Copy
Classic Urban Harmony Newsletter. Issue #20.  Bringing the world of Doo Wop, R&B, Soul and Gospel Harmony to your Inbox..

Classic Urban Harmony
Newsletter #20
 

Welcome once again to our Classic Urban Harmony Newsletter issue (#20).  It's been some time since our last newsletter, but we've been involved with so many projects it's been hard to keep up with everything.  We'll try to let you know all that's happened in the couple months in this one newsletter, so this will be a big one.  Again, there's something for everyone here.  We hope you enjoy it!

Quote of the month:  "If I can not fly, let me sing." - Stephen Sondheim.

Classic Urban Harmony LLC promotes the legacy of Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop, Soul and Gospel Vocal Group Harmony through multimedia presentations, historical research, interviews, magazine articles, museum displays, radio guest appearances, lectures, college courses, concert production and emceeing, vocal group bookings, our website, www.classicurbanharmony.net, and this free newsletter.  Here you'll find news of important events relevant to our music as well as updates to our website and summaries of our Classic Urban Harmony activities and projects.  To read more about and see more photos from the articles in this newsletter, check the What's New Page of www.classicurbanharmony.net.  We hope you'll enjoy this issue of the newsletter and again find it entertaining and informative.  Please continue passing the word on to others who might want to receive it.  They can sign up by sending their names and email addresses to CUH@att.net. - Charlie & Pam Horner - May 26, 2014.

Sign-Up now Open for our R&B and Doo Wop Groups of Central New Jersey Presentation

Our newest Classic Urban Harmony multimedia presentation, "R&B and Doo Wop Groups of Central New Jersey" is set to premier at the Franklin Township Public Library, 485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ from 7 - 8:30 PM on Monday June 16, 2014.  We'll trace the growth of Central Jersey vocal harmony in the 1950's and 1960's, covering groups from New Brunswick, Trenton, Plainfield, McGuire AFB and the surrounding areas.  You'll learn about groups like the Golden Bells, Majestics, Del Larks, Off Keys, Parliaments, Plazas, Admirations, Contessas, Satan & the Angels, and many more.  The presentation is free, but you must sign up as space is very limited.  To register, see the link on the Events Calendar of www.classicurbanharmony.net or call the library's Registration Desk at 732-873-8700 during business hours.  If calling, don't leave a message as you'll need to confirm your reservation with a library employee.
 

Joe "Speedo" Frazier of the Impalas (1943 - 2014)

Joe "Speedo" Frazier, lead of the Impalas who recorded the hit record "Sorry I Ran All The Way Home," died on April 1, 2014.  He was 70.  The group formed in  Brooklyn candy store in 1958 when Frazier listened to a group of youngsters singing and offered to help them with their harmony.  The Impalas were an integrated group with Frazier the only black member.  The group recorded one record for the Hamilton label before radio personality Alan Freed helped them sign with Cub Records (a subsidiary of MGM). and "Sorry I Ran All The Way Home " became a #2 record on the Pop Charts, selling over a million copies.  After a few more singles and an album, the group broke up in 1961.  In the early 1980's Frazier started the Impalas again and the group performed at UGHA, for whom they issued one more single.  Click the following link to hear a YouTube of "Sorry I Ran All The Way Home".
 

 

Benefit for Joel Katz drawing major stars of doo wop

The benefit dinner concert for ailing singer, Joel Katz, set for September, has drawn many of the major stars of group harmony.  Joel Katz has played a significant role in the preservation of group harmony for many years, both through his singing and his recording studio.  As Joel battles the effects of cancer treatment, many of his friends have banded together to raise money for his medical expenses.  The benefit dinner and show will feature the Dubs, Fireflies, Little Isidore & the Inquisitors, Devotions, Solitaires, the Willows, Kid Kyle and Quiet Storm.  Hal Keshner is musical director and the Golden Gup will dj.  The event will take place at 3 PM on Sunday September 21, 2014, at The Elan, 111 US 46, West Lodi, NJ.  Tickets are $75 per person and includes a family style dinner and the show.  For info see the Events Calendar of www.classicurbanharmony.net or call 570-775-9217 or 201-845-0579.  
 

