Acts and Performers
The Flamingos featuring Terry Johnson
The Flamingos – loved by fans, revered by fellow singers and enshrined forever into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as eternal proof of it all. From the time he wrote and sang lead on “Lovers Never Say Goodbye”, Terry Johnson, knew he had created something transcendent. With the release of Terry’s arrangement of “I Only Have Eyes for You” a year later, The Flamingos’ reputation was cemented as the pre-eminent vocal group of their era. Rolling Stone Magazine even called them, “one of the, if not the, best” of the time. Billboard Magazine states “The Flamingos are hailed as one of the finest and most influential vocal groups in music history.” The singles and the albums – totaling 9 national smash hits – all musically and vocally produced and some authored by Terry Johnson, just kept on coming, and even though the original group splintered when Terry left in 1962, The Flamingos live on today with Johnson’s new spotlight companions, Starling Newsome, Stan Prinston and Theresa Trigg. “Nobody Loves Me Like You”, “Besame Mucho”, “I’ll Be Home”, “Mio Amore”, “Begin The Beguine”, and songs like”Ebb Tide” and “I Who Have Nothing” from their Diamond Anniversary CD are on the menu for this feast of timeless music and style. But the variety of their show is what is most outstanding. Songs from Barry White, contemporary songs like “Happy”, tribute to our troops and latin numbers that leave them dancing in the isles is what the following review reflects. ” This has been viewed as one of the best shows we have ever offered our guests.” by Tom Ducey, Asst. Director of Marketing, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, NV.
Class personified, voices of champagne, ambassadors for romance – welcome The Flamingos to the Highlander Auditorium on Saturday August 5th.
Jay Siegel’s Tokens
Born in Brighton Beach, New York, a lifelong friendship with Neil Sedaka began when both attended Lincoln High School in Brooklyn where in 1955, Sedaka formed The Linc-Tones singing group. A year later, Siegel joined the Linc-Tones and the group name was changed to The Tokens. Siegel and Sedaka and fellow Tokens Cynthia Zolitan and Hank Medress then recorded “While I Dream” and “I Love My Baby” for Melba Records. As The Tokens, they performed together on their first television show, The Ted Steele Dance Time.
In 1958 Sedaka left The Tokens to begin his amazing solo career. Siegel joined Warren Schwartz, Fred Kalkstein and Hank Medress to form Darrell and the Oxfords. Together they recorded the regional hit, “Picture in my Wallet”.
A reformed Tokens group emerged in 1961 with Mitch and Phil Margo joining Medress and Siegel. The group quickly attained prominence with the hit song, “Tonight I Fell In Love.”
In October 1961, they recorded what has become one of the biggest hit songs of all time, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” That hit song is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011. One of the seminal songs of all time, it has enjoyed a resurgence in multi-generational popularity thanks to its prominence in the long-running Broadway hit show, The Lion King.
Other major hits for The Tokens include, “He’s in Town”, “I Hear Trumpets Blow” and “Portrait of My Love”.
Jay Siegel and the Tokens have also produced many American pop classics, including The Chiffons, “One Fine Day” and “He’s So Fine”, Randy and the Rainbows, “Denise”, Tony Orlando and Dawn’s, “Candida”, “Knock Three Times”, and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon”, as well as “I Got Rhythm” and “See You in September” by The Happenings.
The Tokens were the first vocal group to produce a million-seller record for another. “He’s So Fine,” by the Chiffons. Another Token hit production by The Chiffons “Sweet Talkin’ Guy’ was co-written by music executive Doug Morris, currently CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, whose history with The Tokens goes back to Morris’ days as a staff songwriter and promotion director for Laurie Records.
The Tokens enjoyed success recording commercial jingles in the 1970s and 1980s for such products as Benson and Hedges cigarettes (“Silly Millimeter Longer”), Pan American Airlines (“Pan Am Makes the Going Great”), and Clairol hair products (“She Lets Her Hair Down”).
Over the years, The Tokens have shared the stage with such greats as The Beatles, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard.
In 2003 Siegel received an honorary doctorate from Kean University. In 2008, Jay and The Tokens were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
He and his wife Judy have three children and six grandchildren and live in Wesley Hills, New York.
