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Classic Urban Harmony Newsletter. Issue #24.  Bringing the world of Doo Wop, R&B, Soul and Gospel Harmony to your Inbox..

Classic Urban Harmony
Newsletter #24
 

Welcome to our Classic Urban Harmony Newsletter issue (#24).  This is our first newsletter of 2015.  Yes, we know it's nearing the end of March already - we've been very busy.  If you want to see our video review of last year and our list of lost luminaries you can visit the What's New Page of www.classicurbanharmony.net and scroll way down.  For this letter we'll concentrate on what's happening this year.  Since January we've put up and taken down a major music exhibit twice and are preparing to put it up again.  We've been assisting in the filming of a great new TV documentary on Doo Wop Music that's in the works.  Of course the past couple months have given us a full compliment of concerts and important pieces of group harmony news that you should be aware of.  We're sorry but we have to report on the loss of more members of our music family.  But if you're ready to be updated, pull up a chair and get comfortable because this newsletter will keep you busy for a while.  It's our longest ever.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom, as the articles are in no special order.  Again, thanks for your continued support.

Quote of the month:  "“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom.  If you don’t live it it won’t come out of your horn.  They teach you there’s a boundary line to music.  But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” – Charlie Parker

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 - March 22, 2015.

Classic Urban Harmony exhibit "Springwood Avenue Harmony: Asbury Park's West Side Music Legacy" enjoys an overwhelming reception in January in Asbury Park.

Our exhibit of Asbury Park's West Side Music opened January 11 and ran until January 19 in the Heaven Art Gallery, 721 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ.  In connection with the Asbury Park Historical Society, we worked on this for more than a year.  We selected, matted and framed scores of rare photographs, records, posters, sheet music and other memorabilia related to black music from Asbury Park (1910 - 1970).  The exhibit represented jazz, gospel, doo wop and R&B.  Group harmony enthusiasts loved items and photographs related to the R&B groups, the Vibranaires,, Vibes, Mar-Keys (Lenny Welch), Juveniles (no recordings), Blenders (no Recordings), Uniques, Endeavors, Ray Dots, V-Eights, Darchaes, Broadways, Moments, Ray Goodman & Brown and Bobby Thomas' Orioles.  Gospel vocal groups included in the exhibit include the Golden Harmonaires, Missionary Jubilaires, Union Gospel Singers, Carolina Crusaders, Golden Harmonettes and Willing Workers.  The jazz section of the exhibit included early photos of Count Basie, Claude Hopkins, Donald Lambert, Fats Waller, Sonny Greer, Cozy Cole, Vivian Eley, the Squires of Rhythm, the Cubops and many more.  The exhibit drew much interest from the press, including a front page article in the Asbury Park Press, and was well attended especially during the city's Light of Day concert series.  Photo above: Pam & Charlie with Billy Brown (Broadways, Moments, Ray Goodman & Brown) and Ron Coleman (Broadways) at the Heaven Gallery exhibit.  To see photos of the making of the exhibit, set up at the Heaven Gallery and the opening reception, click Heaven Gallery.  To read Chris Jordan's article in the Asbury Park Press about the exhibit click APP article.
 

Sign from Asbury Park's legendary Turf Club to be restored

If you visited our exhibit at Monmouth University, you no doubt saw the giant marquee from Springwood Avenue's legendary Turf Club.  Yes, it's in poor condition but it was rescued by the Asbury Park Historical Society and became the centerpiece of our exhibit.  Over its many years of existence, the Turf Club featured hundreds of acts from jazz to R&B, including the Vibranaires and Broadways.  The APHS had sought to raise money to retore the sign, but estimated for its restoration exceeded $10,000.  We've now learned that Kevin White of Allied Environmental Signage of Farmingdale NJ has offered to restore the sign to it's original condition at no cost to the Society.  The sign is now at White's shop and he is working to discover the original colors, as the sign appears to have been painted three or four times.  When restoration is complete, the sign will be again added to our music exhibit when it moves to a central NJ museum in late May.  We'll likely have a re-lighting ceremony, as the sign has not been lit in over 30 years.  To read about the sign visit APP Turf Club article.

 

Kenny Gamble to make "The Sound Of Philadelphia: The Musical"?

