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Golden Bells & Contessas

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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

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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!]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

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The Academics 

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The Avalons

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The Avons

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The Blue Notes (original)

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Claude Robinson & Creations

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The 5 Embers

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The Juveniles/ Twilights/ Embers

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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

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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

 

 

Response to our Presentations

 

Regarding our May 2009 Doo Wop (Part 2) Talk at the Franklin Township (NJ) Public Library

"Dear Pam,  We are happy to have attended your wonderful library presentation last evening.  It was both informative and entertaining.  Charlie did a fantastic job, as the audience seemed focused throughout.  The bulletin board display was put together nicely as well, and various parts of it weaved in nicely to his talk.  I am looking forward to going into I-Tunes the first chance I get and listen to some of the terrific old music we heard last evening.  A great time and a lot of fun.  Thanks again, and thank Charlie as well.  Yours warmly," - Lisa and Nels

Regarding our April 2009 Doo Wop (Part 1) Talk at the Bridgewater (NJ) Public Library

"Hi Charlie and Pam,  Thank you again for a wonderful program.  I’ve already received a lot of positive feedback, complements, and requests to have you back.  You can tell that this project is a labor of love that brings you a lot of joy." - Gerie Madak,  Adult Program Coordinator Bridgewater Library

"Hello Charlie & Pam,  Just to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed the program on Thursday.  I think I was smiling through the entire time." - Elaine Whelan

Regarding our February 2009 Doo Wop (Part 1) Talk at Franklin Township Public Library

"Hi Charlie, Last night went wonderfully!  What a turnout!  You are a wonderful speaker and we would love to have you stop in again for another lecture in your series.  You and Pam are certainly an asset to our community." - Erin Blatt, Programming/Outreach Librarian, Franklin Township Public Library, Somerset, NJ

"Hi Charlie & Pam.  Both Elmer and I enjoyed the Doo Wop presentation last night.  We are interested in Doo Wop Music Part II.  We'll check out your website.  We also plan to attend the Doo Wop Music Festival in Philadelphia as soon as the summer date is confirmed.  We look forward to receiving email updates from you as they come available." - Florence & Elmer Ridley

"Dear Charlie & Pam.  It was a really nice presentation at the libaray.  I do hope you'll have more such programs." - Sty Weiss, Host of the Pop Shoppe Radio Show, Fridays 7 PM - 3 AM, www.topshelfoldies.com.

"Dear Charlie & Pam, I really enjoyed the Doo Wop lecture very much.  I am the one who asked why the radio show outlets do not feature this sort of music - even XM Satellite Radio has now let me down with the removal of Harlem, etc.  ... I think based on your audience, you should prepare for Doo Wop Music Part 2."  - Audree Seltzer

"Hi Pam & Charlie.  Really enjoyed your Doo Wop presentation at the Library in Franklin Township.  It was well worth the rainy hour and a half drive to get there.  Sure brought back a lot of memories (a blast from the past).  Looking forward to Part 2." - Reynold & Sue Johnson

"Charles & Pam.  My wife and I enjoyed your presentation last Thursday night in Franklin.  A also am a great fan of doo wop.  Regards.” - Charles F. Spicer

"Thanks so much for the wonderful lecture.  Great visuals!  So much great information presented so respectfully!  Unfortunately, the folks who created this music were not viewed as important to the American cultural landscape.  After all, they were Black, mostly formally uneducated, and not accepted by the larger society as artists.  Their contributions, no matter how unique, just didn't fit the bill.  Many thanks for placing this art form on a level worthy of analysis and inclusion.  I'd be interested in hearing Part 2, especially as to how the music continued to evolve in spite of the English invasion.  Sincerely," - Linda S.

 

Regarding our February 2009 Interview with Deborah Chessler at the R&R Hall of Fame, Cleveland (OH)

“Hi Charlie and Pam.  Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed your presentation with Deborah Chessler at the Rock Hall.  I looked at your very cool website that night and I wish you great success with these seminars, and hope you are also able to pay some bills with them, even though it's a labor of love.
    I always wondered about her story and thought her such a great lyricist. Her lyrics are universal, from the heart, and not gender specific, in that they are easily changed from he to she. Plus she writes in a question form, which is the way humans naturally think when thinking of love, or problems, or the future.
    Hearing the beginning of “It's Too Soon To Know” booming out of the speakers reminded me with a chill how luxurious that song is.
    When you mentioned the switching leads the Orioles used I thought of the Alabama Kings of Harmony. They were based in Cleveland in 1946 to 48, and as you know featured switching leads in their presentation of the then emerging Gospel style.  I also thought of modern jazz and Charlie Parker.  So much new music was happening in the later 40's. The Orioles would have certainly been listening.
    I talked to Debra after the show and was complementing her on her good writing. She said lots of people were writing good songs then, and I suggested it was a confluence of her writing and a great group to render her lyrics that made for success. She agreed with that but was reluctant to agree she was a great writer!
    [There was a guy] ahead of me in line and I overheard her tell him a story about working in a department store in Baltimore when she was 15, and Ella Fitzgerald came in looking for a dress. She told him how she waited on Ella, even though the store policy was not to serve blacks.  How many stories she must have!
    Seeing Val Shively there was certainly appropriate, and it's an honor to you that he would come so far to hear the stories.
    So my best wishes to you Charlie and Pamela, for continued success in a very worthy endeavor. I'm attaching one picture of an unidentified Cleveland vocal group for your followers to hopefully identify.  Best Regards,” - Pete Wilgus

 

Regarding our August 2008 Doo Wop Talk at Renaissance Raritan Valley (NJ)

"Charlie Horner,  Thank you for your presentation yesterday at our clubhouse.  After I arrived home I climbed a ladder to the top of my closet so I could locate and scan my original Dion Fan Club Card for you.   I thought you might be able to use it or enjoy seeing it (attached).  Thank you for keeping this music alive." - Lynn Paster, Renaissance at Raritan Valley

 

Regarding our May 2008 Doo Wop Talk at Somerset Run (NJ)

"I thought the presentation was very well organized, wonderful and exciting.  I could listen to Charlie for many hours.  This music influenced my life and reminds me of my teen years." - Frank Tapper, Somerset Run, NJ

"Your performance was absolutely wonderful!  I don't think I'm a Doo Wop devotee yet, but all the information you supplied was very, very interesting.  I especially liked all the personal anecdotes you related about these famous people.  I heard all the people around me saying what a great evening it had been and Tom and I certainly agree with them." - Ingrid and Tom Grosso, Somerset Run, NJ

"A belated, but most heartfelt, thank you for SUCH a lovely and WONDERFUL, informative lecture." - Chris and Dave Retz, Somerset Run, NJ

"I'm not surprised that you are receiving positive feedback.  We knew that the presentation was a success.  We would love it if Charlie would do a Part 2 presentation." - Lisa & Nels Jensen, Somerset Run, NJ