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Sammy Strain & the Imperials, 1964 -, Part 4 in the series

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Philly's Original Capris

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bulletFilming Doo Wop Documentary
bullet2015 Portsmouth VA Gospel Concert
bullet Monmouth University West Side Music Exhibit
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bullet2014 Philly Doo Wop Festival
bulletTNT with Vic Donna Group & Charlie Horner
bulletAsbury Angels 2014, Bobby Thomas
bulletRichard Nader Doo Wop Concert XXV
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African American
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at NJ Doo Wop Singers Club 2013

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2013 Asbury Angels Plaque Dedications
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bulletJohn Moore's Middle Room Records Closes
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bullet Walter McNeil, Gospel Nobleaires
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Doo Wop Singers Club’s Third Anniversary
November 20, 2011
North Brunswick, NJ


Back in January, 2009, we reported to you that we’d attended a newly formed (as of November 2008) central New Jersey club called the Doo Wop Singers Club that meets on the third Sunday of each month from 11 AM to 4 PM.  [Click our initial review]  Pat and Stu Pushkin and a staff of volunteers, provide a clubhouse and snacks for the attendees.  Singers get together and break into groups in different corners of the room and some even sing in the bathroom. The atmosphere is always very welcoming and friendly. In attendance each month are many well known tri-state singers and historians.

Well, time flies and we just attended the Doo Wop Singers Club’s Third Anniversary celebration.  If you didn’t see it posted on our Events Calendar, it’s because the event was “sold out” almost as soon as it was announced.  We were lucky to get in, ourselves, thanks to the foresight of Marian and Frank Cicerale [Re-MemberThen], who reserved us seats at their table.

It was a pleasure to attend the capacity crowd second anniversary of the Doo Wop Singers Club.  As we’ve noted before, Stu Pushkin organized the club to help facilitate the formation of new acappella vocal groups.  This was a special meeting of singers and fans of vocal group harmony (a hot lunch was served by Pat Pushkin and her sisters).  Five mikes were set up for all the groups to perform.

Doo Wop Singers Club founder, Stu Pushkin

The first group to step up to the mikes was Stu’s acappella group, Still Around.  The group consisted of Stu Puskin, Joe Morelli, Tony Gutierrez, John Bishop, Hal Korcarz and Pat Moschetto.  John Bishop sings many of the leads for the group and does a great job.  Still Around got the afternoon rolling with the Imperials’ “What Did I Do” and “Chapel Of Dreams”.

Acappella group, Still Around.  Left to right: John Bishop, Joe Morelli,
Stu Pushkin, Tony Gutierrez, Hal Korcarz

Still Around

Next up was Re-MemberThen, led by Frank Cicerale.  Frank mentioned that all the members of his group first met at the Doo Wop Singers Club.  Besides Frank, the acappella group consisted of Jim Offner, Mary Rosen, Marty Geliebeter and George Marchese (normally of the Vic Donna Group) filling in on bass.  Re-MemberThen opened with their own arrangement of “Crying In The Chapel” and followed with a Drifters’ medley (“Dance With Me,” Up On The Roof,” “Save The Last Dance For Me,” “Some Kind Of Wonderful”).  They closed with a great version of the Cadillacs’ “You Are”.

Re-MemberThen, Left to right: Frank Cicerale, Jim Offner,
Marty Geliebeter, Marty Rosen, George Marchese


The third group of the afternoon was the Tee-Tones, an acappella quartet from Brooklyn, NY.  We had not seen the Tee-Tones before and were impressed with their harmony.  They performed a mix of styles, from the Elvis’ song, “Teddy Bear” to a medley of “Shake Rattle & Roll”/”What’d I Say” and some great doo wop songs like the Turbans’ “When You Dance” and the Teenagers’ “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”.  You can learn more about the Tee-Tones from their website, http://theteetones.com

The Tee-Tones

The Tee-Tones

A very polished veteran group, RB Express, gave us a mixed set of R&R, R&B, Beach Music and Doo Wop.  Ray Block did many of the leads.  In contrast to earlier groups, RB Express sang to a music track, something we’d not seen at the Doo Wop Singers Club before.  The group opened with “On Broadway,” followed with “True Love Ways” and the Drifters’ “He’s Just A Playboy”.  The group closed with “I Believe,” sung in acknowledgment of the Earls' Larry Chance who was in the audience.  [We should mention that RB Express also provided the sound equipment for the afternoon!]