Coming on the success of Broadway's "Motown: The Musical," Philly.com reports that Kenny Gamble is exploring the possibility of making a new musical about the legendary Philadelphia soul music record company, Philadelphia International Records. We must admit, we're intrigued with the possibility of seeing songs by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, O'Jays and Three Degrees hit Broadway.  Read the whole article by clicking TSOP on Broadway.   
 
 

Sigma Sound Studio building sold.  To be turned into condos.

Speaking of Philadelphia International Records, the world famous studio at 210 - 214 North 12th Street in Philadelphia, where all the "Sound of Philadelphia" records were recorded has just been sold and will be converted into condos.  The 13,000-square foot building was purchased for $1.55 Million. The building was constructed in 1930.  In 1968, Joe Tarsia opened Sigma Sounds Studios there.  In the 1970s and 1980s Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff used the studios for their Philadelphia International Records, turning out hit after hit.  Sigma Sound Studios was where the “The Sound of Philadelphia” was born.
This is the second landmark music site in Philadelphia to be lost. Last Fall, the former home of Philadelphia International Records and Cameo-Parkway Records at 309 S. Broad St. was demolished to make way for a new hotel and residential tower.
 

CD Review: "Sonny Til & the Orioles, Live in Chicago 1951" (Uptown #27.77)

Here's a CD that came out in the Fall, that deserves special attention.  We, along with most music historians, consider the Orioles to be the first true R&B vocal group.  Their groundbreaking recording of "It's Too Soon To Know" in 1948 started it all.  In spite of the fact that the Orioles were hugely popular and made countless recordings, no live video or audio has turned up of the group from the early days.  That is until now!  While historians will continue to search for video, an audio tape has surfaced (two complete sets) from a 1951 performance by the Orioles in Chicago.  The sound quality is surprisingly good and the historical value of this CD is beyond comprehension.  Listening to the Orioles sing live in 1951 adds a whole new dimension to appreciating this iconic vocal group.  Along with the live versions of Orioles' standards like "It's Too Soon To Know," "Barbra Lee," "What Are You Doing New Years Eve" and "You Are My First Love," there are previously unheard treasures like Johnny Reed leading "Old Man River".  There are 14 tracks in all and a great 44-page  liner notes booklet by Marv Goldberg and Dave Penny.  This CD is a "must have" for fans of R&B harmony.  For a full review and a link to purchase the CD click our Bookshelf Page.

"Soul Harmony" - Long awaited musical about Deborah Chessler, Sonny Til & Orioles opens in Portland, OR, April 16.

We've been aware that a musical about Deborah Chessler and Sonny Til & the Orioles was in the works for some time now.  We're excited that the opening is finally approaching.  Deborah Chessler, was, for those who don't already know, the songwriter, manager and driving force behind Sonny Til & the Orioles.  It is the Orioles who are considered the first of the Rhythm & Blues groups.  It was Deborah's songs like "It's Too Soon To Know" "Tell Me So" and "Forgive And Forget" that helped propel them to the top of the entertainment industry in 1948.  The musical's script, written by Alan Berg and Janet Mauser, tells the story of the young black vocal group's rise to fame under the guidance of Chessler, a talented white woman.  At a time when America was still largely segregated, the challenges were staggering.  "Soul Harmony: The Story of Deborah Chessler, Sonny Til and the Orioles," by nature, has an incredible plot and great music. The musical is made even more remarkable, knowing that Sonny Til's part will be played by his grandson, De'Sean Dooley!  It opens April 16, 2015,and runs through May 3 at the Brunish Theatre in Antonett  Hatfield Hall, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, 1111 S.W. Broadway in Portland. The production includes classic rhythm-and-blues songs by Chessler, plus original songs written by Michael Allen Harrison with lyrics by Berg, Janet Mouser and Harrison. The musical is directed by Kirk Mouser and Julianne Johnson-Weiss with musical direction by Harrison and choreography by Jehn Benson.  To read a review of the musical click  Soul Harmony   For info or tickets, visit Stumptown Stages website.  We'd love to see this come to Broadway!

Paul Lucas of Philadelphia acappella group, A Moments Pleasure, dies

Words can not adequately express our deepest sorrow to hear of the passing of our friend, Paul Lucas, long time member of the Philadelphia acappella group, A Moments Pleasure.  Paul died February 5, 2015.  He was 73.  Paul's group, A Moments Pleasure, was frequently heard on Charlie Horner's radio program in the 1980's and 1990's.  Our sincere condolences to Paul's wife Charlotte and his family.  We'll miss him.  Paul is second from the right in the above photo.

