Classic Urban Harmony, LLC promotes the legacy of Rhythm & Blues Vocal Group Harmony (1940’s through 1960’s), Doo Wop Music, Soul Harmony, Spiritual and Gospel Quartet Singing and Early Rock & Roll Music through multimedia presentations, workshops, courses, historical research, interviews, magazine articles, radio guest appearances, library and museum displays, producing and emceeing concerts, booking doo wop and acappella vocal groups, consulting for documentaries and books, a free Classic Urban Harmony email newsletter and this website. Classic Urban Harmony LLC is owned and operated by music historians, Charles “Charlie” Horner, Ph.D., and Pamela Horner, MS.
Charlie Horner is recognized worldwide as an expert in early Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop, Rock & Roll, Gospel and Soul vocal harmony. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he holds a PhD from the University of PA. Charlie’s been totally immersed in music since he first began collecting records at age 11. From 1970 to 1995, he hosted a popular weekly radio program out of Philadelphia. In tracing the origins of urban harmony groups, he’s interviewed hundreds of singers and reunited countless groups from the fifties. Charlie's produced and MC'd more than a dozen acappella stage shows and is largely credited for a resurgence in doo wop music in the Philadelphia area that began in the late 1970's and continues today. He’s written liner notes for over 50 albums and published dozens of articles. Charlie's served on the board of directors of the United In Group Harmony Association’s Hall of Fame and was president and cofounder of the Mills Brothers Society. By invitation of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland, he interviewed songwriter and Orioles' manager Deborah Chessler in front of a live audience there. Charlie and his wife Pamela assisted the Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ) with their major exhibit “Jersey Rocks". They loaned the museum memorabilia, helped organize and label displays, gave 2 multimedia presentations on NJ Doo Wop Groups, researched and distributed programs listing 200+ NJ vocal groups, helped organize and promote 2 major doo wop concerts. Since 2008, Charlie has been President of Classic Urban Harmony LLC. He and Pam give multimedia presentations on the development of 1950’s R&B, Doo Wop, Gospel, and Soul music. The presentations are given to libraries, historical societies, museums, active adult communities, community organizations and churches. They design and display some of their collections in libraries and museums. Charlie & Pam also arrange for booking of singing groups. . For more info, please visit www.classicurbanharmony.net.