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What an incredibly sad week this has been for our music world. We have lost some of our greatest contributors including four legendary lead singers. We have never seen a week like this and I pray we don't see another one. First we heard of the passing of Rosa Lee Hawkins of the Dixie Cups. Then Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes. On Thursday night I got a call from former Platter, Frank Pizarro telling me that Sonny Turner had passed. Wow, I was stunned. Then Friday afternoon, I found out that Fred Parris had also passed. I was stunned, shocked and lost for words. 

As many of you know, "In The Still of The Night" is my favorite song. My late wife, Mary and I played it at our wedding and probably a million times after that. I'm not a singer but I have gotten up in front of a group to sing that song. I first met Fred at a New England Doo Wop Society show. Over the years, I have gotten to know Fred and his wife Emma who would often send me notes from Fred. I'm still at a loss for words. Like the others we have lost this week, Fred has left us with memories that will carry on for generations to come. 
Here is an interview I did with Fred on the Doo Wop Revival back in August of 2013.
I reached out to Fred's wife, Emma. This was her response: Thank you Glen, for all you and wife do to share Fred’s music memories and all the articles of this precious era. It was a joy to meet you in 2019 Wildwood NJ the 1st ECMH of Fame. Heartwarming thank you to everyone for the comforting comments and memories shared.🎶🎵

Sonny Turner, who replaced Tony Williams as the lead singer of the Platters passed on Thursday. The Platters were among the top vocal groups of the 1950s, with a string of immense hits including “Only You,” “The Great Pretender” and “My Prayer.” But the quartet’s fortunes seemed to be fading by 1960, when lead singer Tony Williams left the group for a solo career. Turner beat out over 100 applicants in a national search to replace Williams. Turner, who was 83, had been battling cancer. 

Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78. “Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face,” her family said in a statement. “She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her." Born Veronica Yvette Bennett, Ronnie formed the Ronettes in 1957 with sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley. Phil Spector produced most of their output. Fueled by the runaway success of "Be My Baby," their first single for Spector, they reeled off a string of hits over the next several years, including "Baby I Love You," "Walking in the Rain" and "Do I Love You?" She said her marriage to Spector was a tumultuous relationship and described her husband as controlling and emotionally abusive.
In social media posts after his death last year, she famously said, "he was a brilliant producer, but a lousy husband." She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Ronettes in 2007.

Gerry Granahan also passed away this week. While not as well known to much of the general public he was a giant in this industry. He was a R&R star earning 4 Gold Records in the late 1950s before moving behind the desk to become one of the most successful record producers of the 1960s. His most notable releases were “Click-Clack” by Dicky Doo & The Dont’s, “You Were Mine” by The Fireflies, and “No Chemise, Please” under his name. He then moved behind the scenes to become one of the youngest record executives in history, first at his own Caprice Records and then at major labels, United Artists, Paramount and Dot, where he continued to produce dozens of hits in the ’60s and early 1970s including smash hits by Jay & The Americans and "Till" and "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels. Granahan was 89. 
Sadly, there are several more obituaries in the RIP section below. 

Herb Reed's Funeral I just happened to discover this wonderful video of Herb Reed's Funeral – A Celebration of Life, Legend and Achievement, A Music Pioneer Remembered. The last original member of the Platters died on June 4, 2012. The funeral was held June 16 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. MA. Frank Pizarro, who informed me of Sonny Turner's passing, sang with Reed's Platters for a number of years. I told Frank I would include this portion of the service and dedicate it to Herb and Sonny.  Frank is joined in this Platters medley by Wayne Miller, Billie Cox and Angela Allen. 

The Delfonics are the vocal group that set the stage for the golden era of Philly Soul. Led by brothers William and Wilbert Hart, the Delfonics, led by arranger and writer William Bell, created an enchanted sound of love and longing, passion and heartbreak. I came across this 45 minute documentary that I think you will really enjoy. 

Gary U.S. Bonds is Lane Quigley's "Memory Lane" interview this week. Bonds, was born here in Jacksonville, FL but grew up in Norfolk. He had two major hits with "New Orleans" and "Quarter to Three". Bonds, who is still touring with his wife and daughter, spoke with Lane about his hits, his relationship with Bruce Springsteen, how he met his wife and how he got the name Gary U.S .Bonds. 

