Doo-Wop & Rock N Roll Legends
*La La Brooks- original lead singer of The Crystal
The multi-talented La La Brooks has had an illustrious musical career ever since she began singing with The Crystals. She’s graced the world with her vocals and artistic talent, having appeared in Broadway’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona”. She was also a part of the original cast of “Hair.” Throughout the years, Brooks continued her passions by singing in live concert with other musical acts, such as Isaac Hayes and the Neville Brothers. After living abroad, Brooks has finally returned home to continue gracing the American audience with her heavenly vocals.
*The Skyliners with a tribute to Jimmy Beaumont
Best known for their incredible hit “Since I Don’t Have You,” the Skyliners have certainly left their impression on the music industry. The Skyliners made frequent appearances on American Bandstand and were even part of the live concert tour, “Caravan of Stars.” From the beginning, it was clear that Dick Clark was an avid supporter of the group. And obviously, he wasn’t the only one. The R&B community enthusiastically embraced this talented group due to its numerous appearances at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.
One of the most popular doo wop groups in music history, The Marcels were known for turning pop classics into rock n roll hits. The group’s record-breaking hit “Blue Moon” went #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100, sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, and was recognized by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs to shape rock n roll.
The Chantels were one of the first African-American female groups to reach national success in the United States. Their beautiful sound was created by fusing their classical training with the young, fresh pop sounds of the day. Lead singer and songwriter, Arlene Smith, wrote the group’s first single, “He’s Gone,” while still in high school. The string of hits continued, and The Chantels were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
The Mystics entered the rock n roll scene in the late 1950s with such memorable hits like “Adam & Eve” and “Don’t Take The Stars.” They went from recording tunes on an old recorder to having their sensational hit “Hushabye” appearing in the cult classic movie “Stand By Me.” Throughout the years, their tunes continued to penetrate pop culture, and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” can be heard playing in the award-winning HBO show “The Sopranos.” In 2015, the original Mystics were inducted into the Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame.
*The Four Preps with original lead singer Bruce Belland
The Four Preps is a male quartet hailing from the sunny, surfside beaches of Hollywood, California. The group began their stellar career at the annual Hollywood High student talent show. Here they not only won over the crowd but were signed to Capitol Records immediately. They went on to produce such hits as “Big Man,” “Lazy Summer Night,” and “Down by the Station.” However, it was their smash hit “26 Miles,” which propelled the group into stardom. It also introduced the California sound to the radio waves. Dick Clark himself coined it the first surfer hit.
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Acts and Performers
La La Brooks- Original lead singer of The Crystals
Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, The Crystals were one of the defining girl groups of the 1960s and La La Brooks was the voice of their biggest hits.
La La joined The Crystals when she was just 13 years old and was the youngest member of the group. Two years later, she became the lead singer. Coupling La La’s strong voice with Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, lightning struck twice for The Crystals in 1963.
Her first hit as lead singer was “Da Doo Ron Ron,” a top 5 hit in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Later that year The Crystals next single featuring La La on lead vocals was “Then He Kissed Me.” That song was again a smash hit in both the US and UK. It was later named one of the top hits of the 1960s. Today, both songs are well known by generations of fans and Rolling Stone magazine proclaimed each as one of the top 500 greatest hits of all time.
The Crystals disbanded and La La got married. Soon her extraordinary talent landed her on Broadway where she was featured in the original cast of the 1968 musical “Hair.” Two years later, once again Ms. Brooks had landed on Broadway featured in “Two Gentleman of Verona.”
Following a short reunion with The Crystals, La La left the group to focus on her family and later moved to Europe.
Back in the United States, La La is once again sharing her talents with the world. In 2010, she appeared on the PBS television special “My Music: Rock Pop, and Doo Wop.” Then in 2014, La La was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman, marking her return to network television since American Bandstand.
La La currently has her own group and is performing the hits her generations of fans know best.
The SKYLINERS with a tribute to Jimmy Beaumont
In 1958, Jimmy, Wally Lester and Jack Taylor from The Cresents combined with Joe Versharen & Janet Vogel from The El Rios to form the Skyliners.
True to the groups vision of combining two musical styles, The Skyliners’ blue eyed soul delivery is balanced by a full orchestra arrangement. The same concept would later prove successful for the Drifters, The Duprees and Phil Spector.
Dick Clark was an early believer in the group and featured them on American Bandstand 1959. They also made 8 appearances to the Apollo Theatre and many more visits to Bandstand.