RB Express, featuring Ray Block (left)

RB Express

Returning to acappella singing, Still Around was up again, this time singing with Shelly Buchansky of Vito and the Salutations.  They harmonized an excellent acappella set of the Continentals’ “Dear Lord,” the Earls’ “Remember Me Baby” and the Dells’ “Why Do You Have To Go”.


Still Around singing with Shelly Buchansky (second from right)

Hattie Westerfeld was the MC for the afternoon, not an easy chore since there were so many groups.  She did a fine job!  Hattie also sang a duet of “Eddie My Love” with George Marchese, backed by a group consisting mostly Still Around.

George Marchese and hattie Westfeld

The Del Angels were another professional group, entertaining with the use of music tracts.  The female trio gave us energetic renditions of many of the “girl group” sides, including “Da Do Ron Ron,” “Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad About My Baby,” “Tell Him,” and “Gee Whiz”.  The Del Angels all have powerful voices and were very well received by the crowd.

The Del Angels

The Del Angels

The Earl’s lead, Larry Chance, who was brought to the Second Annual Party by Marian and Frank Cicerale, was gracious to sing with a pick up group of Frank Cicerale, Marty Geliebeter, Jim Offner and Pat Moschetto.  Larry and the group’s acappella rendition of “Gloria” mesmerized the crowd.

Larry Chance and Frank Cicerale

Larry Chance (left) singing with Re-MemberThen


Larry Chance singing with Re-MemberThen's Jim Offner

Back In Tyme was another smooth professional vocal group in matching outfits that sang to a music track.  Along with their great vocal harmony, Back In Tyme also showed some exciting choreography.  They sang a varied set from “Operator” to Ike & Tina’s “A Fool In Love” to the Chantels’ “He’s Gone”.

Back In Tyme

Back In Tyme

What a treat to see the acappella group, Reunion back again.  Though having to recover from the recent passing of their lead, Steve Sharkey, the group still sounds fabulous.  Ray Block (RB Express) started the set with the Mad Lad’s “Don’t Have To Shop Around”.  Other songs included “Kansas City” and the great bass-led “Old Man River”.  In tribute to Steve Sharkey, Reunion sang their signature song, “Wonderful Tonight”.  It was very emotional for all of us.



The Del Vals, an acappella group with all the members from Philly, harmonized to doo wop classics like the Chanters’ “At My Door”.  They sounded great!

The Del Vals

RB Express and the Del Angels both returned to the mikes for second sets.

The audience was full of singers from other groups, some famous and some still on the rise.  We ran into Vic Donna (The Vic Donna Group), Lou Ferri, formerly of the Durhams and Uptites (Lou also got up and sang with the Del Vals); Alex Augustine of Norman Fox & Rob Roys, Image and many other groups (see http://www.alexaugustine.com/); Jim Bakay (Copians), etc.

Shelly Buchansky, Larry Chance, Alex Augustine, Vic Donna
(Photo courtesy of John Bishop)


Lou Ferri (Durhams, Uptites), Jim Bakay (Copinas & WRDV), Lou Rallo (WRSU)

Pam Horner, Bonnie & George Marchese, Vic Donna

John Bishop photographing Larry Chance and Vic Donna

Charlie & Pam Horner
(Courtesy of John Bishop)

Alex Augustine of Rob-Roys and Image

Pam Horner and Shelly Buchansky (displaying his record wrist watch)

Still Around's John Bishop

Pam Horner and Marian Cicerale

Stu Pushkin, Larry Chance, Pat Pushkin
(Courtesy of John Bishop)

When we left, singers were still harmonizing outside of the clubhouse.  It was a great salute to vocal group harmony music in New Jersey.  Thanks to Stu and Pat Pushkin and their volunteer staff for keeping our music alive.  If you’re a singer in New Jersey (or want to be), this is the place to be on the third Sunday of each month.  Contact Stu at doowopstu@hotmail.com.

Singing outside the clubhouse


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