2015 Portsmouth Gospel Concert another great time!
 

On February 22, 2015 we made the trip down to Portsmouth VA to see Rev. Brenda Boone's annual Gospel concert.  It was another memorable event with many great quartets including the Sensational Nightingales, Frankie Davis & the All Stars, King David's Harp, the Gospel Travelers of Garysburg NC, Rev. Luther Barnes & the Sunset Jubilaires and many more.  Of course it was also great seeing many friends like Rev. Brenda Boone, Frankie Davis  (Golden Gate Quartet), Sister Mattie Wood, George Hale (Southern Hummingbirds), Grover Rook (Gospel Travelers), King David's Harp and many others.  To see a review of the concert and many photos, click 2015 Portsmouth Gospel Concert.  Photo above is of the Sensational Nightingales.

Curtis Lee dies.  Known for "Pretty Little Angel Eyes".

Curtis Lee, best known for the 1961 doo wop song, "Pretty Little angel Eyes," died of cancer on January 8, 2015 at the age of 75.  Born in Yuma, AZ, Lee was discovered while singing in a Tucson nightclub by Ray Peterson who signed him to his Dunes record label.  "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" was produced by Phil Spector.  It's said that the group behind Lee on the record is Arthur Crier & the Halos.  After a short music career, Lee returned to Yuma to run a home building company.  To hear "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" click Curtis Lee.

Bill Baumbach of the Exciting Invicta's (1942 - 2015)

William H. Baubach, tenor for the Exciting Invictors, died on March 3, 2015.  He was 72.  The Exciting Invicta's formed in Middletown, PA.  In the early 1960's they recorded "I Don't Care" for the Kingston label.  To hear it, click Exciting Invictas.  Thanks to Bob Bosco for letting us know.

Book Review: "Huey 'Piano' Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues"

Everyone knows the songs “Don’t You Just Know It,” Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu, and Sea Cruise” but until now there’s been very little written about Huey Smith, the important New Orleans artist who created them.  That has all changed with the welcomed biography of Huey Smith & the Clowns written by John Wirt.  Finally we have insight into the lives of Huey and the cast that surrounded him like Guitar Slim, Bobby Marchan, Frankie Ford, Gerri Hall and Curley Moore, as well as Johnny Vincent (Ace Records) and Cosimo Matassa.  As a music historian, I mostly enjoyed the first half of the book that dealt with Huey’s life from the beginning through his major recordings.  The second half of the book deals mainly with the legal challenges and unsuccessful attempts to claim Huey's due financial compensation for his records..  Those with an interest in workings of the music industry will be saddened by Huey’s story.  This book is well researched and well written.  It could have used a discography, but otherwise is a great addition to our knowledge of early New Orleans R&B and R&R.  For a full review and a link to Amazon where you can purchase a copy, should you desire one, visit the Bookshelf Page of our website.
 

Artifacts From Our Vaults: Autographed poster from our Monmouth University Exhibit

This issue's artifact from our vaults happens to be our latest addition.  With the many celebrities attending our Monmouth University exhibit on Asbury Park's West Side music, the University's Center for the Arts had two large posters printed and laminated.  We asked visiting singers and musicians to sign both posters, with one going to our archives and the other residing at Monmouth University's archives.  The photo here is of Billy Brown (Broadways, Moments,Ray Goodman & Brown) signing our poster.  Other signees included Mavis Staples (Staple Singers), Sammy Strain (Chips, Fantastics, Imperials, O'Jays), C.J. Morris (Juveniles), Stormin' Norman Seldin,  Cliff Johnson (Squires of Rhythm), members of the Tee-Tones, Ron Coleman (Broadways), Barbara Jean English (Clickettes, Fashions), Dorian Parreott (Cu-Bops), Robert Schenck (Blenders), Jake Jones (United Gospel Singers), Patsy Siciliano (Darchaes), Ron Taylor (Del Larks), Frank Cicerale (Re-MemberThen) and many others.  [Photo by Tina Colella].
 

