The Doo Wop genre of rhythm and blues is one of the most influential eras of music of all time. It gave many artists the voice that they so desperately craved and is responsible for thousands of memorable songs. This live concert event featured a few of Doo-Wop’s legends.
Shirley Alston Reeves, the former lead singer of The Shirelles:
Reeves, a doo-wop legend herself, started The Shirelles and her golden vocals led them to fame and popularity. The group managed to combine Doo Wop, Rhythm and Blues, and Pop music into a blend that was popular amongst all people. One of her songs is also included in the hit movie Dirty Dancing.
Her notable hits include “Sha La La”, “Baby It’s You”, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, “Tonight’s the Night”, “This One Is Dedicated To Love”, and their five million-selling hit “Soldier Boy”.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs:
These Doo-Wop legends originally known as The Royal Charms, The Gladiolas, and the Excellos, this R&B and Doo Wop group is famous for their soulful music tracks which have been featured in many movies including Dirty Dancing.
Notable Doo Wop Hits:
Their notable hits include “Little Darlin”, “Stay”, “I Remember”, “I Remember”, “Come Along”, and “May I”.
Inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
JT Carter, Originator of The Crests:
The Crests were an American R&B and Doo Wop group formed by JT Carter in the mid 50s. They became famous for their unique vocals as well as their appearance. As a favorite among teens of that time they could often be heard playing in jukeboxes around the nation.
Notable Doo Wop Hits:
Their notable hits include “16 Candles”, “Six Nights a Week”, “The Angels Listened In”, “A Year Ago Tonight”, “Step By Step”, “Trouble in Paradise”, “Sweetest One”, “Little Miracles”, and “Guilty”.
Member of the Grammys. Inducted into the United in Group Harmony Association Hall of Fame, The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, The Doo-Wop Hall of Fame, and The Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame.
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Acts and Performers
Shirley Alston Reeves former Lead Singer of THE SHIRELLES
1996 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Shirley Alston Reeves is loved by all who have had the pleasure of meeting and hearing her golden vocals. Raised in Passaic, NJ, Shirley Alston Reeves started The Shirelles and sang lead vocals for the group. The Shirelles were discovered and recorded after performing in an auditorium program. Their very first single release was “I Met Him on A Sunday. The Shirelles soon became known throughout the world when they placed six singles in the Top Ten, and their songs include such hits as “Sha La La” ” Baby, It’s You” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, was featured in the colossal hit movie “Dirty Dancing” with Shirley on lead vocal. “Mama Said” also led by Ms. Reeves was used in a major promotional campaign for Pepto Bismol. Other hits include “Tonight’s The Night” “Baby It’s You”, the soulful sounding “This Is Dedicated To The One I Love”, “Foolish Little Girl”, and the group’s 5 million selling hit “Soldier Boy”. This particular song touched so many lives and hearts. In their prime, The Shirelles bridged doo-wop, pop, rhythm and blues and reached across racial lines in divisive times, finding music could make differences fall away.
Her show is designed to please even the toughest musical appetites! So come and enjoy a legend as Shirley Alston Reeves sings personally for you. The Shirelles, you may remember! Legendary lady Shirley Alston Reeves, you will never forget!
Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs
In the late 50’s and early 60’s Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs were an American Doo-Wop/R&B vocal group originally known as The Royal Charms and the Gladiolas.
The song “Little Darlin’” was a #11 hit on the R&B chart in 1957. In the spring of 1959, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs performed at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Around that time, the group split and reformed. The members were Williams, Gatson, Wiley Bennett, and Charles Thomas. Later, Little Willie Morrow and Albert Hill were added. In the early summer of 1959, the band recorded in a Quonset Hut on Shakespeare Road in Columbia. One of the last tracks that they recorded that day was “Stay”. After taking the demo of “Stay” to Herald Records in New York City, the song was pressed and released in early 1960. “Stay” is the shortest recording ever to reach number one on Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.
Later versions of “Stay”, by the Four Seasons (1964) and Jackson Browne (1978), reached the Top 20 in the U.S., each selling over one million copies in the United States alone. The inclusion of the Zodiacs’ “Stay” on the soundtrack to the film Dirty Dancing in 1987 led to the song selling more records than it had during its original release. After the unforgettable ‘Stay’ the group did songs such as ‘I Remember’ (1961), ‘Come Along’ (1961), and ‘May I’ (1966). “May I”, became, over the years, another million-selling record.
