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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

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Richard Barrett Part 1: The Valentines

Richard Barrett
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Richard Barrett
Part 3: The Chantels, Clickettes,
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Richard Barrett
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Little Anthony & Imperials

Richard Barrett
Part 5: Lewis Lymon
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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
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
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bullet Philly Doo Wop
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    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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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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Philadelphia Doo Wop Mural Dedication
Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave.,
Philadelphia, PA, April 22, 2010

by Pamela and Charles Horner
Except where noted, all photos by Pamela & Charlie Horner)


The vocal groups The Tymes and Neighbor’s Complaint were celebrated and honored on April 22, 2010 with a mural at the Trolley Car Dinner, 7619 Germantown Avenue, in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Philadelphia is the mural capitol of the world, with over 3000 murals citywide, painted on the sides of buildings.  While previous murals have honored some Gospel quartets like the Dixie Hummingbirds and Joyland Gospel Singers, this mural is the first to recognize the contributions of Philly's R&B and Doo Wop vocal groups.

"Doo Wop Diner" Mural

The Trolley Car Diner itself is a 1952 vintage diner from Wilkes Barre, Pa. that is decorated inside with 1950’s memorabilia.  In front of the diner is an old PTC (Philadelphia Transit Company) trolley car that functions as an ice cream shop.  The owner, Ken Weinstein is celebrating the diner’s tenth year in business.

The Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA

Trolley Ice Cream Shop

Pam inside the Trolley Car Diner

Inside the Trolley Car Diner

Pam with Peggy Burnett (wife of Tymes' Norman Burnett)

Artist Jonathan Laidacker designed the mural and supervised it’s painting.  It was a "paint-by-number" technique that was painted by members of the community.  The artist used gray and black colors to portray large images of the groups as they were in the past.  He then superimposed life size color paintings of some group members as they are today, using trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) style techniques.

Doo Wop Diner Mural in its entirty

The Tymes section of the mural.
Painted contemporary figures from left to right are those of George Hilliard, Donald Banks
Norman Burnett, diner owner Ken Weinstein and Albert "Caesar" Berry.
(Photo courtesy of Kate Chesbro Photo)

Center section of the mural.
Recreation of a fifties diner scene.
(Photo courtesy of Kate Chesbro Photo)

Neighbors Complaint section of the mural.
Background photo shows Neighbors Complaint in the early 1980's.
(From left to right:  "Golden Voice Harry" Schmitt, "Fast Eddie" Whitfield,
Robert "Big Murph" Murphy, Jim "The Baron" Tschanz Jr., Robert "Bobski" Reilly
In front are the images of Kenny Luttrell and Bob Murphy
(Photo courtesy of Kate Chesbro Photo)

The mural dedication began with diner owner Ken Weinstein talking about the ten year history of the diner and how the mural came about.  Neighbors Complaint sang at the diner when they first opened.

Trolley Car Diner Ken Weinstein addressing the crowd

Next, mural artist Jonathan Laidacker talked about how the mural was created.

Artist Jonathan Laidacker

The Tymes were asked to come forward and address the gathering.  Tymes' Norman Burnett spoke to the audience about how honored the group felt to be a part of a Philadelphia mural and the recognition was a long time coming.  Lafayette Gamble led the group in a live rendition of the song that reached Number 1 on the Pop Charts in 1963, “So Much in Love”.  Past and present members of the Tymes were there.

The Tymes singing "So In Love"
Left to right:  Norman Burnett, George Hilliard,
Donald Banks, Caesar Berry and Lafayette Gamble.
(Photo courtesy of Kate Chesbro Photo)

Up next, Neighbors Complaint came to the podium.   The group's lead, Big Murph (Robert Murphy), told about his singing career with Neighbor’s Complaint.  He spoke about groups that influenced him, including the Orioles and Five Keys.  His inspiration to sing was encouraged by hearing about The Teenagers success and their trip to England.  Yes, like the Tymes, Neighbor’s Complaint is still together and still singing.  The group sang “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”.

(Photo courtesy of Kate Chesbro Photo)



Classic Urban Harmony's Charlie Horner, who back in the day acted as one of the group's unofficial managers, wore his honorary Neighbors Complaint jacket.  In the 1980's, Neighbors Complaint presented Charlie with the jacket when they made him an honorary (non-singing) member of the group.


Blast from the Past -  March 1982

1982 Photos of Charlie Horner and Don Leins becoming honorary members of Neighbors Complaint
Left to right: (a) Don Leins, Bob Murphy, Charlie Horner; (b) Don, Bob Reilly, Charlie



Neighbors Complaint and The Tymes joined together to sing a “duet”.  They sang The Five Satin’s song “In The Still of the Night” with a spoken bridge by Big Murph.

Neighbors Complaint & the Tymes singing "In The Still Of The Night"

After the official dedication of the mural, all the singers posed for photo opportunities and took times to catch up with old friends that in some cases they hadn't seen in years.

The Tymes in their classic "looking at their watches" pose.
From left to right:  George Hilliard, Caesar Berry, Donald Banks, Norman Burnett

Current and former members of Neighbors Complaint
From left to right:  L.A. Moore, Harry Schmitt (now with Cornerstone),
Bob Murphy, "Fast Eddie" Whitfield (now with Carl Gardner's Coasters),
Kenny Luttrell, Bob "Bobski" Reilly

Norman Burnett, Ken Weinstein, Caesar Berry

Artist Jonathan Laidacker with Charlie

Honorary member of Neighbors Complaint, Charlie Horner

Charlie & Pam at the mural

Pam with Tymes' Norman Burnett and Caesar Berry

Charlie with Tymes' Donald Banks

Pam with original Tymes' Donald Banks and George Hilliard

Neighbors Complaint bass, Bob Reilly at the mural

Neighbors Complaint's Harry Schmitt (now with Cornerstone)
(Photo courtesy of Kate Chesbro Photo)

Neighbors Complaint lead Bob Murphy with Charlie

Bob Murphy, Charlie Horner and Eddie Whitfield (now with the Coasters)

L.A. Moore, Big Murph and Fast Eddie

The dedication of the “Doo Wop Diner" mural ended with a vintage yellow Cadillac driving through the parking lot.  The car was the same model used for the mural.  There was much good will and it was about time Philadelphia honored its doo wop singers.

Pam Horner

The Tymes & Neighbors Complaint

Group Photo
(Photo courtesy of Kate Chesbro Photo)

For more info on the Trolley Car Diner see www.trolleycardiner.com
For artist Jonathan Laidacker's website see www.jjhdesigns.com/jonathanlaidacker/
For more on the Philadelphia Mural Program including mural trolley tours, see www.muralarts.org and www.phillytour.com


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