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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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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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Morris Museum "New Jersey Doo Wop Groups - Part 2"
June 15, 2011, Morristown, NJ
Special Presentation for the "Jersey Rocks" Exhibit



In one of the more unique happenings in our musicís history, our two week event at the Morris Museum combined a major New Jersey music exhibit with a historical presentation of NJ group harmonyís history.  Attendees were able to meet and greet some of the singers discussed in the presentations and represented in the museum displays.  As an added touch, both weeks featured impromptu demonstrations of how vocal harmony was put together on the street corners by spontaneous acappella singing.  Any one of these elements may have been done before but the combination will likely never happen again.  Those who were present were treated to an enjoyable and educational one-of-a-kind occurrence. 

We are grateful to Morris Museum team for giving recognition to our New Jersey Doo Wop  music.  Much credit should go to Paul Ressler for championing the 1950ís group harmony section of the Jersey Rocks program.

On June 15, attendees began filing into the Morris Museum's "Jersey Rocks" exhibit, in the museum's Main Hall, at 5 PM.

Audience filing in to Morris Museum

Entering the exhibit room, attendees stopped at the Classic Urban Harmony table where Pam Horner greeted everyone and made sure those who had missed Part 1 received a copy of our printed souvenir program, listing more than 200 New Jersey 1950's style R&B, doo wop and acappella groups.  We also displayed photos of fifty New Jersey doo wop groups.  At the next table, Norman Donegan of the Ad Libs and Jeff Chambers of the acappella group Mixed Company were busy autographing photos and CD's of their groups.

Souvenir program of New Jersey
Doo Wop Groups


People arriving between 5 and 6 PM strolled around the "Jersey Rocks" exhibit, looking at memorabilia displays of groups like the Avons, Coleman Brothers, Duprees, Shirelles, Hi-Fives, Royal Teens, Frankie Valle & the Romans and many more.

There were plenty of singers present, happy to greet people and talk about New Jersey group harmony.  Doo Wop singers present included Norman Donegan (Creators & Ad Libs), Jeff Chambers (Patty & Street-Tones & Mixed Company), Tom Austin (Royal Teens), Johnnie Barlow (Shades of Brown, Ad Libs & Sheps), Glenny T (Fourteen Karat Soul), Ron Taylor (Del Larks), Ronnie Stewart (Shades
Of Brown & Ad Libs), Frank Cicerale & Andy Martin (Re-MemberThen), Pete Sherwood (Memories of You), Jim Bakay (the Copians) and Paul Payton (Fabulous Dudes).

Radio personalities present in the audience included Lou Rallo (WRSU-FM), Alan David Stein (WMTR-AM and WCTC-AM) and Jim Bakay (WRDV-FM).

The Meet & Greet Hour

Meet & Greet with Singers (Left to right)
Paul Payton (Fabulous Dudes), Jeff Chambers (Mixed Company),
Bob Lane, Norman Donegan (Ad Libs)

Charlie Horner, Jeff Chambers (Mixed Company), Norman Donegan (Ad Libs)

Jeff Chambers (Mixed Company), Pam Horner, Norman Donegan (Ad Libs)

Frank Cicerale (Re-MemberThen) & Norman Donegan (Ad Libs)

Norman Donegan autographed Ad Libs photos.

Marion & Frank Cicerale, Angelo Pompeo, Norman Donegan, Jeff Chambers

Angelo Pompeo wearing his Fortune record label cap & Norman Donegan (Ad Libs)

Paul Payton (Fabulous Dudes) & Alan David Stein of WMTR-AM's "Doo Wop Drive"
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Gary "Fuzzy Robertiello, WRSU-FM's Lou Rallo ("Big Beat Show"), Alan David Stein (WMTR)
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Frank Cicerale (Re-MemberThen), Paul Ressler, Pam & Charlie
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Radio personalities, Lou Rallo (WRSU) and Alan David Stein (WMTR)

Paul Payton & Tom Austin (Royal Teens)

Tom Austin autographed photos of the Royal Teens

WMTR-AM's Alan David Stein & Charlie Horner

Bob Markman, Alan David Stein, Charlie Horner

Johnnie Barlow (Shades of Brown, Ad Libs & Sheps) & Jeff Chandler (Mixed Company)