JT Carter originator of THE CRESTS
The Crests were an American Doo Wop group formed by bass vocalist J. T. Carter in the mid 50’s. Their most popular song, “16 Candles”, rose to #2 on the Billboard hot 100 chart in 1959, selling over one million copies, earning a Gold Disc.
The group included Talmadge Gough, Harold Torres and Patricia Vandross (sister of R&B singer Luther Vandross). Carter selected vocalist Johnny Mastrangelo (shortened to Johnny Maestro) as lead vocalist for the group. Maestro’s vocal quality & style along with J.T.’s application of the group’s vocal harmonies & choreography gave “The Crests” their unique look and sound which became instantly recognizable and they became a jukebox favorite of national teen audiences. This magical combination plus great song selections and recordings with dance-easy beats, made for charted hits.
The group had several Top 40 Hits including the #2 hit, “16 Candles”, “Six Nights a Week”, “The Angels Listened In”, “A Year Ago Tonight”, “Step By Step” and “Trouble in Paradise”, “Sweetest One”, “Little Miracles” and “Guilty” to name a few . The group performed on several national TV shows, including American Bandstand and The Dick Clark Show. J.T. Carter wrote and recorded “Closer to Your Heart” and “The Wild Ones” originally written for Jordan Christopher’s’ Group “The Wild Ones”. J.T. Carter has appeared on multiple TV and Radio Shows. In March of 2015 Carter was accepted as a member in The Record Academy aka the Grammys.
Eugene Pitt of THE JIVE FIVE
The group formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1958, with Eugene Pitt, Jerome Hanna, Richard Harris, Thurmon “Billy” Prophet and Norman Johnson. The group found success in 1961 with ‘My True Story’, which reached No. 3 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
The group re-organized in 1962, with Pitt, Johnson, Hanna’s replacement Andre Coles, Casey Spencer and Beatrice Best. They recorded ‘What Time Is It’ and ‘These Golden Rings’ for Beltone, before switching to United Artists Records, where they had a hit with ‘I’m A Happy Man’. In 1970, the group recorded as “The Jyve Fyve”, and had a minor hit with ‘I Want You To Be My Baby’. They changed back to The Jive Five in 1978. At this time, the lineup was Pitt, Spencer, and the returning Beatrice Best and Richard Harris. The group was re-organized in 1982, with Pitt, Best, Charles Mitchell, and Pitt’s brothers Herbert and Frank.
In 2010, Pitt released his first solo album called ‘Eugene Pitt’s Steppin’ Out In Front I Love Beach Music’. In 2012, Pitt worked on Aaron Neville’s album ‘My True Story’, titled in honor of Pitt’s signature song. The album was co-produced by Don Was and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. Pitt sang background vocals on the entire album, and brought Bobby Jay, Dickie Harmon and Joel Katz to sing background with him. It was Neville’s biggest selling album to date, and a PBS Special resulted in the collaboration.
Eugene Pitt & The Jive Five continue to perform and record today. The current lineup is, Eugene Pitt, Richard Harris, Casey Spencer, Herbert Pitt and Dickie Harmon. They are working on a combination gospel/Christmas album, to be released in the coming year. Eugene Pitt wrote the songs for the album, and the gospel side takes the group back to their roots.
Jimmy Stephens and THE SAFARIS
The Safaris were an American pop group of the early 60’s from Los Angeles, California.
The Safaris formed in 1959, and the following year released their debut single, “Image of a Girl”. The song was a hit in the United States, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
With lead singer Jimmy Stephens, their followup single was “Girl With The Story in Her Eyes”, followed by a great cover of “In The Still Of the Night”, as well as “Summer Nights”, “Garden of Love” and many others included in their album.
They toured with The Platters, Jackie Wilson, The Fleetwoods, Brenda Lee, Johnny Burnette and other recording artists through the years, and appeared on the PBS special “Doo Wop Love Songs” in 2007.
Now working more than ever, they still have that beautiful mellow sound of “Image Of A Girl”.
With special guest Acapella Doo Wop group from San Diego, Ca. THE ROYALS
Hosted by LA Radio DJ Legend “The Hullabalooer”
The Hullabalooer, aka Dave Hull, is a Los Angeles radio personality voted one of the top ten LA radio personalities of all time. Dave Hull began his radio career in 1955 at KGFL in Roswell, New Mexico then reached LA in 1963. Hull became close with The Beatles in 1965 & helped plan their 1966 concert at Chavez Ravine (Dodger Stadium). Hull worked closely with The Beach Boys, The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, appeared in an episode of The Monkees, hosted American Top 40, Dial-a-Weirdo call-in show in the 70’s and Matchmaker(Tv show) in the 80’s.