Deon Jackson, soul singer dies.

Soul singer Deon Jackson, known for his hit record "Love Makes The World Go 'Round," died April 18, 2014.  He was 68.  Jackson was born in Ann Arbor, MI, on January 26, 1946.  He began singing in high school. both in a vocal group and solo.  After a couple of regionally successful records, he wrote and recorded "Love Makes the World go 'Round" in 1965.  The record soared to #11 on the Pop Charts in 1966.  Jackson followed it with a couple minor chart records, but never again attained the success of "Love...".  To hear a YouTube of the record, click "Love Makes The World Go Round".
 

Book review: "Joe Evans: Follow Your Heart"

When Joe Evans died at the age of 97 this past January, we were prompted to read his autobiography, "Follow Your Heart," first published in 2008.  Joe Evans was a famous sax player who played with some of the biggest bands of the 1930's and 1940's.  He went on to play in the house bands of the Savoy Ballroom and Apollo Theater and tour with several of the R&R shows of the 1950's and early 1960's.  He also founded the Carnival label that gave us the Manhattans and many more.  We highly recommend this book as it has interest to jazz enthusiasts as well as R&B and soul music fans.  Read our full review on the Bookshelf Page of www.classicurbanharmony.net and if you wish, follow the link to where you can purchase a copy.  Copies won't be around forever

Bob "Knight" Bovino dies.  Lead of the Bob Knight Four

Bob Bovino, aka Bob Knight, lead singer of the doo wop group the Bob Knight Four, died May 4, 2014 of Leukemia.  He was 73.  The Bob Knight Four began singing in Brooklyn around 1956.  They are best known for their records on the Laurel label like "Good Good Bye" and "So So Long" (1961) but the also backed singer Eddie Delmar on "Love Bells" without getting label credit.  Click the link to hear a YouTube of "Good Good Bye"

Gus Gossert's unsolved 1976 murder being reopened as a cold case

On August 10, 1976, popular former NYC radio dee jay Gus Gossert was found shot to death in his car in Knoxville TN.  His murder was never solved.  Now, according to Knoxville TV station WVLT, the Knox County Sheriff's Department has decided to reopen the cold case.  No explanation was given as to what leads might have surfaced to prompt the reopening.  Gossert led a 1970's resurgence in interest in 1950's R&B vocal group music and was largely responsible for popularizing the term "doo wop" on the East Coast.

Classic Urban Harmony gives presentation at Caldwell College

On April 4, 2014, we had the opportunity to give our "Crossing Jordan: How African American Spirituals Changed the World" multimedia presentation for Caldwell College's Lifelong Learning Institute in Caldwell, NJ.  The lecture hall at Caldwell College was a great place to give presentations, with two electronic screens as well as the large projection screen.  The audience was very enthusiastic and we met a lot of nice people.

 

From Paul Ressler's Archives - Flamingos photo

Each newsletter we try to feature a rare photo from our friend Paul Ressler's extensive archives.  This issue we've chosen a photo of the Flamingos that is seldom seen.  From the uniforms and the personnel, it looks like it's from the End label years.  Thanks, Paul for another great photo!
 

Artifacts from our Vaults - Dixie Hummingbirds LP in Red Vinyl

For the record collectors out there, especially the gospel record collectors, we've dug deep in our vault for a spectacular find.  Most collectors know the first 50 singles on the Peacock label were pressed on both black and red vinyl.  The red vinyl copies (the so called "kiddie wax") are scarcer and naturally more desirable.  We have about 20 or these in our archives.  But, most people don't know that some early Peacock LP's were also pressed in red vinyl.  Here's proof - Peacock LP-108, the Dixie Hummingbird's "In The Morning" album, issued in 1962.  Does anyone have other Peacock LP's in red wax?  Email us at CUH@att.net and let us know. 


