Legends of Doo-Wop

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM

As a sub-genre of R&B (rhythm and blues) and some infusions of Rock & Roll, Doo-Wop has a rich musical history.  Doo-Wop not only still influences music today, but it also has a lively fan base that remembers some of its most accomplished acts.  Affordable Music Productions has arranged outstanding shows comprised of some of the most loved artists from the Doo-Wop era.  If you love great music, you’ll love our Legends of Doo-Wop show!  Take a look at briefs of the lineup below.

Legends of Doo-Wop Groups

Charlie Thomas’ Drifters

Finding his start in a locally acclaimed vocal group in New York called The Five Crowns, Charlie Thomas would go on to make his mark on the music world.  His most known work would come with his vocal talents featured with The Drifters.  The Five Crowns found their shot after a performance at The Apollo.  George Treadwell, the manager of The Drifters, had just fired the group.  Seeking new talent, he saw the rising talent of The Five Crowns and recreated them as the new Drifters.

The newly formed group consisted of Charlie Thomas as the lead vocalist, Ben E. King as a baritone, Dock Green, and Elsberry Hobbs.  Their next release, entitled There Goes My Baby, was a hit in 1959.

Charlie Thomas would go on to lead in the Drifters hits When My Little Girl Is Smiling and Sweets For My Sweet.

Notable Hits: There Goes My Baby, Sweets For My Sweet, When My Little Girl Is Smiling

Honors: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1998 – Charlie Thomas), Pioneer Award (1999)

Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners

These legends of Doo-Wop hail from Pittsburg, the Skyliners featured the vocals of Jimmy Beaumont, Joe Verscharen, Jackie Taylor, Janet Vogel, and Wally Lester.  Over the years, a few of the members were exchanged.  However, the group continued along.  The group enjoyed Top 40 hits This I Swear, Pennies From Heaven.  Fan favorite songs of the Skyliners include It Happened Today, Close Your Eyes, and Comes Love.

Jimmy Beaumont established himself as both a Doo-Wop lead and a dramatic soul singer.  His two singles I Feel Like I’m Falling In Love and You Got Too Much Going For You.  Many fans were amazed when they discovered that Jimmy sang these songs.

Notable Hits: Since I Don’t Have You,

Honors: Vocal Group Hall of Fame (2002)

The Marcels

Named after a popular hairstyle of the 50s, the marcel wave, The Marcels formed in Pittsburg as a doo-wop group.  Nevertheless, they made a name for themselves for being able to convert memorable songs into Rock & Roll.  Their popularity skyrocketed to the point of being highlighted in the film Twist Around the Clock in 1961.  Two of The Marcels were also in the 1964 movie Bikini Beach.

 

 

Notable Hits: Blue Moon, Summertime, Heartaches, My Melancholy Baby, Find Another Fool, Friendly Loans, Teeter-Totter Love

Honors: Vocal Group Hall of Fame (2002)

 

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Acts and Performers

Charlie Thomas’ DRIFTERS

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER Charlie Thomas was a member of a group known as the Five Crowns in 1958 along with Ben Earl Nelson (later known as Ben E. King). The Five Crowns enjoyed local popularity and that is why they were on the bill at the Apollo Theater in New York City in 1958 when George Treadwell fired his famous group, The Drifters. It was Charlie Thomas’ voice that Treadwell heard and hastily recruited the Crowns to become the “new” Drifters.

The new Drifters first release in 1959 was a song called “There Goes My Baby”. This was the beginning of what is generally acknowledged as the Golden Years of the Drifters. In 1988, Charlie Thomas, along with other original members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. You can hear Charlie Thomas as a lead singer or a strong tenor background on Drifter classics such as When My Little Girl Is Smiling, Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk & more.

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Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners

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 group’s 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.

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The MARCELS

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.”

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