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[New!]Wally Osborne & Starfires

Satan & the Angels - Blue Eyed Soul

Tony Talent & the Coalitions

Golden Bells & Contessas

Sweet Delights

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

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Richard Barrett Part 1: The Valentines

Richard Barrett
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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
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Isley Bros, Del Knights

Richard Barrett Part 7: The 3 Degrees, Showmen

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bullet [New!]Choice at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Philly Ringtones at Franklin Township Library
[New!]Curators Talk, Spirituals to Soul Exhibit
bullet [New!]Sonny Til's son & grandson visit Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters
bullet [New!]Re-MedmberThen at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Quiet Storm at Roxy & Dukes
bullet [New!]Spirituals to Soul Museum Exhibit, Freehold
bulletVelvet Candles in Barcelona, Spain
bulletFilming Doo Wop Documentary
bullet2015 Portsmouth VA Gospel Concert
bullet Monmouth University West Side Music Exhibit
bulletAsbury Park West Side Music Exhibit Monmouth University - Set Up
bulletAsbury Park West Side Music Exhibit, Heaven Gallery
bullet2014 Philly Doo Wop Festival
bulletTNT with Vic Donna Group & Charlie Horner
bulletAsbury Angels 2014, Bobby Thomas
bulletRichard Nader Doo Wop Concert XXV
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
at NJ Doo Wop Singers Club 2013

bulletEncounters at Somerset Run
bulletRichard Nader's Doo Wop Celebration XXVI
2013 Asbury Angels Plaque Dedications
bullet VGHA Acappella Extravaganza II
bullet2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
bullet Time Capsule Show 50th Anniversary
2013 Portsmouth, VA Gospel Concert
at Manchester, NJ

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
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
bulletFilming a Documentary
on Acappella
bulletAcappella Group Soul'D
Out on
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

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


    In Tribute

bullet Dick Rietveld, Deep River Quartet
bullet 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

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    Doo Wop


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The Avons


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Claude Robinson & Creations


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bullet40 Years of Group Harmony: Ray Block's Photos of Vintage, Ad-Libs, Reunion, Bon-Aires, East River Drive
bulletYounger Dayz

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Angelic Gospel

bulletClaude Jeter & the Swan Silvertones

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The American
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The Dinwiddie Quartet

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The 60th Anniversary of the Vinyl 45 RPM Single

    Rare Record

bulletHico Label

   Holiday Harmony

bullet Vocalaries' White Christmas
bulletPenguins' A Christmas Prayer
bulletDominoes' Christmas In Heaven
bulletCameos' Merry Christmas
bulletDrifters' White Christmas
Lonely Christmas


bullet Philadelphia Area Doo Wop & Acappella Groups
bulletBermuda Vocal Groups


Unknown Vocal Groups

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WFDU-FM Fundraiser Concert at Mexicali Live
Teaneck, NJ, March 10, 2011

(Reviewed by Pamela Horner)

Christine Vitale who hosts The Group Harmony Alley program on Sunday nights from 7PM to 10PM hosted a fundraiser at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ on March 10, 2011 for her radio station WFDU (89.1 FM, www.wfdu.fm).   It was a sensational show from start to finish.  The show began in a downpour of rain but those in attendance didn’t dwell on the stormy night once they arrived. The music was amazing and the acappella groups flowed on and off stage.  Christine even had a large clock on stage to keep the concert moving.

WFDU's Christine Vitale

The first group up was The Expressions from Staten Island.  They were impeccably dressed in red jackets and black slacks. They looked very polished and sounded that way too.  A few of the songs they sang were “I Only Have Eyes for You”, “What’ch Gonna Do” and “Everybody’s Got A Home But Me”.

The Expressions

The Expressions

It was so wonderful to see the Lar-Kings once again who mostly reside in Brooklyn.  They have been singing as a group for many years.  Their choice of songs was superb.  They sang “Most of All”, “Only Sixteen”, and  “You Are”.  They closed their performance with some Nutmegs' songs “Make Me Lose My Mind,” and “Comin’ Home”.  This was a superb performance by a veteran group.

The Lar-Kings

The Lar-Kings

To see and hear the Lar-Kings singing "Island Of Love" at the WFDU Fundraiser click the YouTube below.  Video courtesy of Jim Bakay.

Christine Vitale & the Lar-Kings

Quiet Storm is a Philadelphia acappella group that causes a sensation wherever they perform.  They’ve got marvelous voices and bountiful confidence.  They harmonized to The Moonglows “Sincerely”, their own arrangement of The Crickets’ “You’re Mine”, and The Temptations “Lady Soul”.  They closed their set with The Blue Notes “She is Mine” and The Temptations “Farewell My Love”.   It was an amazing performance!

Quiet Storm

Quiet Storm

To see and hear Quiet Storm performing "Lady Soul" at the WFDU Fundraiser, click the Youtube below.  Video courtesy fo Jim Bakay.

Quiet Storm with Christine

From Westchester, NY and formed in 1988, The Magic Touch gave us their slant on acappella singing..  They sang a stirring rendition of The Four Seasons’ “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night” and went on to sing a Temptations medley of” I Wish That It Would Rain” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”.  Their version of “House of the Rising Sun” reminded me of The Nylons in concert.  This group represents a bold new approach to  acappella singing.

The Magic Touch

The Magic Touch

The Magic Touch with Christine

The Vic Donna Group who sang at our anniversary party put on an astonishing show.  Vic introduced each song and told how he was acquainted with the song.  It was interesting to learn the history of each song. The first song was “Teenage Rose” which Vic recorded with the Parakeets.  Vic initially heard “Walking My Baby Back Home” when the Fi-Tones’ Gene Redd rehearsed it although the Fi-Tones never recorded the song.   The Vic Donna Group harmonized to “Love Was A Stranger To Me” originally recorded by Vic & the Parakeets and written by Lloyd Davis of The Fi Tones.  The next song “We Three” was recorded in 1961 as The Sharps.  Originally Vic did all but one of the voices.  Another Parakeets song that was never released was “A Big Night for Love”.  The Fi-Tones also rehearsed the song “Rosemarie” but it never came out.  The very incredible Vic Donna Group closed with “You”.  This group is superb and I hope to see them again---soon!

The Vic Donna Group.  Vic Donna on left.

The Vic Donna Group

The Vic Donna Group

To see and hear the Vic Donna Group performing "We Three" at the WFDU Fundraiser click the YouTube below.  Video courtesy of Jim Bakay.

Christine Vitale with the Vic Donna Group

The closing act for the evening was the Persuasions the “granddaddies of acappella”.  They still sound remarkable after all these years.  Over the years, The Persuasions probably did more than any other group to popularize acappella singing.  They opened with a very explosive version of “ We Still Ain’t Got No Band”.  They continued with “Looking For An Echo”, “Since I Fell For You,” and “Gypsy Woman”.  They harmonized to a very soulful version of “Buffalo Soldier”.  The Persuasions sang “500 Miles” which was the 1966 Bobby Bare hit.  They went on to sing “Old Man River” and closed with “Under the Boardwalk” with audience participation.  If you have the opportunity to see this group in concert, please do so.  They will be appearing at The Blue Note on April 18, 2011.

The Persuasions

The Persuasions

Christine with the Persuasions


Kudos to Christine Vitale and her staff for a fabulous show!  Everyone had a great time and it was all for a good cause.


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