I thought we had seen the last of this in 2020-21 but COVID is once again postponing concerts. The 20th anniversary of the Bowzer show has been pushed back a month due to an increase of Omicron cases. The Mohegan Sun Arena has rescheduled the event for February 20th. The show will feature the first appearance  of Kenny Vance & The Plantotones in quite a while. Frank Pizarro, who was featured in the Herb Reed video, is also on the show.

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Norman Wright Jr. the son of Del Vikings original member Norman Wright, has died. His brother, Anthony said he passed away after a long illness. The brothers performed as a tribute band to the music of their father who was the group's lead singer. 

Rosa Lee Hawkins, an original member of the Dixie Cups, died Tuesday at Tampa General Hospital in Florida. She was 76. The Dixie Cups were best known for their 1964 No. 1 single "Chapel of Love" and the 1965 hit "Iko Iko."

Calvin Simons who started singing on a NJ street corner with a Doo Wop group called the Crystals, also passed away.  He was a founding member of Parliament Funkadelic and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the group.

Vinnie Straccia an original member of the Boston acappella group North Shore Acappella has died.  Vinny joined soul group The Betterway in Boston's North End after returning from Vietnam in 1969. 

Michael Lang the co-creator and organizer of 1969’s Woodstock Music and Art Fair, and its follow-ups Woodstock ’94, died last week at the age of 77. He also organized the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, which featured Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and John Lee Hooker.

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Hey Glen,  Love your newsletter and show. Look forward to it each and every Sunday. Just to clear up some confusion……Deke and the Blazers is made up of Jan "Deke Detanna , Rick Budd, Len Blasso, and myself Larry D'Angelo. Deke is also in The Dukes of Doo-Wop his West Coast group. All members of Deke and the Blazers are the originals and are still performing.
If you would like a radio "BUMP" from us let me know and we'd be glad to make the necessary arrangements. Thank you and hope you and Irene stay safe and healthy; and keep up the good work of keeping the music alive. 
Larry D'Angelo-BASS-Deke and the Blazers

GF: Thanks, Larry. For some reason I always want to put Ken Banks in Deke and the Blazers😬 I'll contact you about that "bump". I've got something special I think you guys would love. 

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The original intent of this publication was to let you know what songs were being played on the Doo Wop Revival.  As time went on, I became more focused on keeping you updated on the latest news and happenings in our musical world.  If you have a comment, question, story, song, video or group link you would like published in the newsletter, just let me know.  We appreciate your support.

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I'll highlight one of these interviews each week as a reminder for our new subscribers to check them out. You'll get in-depth and behind the scenes stories you may not have heard.  
Remembering Ronnie I
Bob Angelucci–Magnificent Men
Dave Bupp–Magnificent Men
Kenny Vance 2020–Planotones
Maurice Newton–Fidelity's
John Kuse–Excellents
Fred Parris–Five Satins

Dino Geangelo–Dino & The Heartspinners
Kurt "Frenchy" Yahjian–Tokens, Planotones, Inquisitors
Jay Siegel–Tokens
Vernon Sievers–Heartbeats
Warren Tesoro–Acchords, Rob Roys
Norman Fox–Rob Roys
Tommy Petillo–Duprees
Johnny Gale–Planotones
Larry Chance–Earls
Kenny Vance–Planotones, Jay & The Americans 2017

Good news for Duprees fans. According to the group's website, Jimmy Spinelli has recovered from his illness, he's feeling great and ready to return to the stage. 

Our good friend, Joey Arminio has released an autobiography about his musical journey. ZerO To Sixty is the story of Joey's life, growing up in Verona, NJ to become an icon in the East Coast music business where he has spent the past 40 years. During the pandemic, he and his wife Doreen performed Facbook "Kitchen Koncerts" for their many concert starved fans.  The book is available on his Facebook page.  

Fats Domino is getting a street named after him in his hometown of New Orleans. Caffin Avenue, the Lower Ninth Ward Street where Fats Domino lived for almost 60 years, has been honorarily renamed as a tribute to the great New Orleans icon who passed away in 2017.