 

George Winfield of the Chateaus and Five Keys dies

George Everett Winfield of the Chateaus and later of Rudy West's Five Keys died March 30, 2014 at the age of 77.  Winfield was born July 2, 1936 and grew up in Newport News, VA.  In 1952 he joined  a group that would become the Chateaus.  Along with Winfield, the recording Chateaus included Edwin Hall, Leroy Jones, Charles Sidney and Oliver Sidney.  Sounding much like the more famous group from Newport News, the Five Keys, the Chateaus recorded several outstanding records including "Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" for Epic Records and "Brown Eyes," "The Masquerade Is Over," and "Ladder Of Love" for Warner Brothers Records.  If the Chateaus sounded like the Five Keys, it was because their manager, Ike Burton, also managed the Five Keys and Edwin Hall once sang with the Five Keys before they recorded.  In fact, when 5 Keys lead Rudy West needed a new Keys group in 1973, he recruited former Chateaus' Oliver Sidney, Edwin Hall, Theodore Jones, and George Winfield.  These "Keys" recorded for the Landmark and Bim Bam Boom labels.  George Winfield, Oliver Sidney, and Edwin Hall continued on with "Rudy West and his Keys," until Rudy died in May 1998.  George Winfield played keyboards for the Jammin' Jammers Orchestra until his passing.  If the name Winfield sounds familiar, George Winfield was the first cousin of Harptones' Willie Winfield.  To hear the Chateaus on YouTube, click "Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup". [Thanks to Eunice and Rich Tulimieri and to Bob Burnette for this item].
 

Friends of Distinction's Jessica Cleaves dies

Jessica Cleaves, founding member of the sixties soul group, the Friends of Distinction, died May 2, 2014, at the age of 65.  Cleaves was born in Los Angeles on December 10, 1948.  The group Friends of Distinction was formed in 1968 and quickly scored with the hit song "Grazin' In The Grass" in 1969.  They followed it with other hits like "Going In Circles" and "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely".  When Friend of Distinction broke up in 1975, Cleaves joined Earth Wind & Fire for several years.  To hear a YouTube of Friends Of Distinction, click "Going In Circles".  [Jessica Cleaves is at far right in the above photo.]

Great time at VGHA's "A Cappella Extravaganza IV" in Paramus NJ

We had a great time at the Vocal Group Harmony Association's (VGHA's) "A Cappella Extravaganza IV" this past Sunday, May 18.  Six fine vocal groups sang, though not all acappella (some used tracks).  Performing were Frankie & the Fashions, Party Of Five, Choice, Echoes Of Time, the Vic Donna Group and Mixed Company.  Each group had their own distinct style.  The event was hosted by VGHA's Nicky G.  Congrats to Nick and his staff for another great concert.  For info on all the VGHA events, visit www.vgha.net.  [Photo above is the Vic Donna Group, sounding as good as ever!]

Cubie Burke dies at 49.  Youngest member of the soul group, the Five Stairsteps

Word has reached us that Cubie Burke, youngest member of the soul group, the Five Stairsteps and Cubie, has died.  According to his daughter, as reported on the Soulful Detroit message board, Cubie died in his sleep.  He had suffered a brain trauma some years before.  The Five Stairsteps began as a family group (four brothers and a sister) in Chicago in the mid-1960's.  After winning a talent contest at the Regal Theatre, the group was signed to Curtis Mayfield's Windy City label.  After scoring a hits with "You Waited Too Long" and "World Of Fantasy," the group switched to Buddah Records.  At this point, three year old Cubie was added and the group became the Five Stairsteps and Cubie.  In 1970, the group had their biggest hit, "O-o-h Child".  To hear a YouTube of the Five Stairsteps and Cubie, click "O-o-h Child".  [Thanks to Jeanie & Jimmy Scott for help with this item.]

Philly Doo Wop Festival returns to Philadelphia, September 14, 2014

After a year absence, the popular Philly Doo Wop Festival returns to Philadelphia!  The venue and format may be different, but this year's event promises to be bigger and better.   Radio personality Steve Kurtz announced the event as a "Live Concert with the biggest names in Doo Wop and Acappella from our region on the outside stage, a 5 hour Dance Party inside, Record Collectors and Memorabilia vendors. More details to follow. All this for $20 which includes Beer and Food, Free Parking, Children under 12 Free, a full day of music and fun!"  This year's festival will be held at FOP 7C, 11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19154, on Sunday September 14, beginning at 2 PM.  For more info, visit the Phila. Doo Wop Festival at the FOP Facebook Page.

