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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #375 on: November 06, 2018, 09:08:02 AM »
 In those previous 25 or so pages of Doo Wop Music, I think it is safe to say that many of us who were around in those days, remember most of the words to many of these songs some 50 years later. We would sing along with them while listening on our AM car radios. Before any FM channels were around, or any thoughts of the "Satellite Radio" of today.

 In reply # 372, G-man post two videos. One of them being a 21 year old younger generation singer by the name of Chris Ruggiero. He is joined by the original lead singer of the group called "The Earls", his name Larry Chance.
 Today Larry Chance (real name - Larry Figueiredo) is 78 years old. He still sings GREAT, and now Two Generations later, the song he sang and made so famous back in the 1960s is still being sung today by this 21 year old.

 Would this once so famous Doo Wop Music ever come back with the younger generation of today ?
 I really don't think so. But I think listening to this young guy sing shows it could, and maybe gives a few of us some hope.

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #375 on: November 06, 2018, 09:08:02 AM »

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #376 on: November 17, 2018, 10:02:04 PM »
 It's Great Coffee and Great Music.

 Of a time that has gone by - when legends of flame were extinguished too soon.

 It's the Doo Wop Coffee Shop located in Starbuck, Minnesota.

    
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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #377 on: November 18, 2018, 09:39:25 AM »
My kind of place Willy. Thanks 8)

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #378 on: November 18, 2018, 10:30:15 PM »


 It's the Doo Wop Coffee Shop located in Starbuck, Minnesota.

 

 A further check regarding the above video of the Doo Wop Coffee Shop shows that the Doo Wop singer named Bobby Vee passed away on October 24, 2016.

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #379 on: December 17, 2018, 03:28:15 AM »
This video is from awhile back but for those that may not have seen it i will post it....FDNY FF Michael Kiefer LAD*132 was murdered at 25 yrs of age on 9-11-01.....He & his Dad were Doo Wop fans ....his Dad's speech posted here was in 2010 at a Memorial Tribute to the late Johnny Maestro of "The Brooklyn Bridge" & the group at QNS College...Les Cauchi mentioned by Mike's Dad in the video is a fellow Vietnam Vet & an member of "The Del Satins"  & then the original "Brooklyn Bridge" & still a member of the present day "Brooklyn Bridge"....Les sometime when performing in NYC overnights here as he is related to our friend... Thank You to these modern day performing artist's who carry on the decent tradition of Music without cursing or attacking another group & Continued Rest In Peace to Michael & ALL from 9-11-01 & from related sickness after from that day.....   
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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #380 on: December 17, 2018, 09:04:20 AM »
 A Brother Firefighter/friend saw Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge his last show on January 17, 2010, where he performed at the Mohegan Sun Casino before Johnny had passed away. My friend told me that he had no idea at the time that Johnny had been so sick because his performance was as great as all the others he had seen him at before.

 The group was also a favorite with my wife and I think we saw them play about four times as well.

 Here is one of those songs that FDNY FF Michael Kiefer's dad mentions in the above video sung by Johnny Maestro less than one year (July 19, 2009) before his passing. Johnny Maestro passed away on March 24, 2010.

 Thank you Johnny for giving us your best and May You, and FDNY Firefighter Michael Kiefer and those lost as a result of that horrible day on 9/11, Rest in Peace.

  
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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #381 on: December 17, 2018, 12:55:12 PM »
I would like to add this to the post. Les and myself both Nam vets also attended Power Memorial Academy H.S. Les was a yr behind me.Les was an original member of "The Del Satins" who came from the east side of Manhattan.Three original Del Satins became the Brooklyn Bridge with Johnny,Les, Richie and Tommy Ferrara. R.I.P. Richie.Les and Tom still perform with The Bridge last I heard.I forgot to add that The Del Satins backed up Dion on all his solo tunes before he went on to The Gospel tunes,
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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #382 on: December 22, 2018, 09:38:51 PM »
 The Mohegan Sun Casino will be featuring "Bowzers Rock & Roll Doo Wop Party XVIII" on Sunday January 20th at 3:00 pm.