William Dell and Wee Jams has a new album out and it is fantastic. "Do I Love You?" contains 12 cuts of some of the best soul you'll hear anywhere. A real nice balance of Motown favorites and group harmony pearls. Two of my favorites I'll share with you. The title song, "Do I Love You" and a beautiful ballad by Frank Czuri,  "Can't Help Loving That Girl of Mine". A song he first did with Pure Gold. Great work, Bill Dell. 


Today we are featuring the music of The Valentines with Richard Barrett on lead (BMG). First up "Summer Love" by Richard Barrett And The Valentines from October of 1954. Second up is the flip side "Tonight Kathleen”.
Would you believe that The Valentines first auditioned for Monte Bruce of Bruce Records, where they recorded two songs, that were never released for the label.  "For You" and "Summer Love". Do you think "Falling For You" the flip of "Lily Maebelle" is the Bruce recording "For You"?
The group would eventually sign with Hy Weiss of Old Town Records and record "Summer Love" b/w "Tonight Kathleen" as their first release. After this release the group would sign with George Goldner's Rama Records.
The group is made up of Richard Barrett on lead, Raymond Briggs on tenor, Ronnie Bright on bass, Mickey Francis on baritone and Donald Raysor on second tenor.In the books today's record on Yellow label Old Town has a going price of around $750.  Enjoy……………Ang    Subscribe to Angelo's emails here


The Harptones
"That's The Way It Goes"
I have seen many videos of the Harptones and I've filmed my fair share of their performances, but this is the first time I have seen this classic video. I don't where or when this was done but the setting is perfect. Willie Winfield, Marlowe Murray and I believe Raul Cita singing under a street light. Acappella doesn't get any better than this. 

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Larry Chance and the Earls "Remember Then" Live – 1990

BY REQUEST- for BEN: Larry Chance and the Earls (Bobby Tribuzio, who joined the group in 1964; Bobby Coleman, Artie Loria and Butch Barbella) perform the group's 1962 signature hit "Remember Then" at The Town Hall in New York, New York in 1990.

The Joytones "Gee What A Boy" with the Teenagers Live – 1992
The Joytones (Margaret Moore, Vicki Burgess, Lynn "Sugar" Grier") perform live for the first time in 27 years at a United in Group Harmony Association concert in North Bergen, New Jersey on March 14, 1992. For this performance of their 1956 recording, "Gee What A Boy!", the trio is joined by the Legendary Teenagers (Jimmy Merchant, Herman Santiago and Lewis Lymon), original keyboardist and arranger Raoul J. Cita and the Ambient Band. The song was written by Robert Spencer, who sang with the Cadillacs, Crickets, Hummers, Harptones, and various other vocal groups.
The El Dorados "My Loving Baby" acappella Live- 1996   
The El Dorados (Original members Pirkle Lee Moses, Jr., Jewel Jones and James Maddox with Norman Palm Sr., Larry Johnson and Clarence "Huffy" Wright) reunite to perform at the United in Group Harmony Association Hall of Fame concert at New York's Symphony Space on April 13, 1996. Performing "My Loving Baby", their first recording from 1954 acappella, it was the first time the three surviving originals had sung together in nearly 40 years. Moses died in 2000. Maddox died earlier this month.

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Brooklyn Bridge 

Classic Blend
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Del Vikings Tribute
Dukes Of Doo Wop 
Fabulous Dudes
Frankie Pizzaro
Freddie Velas & The Silvertones 

J. E. Laine 
Johnny Maestro RRHOF Petition 
John Kuse & The Excellents
Kenny Vance & The Planotones

Kid Kyle
Larry Chance & The Earls 
Lola & The Saints
Malt Shoppe Memories
Manhattan Skyline
Mike D'Amore

Michael Russo
Original Mixed Company
Party of Five 
Norman Fox & the Rob Roys 
Shades Of Grey
Shake Rattle & Roll 
Sky's The Limit
Stan Zizka's Del Satins
Street Magic 
Tee Tones
The Tokens
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Goodfellas R&R & R&B Show 
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King Arthur Show
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Oldies Unlimited with Arnie Amber 
Party Time With Joe T. 
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Queen Of Doo Wop 
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Record Hop with Rick Michael
Roots Of Rock & Roll with Boppin Bobby
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