Home

 

Classic Urban Harmony, LLC

"We Take You Back In The Day"

 

 

 

   HOME

    What's New?

Mills Brothers Society

    Our Events
          Calendar

  Bookshelf &  DVD's

       Our
        Presentations

Past
Presentation and Event Photo Album

    Charlie's Bio

    Pam's Bio

    Mailbox

    Responses to
    our Presentations

    Articles & Press
    About Us

   Our Brochure

    Articles by Us

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

    Visit Our
    Archives

Our Photo Gallery:
Our Musical Family

Our Photo Gallery:
CUH Archives

Renovations to the Classic Urban Harmony Library

    Concert Reviews,
    Photos & Events

bullet [New!]2014 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
 
bulletRe-MemberThen
at NJ Doo Wop Singers Club 2013

 
bulletEncounters at Somerset Run
 
bulletRichard Nader's Doo Wop Celebration XXVI
bullet
2013 Asbury Angels Plaque Dedications
 
bullet VGHA Acappella Extravaganza II
 
bullet2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
 
bullet Time Capsule Show 50th Anniversary
bullet
2013 Portsmouth, VA Gospel Concert
 
bulletRe-MemberThen
at Manchester, NJ

 
bulletRe-MemberThen
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
Multi-Part
 
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
Club
Testimonial
 
bulletFilming a Documentary
on Acappella
 
bulletAcappella Group Soul'D
Out on
Celebrity
Solstice
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
Chessler

 
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

    PROFILES IN
    HARMONY

    In Tribute

bullet [New!]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
    Groups

bullet

The Academics 

bullet

The Avalons

bullet

The Avons

bullet

The Blue Notes (original)

bullet

Claude Robinson & Creations

bullet

The 5 Embers

bullet

The Juveniles/ Twilights/ Embers

bullet

The Silhouettes

    1960's Soul
    Groups

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

bulletThe
Angelic Gospel
Singers

 
bulletClaude Jeter & the Swan Silvertones

    Early Black
    Vocal Groups
    1870 -1930

bullet

The American
Jubilee Singers

 

bullet

The Dinwiddie Quartet

   History of
   Recording

bullet

The 60th Anniversary of the Vinyl 45 RPM Single

    Rare Record
    Labels

bulletHico Label

   Holiday Harmony

bullet Vocalaries' White Christmas
 
bulletPenguins' A Christmas Prayer
 
bulletDominoes' Christmas In Heaven
 
bulletCameos' Merry Christmas
 
bulletDrifters' White Christmas
 
bulletOrioles'
Lonely Christmas

    Hometown
    Harmony

bullet Philadelphia Area Doo Wop & Acappella Groups
 
bulletBermuda Vocal Groups

    Ongoing
    Research

Unknown Vocal Groups

     Great LINKS

 

 

 

Morris Museum Doo Wop & Acappella Concert #2
Morristown, NJ, July 29, 2011

(Videos added - Please scroll down)

 

Poster by Warren Tesoro
 

This was the final group harmony and doo wop concert of the Morris Museum’s “Jersey Rocks” program.  The producer, architect, and MC of the concerts was Paul Ressler.  Paul called us about six months ago to ask if we could help with the “Jersey Rocks” exhibit and events.  We, of course, agreed to help with displays, presentations, advertising and the concerts.  We worked hard but it was a great experience and we’re glad we did it.

We've added some videos to this review, thanks to Marian Cicerale.  Scroll down to see them.  All videos were posted after first receiving permission from the individual groups.


Prior to the concert, Joe Zisa, Paul Ressler, Sal Sellitto


Pam Horner, Joe Zisa, Paul Ressler, Sal Sellitto


Vibranaires' Bobby Thomas & Paul Ressler

 

This concert was a blast from the past!  The first group up was Joey Zisa & Friends’ Jersey Tribute who sang songs from New Jersey artists.  The sextet opened up the show with The Velvets “Tonight Could Be The Night”.  The Jersey Tribute group is an all star group with members, Joey Zisa (Joey and the Lexingtons), Bernie La Porta and Lenny Conforti (former members of the Happenings), Tommy Bialoglow (original co-founder of the Duprees), Sal Sellitto and Dennis Oricchio.  The group performed to a track but Bernie La Porta played guitar.


Joe Zisa & Friends' Jersey Tribute


Joe Zisa & Friends opening with "Tonight Could Be The Night"
Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale
 

Joe Zisa & Friends' Jersey Tribute
 

Especially wonderful were the songs that Tommy Bialoglow sang with the Duprees, “You Belong To Me” (1962), “My Own True Love”.


Duprees' co-founder Tommy Bialoglow singing with
Joe Zisa & Friends' Jersey Tribute


Joe Zisa & Friends sing the Duprees' "My Own True Love"
Tom Bialoglow (second from the right) was co-founder of the Duprees.
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)
 


Joe Zisa, formerly of Joey & the Lexingtons
 

The group also sang a Four Seasons set.  The Platters were represented with “Great Pretender,” since Platters’ lead Tony Williams was born in Elizabeth, NJ.  They closed with the Happening’s “See You In September”. “Go Away Little Girl” and “I Got Rhythm”.   It was fabulous to see this star studded group.