Some of their greatest hits include Since I don’t Have You, This I Swear, I’ll Be Seeing You, Stardust, If I Loved You, Warm, Blossoms In The Snow, Believe Me, Lonely Way, How Much, It Happened Today, Pennies From Heaven, Zing Went The Strings, Happy Time, Tomorrow & Lorraine From Spain
Their music has appeared in many motion pictures including “Lethal Weapon II”, “La Bamba”, “American Graffiti”, more than a dozen others & continually appear in TV shows and commercials.
The Marcels are the guys who put the “Bomp” in the “Bomp-A-Bomp” back in 1961 when their first recording, “Blue Moon” sold over two and a half million copies. The Marcels can boast of three record albums, numerous hit singles like Goodbye To Love, Summertime, Teeter Totter Love, Sweet Was the Wine, Peace of Mind, A Fallen Tear, Over the Rainbow with sales in the millions. They also recorded “The Greatest Love” for the motion picture, “The Interns” and appeared with Chubby Checker in the film “Twist Around The Clock.” Their signature song, “Blue Moon” has been used in at least four major motion pictures and various TV shows, such as Sha Na Na, Cheers, Moonlighting, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, etc.
The Marcels, featuring Jules Hopson, Kenny Mitchell, Richard Harris and Ted “Reno” Smith bring dynamic energy to the stage with their hits as well as their “Salute To The Jukebox Giants.” The Marcels are audience favorites for both young & old & whenever they perform they define the term “Class Act.”
The Chantels are singing on the Pop and Rhythm & Blues circuit capturing audiences across the nation with their unique sound. Hear them on their new CD Eternally.
The Chantels began their journey to stardom in 1956 by a chance meeting with Richard Barrett; lead singer of the Valentines, on New York’s famed Broadway. The five girls, Arlene Smith, Renee Minus, Jacqulyn Landry, Sonia Goring and Lois Harris had attended St. Anthony of Padua Elementary School in the Bronx, New York, and were members of St. Anthony’s church choir. Their unique sound was rooted in the liturgical music of that church, and the sounds of the boy groups that sang on the street corners of the Bronx. Barrett recorded the Chantels on George Goldner’s End Record label. “He’s Gone” backed by the “Plea” were released in 1957. The next release “Maybe” became a major national hit and made the Chantels stars overnight. The Chantels are also credited with recording the first Extended Play 45 rpm record. The Chantels then began a series of nationwide tours with Alan Freed and “Murray the K” Kaufman. They also appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
In 1959 after George Goldner’s record company folded, original lead singer Arlene Smith struck out on her own. The Chantels didn’t miss a beat and in 1962, released what was to become the group’s highest charted record, “Look in My Eyes” on the Carlton label and Annette Smith on lead, under the direction of Richard Barrett. This was followed by the up-tempo “Well I told you” which was a top 20 hit, with Barrett on lead, and was the answer to Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack.”
In December 1997, Original group member Jackie Landry Jackson succumbed to breast cancer. Although this was a major loss The Chantels decided not to replace her. Jackie was the heart of the group and was the glue that held The Chantels together. She is sorely missed.
Today, The Chantels, Sonia Goring Wilson, Lois Harris Powell, Renee Minus White and Ami Ortiz who joined the group in 1996, are among the most popular and requested singing groups, performing their numerous great hits. They are among the nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2010 induction. The group’s live performance in 1999 for the PBS TV special, “Doo Wop ’50,” which featured the best vocal group stars of the 1950’s and 60’s received rave reviews nationwide.
The Chantels have in recent years appeared at the world famous Apollo Theater, Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theater, The Tarrytown Music Hall, Symphony Space and the Norfolk Music Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, all in New York; Three Rivers Stadium, White Oak American Legion and the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA and numerous other venues on the East and West Coast. The Chantels had the privilege of appearing in concert at the World Trade Center in July 2001, and also appearing in front of an audience of 125,000 Girl Scouts of America at the Washington Monument in 2002 and again in 2007 in celebration of their 90th and 95th anniversaries.
Most recently, The Chantels have appeared at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ, The State Theater in Easton, PA, The American Music Theater in Lancaster, PA, The Cannery Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Prairie Meadows Casino in Des Moines, IA, The DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, DE; and the White Oak American Legion in Pittsburgh, PA for a repeat performance of their solo show.
In January of 2011 The Chantels returned to their native Bronx, NY for a performance at the Lehman College Concert Hall. This appearance was a thrill for both the Chantels and the audience.