Book Review: "Like George: A Memoir by George Clinton"

Dedicated followers of funk music will consider this book the single most important book in their library.  And how could it not be.  Here, George Clinton, the “father of funk” gives a detailed, candid and insightful, yet entertaining look at the birth, growth and development of funk music.  From his early days with the Plainfield NJ doo wop group, the Parliaments, to the rise of the Parliament/ Funkadelic/ P-Funk conglomerate, Clinton tells how it all happened, both musically and business-wise.  Clinton holds nothing back, from his frank tales of drug use to hilarious anecdotes about his band mates.  Like his music act, I expected this book to be outrageous, and it is.  But not only is George Clinton a music genius, he is also extremely articulate.  Highly recommended for music historians, fans of funk and 70’s black music.  For a full review and a link to Amazon where you can purchase a copy, should you desire one, visit the Bookshelf Page of our website.
 

Breaking news!  Plans being finalized to expand our Asbury Park music exhibit and open it in Freehold NJ for the summer.

For those who didn't get to see our huge music and memorabilia exhibit (and those who didn't want to see it come down), we are finalizing plans to expand it to cover a century of black music (1880 - 1980) from Monmouth County NJ and open it at the Monmouth County Historical Association Museum, 70 Court Street, Freehold NJ.  An opening is planned for late May or early June 2015.  It will remain viewable for six months.  We're planning a number of events surrounding the exhibit including a re-lighting ceremony for the restored Turf Club sign for the first time in 35 years.  We've expanded the scope of the exhibit to include spiritual groups like the Fisk Jubilee Singers who regularly performed in Red Bank (their manager lived there) during the 1880's.  As the opening gets closer, we'll announce it on www.classicurbanharmony.net.

Hundreds view "Springwood Avenue Harmony" expanded exhibit at Monmouth University during February. 

Our exhibit of black music from Asbury Park moved to Monmouth University's Pollak Gallery for the month of February.  This time we expanded it to include many more photos plus the original marquee from the legendary Turf Club, Bobby Thomas' guitar, Orioles' Johnny Reed's stand up bass and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame trophy, a uniform and guitar from the Missionary Jubiliares, original copies of the Vibranaires/Vibes records, a 1966 poster of Bobby Thomas' Vibranaires opening for Sonny Til at Piner's Lounge and many more items.  About 175 people attended the opening reception including many music celebrities like Stormin Norman Seldin, Billy Brown (Broadways, Ray Goodman & Brown), Ron Coleman (Broadways), Robert Conti (Broadways), Virginia Brown (Endeavors), Caleb Morris (Juveniles), Clifford Johnson (Squires of Rhythm).  Many of the singers and musicians in the exhibit who have now passed on were represented by family members.  To see a review and many photos from the Monmouth University exhibit including the opeing reception, CUH presentation and the exhibit itself, visit Springwood Ave Harmony at Monmouth University.  For those who missed the exhibit, we're working on moving it to a central New Jersey museum for this summer.
 

Tee-Tones outstanding at Monmouth University exhibit opening reception

Those who came out to our exhibit's opening reception at Monmouth University on February 4, got an added surprise.  In addition to viewing the huge exhibition and partaking in the refreshments, they were treated to some fine acappela doo wop harmony by the Tee-Tones.  The Tee-Tones came in from Brooklyn to sing for us in the magnificent Pollak Theatre adjacent to the exhibit.  Thanks, Tee-Tones!  What a great job.  We'd definitely use them again.  To visit the group's website, click Tee-Tones
Major new TV documentary on Doo Wop Music in the works!
Classic Urban Harmony's Charlie & Pam Horner have recently had the pleasure of assisting as consultants and historians in the filming of a major documentary on doo wop music.   The documentary is being produced by Street Light Harmonies and directed by award winning and Emmy nominated director, producer and writer, Brent Wilson.  Over the past month, we had numerous conversations and correspondences with Street Light Harmonies' Teresa Page and director Brent Wilson about the origins, development and influences of doo wop music over the years.  We helped with contacts for some famous 1950's doo wop singers and suggested locations for filming.  Filming began on February 26, 2015 at Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters.  In addition to filming Charlie talking about the music, the film crew, Blue Sky Digital Media, also shot photos of items from our archives like posters, photographs, sheet music and records.  Interviews were then filmed with Sammy Strain (Chips, Fantastics, Little Anthony & Imperials, O’Jays), Billy Brown (Broadways, Moments, Ray Goodman & Brown) and Ron Coleman (Uniques, Broadways) at our Monmouth University exhibit followed by interviews with Vito Picone (Elegants) and Barbara Jean English (Clickettes) in Asbury Park.  Many more interviews are planned.  To see photos from the first round of filming click Doo Wop Documentary.  Photo above: Sammy Strain interview being filmed at our Monmouth University exhibit (courtesy of Eileen Reinhard).
 