Charlie, with Ronald Stewart & Johnnie Barlow of Shades of Brown

Glenny T of Fourteen Karat Soul

Charlie & Glenny T of Fourteen Karat Soul

Demonstration of Street Corner Harmony

We had originally scheduled an acappella group to demonstrate street corner harmony to the audience but a last minute illness cancelled their appearance.  Fortunately five singers in attendance volunteered to put together an acappella group, on the spot, much like what occurred on the street corners tens of thousands of times during the 1950's and early 1960's.  As the goal of the "Jersey Rocks" was to explain how Rock & Roll developed in New Jersey, this was as authentic of a demonstration as you'll find.  Frank Cicerale and Andy Martin of the acappella group, "Re-MemberThen", got together with Pete Sherwood of the acappella group, "Memories Of You," Jim Bakay of the acappella group, "The Copians" and group harmony connoisseur Angelo Pompeo and worked out some doo wop harmony outside in the hallway.  This combination of voices had never sung together before that night.  After running through a couple songs, the newly formed quintet returned to the exhibit area and gave an illustration of how five voices can be assembled in an impromptu singing session.  Charlie quickly dubbed the group, "The Morris-Tones".   

Frank Cicerale, Andy Martin, Jim Bakay, Pete Sherwood harmonizing in the hallway to "Gloria".  Angelo Pompeo would soon join in.
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Pete Sherwood, Angelo Pompeo, Andy Martin, Frank Cicerale, Jim Bakay
demonstrate how doo wop harmony can come together spontaneously.

The "Morris-Tones"

The short career of the Morris-Tones!  Left to right:
Pete Sherwood (of Memories of You), Angelo Pompeo,
Andy Martin (of Re-MemberThen), Jim Bakay (of the Copians),
Frank Cicerale (of Re-MemberThen)
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Frank Cicerale (front) leading the Morris-Tones

Impromptu doo wop harmony by the Morris-Tones

The Morris-Tones singing "My Juanita"
(YouTube video courtesy of Gary "Fuzzy"Robertiello)


The Morris-Tones singing "Remember Then"
(YouTube video courtesy of Gary "Fuzzy"Robertiello)


Charlie, Jim Bakay and Paul Ressler.
Paul giving details of the "Jersey Rocks"
acappella concerts coming July 15 and 29.

Charlie, Jim Bakay and Paul Ressler


The Classic Urban Harmony Presentation
Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey - Part 2

Charlie and Pam Horner's presentation, "Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey - Part 2" covered the musical careers of the Rivals, Shirelles, Creators, Ad Libs, Avons, Monotones, Fiestas, Hi-Fives, Royal Teens and many more.  The second in the two part series concluded with the stories of the NJ acappella groups Fourteen Karat Soul, the Shades of Soul and Mixed Company.

Charlie giving the "New Jersey Doo Wop Groups Part 2" presentation.
Playing the Shirelles Coco Cola commercial!

Classic Urban Harmony presentation.
Charlie talking about the origins of the Fiestas' "So Fine".

Classic Urban Harmony presentation.  Charlie discussing the Creators and Ad Libs.

Introducing Norman Donegan, original member of the Ad Libs.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Introducing later Ad Libs members, Ronnie Stewart and Johnnie Barlow.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Classic Urban Harmony presentation.  Charlie talking about how the Royal Teens'
"Short Shorts" went from the Power label to ABC-Paramount.

Introducing Royal Teens' cofounder, Tom Austin

Royal Teens' Tom Austin
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

After covering the career of the East Orange acappella group, Fourteen Karat Soul,
Charlie introduces the group's founding member, Glenny T.
(Courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Following a discussion of the 1980's Morristown, NJ, acappella group, Shades of Brown,
Charlie introduces group member Johnny Barlow.  Johnnie now sings with the Sheps who
will perform on the July 15 "Jersey Rocks" acappella concert.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Introducing the Shades of Brown's original lead singer,
Ronnie Stewart (left) and bass, Johnnie Barlow.
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Introducing Jeff Chambers of the 1980's NJ acappella groups,
Patty & the Street-Tones and Mixed Company
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Just some of the many celebrities at the "NJ Doo Wop Groups - Part 2" presentation.
(Left to right) Norman Donegan (Creators & Ad Libs), Jeff Chambers (Patty & Street-Tones &
Mixed Company), Tom Austin (Royal Teens), Johnnie Barlow (Shades of Brown, Ad Libs & Sheps),
Glenny T (Fourteen Karat Soul), Paul Ressler, Ron Taylor (Del Larks), Ronnie Stewart (Shades
Of Brown & Ad Libs), Pam Horner, Charlie Horner
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


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