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[New!]The Soul of Asbury Park Concert

Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre

November 12, 2011
 


 

On November 12, 2011, a spectacular show took place.  It was billed as a once in a lifetime concert featuring Asbury Park’s West Side musicians  It was held in the stately Victorian Paramount Theatre in the heart of Asbury Park.
 

Paramount Theatre
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
 

Asbury Park’s West Side has had an active R&B music scene since the early 1950’s.  Of special importance to vocal group harmony fans, are groups like the Vibranaires, Vibes, Mar-Keys, V-Eights, Broadways, Darchaes, Uniques and many others.  The Soul of Asbury Park concert’s goal was to reunite many members of the West Side singing community, a vibrant collection of talented vocalists who set the stage for Asbury Park’s later fame with Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and others.
 


 

The MC for the night was the eloquent and knowledgeable Nicky Addeo, himself a long time resident of the Asbury Park vocal harmony scene.  Nicky opened the night with a powerful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner”.


Nicky Addeo

 
Bobby Thomas grew up in Asbury Parks and formed the Vibranaires after hearing Sonny Til and the Orioles sing in 1948.  After recording with the Vibranaires, Vibes and V-Eights, Bobby joined Sonny Til’s Orioles in the 1960’s.  In fact, for a number of years the three singing Orioles behind Sonny Til were all Asbury Park residents.  On this night, Bobby Thomas was backed by the acappella group, Quiet Storm, as he performed a tribute to both the Orioles and his original group, the Vibranaires.  Bobby and the group were impressive.  A band was backing them but Bobby and Quiet Storm were strong enough to carry on harmonizing alone.  They sang The Orioles’ “It’s Too Soon To Know”, The Vibranaires’ song from 1954 “Doll Face”, and The Orioles’ “Crying in the Chapel”.  They closed with the Orioles’ arrangement of the Ivory Joe Hunter composition “I Need You So”.  What a fantastic start to the evening.


Nicky Addeo introducing Bobby Thomas and group (Quiet Storm)


Left to right:  Bobby Thomas, James Phillips, Darrall Campbell,
Williams Nicks, Ron Silva and Kamau Osceola Akiba


Bobby Thomas and James Phillips
 

Johnny Petillo, an Asbury Park native who later sang with Danny & The Juniors and The Duprees, said he was schooled in “doo wop boot camp” at the Siciliano home  on Asbury Avenue.  Brothers Sam and Patsy Siciliano are legendary Asbury Park entertainers, known for their work with Ray & the Darchaes and other groups.  Johnny sang a dramatic version of “Blue Moon” in which he sang both the lead and bass parts.


Johnny Petillo
 

Speaking of the Siciliano brothers, Patsy Siciliano then serenaded us both vocally and on saxophone with Billy Ryan on guitar.  They gave us a marvelous blues rendition of “Stormy Monday Blues”.


Patsy Siciliano
 

Up next were the legendary Broadways who had not sung together for forty years.  The Broadways were an extremely popular and influential group in Asbury Park.  [It’s said that Bruce Springsteen used to open for the Broadways back when he was a member of the Castiles.]  The Broadways made two outstanding soul singles for MGM in 1966 but eventually became inactive as Billy Brown left to join the Moments and later form Ray Goodman & Brown.


(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


What an incredible treat to hear original Broadways’ Billy Brown, Ron Coleman and Robert Conte, joined by Dennis Anderson (the group’s bass player from back in the day, who now sings with the Coasters).  Missing was only Leon Trent, who could not make the reunion due to a prior commitment and Ray Morris and Joe Major (formerly of the Mar-Keys and Bobby Thomas’ Vibes) who have since passed.  The Broadways sang their 1966 Northern Soul recording “You Just Don’t Know,” The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” and a gospel song, “Why Not Me Lord”.


 

The Broadways


The Broadways (left to right) Billy Brown, Ron Coleman, Dennis Anderson, Robert Conti


The Broadways


The Broadways
 

[As a footnote to Asbury Park music history, Broadways’ Ron Coleman told us how he and Leon Trent co-wrote “Fool Number Two” by the Uniques on Norm Seldin’s Selsom label.  The Uniques included Ron Coleman, Leon Trent, Ray Morris, Sam Siciliano and Nicky Addeo – small world!]

This legendary Asbury Park group sounds as good as ever.  It was a very impressive set by the Broadways.

To hear the 1966 Broadways record, "You Just Don't Know," click the YouTube below.


 

Nicky Addeo introduced his son, Nicky Addeo Jr., who sounded a lot like his father in a strong rendition of The Platters “My Prayer”.


Nicky Addeo Jr.
 

The crowd was anxiously awaiting the next artist and they were not disappointed!  Lenny Welch grew up in Asbury Park but had not made a singing appearance here since before leaving for NYC in 1957 and becoming famous.  He spoke about his roots, learning to sing with the West Side vocal group, Joe Major and the Mar-Keys at Asbury Park High School in the early 1950’s.


1957 photo of the Asbury Park group, the Vibes.  Left to right:
Bobby Thomas, Lenny Welch, Joe Major, William Penha
(Photo courtesy of Bobby Thomas)
 

Lenny Welch photo, ca. 1959
(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)
 

Lenny sang his first hit from 1959, “You Don’t Know Me”.  He explained that after a stint in the service, he hit the charts again with “Ebb Tide” which he sang next.  After entertaining us with dancing, stories of his career and songs, Lenny closed with his biggest success, “Since I Fell for You”.


Lenny Welch


Lenny Welch


Bobby Thomas & Pam Horner at intermission


After a short intermission, Nicky Addeo opened the second half leading an impromptu acappella set along with a group he put together that afternoon.  The backup group included Danny Ugarte, (who, as a member of the Plazas, once backed Nicky on record), Bobby “Blue” Castellano (of the Delmonicos), and Elliott Banks.  Nicky led the group on “My Hero” and “Gloria”.  It was a spectacular set by Nicky and his latest Nite Owls group.


Nicky Addeo & the Nite Owls


Danny Ugarte (Plazas) and Nicky Addeo


 



Nicky Addeo & Nite Owls, Left to right:
Bobby "Blue" Castellano, Elliott Banks, Danny Ugarte, Nicky Addeo
 

A group new to us on the music scene was New Era, though we’ll bet each of the members has considerable singing experience.  They sang three songs including the Temptations’ arrangement of “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I Love Music.”  We hope to hear more from this impressive group.


New Era


New Era


One of the best known singers in the concert was Billy Brown.  The first time we’d seen Billy Brown was earlier in the evening with the Broadways.  Of course, we knew Billy had left the Broadways to join the Moments who after a successful career, morphed into the even more successful Ray, Goodman, & Brown.  Harry Ray and Al Goodman have now left us, but Billy Brown has assembled two new singers to keep the Ray, Goodman, & Brown group going.  Their singing and choreography is spectacular.  Billy Brown led the group on the Moments “Love on a Two Way Street” and sounds great as always.  He had great response from the audience.  Ray Goodman & Brown followed with hits “Look at Me I’m in Love” and “Special Lady”.  They had the whole audience on their feet.


Ray Goodman & Brown; Billy Brown in center.


Ray Goodman & Brown


Ray Goodman & Brown.  Billy Brown on right.


For and encore, all the performers reunited on stage for a great version of “Stand By Me,” with different singers taking the lead.


Encore


Billy Brown leading "Stand By Me"
 

What a thrilling concert bringing back together so many Asbury Park stars.  We’re looking forward to more shows like this.

 

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