 This may NOT be the original singers but it includes the names of:

 Little Anthony & the Imperials
 The Drifters
 The Tokens
 Freddy Cannon
 The Chiffons
 The Harptones
 Kathy Young
 Johnny Contardo

 Special guest - FDNY Firefighter Frank Pizzaro

 Info - https://newsroom.mohegansun.com/2018/10/15/bowzers-rock-n-doo-wop-party-volume-xviii-at-mohegan-sun/   

 Frank Pizzaro singing "My Prayer"

  

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #383 on: December 27, 2018, 04:48:51 AM »

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #384 on: December 27, 2018, 08:32:40 AM »


 What a DIFFERENT Time it was.

 I'm just glad I was around to see it and enjoy it.

 Maybe some of us are living in the past, but we all know, "it will NEVER be the same again".

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #385 on: December 27, 2018, 08:49:02 AM »
Yes, those were the days. It's unfortunate that none of the original Duprees are with us today and there are a few groups going around using their title. Just like the Drifters and the Platters to name a few.

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #386 on: January 16, 2019, 03:58:04 AM »
DADDY'S HOME....

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #387 on: January 21, 2019, 04:38:36 AM »
KENNY VANCE & THE PLANETONES  TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY MAESTRO....note the square lapel pins are a replica of the 9-11 Postage Stamp.... 

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #388 on: January 21, 2019, 11:36:57 AM »
 As reported to you in Reply # 382, "The Bowzers Rock & Roll Doo Wop Party XVIII went on at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Sunday afternoon, January 20th. It was a GREAT Show that lasted about 4 hours from 3 - 7pm featuring ALL of the above singing groups. Including the now 90 year old original lead singer of "The Harptones", Willie Winfield. He did a GREAT JOB.

 In hopes of keeping the Great Music of those Doo Wop Days from the 1950s into the early 60s alive today, many of the original singers have been replaced. Such is the case of the famous group known as "The Platters". When the lead singer of that group, Herb Reed passed away in June, 2012, there was an effort to keep their music alive. As a result, Herb Reed was replaced by Retired FDNY Frank Pizarro of the FDNY. Perhaps the most well known Retired Firefighter across the entire country among the millions of Doo Wop fans.

 So what happened next at the Mohegan Sun Arena, may NOT surprise some of the members of this site. When that Famous Doo Wop Singer Frank Pizarro, Retired FDNY Member, learned that Willy D was out there in the audience, Frank made a Special effort to get his picture taken with him.

 So folks, as it goes, there is now a famous picture of Willy D, aka "NFD2004", taken with Retired FDNY Member Frank Pizarro, now the lead singer of the famous Doo Wop Group known as "The Platters". I'm going to pass that famous picture onto some members who I am quite familiar with so they can verify it's existence.

 Now for all of you Doo Wop Fans and members of this site, there's more to tell.

 I DO have a picture taken with Frank Pizarro, lead singer of The Platters. The story that I just told you - I "wish" happened that way. The story that when Frank found out that Willy was in the audience, "he" wanted to get "his" picture taken with Willy D. But for the members of this site only, "that's NOT really how it went".

 Actually what happened was during the intermission I was standing in the lobby with another fire buff friend who had also gone to this Doo Wop show. As we were standing there, as luck would have it, Frank Pizarro happened to be walking by. I stopped him and asked him if I could get a picture of him and I together. I told him I was a buff and had retired from the fire department here in Connecticut.

 So with that, I then proceed to take one of those "selfie photos" using my cell phone. I didn't even know how to do it, so Frank showed me what button to push on the cellphone. That's how I got it. I was sure grateful for that. Thank You Brother.

 I also learned that Frank retired from the FDNY after serving the Citizens of New York City for 21 years, including responding to the World Trade Center attack on 9/11.

 In closing, I hope that Frank gets to see this and as I told him then, and I tell THE WORLD NOW, "You did a Great Job Frank" entertaining the hundreds who were at the Mohegan Sun to see the show. And as a Brother Retired Firefighter, as many here already know as I followed the work that you and your Brother and Sister Firefighters have done over the last Five Decades, "I consider you to be a part of THE GREATEST FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE WORLD".

 And for our Doo Wop Fans of this site, these are two of those famous songs that Frank sang for us at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

    

 
   

   

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Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
« Reply #389 on: January 21, 2019, 07:05:32 PM »
Here is the photo Willy took of Frank Pizarro with a homeless guy. Oh wait, that's Willy D.....