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.
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.
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.”