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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)

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