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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 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

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    Doo Wop


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The Avons


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Claude Robinson & Creations


The 5 Embers


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bullet40 Years of Group Harmony: Ray Block's Photos of Vintage, Ad-Libs, Reunion, Bon-Aires, East River Drive
bulletYounger Dayz

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Angelic Gospel

bulletClaude Jeter & the Swan Silvertones

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    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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Masqueraders Take Second Place
in 2011 Silver Stars Competition
October 23, 2011, Nashville, TN

When HealthSpring held it's fourth annual Silver Stars competition this year, it opened up the contest to performers from both Nashville and Memphis, TN.  Performers had to be at least 60 years of age.  More than 300 performers tried out for the coveted prizes, including our friends, the soul vocal group, the Masqueraders.  When the preliminary trials were over, the Masqueraders were among the ten finalists, scheduled for a run off in Nashville on October 23, 2011.  In spit of the fact that we had just gotten back from Canada on October 22 and the next day was our anniversary, we were on an early morning plane to Nashville to show support for our friends the Masqueraders.

The Masqueraders, well known for their 1960's and 1970's soul harmony hits like "I Ain't Got To Love Nobody Else," "I'm Just An Average Guy," "One More Chance" and "(Call Me) The Travelin' Man" have been singing as a trio in Memphis for the past several years.  Members consist of Harold "Sundance" Thomas, Sam Hutchins and Robert "Tex" Wrightsil.  In 2010 we (Pam & Charlie) combined the current Masqueraders with former members Abdur Rahman "Lee" Hatim and David "Cowboy" Sanders to have them sing at our anniversary.  While the group remains close, after the anniversary the Masqueraders returned to singing as a trio.

Several weeks ago, the Masqueraders told us they were entering a contest called Silver Stars, produced by well-known Nashville entertainer Billy Block and sponsored by the HealthSprings Company.  The contest is for performers over the age of 60, living in Tennessee.  2011 was the fourth year of the contest, but the first to include performers from Memphis as well as Nashville.

The Masqueraders entered the Silver Stars preliminary rounds, finishing in the top ten contestants from a field of over 300.  The finals would be held in Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium on Sunday October 23, 2011.  Classic Urban Harmony's Pam & Charlie Horner decided to fly to Nashville to show support for the Masqueraders.

The Ryman Auditorium

1960's era postcard of the Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium is one of the most revered music halls in the United States.  Best known as the home of Country & Western music's Grand Ol' Opry from 1943 until 1974, the Ryman's history includes much more.  Built in 1892, the Ryman has hosted thousands of performers of all types of music and entertainment.  For instance, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, foundation of all of our harmony, sang at the Ryman Auditorium at least sixteen times between 1892 and 1940.  Other notable vocal groups to sing there include the Ink Spots.  Over the years, everyone from Louis Armstrong to James Brown have performed at the Ryman.

After the Grand Ol' Opry left the Ryman for bigger quarters in 1974, the famed auditorium fell into disrepair.  It has now been restored (thanks to the Gaylord Corporation that also runs the Grand Ol' Opry House and the Gaylord Opryland Resort), and is again a major music venue.  Still the sense of history permeates the building and just standing on the Ryman stage is a thrill for any entertainer or music fan alike.

Nashville's Ryman Auditorium
October 23, 2011

The Ryman.  Though some modifications have been made,
even the original wooden benches have been retained.

Admission to the Silver Stars finals was free.
Attendees were given a souvenir booklet and a CD
with a cut from each of the finalists.

Silver Stars poster that hung in the Ryman.
We asked to have it for the Classic Urban Harmony Archives
but the Ryman wanted to archive it themselves!

An excited crowd awaited the first performer.  All the competitors were top notch,
making determination of the winners difficult.


Billy Block, well-known entertainer in the Nashville area,
Produced, MC'd and played drums during the event.

Billy Block introduced the three judges for the night: Country & Western music legend Mel Tillis; singer songwriter Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie & Friends); and guitarist & vocalist Billy Burnett (son of Dorsey Burnett and formerly with Fleetwood Mac and John Fogerty).

The evening's first performer was Rev. Robert Shipp, last year's First Place Winner.
Rev. Shipp, gospel singer and guitarist, gave an unbelievable rendition of
"Don't Call Me Lucky, Call Me Blessed".  We could readily understand why he
won first place in 2010.

Contestant #1 was Rev. Lawrence Thomison, a 61 year old gospel
singer and preacher from Nashville who sang a stirring version of
"I Saw The Light".  After hearing Rev. Thomison, we knew there'd
be some tough competition.


Next up was Alicia Lundquist, a 65-year-old singer songwriter
who was originally born in the Philippines.  Alicia's rendition
of "La Bamba / "Twist & Shout" was spirited and energetic.

The Memphis Reed Riders (Jim Watkins and Gene Finny) were a harmonica duo
who have been performing for more than forty years.  Their toe-tapping
"Sweet Georgia Brown" was most enjoyable.

Dianne Hill's powerful voice boomed out "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going".
Finishing with a dramatic ending, it's understandable the Nashville native is
known as "Lady Dianne".

The fifth contestant was singer songwriter Richard Fagan.
Well known for his C&W songs, Richard sang "Planet Country".

Marilyn Larson, a 78-year-old jazz vocal stylist,
gave an impressive rendition of "The Man I Love".

David Balph gave an exciting trumpet rendition of "Stardust,"
including a short narrative about the song in the middle.

Miss Ruby Wilson is a blues vocalist known in Memphis as "The Queen of
Beale Street".  She'd recently recovered from a stroke
and sang a powerful version of the Aretha Franklin tune, "Natural Woman".

Boomer Castleman is a 66-year-old guitarist, singer and songwriter.
His expertise with a guitar was evident in the song, "Guitar
Stars," in which he emulated the styles of many great guitarists.

The Masqueraders singing "A Change Is Gonna Come"

The Masqueraders came on last.  Prior to singing, the group surprised us by acknowledging us in the audience and had us stand for an applause.  We were hoping they'd sing the Sam Cooke tune, "A Change Is Gonna Come" since that's the song that impressed us so much when we first met them.  It was also the song that got them into the final round.  However, the program listed a different song, so we didn't know which song was coming.  To our delight, the group launched into "Change" and the audience responded immediately.  By the time they'd finished, members of the crowd (including us) were on their feet screaming their approval.  We knew the Masqueraders had a good chance of winning!

The Masqueraders

The Masqueraders

The Masqueraders

Audience members jump to their feet as the Masqueraders
finish their song!

Contestants back on stage for a curtain call.

After a short time (that seemed like forever) Billy Block received the judges decisions and began announcing the winners.  In third place was jazz singer, Marilyn Larson.  Second place went to the Masqueraders and first place was won by trumpeter David Balph.

Naturally we were rooting for the Masqueraders (we admit we are biased) and by all indications the final decision was a difficult one.  But we congratulate David Balph, as it took a spectacular performance to come in first.  The competition was so good that we wish all the contestants could have won.

Awarding the prizes.

Group photo.

Pam & Charlie with the Masqueraders inside the Ryman Auditorium.

We thank Billy Block and Chris Beals from the Billy Block from the Billy Block Corporation for their hospitality and for, along with their staff, producing such a fabulous event!  (See www.billyblock.com/)

After the event, the Masqueraders joined us for dinner on Nashville's Broadway.  We're very proud of the group.
Of more than 300 contestants, the group came in second.  We don't have a video of the Silver Stars performance but for those who want to get an idea of what the Masqueraders sounded like, here's a clip of them singing "A Change Is Gonna Come" at our anniversary in 2010. - C&P




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