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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
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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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
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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[New!]Making Crossroads 2 Concert
April 17, 2010, Hackensack, NJ

by Pamela and Charlie Horner


This was an incredible night of the convergence of different genres of music in the Wilson Auditorium on the campus of Fairleigh Dickerson University.  Studio Chatter Enterprises produced the event.  Christine Vitale who hosted the concert picked an exceptional group of performers to demonstrate the compatibility of different styles of music.

Christine Vitale, Producer & MC

Philadelphia acappella group Quiet Storm opened the show wearing suave black tuxes with red bow ties.  They wowed the crowd with “Never Let Me Go” and “She is Mine”.  The "storm chasers", fans of Quiet Storm who traveled from Philly, cheered wildly.

Quiet Storm

Quiet Storm

The second act of the night was Tony Smith and The Crew. Tony and the group takes traditional gospel songs does them in a jazz style.  Tony is an exciting sax player and doubly exciting when he’s playing two saxes.  Tony and his Crew performed “Wade in the Water” and the Edwin Hawkins' song “Oh Happy Day”.

Tony Smith & Crew

Tony Smith with alto and tenor saxophones


The acappella "battle of the groups" was next between Philly's Quiet Storm and Jersey City's Choice.  WFDU's Christine Vitale and WVLT's Dennis Burgey (The Doo Wop Cop) started the "rumble" with some friendly verbal jousting.

Christine Vitale and Dennis Burgey


Choice came out wearing white zoot suits with gold stripes and began the battle with bass led songs.  They sang the Dominoes' “Chicken Blues”.  Quiet Storm followed with the Spaniels' “People Will Say Were in Love”.

Quiet Storm and Choice square off


Quiet Storm

Next it was the battle of tenor-led songs with Choice leading with “The Girl’s Alright With Me” from the Temptations' songbook.  Quiet Storm answered with the Skip Mahoaney & The Casuals' tune “Where Ever You Go.”  Choice came back, saying that Quiet Storm did a song from the 1970’s so they would answer with a Mills Brothers' song from the 1930’s called ” Lucy Brown” complete with scat singing.

Choice awaiting their turn


The battle finale featured both groups singing the Spaniels' “Everyone’s Laughing”.  This was an exciting battle of the groups.  Choice displayed some great acting abilities while waiting for their turn to sing.  Quiet Storm was not quite as animated but looked very gentlemanly.  In Classic Urban Harmony's opinion, both these talented vocal groups sang to a tie.

Everyone was waiting for the living legend, Joe Bataan and Group.  Actually his group was an orchestra consisting of 12 pieces.  A native of East Harlem, Joe Bataan gained fame in the late 1960's by developing a musical program that contained the best of Latin rhythms and doo wop and sweet soul ballads.  In the early 1970's Joe helped coin the phrase "Salsoul" to describe his musical genre.  Joe Bataan began by talking about growing up in the barrio around 104th Street and being influenced by artists like Johnny Ace, the Flamingos, the Heartbeats and Teenagers.  He also liked Gershwin, Cole Porter and of course Latin soul.  Joe Bataan closed the first half of the show with a jam ("The Good Old Days"), "When Sunny Gets Blue" and his fabulous rendition of "Sad Girl."  He performed his first recorded song, "Gypsy Woman," which he explained he was not even originally scheduled to sing on (1965) and the "I Wish You Love."

Joe Bataan and Group

Joe Bataan and Group

Joe Bataan

After a short intermission, Joe Bataan and his band were back on to do his big hit "Ordinary Guy," "Prayer," and "My Cloud," which he noted is one of the most popular songs in Southern California.  It was certainly a treat to see someone of Joe Bataan's stature perform.  We also had the pleasure of meeting him and having him sign our copy of one of his albums.

Joe Bataan with Charlie & Pam

Our autographed Joe Bataan Album

Charlie talking about Classic Urban Harmony

Angel Rissoff, whom we had last seen perform in South Carolina at the Carolina Shag Festival, was next.  He appeared with Choice and alone while being backed by his band.  Angel has a very varied program.  He sang “Let the Good Times Roll” a Louis Jordan song.  He also did Percy Mayfield’s “Sad and Lonely."  Choice joined him on stage and backed him as they sang the Five Royales “Think” and the Tempts' “I Want A Love I Can See” which is a big beach music hit.  We loved the gospel influenced “Tears of Joy”.  He then sang two duets with special guest Little Isidore.  They sang “Give It Up” and “Nothing But Love”.

Angel Rissoff letting the "good times roll"

Angel Rissoff & Choice

Little Isidore and Angel Rissoff

Angel Rissoff, Little Isidore and Choice

All the entertainers sang a finale of “Boogie Down Bronx.”  While this show was not your standard doo wop show, it was a great mind expanding concept.  It was very enjoyable and a marvelous learning experience for the audience.

Charlie, Joe Bataan & Angelo Pompeo at the artist Meet & Greet

Angel Rissoff with Pam & Charlie

Charlie, Quiet Storm's Smitty, Pam & Angelo Pompeo

Little Isidore & Pam

Little Isidore & Charlie

Matt G., Little Isidore, Billy Kane


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