"Sweet Songs: Somerset Couple Strives to Keep Doo-Wop Music Alive,"
by Chris Jordan. Reprinted from the Courier News (Bridgewater,
NJ) and the Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, NJ), November 15,
2009, pp. B1-2.
Press Release from the Rock
& Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, January 26, 2009:
Monday February 9, 7pm, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 4th Floor Theater
An Evening with Deborah Chessler, Songwriter and Former Manager of the Orioles
As the songwriter and creative force behind the legendary vocal quintet, the
Orioles, Deborah Chessler helped shape a new style of music that would become
known as rhythm and blues. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Deborah
started writing songs at a young age. After being introduced to the Orioles’
singer Sonny Til in 1948, Deborah soon became the group’s manager. The
Orioles’ first recording was the Deborah Chessler composition, “It’s Too Soon
To Know.” The song was such a departure from the pop-influenced songs of the
day that hundreds of African-American vocal groups immediately changed their
singing styles to sound like the Orioles. During Deborah’s six years managing
the group (which included the Chessler-penned recordings “Tell Me So” and
“Forgive and Forget”) the Orioles created a sound that evolved into the Golden
Age of Vocal Groups.
Deborah will be interviewed in front of a live audience by
Dr. Charles Horner, one of the foremost authorities on
early rhythm and blues and vocal group music.
Orioles' Deborah Chessler Page for review and photos of this event. - C&P]
Press Release, February 9,
"Upcoming Guests on 'The J. P. Godsey Show,' Guests on this
weeks 'J. P. Godsey Show,"
Wednesday February 11, 2009 heard each Wednesday from 4-5 PM on WPMH 670.
Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia and former Democratic
Committee National Chairman
a music historian and former radio personality knows music like the Steelers
know football. Primarily the 50's, doo-wop, soul, rhythm & blues and early
rock and roll. This cat is fascinating.
Bob Carpenter of "The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band"
yes the legendary
NGDB who just celebrated their 40 year anniversary together. Hall of Fame
inductees, multiple Grammy, CMT and numerous other awards and a "bunch" of
classic hits. They are appearing at the Suffolk Center on 2-21-09
Cleave: President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League on the "Gun Show so
Philadelphia Group Harmony Association (PGHA)
newsletter, October 2008. "I understand that Pam and Charlie
Horner's new website is going bonkers with hits as well it should. Just
and you will see some great bios about groups that sang vocal group harmony
music. Without a doubt, Charlie is one of the foremost historians in the
world in this field. We are lucky to have him and I am really very happy
he is so active again." [Thanks, Mr. Lee for the kind words. To
become a PGHA member, visit our Links page.]
"Destination Philadephia, PA: A Tribute to Philadelphia's Pied Pipers
of Radio - Part 3" by George L. Frunzi., Ed.D, Echoes of the Past,
Issue #84, June 2008
From The Past: Golden Oldies Forever" by Renee Weinfeld,
Somerset Run Extra, June 23, 2008.
"Classic Urban Harmony Program Will Delight Homeowners" by Chris Retz,
Somerset Run Extra, May 12, 2008.