The Golden Era of Doo-Wop

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM

 Golden Era Of Doo-Wop

Doo-Wop has deep roots in American music.  Its rich connection to R&B (rhythm and blues) dates back to the early 1940s and still influences nearly all music types today.  If you love Doo-Wop, you’ll love the Golden Era of Doo-Wop show! The lineup of the groups in this show are as follows:

 

The Flamingos featuring Terry Johnson

There is no denying that The Flamingos are a standout act within the Doo-Wop genre.  They earned their place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by creating a string of hits and influencing innumerable singers and musicians.  The Flamingos played in the same neighborhood as Sam Cooke and unbelievably a recording label passed on them because their harmony was “too precise and flawless”.  The early group members opened for Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. During the golden era of doo-wop, they also created choreography that caught the attention of a fledgling group known as The Temptations who decided to emulate The Flamingos.

The Flamingos greatest hit is undoubtedly their rendition of Eddy Duchin’s 1934 classic I Only Have Eyes For You. Terry Johnson arranged, played guitar, and sang in this transformation of the song which has been critically-acclaimed.  Terry would go on to write, arrange, and produce songs for Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops.

Notable Hits: I Only Have Eyes For You, I’ll Be Home, A Kiss From Your Lips, Kokomo, Nobody Loves Me Like You, Mio Amore

Honors: Vocal Group Hall of Fame (2000), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001), Doo-Wop Hall of Fame (2004), Grammy Award Hall of Fame (I Only Have Eyes For You, 2003)

The Tokens

The Tokens were originally the Linc-Tones, but found no initial success.  However, after reforming under their acclaimed name, the group would make a mark upon Doo-Wop that could not be forgotten. After their 1961 hit Tonight I Fell In Love, the group was featured on American Bandstand.

Notable Hits: Lion Sleep Tonight, Tonight I Fell In Love

Honors: Vocal Group Hall of Fame (2004), Guinness Book of World Records (has performed The Star-Spangled Banner at every MLB stadium in the world (1998).

Jimmy Clanton

A self-professed student and fan of R&B, Clanton grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  By 18, he had created a band called the Dixie Cats who emulated Little Richard, Elvis, and Fats Domino.  A few years later, Clanton’s voice and style had earned an appearance on American Bandstand and found a place in the second of Freed’s rock & roll films.

 

Notable Hits:  Just A Dream, Venus In Blue Jeans, Go Jimmy Go, My Own True Love, Ship on a Stormy Sea, A letter to an Angel

Kathy Young

Kathy Young was a teen pop star of the 60’s and fondly remembered for her 1960 hit A Thousand Stars.  At 15 years old Kathy was discovered during a taping of a television show that featured The Innocents.  She introduced herself to the show’s producer and a follow-up meeting was scheduled a week later.  The result was a cover of a Thousand Stars with the Innocents backing her.  The song quickly found its way on the U.S. pop charts.

Notable Hits: A Thousand Stars, Angel Baby, Happy Birthday Blues

Affordable Music Productions

Arranging shows for audiences that enjoy Doo-Wop and other classic genres. Artists from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s are who we bring to you.  Are you ready for a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat? If so, order your tickets today!

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.

For more information, visit: http://theflamingos.com/

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The Tokens

In 1961 THE TOKENS recorded “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” on the RCA label and to date it has sold over 15 million copies and is known throughout the world. THE TOKENS’ other hits include Tonight I Fell In Love, I Hear Trumpets Blow and Portrait of My Love. They have also produced many number one recordings for groups such as THE CHIFFONS, THE HAPPENINGS and TONY ORLANDO & DAWN. True rock pioneers, they were among the first to successfully use the falsetto lead voice, a sound that later influence groups from the Four Seasons and the Beach Boys to Led Zeppelin and Rush. On July 6th of 2005, The Tokens were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

For more information, visit: http://thetokens.com/

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Jimmy Clanton

Jimmy Clanton is best known for his performance in Go Johnny Go, the 1959 Alan Freed-produced jukebox movie. Clanton was a dedicated R&B enthusiast and singer with a great voice and a genuine feel for New Orleans music. What’s more, he also wrote many of the songs that he recorded.

Jimmy Clanton’s is known for Doo-wop hits such as Just a Dream, Ship on a Stormy Sea, My Love Is Strong, Letter to an Angel, A Part of Me, My Own True Love, Venus in Blue Jeans, Darkest Street in Town, Go Jimmy Go  and Don’t Look at Me. Clanton had appearances on American Bandstand and reached Billboard Pop Chart Top 10 multiple times in his career.

For more information, visit: http://www.jimmyclanton.com/

Kathy Young

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.

For more information, visit: http://kathyyoung.com/

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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.