Gospel singer, James "Wonderboy" Smith dies.  Sang with Golden Stars, Southern Wonders, Gospel Imperials

Gospel quartet singer James "Wonderboy" Smith, died April 10, 2014.  He was 79.  Smith began singing in the mid 1950's with Rev. Richard Campbell as "the Wonderboy," playing guitar and singing.  He later sang and recorded with the Golden Stars of Greenwood SC (Pitch label), the Southern Wonders (HSE, Gusman and Plum labels) and the Gospel Imperials (True Joy label).  [Thanks to John Glassburner for this item.]



 

CD Review: New Cd by Frankie & the Fashions (Wolfhound Records)

Frankie & the Fashions have been singing for a long time, tracing their origins back to 1963.  The Philadelphia vocal group was closely associated with Charlie Horner's radio program back in the day, and we even had them singing at a couple of CUH events more recently.  Having seen the group at this month's VGHA concert we were anxious to listen to their latest CD.  A couple of songs, "Love The One You're With" and "Heatwave" are aimed for the general public.  For group harmony enthusiasts, there are plenty of great doo wop songs here, full of the group's tight harmony.  There are fine renditions of standards like "This Magic Moment," "Tonight's The Night," "Stand By Me" and "ABC's Of Love" as well as Philly favorites like "Don't Say Goodbye" (Superiors), "Oh My Angel" (Bertha Tillman) and "If I Should Lose You" (Dreamlovers).  We especially enjoyed the nostalgic "Still Singing (After All These Years)," penned by the talented Frankie Lafaro who also played guitar, bass and trumpet on various cuts as well as sang.  Other members of the group include Tony Russo, Jerry Tempesta and Matty Raimo.  Of course, the group's signature song, "What Do I Have To Do" is also included.   Right now, this CD is only available at the group's live performances.  



 

Herb Jeffries dies at 100.  Singer , actor, star of black westerns during the 1930's

Herb Jeffries [sometimes spelled Jeffrey], jazz crooner, actor and singing cowboy in black westerns of the late 1930’s, died May 25, 2014, of heart failure at a California hospital at the age of 100.  Jeffries was born Umberto Alexander Valentino in Detroit on September 24, 1913.  His mother was Irish and his father, whom he never knew, was a mix of Sicilian, Portuguese, Spanish, Native American and African American.  Jeffries was proud of his African American heritage and in spite of his light skin always considered himself a person of color.  Jeffries became a singer at a young age. He sang with big bands led by Earl Hines and Duke Ellington.  Jeffries went on to star in a number of classic black westerns as a singing cowboy.  Group harmony fans love his songs backed by groups like Dusty Brooks & the Four Tones and Cats & A Fiddle.  Films included Harlem On The Prairie (1937), Two Gun Man From Harlem (1938), The Bronze Buckaroo (1939) and Harlem Rides The Range (1939).  Jeffries’ recording of “At Least You Can Save Me A Dream” (Excelsior label), backed by the female trio, the Three Shades of Rhythm, was arranged and directed by future Delta Rhythm Boys’ Carl Jones.  A film about Herb Jeffries’ life was produced in 2007.   Watch a trailer for “A Colored Life” here.  Jeffries’ last recordings were done in 1995 for the WEA/Warner label CD, “The Bronze Buckaroo Rides Again”.  Background vocals on one cut were done by Donald Mills and his son John Mills, the last commercial recording by the Mills Brothers’ Donald Mills.  Take Six backed Jeffries on another cut on the CD.   To watch a YouTube of Herb Jeffries singing with the Cats & A Fiddle, click "Two Gun Man From Harlem". For a more detailed bio of Herb Jeffries, see the What's New Page of www.classicurbanharmony.net.
 