Kenneth Kelley dies at 72.  Last of the founding members of the soul vocal group, the Manhattans

Kenneth Kelley, last surviving founding member of the Manhattans, died on February 17, 2015, just two months after the passing of two other Manhattans members, Blue Lovett and Sonny Bivins.  Kelly was born in Jersey City on January 9, 1941.  He is in the center of the top row in the above photo.

Danny Austin of the Creators, Ad Libs, Spellbinders dies

In yet another loss to our music community, we've just learned that Danny Austin of the Ad Libs and Spellbinders, died Sunday, February 22, 2015.  Danny was an original member of the group, who started as the Creators (T-Kay and Philips labels).  To read our bio of the group that made famous the song, "The Boy From New York City," click Ad Libs  [Thanks to Norman Donegan of the Ad Libs for letting us know.]

 

Quiet Storm is Back!
When we heard that the versatile Philadelphia vocal group had disbanded last summer, we were fearful that the area had lost one of its premier singing groups.  Quiet Storm was know to sing everything from Doo Wop, R&B and Soul to Gospel harmony, either acappella or with a band.  Quiet Storm had gone through personnel changes in the past, though the group's founder, Kamau "Smitty" Akiba, had always maintained the same top notch sound, with only the area's most talented voices.  Thus, we were relieved to hear recently that Quiet Storm was back, with some of the original members of the group.  Rejoining Smitty in the revived Quiet Storm are Martin Bentley, Jerome Johnson, Rich Hidlebird and a new member, James B. Walker.  Quiet Storm made their first comeback appearance March 7, 2015, on Jim Bakay's WRDV radio program.  The group sounded in fine form, singing "I'm Coming Home," Sincerely," Trickle Trickle," "I'll Be Forever Loving You," "She Is Mine" and "Farewell My Love".  To see a video of the group singing "Farewell My Love" click Quiet Storm on WRDV.  Quiet Storm has also prepared a show where they sing all songs made famous by the Dells, which they will be debuting on April 4 at the South Philly String Band Club (see our Events Calendar for details).  Photo of the group at WRDV, courtesy of Jim Bakay.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces Steve Cropper as presenter for the Five Royales 2015 induction.

When the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts the great R&B vocal group, the Five Royales, on April 18, 2015, the presenter will be guitar legend, Steve Cropper.  Cropper, musician, songwriter and producer, as member of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the MG's, was one of the architects of the "Stax Sound".  The Five Royals often played Memphis' Beale Street, so Cropper was well aware of the group's influence.  Though we believe none of the original members of the Five Royales are still with us, it's good to see them recognized by the Rock Hall.
 

Tommy Hedden of Satan & the Angles passes at 65.

We were saddened to hear that Tommy Hedden, former lead singer of the Trenton, NJ, acappella group, Satan & the Angels, passed away on February 10, 2015.  He was 65.  Hedden was the lead on most of the sides that Satan & the Angels recorded for their 1960's LP, Blue Eyed Soul Acappella He's shown in the red jacket, above.  He later sang with the group, Memories.  The complete story of Satan & the Angels can be found on www.classicurbanharmony.net by scrolling down to Articles by Us on the left hand side.  .  To hear Tommy leading the group on "Remember Then" on YouTube click Satan & the Angels..
 

Willie C. Jackson, last of the original Spaniels, dies at 79

Willie C. Jackson, last original member of the R&B vocal group, the Spaniels, died Wednesday February 18, 2015, of a rare lung disease.  He was 79  The Spaniels began in Gary, IN, in 1952 and began recording in 1953.  Their recording of "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight" only reached number 24 on Billboard's Pop Chart but has since become one of the most recognized R&B/doo wop songs of all time.  Jackson is seen on the far right of the above photo.

Richie Davis of the Willows (1935 - 2015).