Leon Hughes and his COASTERS
Leon Hughes was born May 6, 1930 in Los Angeles County, CA. and started acting with his parents as a child and toured with early lineups of the Hollywood Flames (with which he also recently acted in a 1998 revival show). He was an original member of the Lamplighters during 1952-53 (together with Mathew Nelson and Willie Ray Rockwell). Hughes left the Lamplighters before they recorded with new lead Al Frazier. Leon was recommended by Bobby Nunn (who knew him from Watts, L.A.) for The Coasters´ original line-up. Around this time (or possibly in early 1957) Leon recorded with The Celibritys (which included his brother Elder O’Neal) on Caroline and also recorded on his own label Leoneal Records with The Signeals (a group including both his brother and his sister Shirley Hughes). Leon stayed in California when the Coasters moved to New York (recorded the two Flip singles as The Dukes with Bobby Nunn in 1959) and later launched a non-original, occasionally acting, Coasters group originally featuring Young Jessie (one record on Chelan was issued as The Coasters Two Plus Two featuring him and Nunn in 1975 – and two other singles were issued as The World Famous Coasters). Hughes’ group didn´t reach the same status as Nunn´s and other Coasters´ off-shoot groups and was later called “Leon Hughes Sr and the Fabulous Coasters” often also named “Leon Hughes and his Original Coasters” or “Leon Hughes – the Original & His Coasters” and nowadays “Leon Hughes – one of the first original Coasters”.
At age 14 KATHY YOUNG caught the eye of a producer at a Wink Martindale TV show and within weeks she recorded what quickly became a #1 HIT with “A THOUSAND STARS” and became nicknamed “THE CINDERELLA OF SHOW BUSINESS “. She traveled the U.S., Hawaii and Canada with Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, The Shirrells, Bo Diddly, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Ray Charles and Neil Sedaka just to name a few and appeared on American Bandstand four times where she received her gold record for “A THOUSAND STARS”. She followed up with singles “Happy Birthday Blues”, “Magic Is The Night” and recorded a series of hit songs with Chris Montez as “Chris & Kathy”. As she did in 1960, KATHY YOUNG will “capture you in her charms” for she remains one of the brightest stars of her generation.
The Dukes Of Doo-Wop
Southern California’s Premier Acapella Group
These soulful voices originated on the streets of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New Jersey. The Dukes of Doo-Wop’s streetcorner style comes from a rich history of present group members being a part of past legendary groups such as The Five Sharks – pioneers of this genre, The Encounters, and Deke and The Blazers. Their style comes from a time when vocal quality and harmony was most important. They sang on street corners, subways, and in building lobbies, where individual voices took on the life of instruments that created melodies and vocal arrangements that filled your heart and nourished your soul. Formed in the late summer of 2011 The Dukes of Doo-Wop have come a long way in a short time. They have shared the stage with Doo Wop and Rock N Roll legends such as: The Tokens (Lion Sleeps Tonight), Norman Fox and The Rob Roys (Pizza Pie), Diamond David Somerville (Little Darlin), The Coasters, The Duprees, Kathy Young, Randy Safuto (Randy & The Rainbows), The Legendary Teenagers, The Drifters, Cleveland Stills & The Dubs, John Kuse (The Excellents), Jimmy Gallagher & The Passions, The Fleetwoods, Jimmy Charles, Brian Hyland, The Olympics, Chris Montez, Tony Middleton (The Willows), Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon, Jimmy Clanton, and Johnny Farina (Santo & Johnny) . They opened the CBS Studio Centers July 4th celebration singing live on KCAL Channel 9 and CBS Channel 2 as well as a full performance on the back lot. They have brought their talents to the Doo Wop Music Hall Of Fame headlining at the Walley Roker and The Heartbeats induction. Mr. Rock n Roll himself, Mr. Brianne Bierne, K-Earth 101 Radio personality has had The Dukes of Doo-Wop open his annual Glendale Cruise Night.
Scott Wood aka: “Mr. Punchline” has been hailed as one of the funniest Stand-up comics working today. Scott’s act garners more laughs per minute than any other comedian, and he’s being called the new Rodney Dangerfield. Scott has performed all across the United States and abroad and has appeared on ABC, NBC, FOX, the Family Channel and Comedy Central. Scott has opened for such artists as Donna Summer, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Brooks and Dunn Debbie Reynolds (Pictured) and the list goes on and on. Scott is the creator and star of the upcoming sitcom “My Life in Punchlines,” based on the life and Stand-up of this gifted comic. Scott’s clean comedy and voice impressions can currently be heard on XM Radio and he’s currently traveling throughout California opening for the “Best Of Doo Wop” with such music icons as the Platters, Drifters, Coasters and many more. Scott Wood. Stand-up comedy – Fall down funny!
This veteran performer has had some incredible career highlights over the past twenty years doing Stand-up on the stage and on television. Scott has won every comedy contest he’s entered, and was named Stand-up comedy champion after winning the Improv comedy clubs talent search for funniest comedian. Scott has studied and performed with top Improv troupes such as the Groundings, Comedy Sportz and Second City. Scott’s list of corporate credits include Toys R Us, Disney, Home Depot, Toyota, McDonald’s, Pepsi and hundreds more. Scott has appeared on several television programs and was featured on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings spotlighting his “Clean” comedy.
Show and Venue Details
Saturday, June 06, 2020
at 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
Bonita Center for the Arts
822 W. Covina Blvd.
San Dimas CA, 91773
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