The Chantels are honored to have received recognition and several awards for their contribution to music.
The Chantels were nominated for induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and again in 2010.
In 1995, The Chantels were inducted into the United IN Group Harmony Association’s Hall of Fame at Symphony Space, in New York City.
In 1996, The Rhythm & Blues Foundation awarded The Chantels its “Pioneer Award” at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA.
In 2002 The Chantels were inducted into The Bronx, NY “Walk of Fame” where their name was officially posted on the Street Sign at the Bronx County Court House. That same year The Chantels were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Sharon, PA.
In 2004 The Atlanta Doo-Wop Association awarded The Chantels “The Pioneer Image Award” for their contribution to Rhythm and Blues and Vocal Group Harmony.
In 2007 The City of Wildwood, NJ honored The Chantels with a Plaque and a Star on Wildwood’s Pacific Avenue of the Stars, celebrating those who have performed in that city.
These extremely talented ladies are also featured in the celebrated “Doo Wop is Alive” photo unveiled on February 3, 2000 at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC as a salute to the pioneers of the Rhythm & Blues and Doo Wop. They were greeted as the “sweethearts of the era!”
The MYSTICS have withstood the test of time & continue to bring to their music to their fans …To be part of the audience is an experience within itself … a trip down memory lane for all ages! …
Let us go back in time to 1959. The key words here are doo-wop and harmony – light, simple & ever so beautiful. It was the late 50’s & the words were heard on the airwaves and fans sung along “ Hushabye, hushabye – oh my darling don’t you cry, Guardian angel from above – take care of the one I love”.
Today 2 Original members & Doo Wop Music Hall of Famers – George Galfo & Phil Cracolici look back with pride & a new day has begun in keeping those harmonies coming. Joining Phil & George are Rocky Marsicano (formerly of Lenny Cocco & The Chimes, Jay Siegal & The Tokens, & Manhattan Skyline), John Schena (formerly of the Dons of Doo Wop). The sound of “The MYSTICS ” still harbor the soft breezes of harmony perfection & the audience’s embrace & applause continue to shine a glow and as “The MYSTICS” continue in their quest of keeping the sounds of harmony doo-wop alive in our hearts!
Audiences are falling in love with The MYSTICS all over again and you won’t have to look far to find out why. The excitement of their live show, the tight harmonies that Brian Wilson of Beach Boys heralded as a major influence on his own group’s sound, the songs you remember – the soundtrack of our lives. The MYSTICS breathe new life into rock and roll classics and audiences can’t get enough. The MYSTICS’ legacy stretches back decades to the dawn of rock & roll but their future has never been brighter. With two original founding members and two younger additions, this quartet knows just how to bring back memories as well as create new ones.
What is The “MYSTICS Magic”?
Laurie Records were the first to recognize that magical sound when they signed the group to their first recording contract in 1959. The MYSTICS were not only recording stars in their own right, but they were asked to sing on Laurie’s recordings of almost all of their solo artists.
Legendary songwriters Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman heard it when they wrote “HUSHABYE” especially for The MYSTICS
The American public heard it when they bought “HUSHABYE” in staggering numbers, driving it up the charts where it stayed for almost 6 months!
Dick Clark heard it when he asked The MYSTICS to appear on American Bandstand…not once but twice!
Alan Freed heard it when he asked the group to appear as one of the headliners on his final tour concert, had them appear on his Fox Gala Christmas show and numerous appearances on his TV show. Freed loved The MYSTICS’ sound so much he even started using “HUSHABYE” as the closing theme of his TV show on a regular basis.
Jay Traynor heard it when he was asked to join The MYSTICS and do leads on 3 of their songs.
Paul Simon heard it when he teamed up with The MYSTICS for 2 recordings.
Connie Francis heard it when she asked The MYSTICS to sing with her on her recording “Tommy”.
Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys were inspired by it, naming The MYSTICS as a major influence on their harmony and recording “HUSHAYE” – twice.
Jay & The Americans were inspired by it and also recorded “HUSHABYE” also twice.
“The MYSTICS Magic” has withstood the test of time !! The MYSTICS were inducted into The Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame in 2015
The MYSTICS recreate their many appearances on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and sing their own hit records like “Hushabye”, “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “Don’t Take the Stars.” Those who missed “Hushabye”’s 6-month reign on the charts may also know the song from The Beach Boys or Jay & The Americans who recorded the song in tribute to The MYSTICS and still perform it in their live concerts.