 

Little Joe Cook of the Thrillers (1922 - 2014)

Little Joe Cook, known for his falsetto hits like "Peanuts" with the Philadelphia vocal group the Thrillers, died on April 16, 2014.  Cook was born in South Philly but moved to North Philly as a youngster where he formed the gospel group, the Evening Star Quartet.  The group recorded several outstanding songs including "Say A Prayer For The Boys In Korea".  By the mid-1950's Little Joe had moved into secular music, forming and mentoring the group, the Thrillers, with whom he ended up singing lead.  They scored with the song "Peanuts" which propelled Cook to fame.  Joe Cook continued singing for the remainder of his life, mostly in the Boston area.  He made countless recordings for different labels.  For the story of Joe Cook and the Thrillers early career, visit www.classicurbanharmony.net and scroll down the left hand side to click on "Groups From Philly's Francisville" under Articles By Us.  Listen to a YouTube of "Peanuts".

 

Philly acappella group, A Perfect Blend, to give free concert July 9 in Somerset NJ

Classic Urban Harmony and the Franklin Township (NJ) Public Library are presenting, live in concert, the fine Philly R&B and doo wop acappella group, A Perfect Blend on Wednesday evening July 9, 2014.  The concert starts at 7 PM at the Library, located at 485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ.  The concert is free to attend, but registration is a must, since space is limited and these events are always crowded.  Sign up begins in mid-June.  Visit the Events Calendar of www.classicurbanharmony.net for more details.
 
Carole King Musical nominated for seven Tony Awards
Congratulations to "Beautiful: the Carole King Musical" on being nominated for seven Tony Awards.  If you're a Carole King fan or just like popular music from the early 1960's, the story of the singer/songwriter is worth seeing.  The Tony Awards ceremony takes place on June 8.

Jersey Boys musical, now a film!

Speaking of Broadway musicals, the critically acclaimed musical "Jersey Boys" is now a motion picture and will be in theaters June 20.  The film, about the story of the New Jersey vocal group, Four Seasons, is being directed by Clint Eastwood.  If it's anywhere as good as the Broadway musical which we've seen twice, it's a winner.  To watch a trailer from the film click Jersey Boys.

 

Ray Charles stamp sheet simulates 45 RPM picture sleeve

Kudos to the USPS for printing the recently issued Ray Charles stamp sheet in the form of a 45 RPM record picture sleeve.  It's also a "forever" stamp.  It's about time the vinyl single got some recognition.  (Granted, the symbol of respect for 45's will be lost on younger generations who don't know what records are!).  We plan on framing our set for the Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters wall.  The Ray Charles stamp, first issued September 23, 2013, is still available at most post offices.

 

Gallery exhibit, "Asbury Park’s Springwood Avenue Harmony: Celebrating The West Side’s Unique Musical Legacy" set for January & February 2015
     Long before Asbury Park became known for rock music, the city’s African American community rocked on Springwood Avenue.  Between 1910 and 1970, the city’s West Side pioneered the sounds of jazz, gospel and rhythm & blues.  Classic Urban Harmony LLC and the Asbury Park Historical Society are working in connection with the Light Of Day Foundation and Monmouth University's Center for the Arts on an upcoming gallery exhibit that highlights Asbury Park’s black music scene from Count Basie to Billy Brown. The exhibit will contain scores of rare photographs plus phonograph records, posters, sheet music, musical instruments and other memorabilia from Asbury Park's West Side.  It will cover jazz, gospel and R&B music, and will also highlight black radio, record labels, record stores and Springwood Avenue nightclubs and theaters.
     Fans of R&B, doo wop and gospel vocal harmony groups can be sure these genres will be well represented.  There'll be plenty of items related to Bobby Thomas & the Vibranaires, Lenny Welch & the Mar-Keys, the Ray Dots, the V-Eights, the Broadways, Billy Brown with the Moments & Ray Goodman & Brown, the Missionary Jubilaires, Golden Harmonaires, United Gospel Singers, Golden Harmonettes and many more.
     The exhibit will first open in the Heaven Art Gallery, 721 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ, running from January 11 - 19, 2015 during Asbury Park's annual Light Of Day concert series.  The Light Of Day Foundation funds research into Parkinson's Disease and their concert series brings thousands of music fans from around the world.Following the exhibit's close in Asbury Park, it will be expanded even further and moved to Monmouth University's Pollak Gallery on the university's campus at 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ.  There it will be viewable for the entire month of February, 2015.  Additional related events are planned and will be announced in the future. [Above photo: Bobby Thomas, Lenny Welch, Joe Major, William Penha, The Vibes, 1956]

Next issue of Echoes of the Past to feature our article on Satan & the Angels, much more!