Joe Zisa & Friends sing the Happenings' "See You In September"
Two members of the group were former members of the Happenings.
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)





Joe Zisa & Friends' Jersey Tribute; (left to right) Dennis Oricchio, Lenny Conforti,
Joey Zisa, Tommy Bialoglow, Bernie La Porta and  Sal Sellitto

 

Quiet Storm usually wows the audience and on this night they never sounded better.  The group seems to be adjusting to the new members very well.  The audience was fortunate to hear the spectacular Quiet Storm.  Smitty, the bass, has been with the group from its inception.  Other members of the group are James Phillips (lead, backup), Darrall Campbell (lead and backup, William Nicks (lead & backup) and Ron Silva (lead & backup).


Quiet Storm


Quiet Storm singing "You're Mine"
Most of us know this song by the early 1950's version by Dean Barlow & the Crickets.
Quiet Storm does an outstanding version of the later arrangement by the Vibrations.
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)
 


Quiet Storm
 

Quiet Storm began their dynamic performance with The Camelots’ “Don’t Leave Me Baby” and The Vibrations version of “You’re Mine”.  The Jive Five’s “I’m A Happy Man” and The Spinners “Love, I’m So Glad I Found You’ followed.  For the record collectors in the audience, Quiet Storm sang the Aladdins’ “Remember”.  They even sang a song from the Broadway play “South Pacific,” “Some Enchanted Evening”.  They closed their segment of the show with Jersey City’s Manhattans’ “Can I”.  The group displayed a great deal of talent singing songs from different genres, all in a doo wop style.  Quiet Storm would come back on stage later in the show.


Quiet Storm


Quiet Storm singing the Drifters arrangement of "Your Promise To Be Mine"
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)
 


Quiet Storm


Darrall Campbell leading Quiet Storm


Quiet Storm singing "Can I," a song originally done by the Manhattans.
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


Darrall jumps off stage


Quiet Storm (left to right): Darrall Campbell, Ron Silva,
James Phillips, William Nicks and Smitty.


Intermission:  Charlie Horner & Ronnie Stewart
(formerly of Shades of Brown & the Ad Libs)
 

Paul Ressler & Charlie Horner starting the second half
 

After intermission, The Del Larks took the stage in striking orange suits.  The group contained original lead Sammy Campbell and tenor Ron Taylor.  Joining them were newer Del Larks, Billy Spruill, Billy Johnson and Benny Green (bass).  Not known for acappella, at first the group was tentative but soon relaxed to sing the Spaniels “Stormy Weather,” the Heartbeats’ “A Thousand Miles Away” and Shep & The Limelites’ “Daddy’s Home.”  Their harmony really tightened up as they sang.  We liked the songs that The Del Larks wrote and performed from the late 1950’s the best.  They harmonized perfectly to “Come On”, “Remember The Night”, and “I Never Will Forget”.  The Del Larks closed their part of the concert with The Marcel’s “Blue Moon”.  The Del Larks have only recently started to practice again.  We would love to hear then sing “Job Opening” which is their big Northern Soul song.  If you can find the record, it’s going for about $10,000.


The Del Larks


Plainfield's Del Larks sing the Spaniels' "Stormy Weather" acappella
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)



The Del Larks
 


Del Larks singing an acappella version of their Ea-Jay label recording, "Come On".
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)



Sammy Campbell leading the Del Larks


Del Larks sing their 1958 hit, "Remember The Night" acappella.
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)
 


Billy Spruill (right) leading the Del Larks
 


Sammy & the Del Larks Ea-Jay label recording of "I Never Will Forget,"
this time done live acappella.
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)
 


The Del Larks backstage


The Del Larks (left to right): Sam Campbell, Billy Johnson,
Ron Taylor, Billy Spruill and Benny Green
 

The closing act of the show was Bobby Thomas backed by Quiet Storm.  The ageless Bobby Thomas throughout his career sang with The Vibranaires , V-Eights, and The Orioles.  His voice is stronger than ever and his stage presence reminds one of Sonny Til, the late lead of the Orioles.  Bobby gave us “Good Looking Baby” (unreleased Orioles) and “Dem Days” (Orioles).  He also sang a beautiful rendition of The Vibranaires’ 1954 release, “Doll Face”.  Bobby then sang The Orioles biggest selling single, “Crying In The Chapel”.  He closed the show with the Deborah Chessler penned “It’s Too Soon To Know”, the song that started it all.


Bobby Thomas (left) backed by Quiet Storm



Bobby Thomas (backed by Quiet Storm) singing the Orioles' tune, "Dem Days"
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)



Bobby Thomas


Vibranaires' lead Bobby Thomas sings "Doll Face" with help from Quiet Storm
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)



 

Bobby Thomas & Quiet Storm sing "Crying in the Chapel"
(Bobby was a former member of the Orioles)
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

 

Bobby Thomas & his Vibranaires (Quiet Storm)


Bobby Thomas & Quiet Storm close out the concert with
"It's Too Soon To Know," the Deborah Chessler composition
that started it all, back in 1948!
(Video courtesy of Marian Cicerale)



The Del Larks after the concert.


Pam, Bobby Thomas & Charlie


Pam & David Brigati of the Hi-Fives and Joey Dee & the Starliters
 

Thanks to all the wonderful performers who entertained us and to the audience who came out to see legends.  A big thank you goes to Paul Ressler for his selfless work on Jersey Rocks.  We are grateful to the Morris Museum for The Jersey Rocks exhibit and programs and especially for their inclusion of vocal group harmony. 

To see our review of the first Morris Museum Acappella & Doo Wop Concert, click Morris Museum #1.

(All videos courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

Copyright © Classic Urban Harmony LLC, 2011.  All Rights Reserved.