Richard Davis, first tenor and second lead of the Five Willows and Willows died on February 2, 2015 in New York.  Richie was 79.  While the Willows biggest hit was "Church Bells May Ring," they actually were recording in 1953 as the Five Willows with songs like "My Dear Dearest Darling".  To hear Richie lead the group on "Love Bells" click 5 Willows.  We knew Richie to be a warm and friendly guy and were greatly saddened by his passing.  Richie Davis is at the top of the above photo.  [Thanks to Todd Baptista for letting us know about this.]

Latest issue of Echoes of the Past (#111) is out.  Contains our article on the Endeavors plus much more!

 
The latest issue of Echoes of the Past magazine (#111) is now out and it's another great one.  It has our article on the Endeavors on the J&S label, a group out of Asbury Park NJ.  Their story also touches on the careers of Lenny Welch & the Mar-Keys and the Ray Dots on the Vibro label.  To hear the Endeavors sing their only (and extremely rare) record, click "Suffering With My Heart".  Of course, this issue also has many great articles like Bob Bosco's article on the Royal Lancers, George Frunzi's article on Morris Wade & the Columbus Pharoahs, Steve Kahn's article on the El Domingos ("Evening Bells") plus regular columns by Nay Nassar and Larry Stidom.  To subscribe to Echoes (it's only $16.99 per year for 4 issues), contact Bob Belniak at echoes.past@yahoo.com.

From Paul Ressler's Archives - Rare photo of the Soul Stirrers on Aladdin

Each newsletter we try to feature a rare photo from our friend Paul Ressler's extensive archives.  This issue, we've selected a rare photo of the great gospel group, Soul Stirrers from the late 1940's.  This was before Sam Cooke joined the group.  The group was recording for the Aladdin label at the time.  We file 21 78's by the group on Aladdin and every one is great!  Thanks, Paul, for another great photo!

Our Website has now passed 110,000 visitors!

Somewhere along the line, our website passed 110,000 visitors.  Actually, we're now approaching 112,000 visitors, but who's counting?   Thanks to all of you who've been checking our website for the latest group harmony news.  If you haven't been to our site in a while, click on www.classicurbanharmony.net.  We recommend our Events Calendar page where you'll see not only our upcoming presentations but group harmony concerts we support.

Latest issue of A Touch of Classic Soul features articles on the Drifters, Continentals, Andantes, Joneses, much more!

Kudos to Marc Taylor for another great issue of the newspaper style magazine, A Touch of Soul.  This issue (2015 Vol. 10, No. 1) has a definitive cover article on the Drifters.  We thought we knew everything about the Drifters, but Marc's uncovered things we didn't know.  The magazine is mostly about soul artists, but it always includes at least one article about 1950's vocal groups and this issue has article article about one of our favorite groups, the Continentals ("Dear Lord," "Picture Of Love").  We also love the soul group articles about the Andantes, Switch, and the Joneses.  If you'd like to subscribe, A Touch of Classic Soul is $5 an issue ($25 for six months or $50 for one year).  Contact Marc at Aloivta2@aol.com.

Truck crashes into Attic Records warehouse.

Those of us with sizable collections of phonograph records live in constant fear of catastrophic events such as hurricanes, heavy snow loads, etc., that could wipe out years of collecting in a moment.  That's why it's particularly disturbing to hear stories like this one.  On Friday night, February 20, it was reported that a truck crashed into Attic Records in Millvale (Pittsburgh), PA.  As used record stores slowly disappear, Fred Bohn's Attic Records has been one of an increasingly few such enterprises to survive.  Apparently the truck driver's foot became stuck between the floor and the gas petal and he crashed into the building.  Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt and Fred Bohn reported on his FaceBook page that the truck hit his warehouse across the street, not the store itself.  We hope not many records were not damaged.  [Photo from CBS Pittsburgh]      

Lorraine Anthanio, lead of the Socialites dies at 70.

W Lorraine Anthanio, lead singer of the Bronx vocal group, the Socialites (Arrawak, Mercury, Warner Brothers labels) died January 6, 2015.  She was 70 years old.  George Frunzi recently published an article about Lorraine & the Socialites in Echoes of the Past magazine (#103).  (Thanks to Gordon Skadberg for letting us know.

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 By Us..

Past Issues of the CUH Newsletter Now viewable on line

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