Our current research interests in R&B and doo wop groups of central New Jersey has led us to write about the fine acappella group from the Chambersburg section of Trenton, Satan & the Angels.  Though the group was only together a relatively short time, their late 1960's album stood out among the many acappella groups of their time.  You can read their story in the latest issue of Echoes of the Past magazine, on its way to subscribers as you read this.  Also in this issues, Bob Bosco's article on the Informers, George Frunzi's article on the Orlons and much more.  To subscribe, contact Bob Belniak at echoes.past@yahoo.com.  To hear a YouTube of the group singing "Trenton's Medallion", click Satan & the Angels.

 

Watch the Whiptones singing the National Anthem at the New York Mets 2014 opening game
 

We told you last issue that our friends, the teenage acappella doo wop group from Whippany NJ, the Whiptones, would be singing the "Star Spangled Banner" at the New York Mets' opening game at CitiField, on March 31.  In case you missed it, you can click Whiptones National Anthem to watch the group sing.   Visit the Whiptones website at www.thewhiptones.com.

Whiptones win 2014 "Shout Down Drugs" competition

What a year for the Whiptones!  We have just learned that the Whiptones are statewide champions of the 10th Annual Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey's Shout Down Drug Prevention music competition.  On May 21, 31 NJ high school student finalists representing 14 counties competed at the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark.  The Whiptones won with their song, "Doing Drugs Ain't Dope".  The NJ Shout Down Drugs music competition challenges high school students to create original music with lyrics that contain powerful peer-to-peer drug prevention messages.  The Whiptones will perform their winning song at statewide events.  Our congratulations to Michael Mastellone, Derek Ritschel, Bradley Ritschel, and Matt Korzen - the Whiptones!  [Above photo of the Whiptones with Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and Kimberly Smith, Regional Director, Community Investment, Comcast Cable.  Photo courtesy of Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.] 
 



 

Classic Urban Harmony to again offer 5-week course on R&B/Doo Wop Groups at Raritan Valley Community College Lifelong Learning Institute, Fall 2014

For those of you who have expressed interest, we've again been asked to teach a course on R&B and Doo Wop Groups at Raritan Valley Community College's Lifelong Learning Institute.  The course will be offered one afternoon a week for five weeks beginning the week of October 6, 2014.  Each week we'll present an hour-long multimedia presentation, followed by a discussion of relevant music books, websites, shows and current group harmony news.  Last year we covered everything from the origins and development of doo wop singing to groups from Brooklyn, Philadelphia, New Jersey and even group harmony singing around the world.  Enrollment is restricted to those 50 and older and there is a small registration fee.  Dates and times have yet to be announced, and the course is dependent on enough people signing up.  If interested in taking the course, see RVCC LLI  for info or call .908-218-8871.

Jerry "Chief" Russel, founder and owner of Goldradio passes

We were deeply saddened to hear of the May 8, 2014, passing of Jerry Russel, better known as "Chief," the owner of Goldradio.  Goldradio is the internet radio network that brings us great weekly radio programs like George Frunzi's "Down On the Street Corner" (Sundays, 8 PM EST and Carl Tancredi's "Work With Me Annie" (Sundays 10 PM EST) among many others.  Goldradio is Chief's brainchild and has been operating since 2003.  While we didn't know Chief well, we'd spoken to him on occasion and admired his dedication and enthusiasm for the music. He will be missed.

Classic Urban Harmony presentation draws capacity crowd at Westfield (NJ) Memorial Library

Our recently updated Classic Urban Harmony multimedia presentation, "Under The Streetlamp: Tales from the Doo Wop Era - Part 1" drew a capacity crowd of about 75 people at the Westfield (NJ) Memorial Library on April 23, 2014.  We met some old friends and made a lot of new ones.  We had a great time in Westfield and hope to give "Part 2" there in the future.