Younger fans also came to know and love The MYSTICS’ recording of “Over the Rainbow” from its prominent use in the hit TV show The Sopranos. “Hushabye” was featured in the movies “Stand By Me” and “Mr. Rock n Roll — The Alan Freed Story”.
The show-stoppers of today are a combination of cover songs the MYSTICS have performed through the years and new additions of old standards from the “Top 40” history of rock and roll.
For concert events…
The MYSTICS today can open a show with house-rockers like, “Twistin’ the Night Away” and “Goodbye Mr. Blues” and the “Imperial Medley”.” For a solid closer, song like”, “Zing: and, of course, “Hushabye” never fail to bring crowds to their feet.
The MYSTICS today take audiences on an All-American musical road-trip with the New York street sounds of the 50’s, the Motown classics and California beach sounds of the 60’s, the blues-rock of Chicago, the Philadelphia soul of the 70’s and a splash of southern rock to round it out. The group’s tribute to our troops and veterans has become a crowd favorite and includes their rendition of the classic “God Bless the USA”
The Four Preps with original lead singer Bruce Belland
The sound of any great vocal group is ultimately defined by the voice of its Lead Singer. In the case of THE FOUR PREPS, that voice belongs to BRUCE BELLAND who Co-founded the Preps in 1954 while still in high school and has been their frontman ever since. Bruce is the only original member heard on every Four Preps track ever recorded.
Over five decades he’s become what one critic called “that rare creature – an Original Lead Singer from the Fab. 50’s who can still bring audiences to their feet.”
It all began in the Fall of 1954 when 35 girls and not one boy showed up to audition for the annual Hollywood High student talent show. The next day the school bulletin pleaded for “any guys out there who can do anything” and a show business tale of triumph began.
Unable to resist such amorously appealing odds, four talented and highly motivated boys in the school choir, Lead Singer Bruce Belland, baritone Glen Larson, bass Ed Cobb and high tenor Marvin Ingram, literally formed a quartet overnight and stepped into the crinoline void as THE FOUR PREPS.
After stealing the show with choice hits by their idols, The Crew Cuts, and The Four Lads, they quickly found themselves in demand for every kind of event imaginable.
“We didn’t turn anything down”, Bruce remembers. “We once performed on the back of a flatbed truck for the opening of a parking lot. They paid us $75.00; enough to buy gas and our first matching sports coats. We were totally stoked.”
In 1956 legendary Capitol Records Producer Voyle Gilmore, who recorded stars like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Louie Prima & Keely Smith, heard a tape of a live performance by the Preps and signed them to a long-term recording contract. At the time the Preps were the youngest act ever to sign with a major record label. (In an article about their signing, Variety dubbed them “Capitol’s jolly juveniles”.)
They quickly became a favorite of the nation’s disc jockeys and soon their voices blanketed the airwaves. As 1957 began, Cashbox honored them as “the most promising Newcomer of the Year.” and critics began to praise their distinctive sound – and Bruce’s Lead – as “fresh”, “clean”, “bracing”, “warm” and “rich” which inspired Capitol to renew their contract for a second year while searching for that elusive hit record.
Their first national television exposure came on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett” playing singing fraternity brothers of their former HHS classmate Ricky Nelson. That led to their first national tour with Nelson which began the same week LIFE magazine coined the term “Teen Idol” under Rick’s picture on its cover. That SOLD OUT tour created a publicity tsunami for the four talented newcomers.
Shortly after the boys returned to Hollywood, “26 Miles” (written by Bruce and Glen) hit the airwaves and their young lives were changed forever. That million-selling song (9 million at last count) about the “island of romance” became what Dick Clark called “the first surfer hit” and took the Pop world by storm. (In their recent biographies, both Jimmy Buffett and Brian Wilson cite that Preps classic as their enduring teenage influence).
Bruce and the Preps were soon featured in LIFE magazine, on countless Ed Sullivan and American Bandstand Shows and capped it off by being honored as “Newcomer of the Year” in Billboard Magazine and signing for an engagement at the world-famous Coconut Grove a scant 24 months after attending there as high school prom-goers.
Their superstar status was confirmed when they Co-Starred in an Award-winning TV Special with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney and Louie Armstrong and then in the first surfer film, “Gidget” opposite Sandra Dee, James Darren and Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson.
