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Morris Museum "New Jersey Doo Wop Groups - Part 1"
June 8, 2011, Morristown, NJ
Special Presentation for the "Jersey Rocks" Exhibit

Scroll Down to see acappella videos!

 


A fabulous event took place in Morristown, NJ, on evening of June 8th 2011.  We gave a special multimedia presentation of our "New Jersey Doo Wop Groups - Part 1".  The gathering of fans, friends, and stars took place in the "Jersey Rocks" exhibit gallery at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.  The exhibit, featuring New Jersey's contribution to the history of Rock & Roll, will run through September 5th and we'll be back on June 15 to give Part 2 of our presentation.  The "Jersey Rocks" program will also feature two major acappella concerts, several lectures and numerous other activities throughout the summer.  Check our Events Calendar for details.

Perhaps one of the greatest honors to us was to be able to talk within the exhibit itself.  We had assisted the Museum with the 1950's R&B and Doo Wop section of the exhibit, lending photos and memorabilia for display.  To make the evening special, we invited many of our singer friends from New Jersey to mingle with the attendees and sign autographs.  We also asked some close friends of ours to sing a few doo wop songs acappella, prior to our presentation.

We were honored to have so many singers in attendance.  We were delighted to have Tom Bialoglow an original member of the Duprees, Sam Siciliano, Patsy Siciliano, Louis Scalpati and Dennis Testa of the Darchaes, Sam campbell, Ron Taylor and Billy Spruill of the Del Larks, Bobby Thomas of the Vibranaires, V-Eights and Orioles, Vic Donna of Vic Donna & the Parakeets (now with the Vic Donna Group), Pete Sherwood of Memories of You, Jim Bakay of the Copians (and WRDV-FM radio), Shelly Buchansky of Vito & the Salutations, Five Discs, Silk City and Kid Kyle's Kool Kats, and Carl Anderson and Ted Bennett of the Plurals.  Carl Anderson and Ted Bennett had not seen each other in 51 years.  Three members of the acappella group, Re-MemberThen (Frank Cicerale, Jim Offner and Randy Croce) were also in attendance.  We were also privileged to have noted group harmony authority Paul Ressler in attendance.  Paul has played a major role in planning the Jersey rocks exhibit and activities at the Morris Museum and it was Paul who invited us to be involved with the Museum's program.  Other noted guests included WRSU-FM's "Big Beat Show" host Lou Rallo.

We set up for our presentation, "Doo Wop Groups of New Jersey - Part 1" in the main exhibit area.  Pam displayed 50 more photos of New Jersey R&B and Doo Wop groups along with collections of vocal group sheet music.  She also also handed out printed programs listing more than 200 NJ 1950's style R&B, doo wop and acappella vocal groups.  Our friends the Del Larks also had a table and signed autographs.  Ron Taylor of the Del Larks brought along six large poster boards displaying photos of the Del Larks and other Plainfield vocal groups.

Of course there were plenty of fifties R&B and doo wop vocal group memorabilia throughout the Jersey rocks Exhibit to view.  Attendees mingled with our celebrity singers to examine the exhibits.


Copians' Jim Bakay (right) visits the Del Larks' table.
(left to right behind the tables: Del Larks' Billy Spruill,
Ron Taylor, Sam Campbell, Pam Horner)


Pete Sherwood of the Jersey vocal group, Memories Of You,
visits the Classic Urban Harmony table.


Left to right: Jim Offner (Re-MemberThen), Ron Taylor (Del Larks)
Frank Cicerale (Re-MemberThen), Billy Spruill and Sam Campbell (Del Larks)
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

 


Vibranaires' Bobby Thomas' viewing the Jersey Rocks exhibit.


Noted record collector and music historian Angelo Pompeo visits the
Duprees display.  Angelo grew up with the Duprees in Jersey City.


The Del Larks, from Plainfield, NJ.
Left to right: Billy Spruill, Sam Campbell, Ron Taylor


The Plurals' Carl Anderson with friend Linda


Original members of the Plurals, Carl Anderson and Ted Bennett.
Prior to this night, Carl and Ted had not seen each other in 51 years.
Plurals' blue vinyl record, on loan from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives to the right.

 

Randy Croce (Re-MemberThen) and Tom Bialoglow (Duprees)



Tom Bialoglow of Duprees by the Duprees display.
Tom lent the Museum the Duprees jacket to the left.


Del Larks' Billy, Sam & Ron with Charlie


Tom Rowell, Shelly Buchansky and Carl Tancredi

 

Jersey Rocks banner autographed on top by
Southside Johnny & LaBamba
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)
 



Left to right: Shelly Buchansky, Paul Ressler, Bobby Thomas & Jim Bakay
 


Del Larks with Pam Horner



Marian Cicerale & Del Larks' Sam Campbell
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

 

We began the festivities with some impromptu acappella doo wop singing from three members of the acappella group, Re-MemberThen (Frank Cicerale, Jim Offner, and Randy Croce) joined by Vic Donna (The Vic Donna Group) and Shelly Buchansky (Vito & The Salutations).  This was the first time these five gentlemen had ever sung together as a quintet but they were able to quickly find their notes and put together a few songs to sing for us.  This is the way our music started on the street corners with singers finding their notes and joining in.  With Re-MemberThen's Frank Cicerale leading, the quintet sang “Tonight Could Be The Night”, “Gloria” and “So Much in Love".  Shelly Buchansky of Vito & the Salutations led “Zoom".  It was a superb way to start the evening with even the museum personnel enjoying the opening of our presentation.

 

Acappella group getting ready to sing as others view the displays



Impromptu acappella harmony

 

Crowd listening to acappella doo wop singing

 

Left to right: Randy Croce, Vic Donna, Jim Offner, Shelly Buchansky, Frank Cicerale
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

 


 

 


 

 

 

Shelly Buchansky (of Vito & Salutations) leading the group on "Zoom"
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)


To see and hear the acappella group singing click the Youtubes below.  Both are courtesy of Marian Cicerale.

Tonight Could Be The Night
 

 

"So In Love"


 

Charlie welcomed the audience, now occupying all of the seats, and we spent 90 minutes on the history of Doo Wop in New Jersey.  The presentation was composed of stories, photos of groups, record label shots, and song clips.  We began with the roots of vocal harmony in New Jersey: The Coleman Brothers were a vocal group that began singing in 1918.  We then covered the groups of Asbury Park including the groups that Bobby Thomas sang with The Vibranaires and V-Eights.  Ray & The Darches were next, followed by Nicky Addeo, Barbaroso & the Historians, the Broadways, Uniques, Valtairs and Ray Goodman & Brown.  Throughout the evening we discussed the Plazas, Rivieras, Del Larks, Plurals, Duprees, Ronnie & The Hi-Lites.  We also covered the roots of the Four Seasons.


Charlie Horner beginning the presentation

 

Charlie discussing the Rivieras

 

 

 

Vibranaires' Bobby Thomas being acknowledged by the crowd

 

Members of the Darchaes in the audience
 

After the presentation there was a lot of friendly intermingling among the attendees and celebrities.


Left to right: Darchaes' Patsy Siciliano, Sam Siciliano,
Louis Scalpati, Dennis Testa, Charlie Horner
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

 

Darchaes' Sam Siciliano, Vibranaires' Bobby Thomas, Re-MemberThen's Frank Cicerale
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)



Jim, Vic and Randy
(Photo courtesy of Marian Cicerale)

 

We came back to The Morris Museum on Wednesday June 15th with another foray into New Jersey Doo Wop (Part Two).

We’d like to thank The Morris Museum for the opportunity to give our multimedia presentations and for hosting “Jersey Rocks”.


 

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