williams & Zodiacs

Charlie & Willie C

Pam & Willie C

Angel Rissoff & Rickey Godfrey Band

Willie C & Harriett

Charlie, Pam & Tams' Charles Pope

Charles Pope's Tams

Tams' Lil' Redd

Tams' Charles Pope

Tams' Joe Jones with Charlie


The following photos from the Tams' Performance don't require further explanation!


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