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Ramblings Is Worldwide 

Another country has discovered Ramblings. Zimbabwe is the 45th nation where some Doo Wop fans discovered our newsletter last week. We may be a small community but we are worldwide. We appreciate all of our readers no matter where you are. 

Is Jack Nicora the next budding Doo Wop star? We have done several stories on the McKeesport, PA teenager who got his start by posting his videos on Facebook. Thanks to Jimmy "Double J" Wiener for sending me Jack's new CD, "Music Is My Life". It contains 16 songs including some obscure Doo Wop Classics including "I Do Believe" and the Butlers "Love Call".  Wiener has been doing a great job promoting Jack and the new cd that can be purchased at Stevie Dunham's Chacona records. 
I have linked two of my favorites on this terrific CD.  Keep up the good work, Jack, and thanks for helping us keep the music alive. I'm sure you'll be seeing him on some of the upcoming shows. 

Harvey Fuqua was one of the giants of our music. He founded the Moonglows in the early 50s in Louisville as the Crazy Sounds. When they moved to Cleveland, Alan Freed took over and named them the Moonglows. Their first release on Chess, "Sincerely", became a #1 hit. Fuqua had a hand in the careers of Marvin Gaye, Junior Walker and Etta James. In this week's Memory Lane interview with Lane Quigley, Harvey talks about his career including Freed getting writing credits on songs he didn't write. 
Lane is back on the air and can be heard three times a week on Remember Then Radio. 

Kenny Vance is taking some time off from doing live shows but he's still sharing his incredible story. Kenny was a guest on the Jimmy Diele Celebrity Spotlight show on Hamilton Radio. As always, Kenny has some amazing stories and he does a little singing. 

If you like the girl groups, you'll love this week's Ramblings Concert Series. Ed Salek's Island Hop TV show back in 2013 featured the lead singers of The Toys, Cookies, Janettes, Raindrops, Repararta and the Delrons, the Hearts and the Exciters.

You may remember Wink Martindale as a game show host but he was also a disc jockey, radio personality back in the 50s. He is now hosting a two hour weekly tv show, The History of Rock & Roll on WMPS in Memphis where Wink got his start in radio. The show airs every Sunday from 10pm-Midnight. 

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Sam Riddle,
the popular Los Angeles deejay of the 1960s who went on to produce the Ed McMahon-hosted TV talent show Star Search, has died. He was 83. He started out in LA radio on KRLA and jumped to KFWB before landing at KHJ-93, where he became one of the founding jocks behind the “Boss Radio” format.

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Love your newsletter and look forward to reading it every Sunday. Chuck Jackson was and still is a terrific talent.
Best, Al

Nicky Addeo put this question out to a group of us on Facebook recently: "A question rarely if ever asked…greatest 'bass' singer performances."
More than a few groups had what I considered the great bass wound for r n’ b vocal group music. The velours..ravens..heartbeats…teenagers…spaniels..moonglows..cadillacs..clovers…dominoes..et al.  
Noone asked me..but one of the all time great ‘bass’ perfs in my humble opinion is “the beat of my heart” by the Cordells. From the first moment I heard that record..it amazed me. Please e-visit and listen to this ‘flawless…very difficult perfs.’ I always thought it would be a good question to ask ‘lovers’ of this music..plus it’s a great record overall.
Nicky Addeo

Does anyone know who this bass singer was or is?
Tom Harford

According to this site, doo-wop blogg, he bass singer is Earl Young. Jimmy Ellis, the lead singer, eventually went to the later sixties/seventies group the Trammps. Also, it's believed that the same personnel redid the same song as Heartbeat by the Whirlwinds.
Jim Bakay

I grew up in Newark NJ in the 50s, 60s, 70s.  Did no know your site existed.  Definitely enjoyed it,  reminded me  of Those Oldies but Goodies.  Please keep me posted on events.   My active senior crowd might like some entertainment sometime at the clubhouse…………..
Ron R 

A subscriber on the Kenny Vance "Walking Along" video from the 9-21 issue:
Thank you for sharing!!! I had to go watch the “Brave Companion,” Video by Kenny and the Original  Planetones!  Thanks Glen for keeping the music alive and thank you Kenny for great concert memories.

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FORGOTTEN HITS This is a blog written by Kent Kotal and one you should subscribe to. It's devoted to music of the 50's-70's and then some.  Give it a try, I think you'll enjoy it. Forgotten Hits.

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Here is the playlist for tonight's Doo Wop Revival on WJCT Anthology HD 3. 60 minutes of the best music ever put to wax coming up at six. Got Alexa? Just say, “Alexa play Anthology HD 3."

The Revival airs three times a week on Doo Wop Radio. Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8-10am and Saturday afternoon from 4-6pm. Check out the lineup of all the great shows, 24/7 on Doo Wop Radio. 

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.


Today we are featuring the music of The Equallos (BMG). First up "In Between Tears" featuring O.C. Logan from 1962. Second up is the flip side "Beneath The Sun" featuring Willie Logan from 1962.
The Chicago based Equallos, had two releases as The Equallos.  The group would later change their name to The Plaids and record on Jerry Murray's Jerry-O 103 from 1963 with Willie Logan And The Plaids "Say That You Cared" b/w "You Conquered Me".
The group is made up of Arthur Ford, Dave Hoskin, Willie Logan on lead and O.C. Logan on lead.
MAD 1296 "Yodelin" b/w "Patty Patty"  10/59  $75
M and M 30 "Beneath The Sun" b/w "In Between Tears"  1962   $2,500
GF: I added one of my all time favorites, Ang "You Conquered Me". 
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The Deep River Quartet
"Make You Feel My Love"
Thanks to Frank B and Charlie Horner for today's video. The Netherlands-based group, whose career has spanned more than 40 years, has a unique blend of vocal harmony that has made them one of the premier groups in Europe. Here is a terrific article on the group from Charlie and Pam Horner at Classic Urban Harmony. 

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LaVern Baker "See See Rider" Live – 1996
Sadly, the original source tape has begun to deteriorate but is presented for historical purposes. Despite suffering two strokes, double leg amputations and lengthy hospital stays, LaVern Baker (1929-1997) continued performing and recording to the end of her life. This performance of "See See Rider", which she recorded for Atlantic Records in the fall of 1962, was filmed just six months before her death at a P.O.R.C.C. event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 8, 1996. She is joined by musical director-guitarist Barry Marshall, the El Capris vocal group, and the Pure Gold band.
Bobby Thomas' Orioles "A Kiss And A Rose" Live – 1992
Bobby Thomas (1935-2012) began his career as lead singer for the Vibranaires ("Doll Face", 1954) in Asbury Park, New Jersey. A lifelong fan of the Orioles, Bobby joined Sonny Til and performed and recorded with the group from 1966 into 1975. After Sonny's death in late 1981, Bobby initially organized a tribute group to the original Orioles and continued leading the group for the next 30 years until his death. At the time of this December 14, 1992 performance for the P.O.R.C.C. in Pittsburgh, PA, the Orioles included Thomas, Michael Hartsfield (first tenor), Philip Thomas (second tenor-baritone) and Bernard Brown (baritone-bass). Original bass Johnny Reed returned to the lineup from 1995-2005. This stellar performance of "A Kiss and A Rose", issued by the original Orioles in 1949, spotlights Hartsfield's floating tenor and second lead with Thomas.
Arminio Entertainment  
Bel Airs

Big Daddy & the Band of 59 
Brooklyn Bridge 

Classic Blend
Classic Sounds

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 
Shades Of Grey
Shake Rattle & Roll 
Sky's The Limit
Stan Zizka's Del Satins
Street Magic 

Tee Tones
The Tokens
The Traditions


  Doo Wop Radio Shows   
A Woppin' Good Time with DJ Brad 
Alan's Golden Oldies
Alex Ward Pig 'N' Whistle/Pink & Black Days 
At The Hop with Kevin Boles
Bob's West Side Coffee Cafe with Bob Hennessy 
Cool Bobby B Doo Wop Stop
Street Corner Radio Show with Steve Fox 

Dr .Bop Doo Wop Shop 
Doo Wop2Soul Show  
Doo Wop Cafe Daddy Laddy & Rosie
Doo Wop Corner with George Ward 
Doo Wop Radio For U with Billy R 
Down on The Street Corner with George Frunzi
Down the Road Apiece with Jerry Alan 
The Blue Moon Show with Dr. Jive
Frankie Day Show 
Geri Petito Show
Group Harmony Alley with Christine Vitale
Goodfellas R&R & R&B Show 
Hot Wax & Doo Wop Memories with Cal Lynch
Jeff Taylor’s Time Barrier Express 

Jerry Blavat Radio Shows
Jim Santa Barbara 
JoeT's Soda Shop 
Ken Kojak’s 60’s Jukebox Revue 
Ken Mitchell’s Treasure Chest
King Arthur Show
Mikes Wax Trax Show with Mike G 
Oldies Unlimited with Arnie Amber 
Party Time With Joe T. 
Goodies About Oldies with Marv Rosenberg 
Queen Of Doo Wop 
Wild Wayne's R&R Memory Machine 
Record Hop with Rick Michael
Roots Of Rock & Roll with Boppin Bobby
Saturday Hop with Susanne Taggart
Soul Posse with Paul Ressler
Street Corner Doo Wop
Street Corner Entertainment with Stevie Dunham
Street Corner Serenade with The Doo Wop Cop
Street Light Serenade with Pete Moscatiello 
Story Untold with PJ Noce
The Pop Shoppe with Stuart Weiss
Todd Baptista's Wax Museum
Tony O. Dungeon Serenade Radio Show

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