Morris Museum "Jersey
Rocks" Exhibit Opening
May 5, 2011, Morristown, NJ
After supplying the Morris Museum with dozens of photos,
write ups and memorabilia items related to New Jersey R&B and Doo Wop Vocal
groups, we were most anxious to see how they would be displayed along with
the rest of the large exhibit called "Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll
in the Garden State". On May 5, 2011, we headed to Morristown NJ to
attend the exhibit opening.
It was a party atmosphere as New Jersey music
celebrities, exhibit contributors and museum staff mingled to peruse the
final result of months of work.
A plaque at the entrance listed the many
people who assisted in assembling the exhibit.
Much of the 1950's R&B and Doo Wop items
were at the beginning of the exhibit.
Pam & Charlie Horner
Display on the Newark vocal group, the
Plurals, includes our blue vinyl
copy of the group's "Miss Annie," one of only 100 pressed in colored vinyl.
Display on the Englewood NJ group, the
Avons, inludes an original
fan club card as well as an Avons' business card.
(Both on loan from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
Visitors to the "Jersey Rocks" Exhibit can
flip through a book of photos and bios
of 1950's New Jersey R&B and Doo Wop Vocal Groups
The above pages honor Bobby Thomas & the Vibranaires
(Photos were loaned by Paul Ressler Archives and the Classic Urban Harmony
(Bios were written by Pam & Charlie Horner)
The bio and a photo of Plainfield's Del
The Del Larks and Bobby Thomas will both be performing at the
Jersey Rocks Acappella Concert on July 29, 2011.
A old time juke box, filled with 45's by
Different displays celebrate Jersey
locations that contributed to R&R music,
such as Wildwood, Palisades Park and Asbury Park.
Roots of the Four Seasons: A framed
original 45 RPM copy of Frankie Valle
& the Romans on the Cindy label (1958).
Original founding member of the Duprees,
Tommy Bialoglow, poses
next to his original Duprees jacket that he lent to the exhibit.
Tommy pointed out to us that the jacket is now almost 50 years old.
Original Duprees' Tommy Bialoglow (left)
talks to original Royal Teens' Tom Austin.
Charlie Horner & Duprees' Tommy Bialoglow
Pam Horner & Duprees' Tommy Bialoglow
Royal Teens' founding member, Tom Austin
and Charlie Horner
Display on the Happenings
The "Brigati Corner" celebrates the music
of David (Hi-Fives)
and Eddie (Young Rascals) Brigati.
Display on David Brigati's Hi-Fives
includes a 45 RPM of "Dorothy,"
on loan from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives.
Organ used by the (Young) Rascals
Tribute to music genius, Les Paul, a long
time resident of New Jersey.
"Jersey Rock" contributors Paul Ressler &
Charlie Horner relax at the end of the exhibit.
(Photo by Pamela Horner)
Of course, the above photos were just some of the exhibits of
interest to fans of New Jersey music. There were exhibits on the Shirelles, the Angels, Ricky Nelson, Connie Francis, Bruce Springsteen, Bon
Jovi and many more. You could watch videos, do your own impersonations
of DJ Jocko Henderson's raps, leave a written record of the first concert
you ever attended (Charlie's first was the NJ group the Happenings at Steel
Pier in Atlantic City) and the first record you ever bought.
Our sincere thanks to the staff of the Morris
Museum for their tireless effort to make this exhibit a memorable one.
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