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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

        The Del Larks

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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Renovations to the Classic Urban Harmony Library

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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

    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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The Mills Brothers Society
Web Page

The Mills Brothers Society was founded in 1993 by Dan Clemson, Charlie Horner and Jim McGowen.  Our goal was to preserve the legacy of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, vocal harmony quartets of the 20th Century, The Mills Brothers.  Since the group was founded in 1925, The Mills Brothers have sold more than 50 million records, toured the world 16 times and appeared in 40 films.  Though the original four brothers are no longer with us, the Mills Brothers legacy is carried on today by John Mills, son and nephew of the original members, and Elmer Hopper, formerly with the Platters.  Most important is the influence the Mills Brothers have had on music world wide.  All secular vocal harmony groups formed after 1930, whether in pop, jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll or barbershop harmony, owe something to The Mills Brothers!  To visit The Mills Brothers website click www.themillsbrothers.com/

Dan Clemson, the world's leading authority on the Mills Brothers, was president of the Mills Brothers Society for it's first ten years.  During that time, the Society became an international organization, publishing an informative newsletter and holding two conventions in Bellefonte, PA and two in Virginia Beach, VA.  All Society conventions centered around Mills Brothers concerts.  When Dan stepped down in 2003, Charlie Horner became president.  We printed an issue of a full Society magazine and held another, smaller scale convention in Virginia Beach.  In spite of a valiant effort by Charlie and the remaining board members, over the next two years it became obvious that the organization lacked the support needed to continue in the manner that it had existed in the past.  Of the few volunteers we had to maintain the Society, all of us were working full time jobs and being pulled in different directions.  Eventually the Society became inactive.

Early in 2011, Dan Clemson suggested to former Society officers Charlie Horner and Anthony DiFlorio that we hold one more get-together and assist bringing John & Elmer to Bellefonte PA to sing.  The event took hold quickly, and Charlie & Pam Horner tried to notify former Society members by mail.  Unfortunately, many of our members, including our friend and Society co-founder Jim McGowen, are no longer with us.  Many others had moved or were unable to travel to Bellefonte.  However, those who were able to attend our latest Mills Brothers Society gathering had a fabulous time.  In Bellefonte, we floated the idea of a Society web page, connected to www.classicurbanharmony.net.  While our Mills Brothers Society is much smaller in size and scope now, we are still united in our appreciation of the Mills Brothers and their music and continue to believe strongly in preserving their legacy.  There'll be no dues or printed newsletters but from now on, this website will be the voice of the Mills Brothers Society.  Check back with this site often to see what we've added.


[New!]Bill Proctor, noted group harmony historian and authority on the Ink Spots passes.

Sad to report that our good friend, Bill Proctor passed away July 9, 2015, of pancreatic cancer.  Bill was one of the world's experts on the pioneer vocal group, the Ink Spots, and his detailed research on early vocal harmony groups taught us much.  He was also a long time member of the Mills Brothers Society.  Our sincere condolences to Bill's wife Sandy and family.  We miss you, Bill. - Charlie & Pam


Bill Proctor at our wedding, 2005


[New!]Breaking news:  Mills Brothers Musical in the Works

"Up A Lazy River," a musical about the Mills Brothers is now in the works.  Look for it to open in February 2016 in Los Angeles.  See flyer, below.  We'll keep you informed when we learn more.


Breaking News: Mills Brothers Biography nearing completion.

Our Classic Urban Harmony Newsletter is the first to break the news that a Mills Brothers biography is now in the works.  Douglas E. Friedman, author of The Encyclopedia of Early American Vocal Groups and The Comedian Harmonists: The Last Great Jewish Performers in Nazi Germany, is working with Dan Clemson, longtime Mills Brothers historian and former co-founder/president of the Mills Brothers Society to make this a reality.    Both of Friedman's earlier books are reviewed in the Bookshelf Page of this website.  Friedman has already reviewed Dan Clemson's huge collection of Mills Brothers memorabilia, now housed at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, OH.  Classic Urban Harmony has also opened our collection of Mills Brothers memorabilia and recordings to Douglas Friedman who visited us last week.  The Mills Brothers are considered by most historians to be the greatest vocal quartet of the 20th Century and their biography is long overdue.

(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)

Dan Clemson's Article, "The Mills Brothers Trace Roots To Bellefonte" Published in Pennsylvania Heritage magazine!

Congrats to Mills Brothers Society co-founder, Dan Clemson, for his outstanding article on the Mills Brothers just published in the Winter 2012 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage magazine!  Pennsylvania Heritage is a quarterly magazine published by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, intended to introduce readers to Pennsylvania's rich culture and historic legacy.  Dan Clemson's article traces the history of the Mills family from their escape from slavery on the Underground Railroad in the 1820's through their establishment as prominent residents of Bellefonte, PA.  It tells the story of the Mills Brothers origin and career in clarity and detail not previously published in one article.  Kudos, Dan!

Individual copies of Pennsylvania Heritage can usually be obtained for $10 on their website, http://pabookstore.com/  We just checked and the Winter 2012 issue is not yet available, but we'll let you know when it is.


New Richard Gruden Book to include story of the Mills Brothers and a forward by our own Dan Clemson!

The new Richard Gruden book, "Perfect Harmony," due out this month, will have the story of the Mills Brothers along with countless other groups from the Andrews Sisters to the Ink Spots.  One of the forwards to the book was written by our own Dan Clemson, co-founder of the Mills Brothers Society.  We'll let you know when the book is published and how to get a copy.


Recent Mills Brothers Performances:

Saturday August 20, 2011 [Rolling Hills Estates, CA]

Mills Brothers Performance included Don Mills Jr. as special guest along with John Mills II and Elmer Hopper at Norris Center in Rolling Hills Estate, CA.  Gina Eckstine also performed.

The Mills Brothers benefit performance on Saturday August 20, 2011 at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts in Rolling Hills, CA, will also included Don Mills Jr. as special guest along with John Mills II and Elmer Hopper!  Guest artist Gina Eckstine, daughter of legendary jazz singer Billy Eckstine also performed!


Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2011 [Bridgeport, CT]

Mills Brothers and Ink Spots in "Magic Moments" concert in Bridgeport, CT

The Mills Brothers and Ink Spots combined for a "Magic Moments" concert (two nights) at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT, on September 17 and 18, 2011.  We saw this combination and it was fabulous.  Last time we saw the Ink Spots they had Herman Denby (Swallows) [now deceased], Sonny Hatchett (Sonny & Dukes), Harold Winley (Clovers) and Morris Dow.  Of course, the Mills Brothers (John Mills II and Elmer Hopper) are always super.  (To see photos of these two groups in Beach Haven NJ in 2008, click Mills Bros/Ink Spots.)



To see photos of our recent Society Get-Together and Mills Brothers concert click the link below.

Mills Brothers Society 2011 Bellefonte Reunion