In 1962 The Preps’ career took another quantum leap with their first LIVE concert album, “The Four Preps on Campus” which soared to the top of the charts. One track, “More Money for You and Me”, highlighted the Preps’ uncanny vocal parodies of other groups and became a Top Ten single that the nation’s DJs voted “the novelty record of the year”.
That first LIVE album was followed by two more in their legendary “On Campus Series, “Four Preps – Campus Encore” and “Four Preps – Campus Confidential” making them the only group of their genre to ever record three consecutive “LIVE IN PERSON” albums.
For three straight years in the mid 60’s, The Four Preps were the country’s Number One College Concert Attraction, touring in their own 13 passenger plane and averaging 150 campus concerts a year. They went on to headline in Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City, the Hollywood Bowl and Greek Theater and other prestigious venues across North America, and throughout Europe and Asia, prompting Variety to describe their sold-out live performances as “all the rage these days!”.
In 1969 after a successful 15-year collaboration, the original Four Preps: Belland, Ingram, Larson, and Cobb, disbanded to pursue other highly successful individual careers in the entertainment industry.
BRUCE BELLAND – who co-wrote the Preps’ hits, has created songs for Willie Nelson, Johnny Mathis, Roy Clark, T.G. Shepherd, Sammy Davis, Lena Horne, Donny Osmond, Della Reese, Herman’s Hermits, The Mouseketeers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and written special material for Johnny Carson, Chevy Chase, Bob Newhart, Tim Conway, Steve Allen and the Smothers Brothers as well as feature films, numerous TV screenplays and theatrical productions including two on Broadway. As Producer of over 1,000 hours of TV, including “Name That Tune” and “Truth or Consequences”, he’s been a three-time Emmy nominee, senior NBC programming executive and done voices for many animated features including the Disney classic, “Jungle Book”. As Co-Author of the Official Anthem of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, he was awarded the Freedom Foundation’s Presidential Medal of the Arts and cited in the Congressional Record.
In 1989, at Dick Clark’s suggestion, Bruce, and Ed Cobb re-formed The Four Preps with David Somerville of The Diamonds and Jim Pike of the Lettermen (who was subsequently replaced by Jim Yester of The Association.) That foursome toured and recorded until Cobb retired in 1997. (Ed Cobb died in 1999 as did original high tenor Marv Ingram.)
Recently PBS asked Bruce to re-assemble a version of The Four Preps for the star-studded musical special “Magic Moments” featuring legendary hitmakers: Pat Boone, Patti Page, Debbie Reynolds, The McGuire Sisters, The Chordettes, The Platters, The Four Preps and their high school idols… The Crew Cuts and The Four Lads. Over 100 million viewers have watched that history-making Special which started a groundswell of demand for a full-blown Four Preps concert tour.
It became clear that, despite occasional personnel changes in the other three voices, Bruce’s distinctive style and sound – which once inspired Ed Sullivan to introduce The Preps as “the greatest recording group in the country” – has garnered a legion of fans that still remain loyal many decades later.
As the only original member of The Four Preps still actively performing, Bruce loved the idea of going back on tour and once again singing Lead in a great harmony ensemble. So now there’s a new touring version of The Four Preps strolling millions of Oldies lovers back down memory lane with the distinctive song stylings of the voice that has defined their music from the start.
Meet today’s other Preps:
BOB DUNCAN high tenor, is one of the harmony world’s most successful and seasoned performers. He first launched his vocal career with The Safaris’ hit “Image of a Girl” then sang with The Ray Coniff Singers, The Jubillaires gospel quartet and the Blenders on Lawrence Welk’s television show for many seasons. He went on to star with The Diamonds for twenty years and with The Crew Cuts for almost a decade before joining Bruce in The Four Preps.
MICHAEL REDMAN baritone has over five decades, performed and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Henry Mancini, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and on TV classics The Smothers Brothers, Donnie and Marie and Lawrence Welk. He’s on movie soundtracks for “Annie”, Blues Brothers”, “Big”, “Lonesome Dove”, “Apocalypse: Now”, and “Oh God, Books I, II And III”. Until joining The Four Preps, he was a key member of The Crew Cuts.
JIM ARMSTRONG The newest member of THE FOUR PREPS brings with him a colorful and well-rounded background of show business experience and diverse musical talents. As a gifted pianist, vocalist, arranger, and actor he has performed with Debbie Reynolds, Juliet Prowse, Vickie Carr and Henry Mancini at prestigious venues around the world. With his rich bass voice and unerring musical instincts, Jim provides a solid musical foundation for the Preps legendary harmonies.