Richard Nader Entertainment celebrates their 25th Anniversary on May 31 with star-studded doo wop concert at the IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

Richard Nader Entertainment celebrates their 25th Anniversary with an all-star concert that will take place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ, on Saturday May 31, 2014.  It will star the Belmonts, Cleveland Stills & the Dubs, Larry Chance & the Earls, the Chantels, the Capris, Jay & the Americans, the Mello-Kings, Vito Balsamo (former lead of the Salutations) and group, the Impalas, the Tune Weavers and Tommy Mara & the Crests.  Gates open at 3 PM for the afternoon classic car display, autograph session with the artists and Don K. Reed's acappella stage.  Concert stars at 7 PM.  Visit the Events Page of www.richardnader.com for more details.
 

Jazzmen Records UK visits Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters

On April 6, 2014, Jazzman Gerald and Liam Large, of the UK's Jazzman record label, dropped by Classic Urban Harmony's world headquarters for an afternoon visit.  Jazzman Records is looking to legally re-release a rare jazz album recorded by former Castelles' bass singer, Ron Everett, back around 1980.  The late Ron Everett had been a friend of Classic Urban Harmony's Charlie Horner and had given Charlie a few of his jazz recordings, but unfortunately we did not have the album Gerald and Liam were looking for.  If anyone reading this has Ron Everett's Vagabond King label album or knows the whereabouts of Ron's family, please email us at CUH@att.net and we'll pass the info on to Jazzman Records.  Visit Jazzman Records' website at www.jazzmanrecords.co.uk.

CD Review:"Legacy" by A Perfect Blend

The talented singers in the Philadelphia acappella group, "A Perfect Blend," lend their unique "blend" of soul and doo wop harmony to a fine new CD.  Gibson "T" Trowery, Elliott "Earthquake" Jenkins, Deka S. Trowery, Victoria D. Trowery and Kristina L. Trowery have their harmony down to perfection.  The CD gives us great soul renditions of "Hypnotized" (the Linda Jones tune), "Never Let Me Go" (Impressions), "Really Really Love You" (Ronnie Walker), "You Can Depend On Me" (Miracles) and more.  For doo wop fans, the group gives flawless acappella  vocal interpretations of "The Fires Burn No More" (Little Anthony & the Chesters), "I'm So Young," Chain Gang" and "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart".  Fifteen songs in all.  To hear a sample song from the CD on YouTube, click "The Fires Burn No More".  Visit A Perfect Blend's website, www.aperfectblend.biz,  to learn more about the group and purchase their CD, or pick one up at the group's free concert on July 9 [see the article above].



 

Charts still singing.  Profiled in latest "A Touch of Classic Soul"

It's great to know that the Charts are still singing, 57 years after "Deserie" first hit the "charts"..  In fact, the group has two original members, Joe Grier and Leroy Binns.  The 1950's doo wop group is featured in the latest issue (Vol. 9, #1) of "A Touch of Classic Soul".  The quarterly publication is the creation of Marc Taylor, who writes about numerous soul artists every issue, but always includes an article about a fifties R&B group.  This latest issue also has well written articles about Bunny Debarge, Sounds Of Blackness, Club Nouveau and Pure Soul.  For info about subscribing, contact Marc Taylor at Aloivta2@aol.com.    



 

More Details and Photos from the Above Articles on our Website

There's just so much we can fit into one newsletter issue, but many of the articles here are repeated on our website with additional details and photos. To read more visit the "What's New Page" of www.classicurbanharmony.net. And while there, don't forget to visit our other pages, like Our Events Calendar Page, Our Bookshelf, or our section on Articles We've Written.

Past Issues of the CUH Newsletter Now viewable on line

Want to catch up on any past issues of this newsletter that you may have missed? Now you can. Just go to the top of this newsletter and click on "View it in your browser". Then you be able to click on "Past Issues" on the upper left of your screen.

Copyright © 2014 Classic Urban Harmony LLC, All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp