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Title: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 20, 2012, 05:12:29 PM
For you members 55+ go to You tube, search for General George Babbitt. Guitarman 314 you will love this, it should be the first posting. You pups don't bother, it is the 60's Beach Boys, Ventures, Jan and Dean and madras shirts!You may have had the most fire action but you missed the best music!GG
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on April 20, 2012, 05:50:32 PM
Still have numerous Ventures and Beach Boys original LP's in very good condition. 45's by these groups and Jan & Dean, well I have them in stock also.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 20, 2012, 06:20:44 PM
Memory Master. These pups do not know what a 45 is, no it ain' a gun. Remember going to to buy the 45, had to have the district insert off the spindle. Again the pups have no idea what we are talking about glad to meet up with the old school. You did FDNY, I did BFD  And I think we did good!! Rolling Stones, Beatles, Paul Revere, Kinks,. Pups don't know!!
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on April 20, 2012, 09:15:48 PM
How about a few of those Soul Groups.... The Spinners, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Supremes, The O'Jays, The Stylistics.

  And how about we go back to Murray the "K" on a swinging swaray, with a Blast from the Past. Or Cousin Brucie.

  How about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jay and the Americans, or back further to The Platters and "Only You". Or the Diamonds with their hit "Little Darling".

  How about some of those Girl Groups. The Shirilles and their "Soldier Boy". The Angels with "My boyfriends back". The Chiffons and "One Fine Day".

  And how about the guys like Paul Anka singing about a girl named "Diana". Or Bobby Vintin with his "Roses are Red" hit.

  And the King Himself....Elvis.

  How many remember when we dialed the AM car radio to our favorite channel and played some of these. My favorite was "77 WABC".
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on April 20, 2012, 09:39:10 PM
For those more senior members you might be interested in a web site thats called www.oldfortyfives.com (http://www.oldfortyfives.com) 
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: johnd248 on April 20, 2012, 10:30:36 PM
"A town without pity"
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on April 20, 2012, 10:59:49 PM
Tomorrow night Saturday 4-21-12.....in Queens...................                                                                                                                http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/16/holycrossdoowop_all_2012_04_19_q.html (http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/16/holycrossdoowop_all_2012_04_19_q.html)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 21, 2012, 03:08:38 PM
The greatest rock and roll band, aka "The Rolling stones" relied heavily on the blues singer, such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley. And my wife remebers using the disk insert for a 45, record not gun. Nice to be able to post about the "old times" love the internet, but guys have posted at night on the porch "stoop" listening to the Yankees, the Red Sox on an AM radio. Too damn bad we could not combine the best of the 60's with today. GG
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on April 22, 2012, 08:10:22 PM
Tomorrow night Saturday 4-21-12.....in Queens...................                                                                                                                http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/16/holycrossdoowop_all_2012_04_19_q.html (http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/16/holycrossdoowop_all_2012_04_19_q.html)
Pretty good lineup, I should know since I've worked with all of them for many years.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on April 23, 2012, 12:38:41 AM
G-man, maybe some of the guys don't know but Yes, you have played as part of the band in many of the groups we are talking about. G-man knows many of the guys on a personnel and first name basis.

  But we are still waiting to get G-man to play at "Willy Ds Rock and Roll Piano Bar". www.willydspianobar.com (http://www.willydspianobar.com) (go down to the lower left and join in singing the Willy D jingle).

 
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on April 23, 2012, 12:50:29 AM
Thanks WillyD :D ;D
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on August 11, 2012, 02:30:18 AM
Mike Kelly lead singer of the "DUPREES" Passes on...RIP......
Wake for Michael Kelly, former Duprees lead singer, Tuesday in Jersey City
Published: Friday, August 10, 2012, 3:00 AM
Aiyana Cronk/The Jersey Journal By Aiyana Cronk/The Jersey Journal



Michael Kelly, one of the singers of the 1960s Jersey City doo-wop group The Duprees, died Tuesday in his North Carolina home from a series of slow-developing health complications, according to his family.

“It’s a sad day for the doo-wop nation and the thousands of fans of my dad,” said his son Joel Kelly.

Michael Kelly, who had recorded on The Duprees original demos for George Paxton, replaced Joey Vann as lead vocalist in 1964 and formally left the group in 1977, his son said.

“The first time that I heard his voice was in 1961, when he sang lead for us,” said Tom Bigalow, an original member of The Duprees.

“Whenever I would do any singing I would concentrate on my note intensely. But the first time I heard Mike’s voice he would break my concentration so much that I would almost want to stop to listen to him sing.”

“I know what mattered most to him. It was being understood and loved. Being ‘Mikey,’ ” said Joel Kelly, adding the title that most fit him was “The Natural.”

“I wish he could have experienced a normal, at peace life after the stage . . . He sure knew how to make us laugh,” Kelly said.

Michael Kelly is survived by two daughters, Dawn Herbin and Laruna “Cookie” Lambert; a son, Joel Kelly, two granddaughters, Aja Herbin and Iman Daniels; a grandson, Donahue Herbin; and a great-grandson, Satoru Sturdivant Jr.

A wake service will be held Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Funeral Home, 274 Danforth Ave., Jersey City. All floral arrangements should arrive between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For information, call (201) 333-8000.




Mike Kelly, lead singer in this video....

the duprees - you belong to me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIEBErVs0fY#)



Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on August 11, 2012, 07:01:08 AM
How about the Bronx Belmont Ave Group singing about a girl named "Sue", called "Keep away from Run-Around Sue" called Dion and the Belmonts.

  Also, maybe somebody knows. I went to a Doo Wop show a few years ago and Bouser (spelling ?.....remember him from Brooklyn) announced one group who had a member who worked a career as a NYC Police Officer and retired. Anybody know who that is ?

  As I see it, we had the Best. We had the very Best Music and it was the Best of Times to be a Firefighter, or a Fire Buff. And if you weren't a part of it, you just won't understand.

  But for the Baby Boomer Generation, Our War in Viet Nam took the lives of so many and caused permanet damage to our military members who saw action there. Very few got Thanks. We still owe them for their sacriface. I wasn't there, but I won't forget and I won't forget my buddy Ron Hisney (spelling ?) who never came back.

  I know many members on this site were a part of that War. It was a tough place to be. Thanks guys for being there and serving Our Country.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: lucky on August 11, 2012, 10:01:05 AM
One member of the Capri's later became a city police officer. They came from Ozone Park in Queens.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on August 11, 2012, 10:23:34 AM
One member of the Capri's later became a city police officer. They came from Ozone Park in Queens.

  That is it "Lucky". Thank you. Now I remember. The Capri's were one of the groups playing at the show and Bouser had said. "one member just retired from the New York City Police Dept".

  Thanks Guy, that was bugging me.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 11, 2012, 12:57:16 PM
One member of the Capri's later became a city police officer. They came from Ozone Park in Queens.

  That is it "Lucky". Thank you. Now I remember. The Capri's were one of the groups playing at the show and Bouser had said. "one member just retired from the New York City Police Dept".

  Thanks Guy, that was bugging me.
Yes, lead singer Nick Santo aka: The DooWop Cop. Unfortunately Nick passed away over a year ago. He had been ill for years with a lung removed. His wife was his caregiver for years and within 2 weeks of his passing she suddenly passed away. One of the members of "Midnite Rose" band that I play with is Tony Sergi who has been a member of the Capris for almost 30 years. Another DooWop cop is Emile Stucchio of the Classics know for their hit, "'Til Then". John Bauser puts on some nice shows up at the Casinos in Ct.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on August 11, 2012, 02:40:08 PM
One member of the Capri's later became a city police officer. They came from Ozone Park in Queens.

  That is it "Lucky". Thank you. Now I remember. The Capri's were one of the groups playing at the show and Bouser had said. "one member just retired from the New York City Police Dept".

  Thanks Guy, that was bugging me.

That was Nick Santomaria, who worked in the 112 Pct. in Queens and later at Queens Central Booking. Unfortunately, he recently passed away. "There's A Moon Out Tonight", "Morse Code Of Love" among their great songs.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: fdce54 on August 11, 2012, 05:01:59 PM
A few months back I was spinning some old lp's on my 1975 vintage Thorens turntable when my son and his friend came in and I heard the friend ask my son what the turntable was and my wise ass son replied "That's just my father taking a stroll down memory lane."
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: FDNY150 on August 11, 2012, 05:11:11 PM
Just an FYI, I may only be 38, a pup compared to some of you, but I do know what a 45 is and owned quite a few in my younger years. That was before my sister used them to practice her frisbee technique.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: fdce54 on August 11, 2012, 05:23:00 PM
Just an FYI, I may only be 38, a pup compared to some of you, but I do know what a 45 is and owned quite a few in my younger years. That was before my sister used them to practice her frisbee technique.
Ha, ha, ha, ha...........that's what the ex-wife used my lp's for when my kids were young. Love hearing those scratches now.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: FDNY150 on August 11, 2012, 05:28:33 PM
My sister had a pretty good arm. Broke quite a few of them.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on August 12, 2012, 01:33:24 AM

[/quote] Yes, lead singer Nick Santo aka: The DooWop Cop. Unfortunately Nick passed away over a year ago. He had been ill for years with a lung removed. His wife was his caregiver for years and within 2 weeks of his passing she suddenly passed away. One of the members of "Midnite Rose" band that I play with is Tony Sergi who has been a member of the Capris for almost 30 years. Another DooWop cop is Emile Stucchio of the Classics know for their hit, "'Til Then". John Bauser puts on some nice shows up at the Casinos in Ct.
[/quote]

  I saw Nick Santo at one of the Doo Wop Shows a few years ago at the Mohegan Sun Casino. I'm sorry to hear of his death. I wasn't aware of Emile Stucchio of the Classics also being a cop. Great tune "Til Then".

  Bauser always puts on a good show at the Mohegan Sun Casino. And if you get out that way, look up Uncle Willy, I'm only a short distance away.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: JOR176 on August 12, 2012, 01:40:47 AM
One member of the Capri's later became a city police officer. They came from Ozone Park in Queens.

  That is it "Lucky". Thank you. Now I remember. The Capri's were one of the groups playing at the show and Bouser had said. "one member just retired from the New York City Police Dept".

  Thanks Guy, that was bugging me.
Yes, lead singer Nick Santo aka: The DooWop Cop. Unfortunately Nick passed away over a year ago. He had been ill for years with a lung removed. His wife was his caregiver for years and within 2 weeks of his passing she suddenly passed away. One of the members of "Midnite Rose" band that I play with is Tony Sergi who has been a member of the Capris for almost 30 years. Another DooWop cop is Emile Stucchio of the Classics know for their hit, "'Til Then". John Bauser puts on some nice shows up at the Casinos in Ct.
Gman , you can add Don Cruz who sings with the Solitaires to the DooWop Cop list,I know he worked in the Bronx but not sure where.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on August 12, 2012, 08:02:42 AM
Thanks for all the information on the Doo Wop singers, and how many became New York City Police Officers. Any of them become FDMY members ?

  I have those Doo Wop videos from the Doo Wop shows, "Doo Wop 50, Doo Wop 51, Rock, Rythm and Doo Wop Greatest Songs", etc. Some Great DVDs and Great Music.

  In a little "Blast from the Past", from the "Leave it to Beaver Show", I believe the guy that played "Wally" became a member of the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

  There were No Cell phones, or Computers and I wonder how we did it. But what a Great time to grow up if you were into some Great Music and chasing fire trucks (see: "My Younger Buff Years" in History)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on August 12, 2012, 10:27:19 AM
Emil Stucchio was a Sgt. in Transit P.D. and I can't thing of his name, but a gent who sang with the "Eternals" on Babalu's Wedding Day" was a cop in the 44 up in the Bronx.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: JOR176 on August 12, 2012, 04:42:27 PM
Emil Stucchio was a Sgt. in Transit P.D. and I can't thing of his name, but a gent who sang with the "Eternals" on Babalu's Wedding Day" was a cop in the 44 up in the Bronx.

I believe his name was Herman Velez
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: JOR176 on August 12, 2012, 04:50:50 PM
Thanks for all the information on the Doo Wop singers, and how many became New York City Police Officers. Any of them become FDMY members ?


Marlowe (Lowe) Murray sang with the Fi-Tones Quintette and The Fi-Tones, as was the problem with many grps back then, they were  not making money. He became a Fireman and worked in Eng 235 and later transferred to L 132. he was hurt at a fire in 1970 and had to leave the job.he was contacted by Raul Cita and offered a job with the Harptones and sang with them until he died last year. I buffed 280 & 132 when I was a kid 10yrs old (1952) until I got married in 1963 and moved to Flatbush. I knew Lowe when he worked at the "Eye Of The Storm"
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on August 12, 2012, 05:37:44 PM
Emil Stucchio was a Sgt. in Transit P.D. and I can't thing of his name, but a gent who sang with the "Eternals" on Babalu's Wedding Day" was a cop in the 44 up in the Bronx.

I believe his name was Herman Velez

It was Ernie Sierra. Herman was with another group and sooner or later my senile mind will think of it.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 12, 2012, 07:39:20 PM
Thanks for all the information on the Doo Wop singers, and how many became New York City Police Officers. Any of them become FDMY members ?

  I have those Doo Wop videos from the Doo Wop shows, "Doo Wop 50, Doo Wop 51, Rock, Rythm and Doo Wop Greatest Songs", etc. Some Great DVDs and Great Music.

  In a little "Blast from the Past", from the "Leave it to Beaver Show", I believe the guy that played "Wally" became a member of the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

  There were No Cell phones, or Computers and I wonder how we did it. But what a Great time to grow up if you were into some Great Music and chasing fire trucks (see: "My Younger Buff Years" in History)
Yes, Don Cruz was a cop in the So. Bronx, not sure if it was the 40 or 42. He used to come to my post office window and say hi. Last time I saw him he was with Willie Winfield and the Harptones. He replaced Marlowe Murray who had passed away. BTW, Marlowe Murray was a retired member of Engine 235 and I remember how we used to shoot the breeze about firefighting in Bed-Stuy during the 60's & 70's.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 12, 2012, 07:43:13 PM
Emil Stucchio was a Sgt. in Transit P.D. and I can't thing of his name, but a gent who sang with the "Eternals" on Babalu's Wedding Day" was a cop in the 44 up in the Bronx.
  The ETERNALS (very good friends) have at least 3 former cops. Two of them were in the Aviation Unit. A funny thing that used to happen backstage was seeing them securing their weapons before going out onstage in their tuxedoes.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 12, 2012, 07:45:51 PM
Emil Stucchio was a Sgt. in Transit P.D. and I can't thing of his name, but a gent who sang with the "Eternals" on Babalu's Wedding Day" was a cop in the 44 up in the Bronx.

I believe his name was Herman Velez
Herman's one of the two former NYPD Aviation Unit cops.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: JOR176 on August 12, 2012, 11:52:14 PM
Gman, Read my reply #26,  Lowe transferred from 235 to L132 and retired from there, He lived on Van Buren St his entire life,and his answering machine had a Fi-Tones tune on it    go figure.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 13, 2012, 12:08:04 AM
Gman, Read my reply #26,  Lowe transferred from 235 to L132 and retired from there, He lived on Van Buren St his entire life,and his answering machine had a Fi-Tones tune on it    go figure.
Thanks, he mostly talked about his E235 days
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on August 13, 2012, 08:05:29 AM
"Memory, G-man, and JOR", Thanks for all that info. You guys know your stuff when it comes to my TWO favvorite subjects. Doo Wop Music and its history, and FDNY and its History.

  Thanks guys. I owe ya a Dunks, or Big Mac.

  And while I'm at it, Thanks Tommy B. and Truck 4 (Mike) for all the expense and time you put into this site, making this all possible.

  And let me just say "Hello" to all my friends out there in cyber space.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 1261Truckie on August 13, 2012, 04:58:43 PM
G-man,

As I remember, Lowe Murray transferred into L-132 from Squad 3. He was in the tiller seat when 132 was t-boned on Classon Ave and Bergen St (I think that was December 1969). That was the accident that severely injured John Bedell and seriously injured the rest of that day's crew, including Lowe who got tossed from the tiller seat. It was that accident that ultimately caused Lowe to retire.

Jim (aka 1261truckie)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 13, 2012, 06:34:30 PM
G-man,

As I remember, Lowe Murray transferred into L-132 from Squad 3. He was in the tiller seat when 132 was t-boned on Classon Ave and Bergen St (I think that was December 1969). That was the accident that severely injured John Bedell and seriously injured the rest of that day's crew, including Lowe who got tossed from the tiller seat. It was that accident that ultimately caused Lowe to retire.

Jim (aka 1261truckie)
Yes, I was a member of the "house bands" at large NYC concert venues like Westbury Music Fair, Madison Sq. Garden, Izod Arena, Mohegan Sun and A/C Casinos. Lowe was a good guy backstage, drank quite a bit but always friendly. I remember doing a show at Queens College and seeing Don Cruz in his place onstage with the Harptones. That's when they informed me that Lowe was diagnosed with cancer and was having exploratory surgery. Sadly, he was gone in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: fullalarmfirebuff65 on August 13, 2012, 11:34:16 PM
My dad worked with the lead Singer of the capris
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on August 18, 2012, 09:32:39 PM
FYI ......Public Broadcasting System  (PBS) which here in NYC is shown on WNET Channel 13 (but is shown on different channels depending on the locale) is offering a new show "Doo Wop Love Songs"....it aired earlier today & was very  good.....it is on again much later tonight which actually will be Sunday 8-19-12 from 4 am to 6 am & again Sun evening from 11pm to 1 am Mon....set your DVR .
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 18, 2012, 11:58:29 PM
I performed on one of those shows as musical director for Earl Lewis & the Channels. I've also did a CH-13 show starring Cousin Brucie (Bruce Myrowitz) that had Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge and Larry Chance & the Earls
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on August 19, 2012, 08:31:19 AM
FYI ......Public Broadcasting System  (PBS) which here in NYC is shown on WNET Channel 13 (but is shown on different channels depending on the locale) is offering a new show "Doo Wop Love Songs"....it aired earlier today & was very  good.....it is on again much later tonight which actually will be Sunday 8-19-12 from 4 am to 6 am & again Sun evening from 11pm to 1 am Mon....set your DVR .

  Thanks Chief for that info. I'm hoping that they will come out with a DVD of it because I won't be able to watch it, and I don't have a DVR. (I certainly need to get one and learn how to use it). I may just be able to catch the very end of it Sunday (8/19) evening. This is some Great Music.

  G-man, is that show that you did with Cousin Brucie out on DVD ?
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 19, 2012, 10:59:44 AM
FYI ......Public Broadcasting System  (PBS) which here in NYC is shown on WNET Channel 13 (but is shown on different channels depending on the locale) is offering a new show "Doo Wop Love Songs"....it aired earlier today & was very  good.....it is on again much later tonight which actually will be Sunday 8-19-12 from 4 am to 6 am & again Sun evening from 11pm to 1 am Mon....set your DVR .

  Thanks Chief for that info. I'm hoping that they will come out with a DVD of it because I won't be able to watch it, and I don't have a DVR. (I certainly need to get one and learn how to use it). I may just be able to catch the very end of it Sunday (8/19) evening. This is some Great Music.

  G-man, is that show that you did with Cousin Brucie out on DVD ?
Not sure if the Cousin Brucie show is on DVD but I've seen parts of it where I'm performing on youtube.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: CFDMarshal on August 19, 2012, 12:20:17 PM
GMan, give us a youtube link! I've been listening all morning trying to find your smiling face!
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 19, 2012, 12:39:10 PM
GMan, give us a youtube link! I've been listening all morning trying to find your smiling face!
I'm directing the band and nowhere near a camera on this one:   Earl Lewis & The Channels - 'That's My Desire' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N6whhgi6Ss#)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 19, 2012, 12:45:31 PM
This was at Englishtown, N.J. Racetrack back in 1997. I'm on the right wearing a baseball cap:   Earl Lewis & The Channels - The Closer You Are (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFYhCVeDMh0#)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on August 19, 2012, 02:46:33 PM
This was at Englishtown, N.J. Racetrack back in 1997. I'm on the right wearing a baseball cap:   Earl Lewis & The Channels - The Closer You Are (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFYhCVeDMh0#)

  All right now, "Lets give it up for Our G-man". "Come on, Lets hear it". Great. Thanks G-man.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: grumpy grizzly on August 19, 2012, 02:50:36 PM
Music you could understand and appreciate. Graduated HS in 66, madras print was the thing. Stones, Beatles, DC5, Animals, Kinks were good but #1 were the Beach Boys and also Jan and Dean. Went to Cape Cod summer of 66, lots of good times before Uncle Sam said he loved me. Beleive me, the summer of 66 was great to me, a summer of relaxation before I entered Sam's service. Those were the best times of my life.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on August 19, 2012, 04:25:02 PM
G-man... very cool.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: raybrag on August 19, 2012, 04:58:33 PM
And I'll bet Uncle Sam told you he'd still respect you in the morning, too . . . right, Grump? 8) 8)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on August 21, 2012, 07:46:37 PM
'San Francisco' Singer Scott McKenzie Dies
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Singer Scott McKenzie, who performed "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"—which became a hit in 1967 during the city's "Summer of Love"—has died.


Associated Press

A statement on Mr. McKenzie's website said the 73-year-old died on Saturday in Los Angeles. Mr. McKenzie battled Guillain–Barré syndrome, a disease that affects the nervous system, and had been in and out of the hospital since 2010.

"San Francisco" was written by John Phillips, the leader of the 1960s group The Mamas and the Papas. But Mr. McKenzie was the one who sang it, and it has stood as an anthem for the 1960s counterculture movement.

Mr. McKenzie also co-wrote "Kokomo," a No. 1 hit for The Beach Boys in 1988, and toured with The Mamas and the Papas in the 1990s.
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I was never a hippie or a supporter of their ideas but this song back in '67/'68 had another meaning to those of us in Vietnam....arriving in San Fran meant you had arrived back in the USA............. we did not have flowers in our hair but we were happy......also Continued RIP to all those who did not make it back on their feet.


Scott McKenzie - San Francisco (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLYJDinDIfw#)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on August 22, 2012, 11:25:41 PM
So many of the singers during that time are starting to go now. Johnny Mastro, the Rightous Brother (I believe both are gone). Many, many others.

  We still have many left and some still put on shows. They sang about what it was like to leave for the military. Bobby Vinton with "Lonely Soldier". The Shirelles with "Soldier Boy". There was a song called "Green Beret" and fighting men. Tony Orlando and Dawn did a song called "Tie a Yellow Ribbon around the Old Oak Tree" and how a soldier returned to find 100 yellow ribbons around the old oak tree. We had Great Songs.

  Dion and the Belmonts sang about a girl named Sue called "Run Around Sue" (see note below). Paul Anka sang about a girl named "Diana" simply called "Diana".

  The ladies loved Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, Barry White, and Barry Manilow.

  There were Great Soul Groups. The Spinners, The O'Jays, The Temptations.

  The Girl Groups...The Angels, The Marvellettes, The Supremes, The Chiffons,  The Be My Baby Girls..The Ronettes.

  And finally about that note above. "Mikeindabronx" sure did his best to try and date that Bronx girl that Dion and the Belmonts sang about. Her name was Sue and Mike spent many dollars on those Webster Ave, "White Castle Bugers" trying to win that Runaround Sue over. She never gave him a second look. So the next best thing was that Mike decided to ride with those Harlem Hilton Companies and thats when he started taking those Great Fireground photographs ( www.fdnysbravest.com (http://www.fdnysbravest.com) ). But we owe it all to that girl called "Runaround Sue". If she hadn't told him to "take a walk," we might not have gotten those Great photos. And by the way, the guy Sue really wanted was some guy named Willy, who chased fires in the Bronx.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 23, 2012, 12:08:03 AM
I'm so glad that I've been able play behind most of them. I am currently one of the on-call musicians for Shirley Alston-Reeves lead singer of the Shirelles, Frankie Lymon's Teenagers, and Charlie Thomas' Drifters. I have played for The Channels, Dubs, Platters, Lenny Cocco & the Chimes, Vito Piccone & the Elegants, Jarmels, DelVikings, Passions, Duprees, Skyliners, Fleetwoods, Vito & the Salutations, Cleftones, Harptones, Eugene Pitt & the Jive Five, Cadillacs, Tokens, Eternals, Heartbeats, Marvelletes, Chiffons, Shangrilas, Cookies, Dixie Cups, Toys, Orlons, Crystals, Bobbettes, Lesley Gore and many more. I also played for Luther Vandross, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Chic, the Trammps and many more.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: JOR176 on August 23, 2012, 12:19:00 AM
GMan, I know one or more in each grp you mentionrd.. Small world
A little trivia for you.
What was the name of the female singer in the Original Crests  ??
A hint     she was the sister of one of the people in you're post
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 23, 2012, 12:25:26 AM
Luther Vandross' older sister.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on August 23, 2012, 01:41:37 AM
G-Man.......that is truly some impressive list & quite an accomplishment on your part......a good friend of mine who is OTJ is married to a cousin of Gloria Gaynor & she traveled w/her in the past.........last Sat night there was a Bridal shower (women only) for a friend of ours it was held down on Varick St in Manhattan & in the main room Ronnie Spector was onstage  performing.             
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on August 23, 2012, 02:17:05 AM
G-Man.......that is truly some impressive list & quite an accomplishment on your part......a good friend of mine who is OTJ is married to a cousin of Gloria Gaynor & she traveled w/her in the past.........last Sat night there was a Bridal shower (women only) for a friend of ours it was held down on Varick St in Manhattan & in the main room Ronnie Spector was onstage  performing.             
Cool, I know Gloria Gaynor's bandleader very well. The last time I worked with Ronnie Spector was up at a college in Waterbury, Ct. The first time was an outdoor waterfront musicfest in Yonkers. That's where I connected with one of my idols, Felix Cavalierre of the Rascals. The funny thing was Felix saw me first and thought I was someone as famous as him (we both wore the same hat that day). He invited me to spend the afternoon in his Winnebago and we talked about the "real" history of Rock n' Roll. The Channels were on every year for the "Royal DooWop Show" at Radio City Music Hall. Sue Simmons from CH-4 News was a big fan and came out with a news crew to see the group. Another year I met Paul imon who was there to recruit DooWop singers for an album with Carrie Fisher hanging on to him all night.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: JOR176 on August 23, 2012, 10:43:06 AM
Luther Vandross' older sister.

Bingo !!  His sister Patti was in the original grp and her parents would not let her go on the road as she was too young,so she had to leave the grp.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: grumpy grizzly on August 23, 2012, 04:45:37 PM
Great to get away from who is first due, I res'pect the job. But we need to get away to save our sanity. Many members have shown their interest in music. Many members have posted on this subject 1962 I was a freshman in hs. 1966 The Stones, greatest rock and roll band ever. But I will always like the Ventures, 'greatest drum solo" Keith Richards guitar rift on "Last Time" and the Stones first 5 chords on Satisfaction. Guitarman314, well you are the best of the best, music, scale models, kitbashing you answer all questions and provide help to those who want to improve their collection. You are a fantastic individual, I appreciate your knowledge with all members on this site.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on August 23, 2012, 07:14:00 PM
Guitarman314, well you are the best of the best, music, scale models, kitbashing you answer all questions and provide help to those who want to improve their collection. You are a fantastic individual, I appreciate your knowledge with all members on this site.

  I agree GG. Many of us on here know G-man. he is a true Gentleman. Got some Great models, Certainly knows the history of the FDNY, and of course many now learn of his music background. He is another one of those NYCFIRE.Net Great One's.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on August 28, 2012, 05:20:53 PM
Some nice music & some classic cars.....Thanks to Woodhaven man..............                                                                                                   Best of Times (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDc0ID6PJeg#)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on August 28, 2012, 09:49:51 PM
For a few more of those Great Memories go to www.oldfortyfives.com (http://www.oldfortyfives.com) . You can skip the intro if you want, go down the page and click on one of the banners ("Take me back to the 50s", "Do you Remember These" etc).
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on September 07, 2012, 04:51:31 AM
Obummer! by Christina Houston (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiGg8D4hFLc#)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: CFDMarshal on September 07, 2012, 08:26:54 AM
Just one man's thought! I think we should do our next get together whenever G-Man has a gig! We could all catch the G-Man in action! Any other thoughts?
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on October 07, 2012, 08:07:03 PM
TIME MACHINE JUKEBOX........ http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1950/OldJukes/player.htm (http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1950/OldJukes/player.htm)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on October 20, 2012, 03:21:42 AM
http://www.stumptownblogger.com/2012/04/what-a-cool-video.html?cid=6a010536b86d36970c0163050cd62f970d (http://www.stumptownblogger.com/2012/04/what-a-cool-video.html?cid=6a010536b86d36970c0163050cd62f970d)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on October 20, 2012, 09:47:50 AM
One of the greatest instrumental groups of the time. Numerous hit singles and albums (you know those vinyl 33 1/3 RPM records that came in a cardboard sleeve.) Sad to read recently that Nookie Edwards of the Ventures suffered a stroke or some other debillitating illness. If you ever have a chance to hear their redition of Gary Lewis' "Green Grass" or another favorite "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue", take a listen. It's damn good music.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: fdce54 on October 20, 2012, 03:48:36 PM
That was great!
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on November 01, 2012, 08:30:19 PM
http://www.flixxy.com/the-diamonds-little-darlin-1957-2004.htm#.UJMPjWeaKSo (http://www.flixxy.com/the-diamonds-little-darlin-1957-2004.htm#.UJMPjWeaKSo)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on November 01, 2012, 10:56:22 PM
http://www.flixxy.com/the-diamonds-little-darlin-1957-2004.htm#.UJMPjWeaKSo (http://www.flixxy.com/the-diamonds-little-darlin-1957-2004.htm#.UJMPjWeaKSo)

   50 years ago and those Diamonds can still put on a show. I them them a couple of years ago at a Bouzer Doo wop Show at the Mohegan Sun Casino. They were Great along with all the other Great Doo Wop groups that were there.

  I recently heard that one of the members of the group passed away. I'm not sure which one.

  And if anybody wants some good Doo Wop DVDs, "Doo Wop 50 and 51" are Great. Another good one was "Rock, Rythum, and Roll". They might be tough to find though.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on November 27, 2012, 02:36:56 AM
RIP to Earl Speedo Carroll..... 75 years old...he started w/the Cadillacs then joined the Coasters in 1961 & stayed w/them for the next 20 yrs...he was a Custodian at PS 87 in NYC......   The Cadillacs - Speedoo (1955) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9uZvrsAoyE#)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on November 27, 2012, 08:14:38 AM
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Carroll once at the public school on Amsterdam Avenue during my early years in EMS. What a gentleman to talk to for a few minutes. Very unassuming and just a guy who you would want to sit with and have a cold one.
From "Speedo" to "Gloria" and "Peek-A-Boo" and others he was quite a showman. Rest in Peace Earl. Heaven must have some great doo-wop shows.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on November 27, 2012, 11:52:34 AM
  I knew him very well, lost count of the number of shows I worked with him and the Cadillacs
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Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on February 13, 2013, 03:52:40 AM
http://www.ny1.com/content/176851/one-on-1-profile--musician-kenny-vance-lost-his-home-to-hurricane-sandy--but-his-doo-wop-lives-on?ap=1&MP4 (http://www.ny1.com/content/176851/one-on-1-profile--musician-kenny-vance-lost-his-home-to-hurricane-sandy--but-his-doo-wop-lives-on?ap=1&MP4)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on February 13, 2013, 04:33:25 PM
http://www.ny1.com/content/176851/one-on-1-profile--musician-kenny-vance-lost-his-home-to-hurricane-sandy--but-his-doo-wop-lives-on?ap=1&MP4 (http://www.ny1.com/content/176851/one-on-1-profile--musician-kenny-vance-lost-his-home-to-hurricane-sandy--but-his-doo-wop-lives-on?ap=1&MP4)
Yes, kenny Vance is a good friend, for the past 10 years my band was paired with Kenny's act for many shows and cruise ship oldies concerts. Kenny Vance & the Planatones have a huge loyal fan base that we nicknamed the "DooWop Grateful Deadheads". The same folks show up religiously at every show no matter where it is.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on February 13, 2013, 04:36:23 PM
Formerly of the the original "Jay & The Americans" in the Jay Traynor days if I'm not mistaken.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on February 13, 2013, 04:41:28 PM
Formerly of the the original "Jay & The Americans" in the Jay Traynor days if I'm not mistaken.
YES, BTW, Jay Traynor currently sings with Jay Seigel & the Tokens and Jay Black is still performing although his age is starting to show.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on February 13, 2013, 05:33:38 PM
My Sister was involved in the delivery of Jay Blacks first child.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on February 14, 2013, 03:33:15 PM
G-man, do you know if Traynor and Vance were with the "Harborlites" out of Breezy Point before they became "Jay & The Americans?" I've heard that said but I could never get a confirmation on that.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on February 14, 2013, 03:36:10 PM
My Sister was involved in the delivery of Jay Blacks first child.

Your sister's an R.N. Chief? My wife spent an eternity as an R.N. in the E.R. at St. John's on the Q.B. and later as the director of the trauma E.R. at Mary Immaculate
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: guitarman314 on February 16, 2013, 07:43:50 PM
G-man, do you know if Traynor and Vance were with the "Harborlites" out of Breezy Point before they became "Jay & The Americans?" I've heard that said but I could never get a confirmation on that.
I don't know but I'll ask next time I'm on a gig with either one.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: JOR176 on February 17, 2013, 12:08:31 PM
G-man, do you know if Traynor and Vance were with the "Harborlites" out of Breezy Point before they became "Jay & The Americans?" I've heard that said but I could never get a confirmation on that.
I don't know but I'll ask next time I'm on a gig with either one.
Jay Traynor and Kenny Vance (Rosenberg) were in the "Harbor Lights" in Brooklyn and were original Jay & Americans,Jay Traynor left for a solo career and the rest of the Americans had tryouts for a new lead singer and settled on David Blatt who was lead of a group The "Empires" out of Tilden HS in Bklyn, Blatt changed his name to Jay Black, Rosenberg to Vance, the rest is History.  Hope this helps, info from a book called "American Singing Groups" by Jay Warner.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on February 17, 2013, 05:24:49 PM
Thank you JOR
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: JOR176 on February 17, 2013, 11:40:59 PM
Thank you JOR

Your welcome :)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on February 19, 2013, 09:24:52 AM
Jay Traynor was also the lead for the "Mystics" (Hushabye) etc. after one of the Craccolici brothers left the group.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on February 19, 2013, 02:37:07 PM
Speaking of the Ventures....I just to day received the latest catalog from Collectors Choice Music and they have all of the Ventures cd's on sale. I have purchased numerous cd's from this company and have no complaints whatsoever with their service. If any of you music fans are interested you can also shop them on line at www.ccmusic.com (http://www.ccmusic.com). Music of all genres and catagories. Enjoy my friends.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on March 04, 2013, 10:35:36 PM
3-4-13....Bobby Rogers a founding member of the Motown group the Miracles & a song writing collaborator w/Smokey Robinson , died yesterday at his suburban Detroit home. He was 73. He had been ill for several years. the Miracles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012 but Rogers was too ill to attend......RIP. 
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on March 05, 2013, 09:13:24 AM
 Frequently I refer to the "Greatest Generation of Firefighters". To me these are the guys that fought a record number of fires day after day, night after night in New York City. Those were considered the War Years for the FDNY. A little later there were other cities that had their share of very heavy fire activity or War Years. Today cities like Detroit, Baltimore, and Camden are having their so called War Years.

 As civilians, "The Greatest Generation" as society knows it, were those that grew up during the Great Depression. They had nothing. Then that same group went on to fight World War II. After fighting in WWII, they came home and built America. That was in the 1950s, when America had jobs, and no mattrer what city you lived in, you could leave your doors Unlocked.

  Along that time came some of the greatest music and talent. It became the Rock and Roll era. People sang on street corners. They sang about the girl of their dreams. The music was great. That music and those singers in my opinion will also be known as "Musics Greatest Generation".

  I've gone to a few shows in the past where these singers have played. I'm sure our own G-man was a part of the group on stage. In just a few years we have lost many of Musics Greatest Generation members. Music that was played on the radio some 50 years ago is still very popular today. I know that by the packed audience at some of these shows. I watch the audience sing along as they all seem to remember every word to these songs 50 years later.

  Bobby Rogers of the Motown group called The Miracles was one of those singers. He is a Hall of Famer whos music will live on, at least with my generation. May he Rest in Peace, and I thank him for the gift he shared with many of us.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: memory master on March 05, 2013, 02:49:35 PM
Virgil Johnson, lead singer, of "the Velvets" passed away a few days ago. I'm sure you all remember "Tonight (Could Be The Night)."
That was a great uptempo doo-wop of 1961. Roy Orbison got them the contract with Monument records.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: nfd2004 on March 05, 2013, 11:37:19 PM
Virgil Johnson, lead singer, of "the Velvets" passed away a few days ago. I'm sure you all remember "Tonight (Could Be The Night)."
That was a great uptempo doo-wop of 1961. Roy Orbison got them the contract with Monument records.

  I was not aware of that. Yes, we remember "Tonight".

  I don't need an expensive car or a built in swimming pool. And if it weren't for the FDNY on line, and Doo Wop music on my CDs (no more old 45s), I wouldn't be listening to anything either.
Title: Re: The Ventures & DOO WOP GROUPS.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 18, 2013, 05:41:02 AM
In the recent (March 2013) broadcast on PBS (WNET Chan.13 on Time Warner in NYC) of "MY MUSIC".... "ROCK, POP & DOO WOP" (which i recorded on my DVR & have listened to over & over) one of the of the performances which incidentally is one of my favorite Doo Wop groups Kenny Vance (see reply # 71 above) & The Planetones caught my attention & Respect since they were wearing lapel pins that were made from the Postal Stamp of the three Brothers raising the American Flag at the site on 9-11-01.
Title: Re: The Ventures & DOO WOPS.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 31, 2013, 01:25:33 AM
Oldies tv ....thanks to JOR     .....         http://www.oldiestelevision.com/ (http://www.oldiestelevision.com/)
Title: Re: The Ventures & DOO WOPS.
Post by: nfd2004 on March 31, 2013, 09:46:04 AM
Oldies tv ....thanks to JOR     .....         http://www.oldiestelevision.com/ (http://www.oldiestelevision.com/)

  Thank you for passing onto us a great site.
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: 68jk09 on December 06, 2013, 05:14:39 PM
'50s & '60s Jukebox...Thanks to Memorymaster.......   http://www.1959bhsmustangs.com/VideoJukebox.htm (http://www.1959bhsmustangs.com/VideoJukebox.htm)
Title: Re: The Ventures
Post by: mack on December 06, 2013, 05:28:56 PM
Thanks Chief.

Not music, but mucical TV ads from the 50s and 60s:


My Favourite 1950s/1960s Commercials (Part 1) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckjIbT1bUos#)

Classic '60s & '70s TV Commercials (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mkr3GureeA#)

Old-Time Television Commercials (1950s-1960s) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKA74WXH_nA#)



Title: Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 07, 2014, 10:50:26 PM
 For some of us, somewhat senior members on this site, we remember those happy days of Doo Wop music. It was even before the FDNY War Years. Many of the groups came out of the New York City/New Jersey area. They started singing on street corners and on front steps of brownstones. Some appeared in places like the Brooklyn Fox Theater with Murray the K. Cousin Brucie was a familiar name. Groups like Dion and the Belmonts, and The Earls from the Bronx. A Brooklyn group that sang a song called "Coney Island Baby". The "Be My Baby" girls from Spanish Harlem. As many of us know. It was a Great time for music.

  Maybe many have seen these. But there's more. These are some of those groups who made it happen. They got together many years later and did what they did best. Here's a few of them and they still have what it takes:

   PBS Doo Wop 51 - Concert May 2000 (Live) Part 2 of 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS4LPikhdD4#ws)


 

 
Title: Re: Days of Doo Wop
Post by: manhattan on February 11, 2014, 06:33:40 PM
Thanks for posting this, nfd2004 - it's perfect background music for reading the "Catholic Schools" thread!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 11, 2014, 11:01:59 PM
 Thank you "Truck 4" for adding The Ventures and Days of Doo Wop together. For some of us older folks, you made our day.

 "Manhattan" you are right. Some great music to listen to as we read "Catholic School Days".

  For many of us, we were considered "The Baby Boomers". World War II was over and many GIs coming home were ready to good to work and raise a family. That generation was called "The Greatest Generation". They grew up during the Great Depression, fought in WWII and came home to build America. And what a Great Country they built. Our fathers worked hard. Our mothers took good care of us. American cities were booming and people cleaned their front porches. The milk man delivered our milk and we played outside things like stick ball in the street, hide and seek or touch football in an empty lot.

  As we got older we enjoyed what was called Doo Wop music. Groups very often started out just singing on the corners under a street light. The guys sang about the girl of their dreams. The girls sang about the guy of their dreams. Today, some of those groups are still around and they still draw large crowds to watch them sing. Our own site member G-man plays lead guitar for many of these groups. I think he might have been playing in this one too.

  Do you Remember this ?

  Doo Wop '50 Live (Full Album) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCk8c8yB2Kc#)

   

   
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on February 11, 2014, 11:46:25 PM
    Thanks, I was musical director for Earl Lewis & the Channels from 1975 to 2005. BTW, today is Earl Lewis' 75th birthday. Even though T.J. Lubinsky and I are friends I was not on this particular show (taped March 2005) because I was working with another act the day of the taping so our piano player took the gig. During the years as a "house band musician I have played behind every act on this show except the Brooklyn Bridge.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on February 12, 2014, 01:58:00 AM
Willy nice job w/the Doo Wop '50 Live clip in reply # 95 above.....i have seen it many times on PBS ...the best part is around 1:35 when Arlene Smith comes on stage and sings w/the current "Chantels" especially when she does the tribute to Jackie Landry. 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 12, 2014, 09:55:38 AM
 Thanks Chief. And thanks to Tommy B and Mike M (Admins of this site) for letting us side track a bit off here. When people want to know about the FDNY, "this is where they go". We can also find updates or stories on just about every major incident that happens anywhere. Now, we have Doo Wops, stories of those great years and videos too. It just doesn't get any better.

 Many of these groups of the Doo Wop Days are from the NYC area. Dion and the Belmonts (of course from Belmont Ave in the Bronx). One of my favorite Girl Groups often referred to as "The Be My Baby Girls", called "The Ronettes" from Spanish Harlem. I sure had my eyes on their lead singer, named Ronnie.

 One member of a group retired as a member of the NYPD. I'm not sure who that was or what group he sang with. But I remember him saying that in one of the live concerts I went to. Does anybody know who that Doo Wop singer turned NYPD member was ?

  Another group born out of the Bronx was a group called "The Earls". Their lead singer, Larry Chance, went through a bout with throat cancer at one time. He also dedicates his song, "I Believe", every time he sings it to one of his friends and member of the group, Larry Palumbo, who was killed while serving with the 101st Airborne Division. Larry Chance talks about that and his throat cancer in the video below at around the 1:09:20 mark. So here is that video called "Rock, Rhythm, and Doo Wop".

  Rock Rhuthm & Doo Wop - PBS Concert 2001 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd5scewIts8#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on February 12, 2014, 11:15:38 AM
That member of the NYPD was Nick Santo who was lead on "There's A Moon Out Tonight" by the Capris. Also, Emil Stucchio who was the lead of "The Classics", that sang "Till Then" was a Sgt. in the Transit Police before it merged with the NYPD. Another NYPD member was with the Eternals who sang "Babalu's Wedding Day." I can't recall his name right now.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on February 12, 2014, 03:37:48 PM
That member of the NYPD was Nick Santo who was lead on "There's A Moon Out Tonight" by the Capris. Also, Emil Stucchio who was the lead of "The Classics", that sang "Till Then" was a Sgt. in the Transit Police before it merged with the NYPD. Another NYPD member was with the Eternals who sang "Babalu's Wedding Day." I can't recall his name right now.
  Sadly, Nick Santo passed away a couple of years ago after a long illness.  Emil Stuccio is still singing today.    The Eternals have three former NYPD members, two who were Aviation Unit pilots. I know them personally and one of the funniest things about them was the sound of them putting away and securing their firearms in their dressing rooms before a performance.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 12, 2014, 04:20:19 PM
 Thanks guys. Nick Santo of the Capris was the individual I was referring to and I wasn't aware that he had passed away. I wasn't aware of the other Doo Wop singers who were also NYC Police Officers.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on February 12, 2014, 05:19:19 PM
Willy ... in your reply # 98 above... you are right about Larry Chance doing "I Believe" i have seen him do it live more than once ...very impressive each time.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on February 12, 2014, 08:52:46 PM
That member of the NYPD was Nick Santo who was lead on "There's A Moon Out Tonight" by the Capris. Also, Emil Stucchio who was the lead of "The Classics", that sang "Till Then" was a Sgt. in the Transit Police before it merged with the NYPD. Another NYPD member was with the Eternals who sang "Babalu's Wedding Day." I can't recall his name right now.

I think it was Herman Velez
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on February 17, 2014, 06:42:23 PM
That member of the NYPD was Nick Santo who was lead on "There's A Moon Out Tonight" by the Capris. Also, Emil Stucchio who was the lead of "The Classics", that sang "Till Then" was a Sgt. in the Transit Police before it merged with the NYPD. Another NYPD member was with the Eternals who sang "Babalu's Wedding Day." I can't recall his name right now.

I think it was Herman Velez
JOR, I think you are correct.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on March 04, 2014, 09:25:00 PM
FRANNY BEECHER OF THE COMETS RIP.....http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/02/25/franny-beecher-rock-bill-haley-and-comets-dies/ (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/02/25/franny-beecher-rock-bill-haley-and-comets-dies/)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on March 05, 2014, 01:18:58 PM
RIP Sir. Great group with a great sound. The were formerly known as Biil Haley & The Saddlemen prior to "The Comets."
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on March 05, 2014, 01:44:44 PM
Bill Haley & His Comets- Rock Around The Clock (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zju6KbP_1xY#)

Bill Haley & Comets - See You Later Alligator (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0bidd0Uhvk#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: fdce54 on March 05, 2014, 02:49:41 PM
Is that Bill Haley singing in those videos or a young Bill Dennis aka Willie D. Resemblance is uncanny......lol.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on March 05, 2014, 08:17:42 PM
Is that Bill Haley singing in those videos or a young Bill Dennis aka Willie D. Resemblance is uncanny......lol.


(http://s11.postimg.cc/khysmrdov/bill_haley_and_the_comets_600.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/khysmrdov/)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 05, 2014, 11:36:52 PM
 I wish I was that skinny and had that much hair. "fdce54' must be hitting the booze again. About the only resemblance is if you look at the picture that "mack" posted, you'll see a large fries and a big mac. That does present some resemblance.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on March 10, 2014, 06:40:59 AM
Just a little tidbit. Today in the State Of Washington is "Ventures Day." It was established in 2008 as the group was being inducted into the "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame."
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 20, 2014, 11:10:18 PM
 From Spanish Harlem, The "Be My Baby Girls", The Ronettes :  The Ronettes - Be My Baby [Hall of Fame Induction] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DODbYF35Dg#)

 From Brooklyn, Kenny Vance - "Looking for an Echo": Looking For An Echo - Kenny Vance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke1dV_IpSKA#)

 From The Bronx, Dion - "Teenager in Love" : Dion - Teenager In Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et_BWcnGMyU#)

 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on March 21, 2014, 12:09:51 AM
Bill - these are a few years back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrVbawRPO7I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrVbawRPO7I)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pwgswchPDo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pwgswchPDo)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 21, 2014, 01:16:44 AM
Bill - these are a few years back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrVbawRPO7I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrVbawRPO7I)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pwgswchPDo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pwgswchPDo)

  Yes Joe, these do go back a few years. But so do we. In fact they go back even before the FDNYs War Years. Before bunker gear, MDTs, FAST Cos., Rac Units, air conditioned rigs, rear mount ladders, tower ladders, maybe even before fire ground portable radios and air packs. I really didn't want to get into it but I guess that makes a few of us on here pretty old.

  As I remember, Dion and The Belmonts" got their name because they sang and grew up on Belmont Ave in the Bronx, not far from the quarters of Engine 88 and Ladder 38.

 The Ronettes grew up in Manhattans Spanish Harlem. And I don't think I was alone when I say I had a "crush" on their lead singer, Ronnie Spector. My very first 33 1/3 record album was from a live show at the Brooklyn Fox Theater with "Murry the K" as the MC. Be My Baby was one of the songs on it. Also Gene Pitney-Town without Pity, The Tymes-So much in Love, The Drifters-Under the Boardwalk, The Angels-My boyfriends back, Randy and the Rainbows- Denise, Jan and the Americans-She cried, and a few others.

  As I remember those years, there weren't too many window bars sold then. Or dead bolts, fox locks or car alarms. In school, we would Pledge Allegiance to the Flag every day. We would get in trouble for chewing gum, not for carrying a gun. We watched television for free, played stick ball on the street and touch football in an empty lot. Gas was 29 cents a gallon and a twelve cent McDonalds hamburger was still in the planning stages.

  We didn't have cell phones or computers. But anybody who was around then will probably tell you that we had great music and a great time.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on March 21, 2014, 03:42:49 AM
Ronnie Spector still very active both on PBS Broadcasts as well as performing at Oldies Concerts & solo Restaurant/Club appearances in the NYC area...always a great performance.....also Kenny Vance as well as far as appearances & great performances....."Looking For an Echo" is THE song of all time ...i have seen them many times live ....it may be hard to see on the YouTube Video but the square lapel pins they are wearing are replicas of the postage stamp depicting the FDNY Members raising the Flag @ the WTC on 9-11.....i had posted awhile back that Kenny's Belle Harbor, Rockaway house right on the Atlantic Ocean beachfront in the 130s was completely washed away during Hurricane Sandy.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on March 21, 2014, 04:32:07 AM
Ronnie Spector on Letterman in 1983   after song at about 2:40 an interesting interview concerning the early days of the Ronettes takes place..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcpXquVX5_s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcpXquVX5_s)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 21, 2014, 10:29:45 AM
 "I think I still got a thing for that Ronnie Spector".

  Thanks Chief for the info about Kenny Vance and the guys wearing the 911 pin. I don't think too many of us were aware of that.

  From across the pond out of the projects of Newark, NJ came a group who called themselves "The Four Seasons". In 1962 their first hit song was called "Sherry". Later to be followed by more hit songs like; Big Girls, don't cry, Walk like a Man, Ragdoll, Marianne, Opus 17, Let's Hang On, Bye Bye Baby, Dawn, and on and on. Later came hits like; Can't take my eyes off you, Grease.

  A Broadway play came out called "Jersey Boys" that focused on the life of the lead singer named Franki Valli.

  Do you remember ?
     The Four Season & Frankie Valli hits live Sherry, Rag doll, Walk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pWBnodrR1M#)

  And Four or Five Decades later:
     Frankie Valli & TFS Sherry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2683z4EKZo#) 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on March 21, 2014, 11:12:46 AM
Ronnie Spector still very active both on PBS Broadcasts as well as performing at Oldies Concerts & solo Restaurant/Club appearances in the NYC area...always a great performance.....also Kenny Vance as well as far as appearances & great performances....."Looking For an Echo" is THE song of all time ...i have seen them many times live ....it may be hard to see on the YouTube Video but the square lapel pins they are wearing are replicas of the postage stamp depicting the FDNY Members raising the Flag @ the WTC on 9-11.....i had posted awhile back that Kenny's Belle Harbor, Rockaway house right on the Atlantic Ocean beachfront in the 130s was completely washed away during Hurricane Sandy.

Chief, a firend of mine down here in Florida(who was a lead singer of a group in NY) told me that Kenny Vance and the Planetones have cancelled all performances due to Kenny having major problems with his vocal cords. he told me that one of the Planetones is now singing with The Tokens as a replacement for Jay traynor.  Sad
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on March 21, 2014, 01:40:54 PM
 N.J. U.G.H.A. show about 20 years ago when I was musical director for Earl Lewis & the Channels:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJd9hDi7PNo&list=PLEC2FA80B45AD4049 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJd9hDi7PNo&list=PLEC2FA80B45AD4049)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on March 21, 2014, 01:51:31 PM
Another song from the same show: "MY LOVE WILL NEVER DIE": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4Pjo87Kkrg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4Pjo87Kkrg)   And one more at another UGHA show, Earl Lewis' version of "I BELIEVE":     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fW4xtMkyDM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fW4xtMkyDM)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on March 21, 2014, 04:19:39 PM
Kenny Vance had the greatest rendition of "Looking For An Echo", however there was an earlier recording of that song by an acappella group.."The Persuassions" which was also well done.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on April 11, 2014, 11:32:44 PM
 Along with the music of the Days of Doo Wop and Rock & Roll were the very popular names of DJs and music entertainers.

 The late Dick Clark of American Bandstand.
 Murray the K and his Brooklyn Fox Theater Music Reviews
 "77" WABC radio personality Cousin Brucie
 Don Imus of "66" WNBC
 And of course, the late Wolfman Jack, also on 66 Radio WNBC.

  Here's a You Tube from Cousin Brucie and the Wolfman Jack era.

  Take it away Cousin;
   77 WABC RADIO - COUSIN BRUCIE (Nov.29, 1967) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxnzcfkO5YA#)

   And the Wolfman:
  Wolfman Jack At WNBC (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtNa9v9d5v4#)

       Rest in Peace Wolfman.
 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on April 14, 2014, 09:44:02 AM

 Take it away Cousin;
   77 WABC RADIO - COUSIN BRUCIE (Nov.29, 1967) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxnzcfkO5YA#)

  I was a big fan of Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons. I had collected every one of their hit songs and knew all the words. Back in my high school days of Bullard Havens Class of 1967, Bridgeport, Ct, I even thought I could sing like him (Frankie Valle). Like a bird with that high pitched voice. So every once in awhile, me and a couple of other guys would put on a free show in the school hallway. Of course, I'd be the lead singer and the other guys would be the back up.

  I thought I was a great singer, but really I guess I was just "The Class Clown" and didn't even know it. As I tried to hit those high notes, the audience loved it. They encouraged me to keep going, which I did of course. To this day, every once in awhile I will meet up with one of those old classmates, and they still ask me to sing them a song.

  And when I heard that Cousin Brucie theme song on "77" WABC Radio, I had to get it. It was the only song I didn't have by the Four Seasons. So I wrote to WABC asking where or how I could get it. They ended up sending me a FREE record with that Cousin Brucie theme song on it. I was one happy guy and now I could practice singing that. And it wasn't too long after, that Cousin Brucies theme song was being sung in the hallways of Bullard Havens Tech School. Purely for entertainment purposes and of course the audience loved it.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on April 14, 2014, 01:34:17 PM
nfd..you can get that Cousin Brucie theme on the Four Seasons rarities CD if you wish.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on April 14, 2014, 01:58:42 PM
nfd..you can get that Cousin Brucie theme on the Four Seasons rarities CD if you wish.

  Thanks "MM", I didn't know that. I will break out the cash and do it. Thank you.

  With that CD and a little practice, maybe those attending the next Get Together, 2014, might just get themselves a special treat. So Cousins, put on your steppin shoes. Tap your feet and clap your hands. "Get ready to party".

  Here's a sample of what they might get.
   go go song cousin brucie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRc3pZD4-YI#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on April 14, 2014, 04:31:29 PM
"nfd" the exact title of that CD is.....Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Rarities Vol.1. It was released in 1990. Some great songs on there besides Bruce Morrowitz's, I mean "Cousin Brucies "Go-Go."
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on May 08, 2014, 11:51:37 PM
 We all were pretty lucky to have girl groups like "The Angels"-My Boyfriends Back, "The Chiffons"-He's So Fine, "The Shirelles"-Will you still Love me tomorrow, "The Ronettes"-Be My Baby.

  BUT, we didn't have "The Four Quarters". This is our music sung by the younger generation. "FDNY1075k" - this one is dedicated to you. A young gentleman from Iona College who has a strong interest in the fire service. Is a volunteer firefighter in Connecticut. Contributes often to this web site. And I happen to think that he's a pretty good guy.

 So enjoy Emmett. Your generation singing our favorite songs of the 50s/60s.

  Live! The Best of Doo-Wop - The Four Quarters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhV5Xkkft4U#)

  Stand By Me - The Four Quarters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh3B5KqFpXM#)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on May 09, 2014, 07:24:14 PM
AN EXCELLENT SHORT FIFTIES MEMORY CLIP W/MUSIC.... At 1:02 is a shot of the old Bungalow Bar trucks....a friend drove one of these & would show up at our HS everyday  @ 3 & after selling to the departing students about  six of us would hang all over the truck & he would drive us (at a pretty high speed ) to our local hangout.......also @ 1:30 is a Gilbert Chemistry Set which was a popular Christmas gift back then....could you even imagine giving your child one of those today....i used mine to make gunpowder........ENJOY...... Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjj9VKKSV2g#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on June 28, 2014, 10:05:54 AM
Just to get you guys motivated this morning.....Who, as a teenager, had a big hit with a "school" song and went on to be a Firefighter in Portsmouth, Virginia?  I'll check back later and see how you're doing. ;D
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: fdny1075k on June 28, 2014, 11:47:10 AM
All good stuff fellas. And thanks for that dedication there Willy D.

The era of the '60s was really one of, if not the greatest eras for music in America. Everybody had talent and could really sing (one could argue unlike today), and you had such variety. You could go from singers like Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Bobby Darin to Motown groups like the Temptations and the Supremes, and girl groups like the Chiffons, to the doo-wop sound of the Duprees, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and the Platters, to the Beach Boys and the Righteous Brothers, to the British rock sound of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Dave Clark Five, and singers like Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on June 28, 2014, 12:31:41 PM
Just to get you guys motivated this morning.....Who, as a teenager, had a big hit with a "school" song and went on to be a Firefighter in Portsmouth, Virginia?  I'll check back later and see how you're doing. ;D

Tommy Facenda?
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on June 28, 2014, 04:54:45 PM
Mack, you are the winner! Tommy Facenda with a 1959 hit "High School U.S.A." Tommy recorded 28 versions of that song to fit into many U.S. cities and states. He was raised in Norfolk Va. and later became a firefighter in Portsmouth, Virginia from where he retired.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on June 28, 2014, 06:59:03 PM
 "Jersey Boys", the story of Frankie Valli, who grew up in the projects of Newark, NJ, is now playing in the movies and should be out on DVD in August.

 On a side note, as you posted "fdny1075k" earlier, it was a great time for music. We did have it all. We did have great music.

  It was a time when a young guy had a good chance of finding a good job. It was a time when we would Pledge Allegiance to the Flag. It was okay to say a prayer in school and we didn't pass to the next grade unless we earned it. We didn't shoot each other on the street over some crack cocaine.  We were taught to have respect for our elders and our parents didn't have to call the police because they couldn't control us.

  And here's a little story about us. www.youtube.com/watch?v=jitw0tZsEm0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jitw0tZsEm0#)

 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on June 28, 2014, 11:49:11 PM
Mack, you are the winner! Tommy Facenda with a 1959 hit "High School U.S.A." Tommy recorded 28 versions of that song to fit into many U.S. cities and states. He was raised in Norfolk Va. and later became a firefighter in Portsmouth, Virginia from where he retired.

  NATIONAL Version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j04GJm6vWPs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j04GJm6vWPs#)

  New York City Version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZTHa9qq-gE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZTHa9qq-gE#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on June 29, 2014, 07:52:23 AM
For any of you fine folks who have a collection of music (vinyl, cd's, etc.) or videos, DVD's or comic books I have discovered a program which catalogs all of your collections and is really great to use. I use the music one for all of my 33's, 45's, 78's and CD's. Now I hope this allowed here as I am in no way associated with or have anything to do with these programs except for using it. It's not badly priced and I think any collector would like it. Go to www.collectorz.com (http://www.collectorz.com), give it a look for your specific collection and see what you think.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: johnd248 on June 30, 2014, 09:02:46 AM
Under the "TMI" tag, I have been taking ballroom dancing lessons at Fred Astaire for a year and a half.  Two weeks ago, my instructor and I danced a swing in front of 200 people and three judges at a competition at the Mystic Marriott hotel.  No pressure.  I picked out the music: "Come a little bit closer" by Jay and the Americans and "That'll be the day" by Buddy Holly and my instructor did the choreography.  Received two 92s and a 94 from the judges.  Great old time music!!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on August 22, 2014, 11:56:24 PM
 Dion and the Belmonts, from Belmont Ave in the Bronx wrote this Rock and Roll number called "Runaround Sue". So "mikeindabronx", this one's for you.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXt0TTapKuU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXt0TTapKuU#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on August 23, 2014, 12:19:27 PM
NFD, "Runaround Sue" recorded by Dion, had the Del-Satins as the back up group, not the Belmonts. Just an FYI.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on August 23, 2014, 01:16:33 PM
NFD, "Runaround Sue" recorded by Dion, had the Del-Satins as the back up group, not the Belmonts. Just an FYI.

M.M. You're right. It was the Del Satins as the back up group. I also understand that one or two of those back up group members became a part of the Johnny Mastro and the Brooklyn Bridge group. Am I right about that.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on August 23, 2014, 01:18:37 PM
NFD, "Runaround Sue" recorded by Dion, had the Del-Satins as the back up group, not the Belmonts. Just an FYI.

M.M. You're right. It was the Del Satins as the back up group. I also understand that one or two of those back up group members became a part of the Johnny Mastro and the Brooklyn Bridge group. Am I right about that.
Yes, two of them
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on August 23, 2014, 09:29:27 PM
NFD, "Runaround Sue" recorded by Dion, had the Del-Satins as the back up group, not the Belmonts. Just an FYI.

M.M. You're right. It was the Del Satins as the back up group. I also understand that one or two of those back up group members became a part of the Johnny Mastro and the Brooklyn Bridge group. Am I right about that.
Yes, two of them

Gman you are correct, Les Cauchi and Fred Ferrara (RIP). I went to HS (Power Memorial Academy) in Manhattan with Les. Stan Ziska (original lead of the Del Satins)along with Les and Fred's brother Tom (another original Del Satin) and two other people are doing shows again.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on August 23, 2014, 10:25:10 PM
 Yes those who were a part of those Great Rock and Roll years had it all. We had the cars, the music and the ladies. From those Great Days, here's one of young Johnny Ds, ("johnd248"), old flames from Brooklyn. 

   www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny-Hivfagc8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny-Hivfagc8#ws) 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on September 19, 2014, 02:14:46 PM
 So how did you guys like seeing Johnny Ds old flame from his Brooklyn days ? (see: above post). That aside, "let's move on".

 Here's a Palisades Park Reunion for all you Cousins out there.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBjaZmzS0RA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBjaZmzS0RA#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on September 19, 2014, 06:35:33 PM
Remember when Tony Bennett was lip synching "I left my heart in San Francisco" at Palisades? The record that he was synching to started skipping when the stylus stuck. Ooops!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on October 16, 2014, 11:12:27 PM
 In the 1950s and into the 60s, not only did we have the Greatest Music, the Best DJs, but we also had some of the funniest shows that I can remember. All before the cost of cable TV. Most were in black and white but I still laugh at some of them today.

  Every weekday after school I would come home to watch Abbott and Costello. The who's on first, what's on second, and I don't know on third, has to be one of their best classics.

  Another favorite was "The Honeymooners". About a NYC bus driver named Ralph Kramden, his wife Alice, and their friend Norton, a NYC sewer worker and his wife "Tricksie". The scene takes place in an apartment building located at 327 Chauncy St in Brooklyn.

  "Andy Griffin of Mayberry Show" was another. About a small town sheriff in North Carolina and his nervous Deputy Sheriff named Barney Fife.

  There was "I love Lucy", "The Munsters", "The Three Stooges". Later came "All in the Family", and we were introduced to characters named Archie and Edith Bunker, "Meathead", aka Michael Stivick, and Gloria Bunker.

  They just don't make them like that anymore. And this may bring back memories to some. About a family of hillbillie characters named, Jed Clampett, Granny, Jethro, and Elly May. They moved to a mansion in Beverly Hills, Cal. after finding oil on their hillbilly property.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtvTE3m5jpM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtvTE3m5jpM#)

 Abbott and Costellos Baseball Classic.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg#)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on October 17, 2014, 12:00:48 AM
Willy D used to buff this firehouse, too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJIYlL-buQ4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJIYlL-buQ4)

(http://s11.postimg.cc/jzqictqtr/zz_fire_station_61.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/jzqictqtr/)

(http://s14.postimg.cc/l9047rbjx/zz_8615104194_d86e1e3342_z.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/l9047rbjx/)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on October 17, 2014, 12:41:11 AM
It was a time to watch Westerns on TV:

Rawhide
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKC8pSFg1Vw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKC8pSFg1Vw)

Bonanza:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjdRgBAY278&list=RDNqOgsOgEVbY&index=6 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjdRgBAY278&list=RDNqOgsOgEVbY&index=6)

Lone Ranger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td4RHvyAFsM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td4RHvyAFsM)

Maverick:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8955uhpXNFk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8955uhpXNFk)

Wyatt Earp:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HrY2Ynn4Jo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HrY2Ynn4Jo)

Roy Rogers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRgvtvHnh2I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRgvtvHnh2I)

Have Gun Will Travel/Paladin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QclVGUHvRvE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QclVGUHvRvE)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgvxu8QY01s&list=RDtgvxu8QY01s#t=0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgvxu8QY01s&list=RDtgvxu8QY01s#t=0)

Gunsmoke:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7cF583A4Qw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7cF583A4Qw)

Zorro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aks02N4Tq0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aks02N4Tq0)

Johnny Yuma - The Rebel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZhKjB67jzM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZhKjB67jzM)

The Rifleman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOEozi95TjQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOEozi95TjQ)

Bat Masterson:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRNImRxRNjc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRNImRxRNjc)

F Troop:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K4BvF_sb3Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K4BvF_sb3Y)

Rin Tin Tin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlUgjYYrp-U (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlUgjYYrp-U)

Cheyenne:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngJViii9Wgc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngJViii9Wgc)

Broken Arrow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exrgYe98Kmg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exrgYe98Kmg)

Cisco Kid:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VZgBl-t7vY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VZgBl-t7vY)

Death Valley Days:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDlgkc7Lopg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDlgkc7Lopg)

Gene Autry Show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Aa5SYGqWpM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Aa5SYGqWpM)

Sky King:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoXkgIsIiQE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoXkgIsIiQE)

Branded:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-Mnp6VAmEc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-Mnp6VAmEc)

Hop-Along Cassidy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F37VQnMhssg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F37VQnMhssg)

Johnny Ringo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRpcg5106lQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRpcg5106lQ)

Laredo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3og2vRPnV8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3og2vRPnV8)

Laramie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nNRvDo3Ukc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nNRvDo3Ukc)

Judge Roy Bean:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KECS7AHJoI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KECS7AHJoI)

Lawman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4DPIMZcVSs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4DPIMZcVSs)

Sugarfoot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wblOUBVH4sg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wblOUBVH4sg)

Tombstone Territory:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pw9-cz9uMs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pw9-cz9uMs)

The Virginian:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S423KrdanTM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S423KrdanTM)

Wagon Train:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmhkkTFpteQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmhkkTFpteQ)

Wanted Dead of Alive:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUROZEmC1WQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUROZEmC1WQ)

Wild Wild West:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFf85RxteI8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFf85RxteI8)

Yancy Derringer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR8_U5Hl6DE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR8_U5Hl6DE)

Davy Crockett:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAGu_5i9POg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAGu_5i9POg)

Daniel Boone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NsWcG1jis0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NsWcG1jis0)

Colt 45:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlD_GYIoqII (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlD_GYIoqII)

Cimarron Strip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7m_k4UvCX0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7m_k4UvCX0)

Gabby Hayes Show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mshAZhYoJEk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mshAZhYoJEk)

Fury:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPnnh2oFqy4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPnnh2oFqy4)

Hec Ramsey:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYpDeUtIvL8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYpDeUtIvL8)

High Chaparral:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBTK_x_RaxI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBTK_x_RaxI)

Iron Horse:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npvb6dL-JHM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npvb6dL-JHM)

Man Called Shenandoah:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIoShlzY4fE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIoShlzY4fE)

9 Lives of Elfego Baca:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRwa0MdeqVs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRwa0MdeqVs)

Outlaws:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4diTbHVvb6U (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4diTbHVvb6U)


Lots more TV Westerns
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on October 17, 2014, 10:39:55 AM
A bit more trivia.....on this day, Oct.17, back in 1960, Dion left the Belmonts to start a solo career.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on October 17, 2014, 11:03:42 AM
A bit more trivia.....on this day, Oct.17, back in 1960, Dion left the Belmonts to start a solo career.

  Thanks "MM". I saw Dion a few times over the last several years and he had different back up singers. Not the original Belmonts though. I didn't realize it goes that far back when they split up.

  By the way, thanks for the info about The Four Seasons, Cousin Brucie CD. I play it all the time.

  "mack", I had forgotten about all those Great Western's that were on television then. As a kid I had a Lone Ranger hat, mask, gun and I think the set came with some silver bullets. Try to find something like that in the stores today.

  The Little Rascals was another GREAT. About young kids that made due with growing up during the Great Depression.

  Another one of my favorite TV series was one called "Sanford and Son". About an old guy named Fred Sanford and his son Lamont having a junk business in South Central L.A. It included a bible carrying character named Aunt Ester, who wasn't exactly happy dealing with Fred. Although today we learn that shows like Archie Bunker or Sanford and Son are NOT Politically correct, they've been replaced today with much more acceptable standards as open sex, sarcastic remarks, and much more violence. I know that because once about every three months I turn on my TV to see if things have changed. They haven't so back to www.nycfire.net (http://www.nycfire.net) I go. 

  Heres one of those exchanges between Fran Sanford and bible caring Aunt Ester. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta92rPzPu9Q (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta92rPzPu9Q#)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on October 25, 2014, 11:49:50 PM
SNEAKIN INTO THE USA......  http://safeshare.tv/w/eUqDmyBbir (http://safeshare.tv/w/eUqDmyBbir)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on October 26, 2014, 05:30:29 PM
Always was a great song to sing and dream along too. Unfortunately, today's lyrics are the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on November 07, 2014, 07:08:18 PM
 The Days of Doo Wop were relived on our television sets around 1977 when we were first introduced to a guy who called himself Bowzer and led a group called Sha Na Na in a comedy and music show.

  "So do you Remember Then" ?
   
   www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfZfH33baMs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfZfH33baMs#)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: fdce54 on December 12, 2014, 01:40:50 PM
I went to Darlene Love's Christmas Show at the Tarrytown Music Hall last night. Great show. A good mix of Christmas favorites and classics (can't say oldies anymore). Thought I might have seen Gman on stage but no.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on December 12, 2014, 02:49:52 PM
I went to Darlene Love's Christmas Show at the Tarrytown Music Hall last night. Great show. A good mix of Christmas favorites and classics (can't say oldies anymore). Thought I might have seen Gman on stage but no.
Close because couple of her musicians are good friends and one of her background singers and I date back to 1969 working with Luther Vandross. BTW, Darlene is "real" person, a Diva who doesn't act like a "Diva". Last time I played with her was about 15 years ago at a Richard Nader Oldies show in the Madison Sq. Garden Theatre.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on December 12, 2014, 06:35:16 PM
 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; Darlene Love as seen on David Letterman, 2013.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7M6wRPuD2w (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7M6wRPuD2w#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on December 30, 2014, 11:16:30 PM
 Two of the most famous singers that many of us will never forget. They entertained us in the movies, on television, and with their music. I saw them both in person and what a show each one put on. Today, they are no longer with us. Both made this same song very famous.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JxrzO3sNTY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JxrzO3sNTY#)

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=85_YK-La0vk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85_YK-La0vk#)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on January 31, 2015, 11:41:20 PM
 Remembering the music as it was on "The Streets of the Bronx"

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=14-lKNaRPeg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14-lKNaRPeg#)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: fltpara16 on February 01, 2015, 09:59:41 AM
Great video Willy D, thanks for posting!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on February 01, 2015, 12:46:35 PM
Nothing will ever replace doo-wop! Those were the days and nights too when life was less complicated and a 45 rpm record was 39 cents in Woolworth's.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 24, 2015, 09:45:40 PM
So the Cold Winter Blues got you down. Well lets get that blood flowing again with a little of your favorite Doo Wop from those Great music days gone by.

How about a group that formed way back in 1957 from the streets of Bushwick in Brooklyn. The group was called "The Fascinations" and they sang a song about a girl named "Rosemarie". I just have a feeling that this one will get those feet tapping and once again help to improve your circulation.

  Okay, Tony and the Boys, "take it away".

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2UEdtzKAdM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2UEdtzKAdM#) 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on February 25, 2015, 04:39:43 PM
Willie the group shown in the video is "The Legends Of Doo-Wop"   made up of three Lead Singers from their Original Groups and a bass from another grp.   In the video left to Right

Jimmy Gallagher-  Lead   Passions
Steve Horn       -   Bass   5 Sharps
Frank Mancuso  -   Lead   Imaginations
Tony Passalacqua- Lead   Fascinators

BTW they are no longer singing together    Shame as they were terrific.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 25, 2015, 11:20:16 PM
Willie the group shown in the video is "The Legends Of Doo-Wop"   made up of three Lead Singers from their Original Groups and a bass from another grp.   In the video left to Right

Jimmy Gallagher-  Lead   Passions
Steve Horn       -   Bass   5 Sharps
Frank Mancuso  -   Lead   Imaginations
Tony Passalacqua- Lead   Fascinators

BTW they are no longer singing together    Shame as they were terrific.

  Thanks Jack. They are good. I must have played that thing 50 times since I posted it. Not only that, last night I checked out ordering a DVD of them along with many other Doo Wop groups from one of those PBS shows. I ordered it directly from PBS and they just told me they already shipped it. The DVD is called Doo Wop 50.

  By the way, I may be down to see you guys pretty soon. Man, it's been brutal up here. One morning about 7 am it was 12 below zero. I took a picture of it as a reminder when July and August is here.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on February 26, 2015, 11:06:09 AM
Willie it will be good seeing you again and maybe have more time to talk than last time as we were at opposite ends  LOL
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 19, 2015, 11:27:49 PM
 He was from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He started out with a group called the Crest. Later he became the lead singer in a group called "The Brooklyn Bridge". He passed away just a few years ago and I think G-man might have played background guitar with him for awhile. Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge made these songs famous around the late 60s/early 70s.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY1P24nT35o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY1P24nT35o#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on March 19, 2015, 11:45:27 PM
  Johnny Maestro had his own Brooklyn Bridge band but I did work dozens and dozens of shows throughout the years. Many as a member of  the house band that entailed backing up most of the acts.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on April 26, 2015, 09:40:44 PM
 The NY/NJ area produced some of the best Doo Wop singers in history. But not too far from NYC is a place called New Haven, Ct. Out of New Haven came a group called The Five Satins with their lead singer Freddie Paris. How many out there remember this great oldie ?

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQCk-GP5dHk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQCk-GP5dHk#)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on April 27, 2015, 12:54:26 PM
Bill, you are correct New Haven was their home.  Fred Parris had another group before the Satins called "The Scarlets" that recorded in 53 & 54 on the Red Robin label in Harlem, and the "Scarlets" became the Five Satins, also there was another gent that did lead named Bill Baker who was excellent, He did the lead on one of my Favorites "Wonderful Girl".
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: raybrag on April 27, 2015, 01:27:02 PM
Well, they weren't from New Haven, or anywhere in NYC . . . but the Marcels from Pittsburg sure could sing . . .

https://youtu.be/BziGPUGjhIE
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on April 27, 2015, 08:18:51 PM
   Bass singer for the Marcells had lung cancer and was doing all that with just one lung. I had done a gig with them about 3 years before they taped the PBS show and the lung had already been removed. 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on April 28, 2015, 06:43:35 AM
G-Man, was Fred Johnson the bass?
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on April 28, 2015, 11:44:21 AM
G-Man, was Fred Johnson the bass?

You are correct and Cornelius Harp was the original Lead Singer.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on April 28, 2015, 12:40:34 PM
 Thanks Ray, aka "raybrag", for the great sounds of the Marcells.

 And how about we do this for Jack, aka "JOR176". We go back to those Doo Wop Days and the year was around 1956. Everybody from Madison, Midwood, and Lincoln High Schools in Brooklyn would hang out at their favorite spot on Kings Highway. And when this favorite tune started to play on the AM radios of those shinny Chevys, Jack told the guys "turn that radio up", because this was his favorite tune.

  So this one's for you Jack.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCXzN5vg0YE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCXzN5vg0YE#)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: raybrag on April 28, 2015, 02:08:08 PM
I think we ought to dedicate one to Frank (FDCE54), too . . . with a suggestion for him for the next couple of months . . .

https://youtu.be/ysKhbaLyIFw (https://youtu.be/ysKhbaLyIFw)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on April 28, 2015, 03:04:19 PM
Don't forget "Looking For An Echo" for all those Erasmus Hall high school folks! 8)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on April 28, 2015, 04:37:57 PM
Don't forget "Looking For An Echo" for all those Erasmus Hall high school folks! 8)
THE BEST.....Even though Kenny Vance sang back in the early Doo Wop years he actually did not do Looking For An Echo until 1975 first as a solo by him then in the present version w/the group....in this video the square lapel pins they are wearing are the 3 FFs raising the Flag at the WTC.....Kenny's home at the foot of Beach 130 St & the Ocean in Rockaway was completey washed away during Sandy & he lost a large amount of memorabilia.....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke1dV_IpSKA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke1dV_IpSKA)    g man any update on Kenny Vance's condition ?
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on April 28, 2015, 09:21:56 PM
 As we look back over the last 12 pages of this thread, for some of us, and maybe more like MOST of us, who grew up during that time frame, "we wouldn't trade it for anything". The music was really great. What a great time it was to be a teen age kid. We didn't have cell phones to text on or computers to tell our stories on. But it was just such a special time. A high school sweetheart. The high school dances, the cars, and the music.

  Many on here have seen two generations grow up. I think most of us are very proud of the younger members on this site. But that doesn't really explain to you just what it was like back in our day. This thing we are calling "Days of Doo Wop". So to get a better idea of just what it was like, there was a movie made called "American Grifitti". It talks about some high school teenagers in 1962. This is the preview of that movie.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfhYdoVQSJA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfhYdoVQSJA#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on April 29, 2015, 12:00:29 AM
Don't forget "Looking For An Echo" for all those Erasmus Hall high school folks! 8)
THE BEST..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke1dV_IpSKA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke1dV_IpSKA)    g man any update on Kenny Vance's condition ?
  He posted something on Facebook about 2 weeks ago saying he plans to start singing again in a few months.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on April 29, 2015, 12:10:33 AM
Hope for a full recovery.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on April 29, 2015, 01:27:38 PM
Don't forget "Looking For An Echo" for all those Erasmus Hall high school folks! 8)
THE BEST..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke1dV_IpSKA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke1dV_IpSKA)    g man any update on Kenny Vance's condition ?
Also, you may want to listen to the Persuasions acappella version from 1977. They are a Brooklyn group and it's on Youtube but I cannot make a link here. Enjoy!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on May 01, 2015, 12:35:40 PM
Benjamin Earl Nelson better known in the music world as Ben E. King died yesterday at the age of 76. R.I.P and thank you for the songs and memories.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on May 01, 2015, 05:10:23 PM
Benjamin Earl Nelson better known in the music world as Ben E. King died yesterday at the age of 76. R.I.P and thank you for the songs and memories.

  We remember Ben E. King (Sept 28, 1938 - April 30, 2015). R.I.P.

  This was one of his most famous hits back in 1961.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjZldG5qkV4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjZldG5qkV4#) 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on May 02, 2015, 01:47:53 PM
Now I know we all can't be Doo Wop fans. That's not the only kind of music out there. Of course there's Country Music too, that I'm sure a lot of our friends also enjoy. I bet the Most Rev CFDMarshall of Tennessee is one of them.

 I also know that on this site we have a lot of retired firefighters. This is a song written by a retired firefighter from Lexington, Ky. This song was written about a true story that happened to him one early morning on a call just before shift change. I think some on here may also relate to it, whether they are retired or active, volunteer or city paid.

  We give you the Moran Brothers singing "The OLE' Firefighters Song". www.youtube.com/watch?v=as2Nm9S_n3M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as2Nm9S_n3M#ws)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on May 02, 2015, 03:35:57 PM
Beautiful!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on May 08, 2015, 02:21:05 PM
I just heard that Lenny Coco, leader of the Chimes has passed away. I had the privilege of working with Lenny at the former WNYG 1440 out on Long Island in the early to mid 90's. That was a part time gig for me and Lenny did M-F 10A-2P. I'll see what further info comes out and I will let you guys know. Rest in peace Lenny and may God console your family.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on May 08, 2015, 08:34:48 PM
I just heard that Lenny Coco, leader of the Chimes has passed away. I had the privilege of working with Lenny at the former WNYG 1440 out on Long Island in the early to mid 90's. That was a part time gig for me and Lenny did M-F 10A-2P. I'll see what further info comes out and I will let you guys know. Rest in peace Lenny and may God console your family.
   Yes, I got the news this morning from his family. About 18 years ago The Channels and the Chimes were traveling deep in Amish country on I-80 on a tour bus returning from a concert in Warren, Ohio. when Lenny had his first heart attack. I was sitting right in front of him when I heard Rocky shouting "Hey, hey!" because he had seen Lenny collapse forward into the back of my seat. There was no cell phone service so the bus driver kept us moving until a signal was found. The first 1st responder turned out to be an Amish man in an old 1960's Dodge van with only a small basic medical equipment bag. Somehow he was able to contact an ambulance and they transported Lenny to a hospital about 35 miles away. A few months later we went to a Church in East Harlem where they were honoring Lenny and he appeared like he wasn't doing well. Fast Forward another 2 years and Lenny appeared to have come back as if nothing had ever happened to him. I played in the "house-band" behind his group about 5 or 6 times. Fans are saying they noticed he wasn't feeling well at his last show.   
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on May 10, 2015, 12:51:13 PM
G-Man, a disturbing rumor is supposedly flying around Face-Book that Herbie Cox has also passed away. I certainly hope that is false. Did you hear anything about this?
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on May 11, 2015, 06:31:55 AM
G-Man, a disturbing rumor is supposedly flying around Face-Book that Herbie Cox has also passed away. I certainly hope that is false. Did you hear anything about this?
Thankfully this rumor is untrue. Some wacko hacked Herb's web site and created a hoax.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on May 11, 2015, 01:34:55 PM
G-Man, a disturbing rumor is supposedly flying around Face-Book that Herbie Cox has also passed away. I certainly hope that is false. Did you hear anything about this?
Thankfully this rumor is untrue. Some wacko hacked Herb's web site and created a hoax.
  Yes, I got word of it from my old drummer and told him it had to be a hoax that Herbie had posted in some special words what he thought about it. ;)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on June 24, 2015, 11:05:31 PM
I just heard that Lenny Coco, leader of the Chimes has passed away. I had the privilege of working with Lenny at the former WNYG 1440 out on Long Island in the early to mid 90's. That was a part time gig for me and Lenny did M-F 10A-2P. I'll see what further info comes out and I will let you guys know. Rest in peace Lenny and may God console your family.
   Yes, I got the news this morning from his family. About 18 years ago The Channels and the Chimes were traveling deep in Amish country on I-80 on a tour bus returning from a concert in Warren, Ohio. when Lenny had his first heart attack. I was sitting right in front of him when I heard Rocky shouting "Hey, hey!" because he had seen Lenny collapse forward into the back of my seat. There was no cell phone service so the bus driver kept us moving until a signal was found. The first 1st responder turned out to be an Amish man in an old 1960's Dodge van with only a small basic medical equipment bag. Somehow he was able to contact an ambulance and they transported Lenny to a hospital about 35 miles away. A few months later we went to a Church in East Harlem where they were honoring Lenny and he appeared like he wasn't doing well. Fast Forward another 2 years and Lenny appeared to have come back as if nothing had ever happened to him. I played in the "house-band" behind his group about 5 or 6 times. Fans are saying they noticed he wasn't feeling well at his last show.   

  Rest in Peace Lenny Cocco.

  ! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsJ3BX0RLc4#)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on October 28, 2015, 10:18:34 AM
 Most of us who grew up during the Days of Doo Wop will tell you what a GREAT Time to be around. Many of those songs, some 40-50 years later, we still remember them, word for word. Some of those Doo Wop singers are still drawing big crowds wherever they appear. Their music is still a hit with those that remember.

 For those of us who were a part of it, we will always be the first ones to tell you how lucky we were. Great music, great cars, drive in theaters, buttered pop corn, the high school dance, Murray the K, Cousin Brucie, and Wolfman Jack. But now there's a song out that really tells how we feel. For those of us who really appreciated all the stories and the music of those times that have been posted in the last 13 or so pages, I think you might appreciate this one too. So listen closely as you are entertained.

My Senior Citizen friends enjoy, "this one's for you".

www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5jpxWB0Jzw

Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on January 25, 2016, 04:58:53 AM
One of the greatest songs along w/Kenny Vance & The Planetones doing  "Looking For An Echo" is Arlene Smith re doing "Maybe" as a tribute to Jackie Landry...... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG-dv88RAMY
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: enginecap on January 25, 2016, 09:36:53 AM
Capt. Ronnie Gilyard Ladder 40, was a huge huge fan of the doo wop....went out dancing and to concerts all of the time.  Engine 76 has a current member named Frank Pizarro who has sang with all of the big current doo wop revivals etc.....he was lead singer with platters when they got back together about ten years ago.  Frank, by the way, sings the national anthem for the FDNY ceremonial unit so u may have seen him at one of our memorials.....I was pretty proud to see him sing at a NY Ranger game
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: lucky on January 25, 2016, 03:52:07 PM
The Capris had a song called Indian Girl. In it they sang "One little, two little, three little Indians etc. My grandson recently came home from kindergarten very proud of a song his teacher had taught his class. He proceeded with "One little, two little. three little native Americans, etc etc, ten little native American boys and girls". I kid you not. This is how our youngest generation is being taught in school today. The poor Capris would be arrested by the PC police today if they reintroduced Indian Girl.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on January 25, 2016, 05:12:58 PM
Marlowe Murray was a singer with the group Fi-Tones Quartette and then The Fi-Tones.he lived on Van Buren St. in Bed Stuy where he was born and grew up.The group wasn't making any money so he took the FDNY test, He worked in 235/Sq3 then transferred to L132. Lowe received 3/4 from the City,then was called by Raul Cita of the Harptones to join the group. Lowe joined them in 1972 and was with them until he died, about three yrs ago.
R.I.P. Lowe
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on January 25, 2016, 06:43:47 PM
Two great groups you mentioned JOR. Oh, in regard to the Capris, lead singer Nick Santomaria was a P.O. in the 112 Pct. Qns.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on January 26, 2016, 05:43:35 PM
 Doo Wop Platters singer, Frank Pizzarro, of FDNY Engine Co 76.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=flsuV3s9hos

  Doo Wop Capries singer, Nick Santomaria, former NYPD.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7WdRc2duag
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 18, 2016, 09:39:30 PM
 Lost in the Fifties. As the music plays, take a look back at how it was. Do you remember ?

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjj9VKKSV2g
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 02, 2016, 11:10:30 PM
 How about those days of the Brooklyn Fox Theater Holiday Review back in 1963 with Murray the K.

 Here's a Blast from the Past. The Brooklyn Fox Theater proudly presents Murray the K. Some Big Oldies for you.
  The Angels                                               The Shirelles
  The Chiffons                                             The Tymes
  The Dovells                                              Jan and Dean
  Jan and the Americans                              Randy and the Rainbows
  The Ronettes                                            Gene Pitney
  The Drifters                                              The Miracles

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2OZgfW5QWA
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on March 03, 2016, 04:53:45 AM
Ah yes, the days of "Submarine Race Watching" with Murray The "K" on 1010 WINS, NYC. Only two short years later (1965) WINS went to an all news format which they still do today.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 03, 2016, 07:10:32 AM
Ah yes, the days of "Submarine Race Watching" with Murray The "K" on 1010 WINS, NYC. Only two short years later (1965) WINS went to an all news format which they still do today.

  Yes, "MM", those were the days of "Submarine Race Watching" and 1010 WINS.

  He was born Murray Kaufman in 1922. In 1958 he joined 1010 and stayed there for seven years, becoming the most popular D.J. in NYC. He left 1010 in 1965 and later resurfaced on WOR-FM. He was an early supporter of singer Bobby Darin and the hit "Splish Splash". In 1964 he was one of the first Americans to interview the Beatles.

  He was married SIX (6) times and passed away in 1982 at age 60.

  (I got this info from the app "IMDb")
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on June 07, 2016, 10:31:44 PM
 It's been awhile since we heard a little music from those "Days of Doo Wop".

 Some of the guys that I know who roamed the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island or the Bronx, during those days are here with us today. Guys like; "memorymaster", "manhattan", "fdce54", "68JK09", "Parkave32", "mikeindabronx", "mack", "69mets", "JOR176", "svd385", "Atlas", and of course "guitarman354". I'm sure I forgot a few, and I sure didn't mean to do that.

 Well, as most of us know who were around then, "the boys from New York City just kind of stood out among the crowd". Many Doo Wop singers came from there. Sometimes on a Saturday the DJ known as "Murray the K" would have his Rock and Roll Revue's at the famous Brooklyn Fox Theater. The AM radio stations from NYC such as WNBC, and WABC, would be tuned in by us in the Tri state area to hear our favorite DJs like Cousin Brucie and Wolfman Jack play our favorite Doo Wop music.

  Sometimes these NYC guys I mentioned would drive along the Avenue in their shiny custom cars they had. Maybe take their girlfriend on a date to see a movie at the Drive in Theater. Sometimes, those guys were hoping to see more than just the movie though !!!!!

  Anyway, those NYC guys were a Classic group. They still are today. Just that what hair they have left has probably turned grey or white. They may not be as skinny as they were then. And they probably just walk a little slower today. The drive in movies are all gone now. But one thing that is NOT gone is the great memories and the great Doo Wop music they all once listened and danced to.

  So what better Doo Wop song to listen to than a song written just about these guys. It was released in 1965 and sung by a group called "The Ad Libs". The song is called "The Boy from NYC" and it was all about them. The words to the song actually tell the story much better than I can. So listen close. And for "The Boys from NYC", this one's for you..........

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=svztw0okXKY
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on June 08, 2016, 03:46:28 AM
Yes sir, that was a great song and of course was very popular in the NYC area. I'm sure that there would have been more doo-wop sounds produced had it not been for the "British Invasion" which was starting at that time. The "boy" from NYC could be the "group" from NYC such as, the Capris, the Mystics, the Excellents, the Crests,
Dion & The Belmonts, the Elegants and many more. Yes, those were the days. Thanks NFD and as Norm N. Nite would say "Rock On!."
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on September 25, 2016, 12:37:04 PM
 Oh yes those Days of Doo Wop. How GREAT they were.

 Those who remember those Doo Wop Days are now collecting, or soon to be collecting, Social Security. It was a time of Great looking cars, malt shops and high school dances. Our parents were considered "The Greatest Generation" and we were "The Baby Boomers" as a result.

 It was a time BEFORE the FDNY War Years. Before Cable TV, ATMs, Laptops, Cell phones, DVD/CD players, or Walmart stores. But for most of us who were apart of it will tell you these were The Greatest Years of our lives. And we still claim to have the Best Music during more than half this century.

  So just who are these guys on this web site that we are talking about. Well, it's guys like;
   "guitarman316", "jbendick", "mikeindabronx", "memory master", "*******", "auxlteng225", "68jk09", "johnd248", "JOR176", "mack", "fdce54" and many more here too.

 Lets do this for them. Here's one of those Malt Shop Memories. One more from the greatest music of their many years. I believe all of the above members are now retired and we wish them all the best for many more years to come. Today they may NOT be able to do "the Mashed Potatoes", but I can tell you that I know the majority of them and they are super great guys.

  So lets all give it up and bring back this "Malt Shop Memory".

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQBKpV9emKc&list=PL469005682F3FC625
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on September 25, 2016, 05:07:41 PM
Thanks NFD for that "blast from the past." The year was 1962 Dione LaRue a.k.a. Dee Dee Sharp had that #2 Billboard Hit. Her follow up to "Mashed Potato Time" was, yes you guessed it, "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) which went to # 9 on the charts.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on September 30, 2016, 06:58:53 PM
I'm thinking about selling my vinyl record collection. 45's & LP's from mainly from the 50's and 60's with some 70's, and few 80's. The genre is mainly oldies and easy listening. The 78's are big band etc. I f anyone has any leads on buyers let me know please. Then again, should I or shouldn't I?
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on September 30, 2016, 10:10:33 PM
I'm thinking about selling my vinyl record collection. 45's & LP's from mainly from the 50's and 60's with some 70's, and few 80's. The genre is mainly oldies and easy listening. The 78's are big band etc. I f anyone has any leads on buyers let me know please. Then again, should I or shouldn't I?

If you find someone let me know I want to sell mine too. I have about 1200 45's all doowop from the 50's and about 150 Albums all Doowop.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on October 01, 2016, 05:21:24 AM
No problem JOR and vice-versa.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on October 25, 2016, 12:39:04 PM
Sad to report that Robert Velline, known to us as Bobby Vee, passed away yesterday, 10/24, for Alzheimer Disease. He was 73 years young. You of course remember "Run To Him", "Take Good Care Of My Baby", "Rubber Ball", "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" and so many more. Rest In Peace Bobby.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on October 25, 2016, 04:53:00 PM
Sad to report that Robert Velline, known to us as Bobby Vee, passed away yesterday, 10/24, for Alzheimer Disease. He was 73 years young. You of course remember "Run To Him", "Take Good Care Of My Baby", "Rubber Ball", "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" and so many more. Rest In Peace Bobby.
  I had the pleasure of working on a couple of Richard Nader shows with him including one at the Brendan Byrne Arena. One I'll never forget was about 25-30 years ago at the Orange County Civic Arena in Orlando where we were taping a big concert show for HBO. Many big stars including Tony Williams & the Platters, Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, the Shirelles, Chiffons, Crystals, Orlons, Cadillacs, Larry Chance &  the Earls, Belmonts, and many more were there but due to contractual issues that show never aired.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on October 25, 2016, 04:54:26 PM
All his hits, enjoy:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVMTjOkuUQk
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on October 29, 2016, 09:28:29 PM
 Back in the Doo Wop Days, when your favorite girl turned 16 years old, it was a big deal. It usually was a big Sweet Sixteen Celebration. A birthday cake with 16 candles and all of her friends invited to the party.

 It was such a big deal in those days that a few guys wrote songs about it. They were always played on that stereo record player at the party. Here are two of them that I'm sure many of us will have fond memories of.

 Neil Sedka's "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen".... www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf13v1jgvQ8

 Another group called "The Crest" from NYC with "Sixteen Candles" .... www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdIyuMMjCtM
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on November 05, 2016, 05:56:02 AM
Sad to report the Kay Starr (Katherine Laverne Starks) passed away on 11/3/16 at the age of 94. Some of her hits included, Side By Side, The Wheel Of Fortune, Rock & Roll Waltz and many others. RIP and thanks for the music that was music.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on November 05, 2016, 08:18:46 AM
Sad to report the Kay Starr (Katherine Laverne Starks) passed away on 11/3/16 at the age of 94. Some of her hits included, Side By Side, The Wheel Of Fortune, Rock & Roll Waltz and many others. RIP and thanks for the music that was music.

 Sad news as some of the GREATs leave us.

 Recently I just learned of the sad news that singer Lesley Gore passed away at age 68 in 2015. She sang such hit songs as: "It's my party", which I believe was her first hit record, as well as "It's Judy's turn to cry".

 Here is another one of her hit records. May they Rest in Peace and thank you so much for making our lives so much more enjoyable with your GREAT MUSIC.
  www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTgLqK1IqV4
 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on November 05, 2016, 12:33:40 PM
NFD, sorry I thought you knew about Leslie Gore. As a side note, she was 'discovered' by Quincy Jones.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on December 12, 2016, 02:10:43 AM
We went to the "Winter Doo Wop Explosion" at Queens College today along w/friends including the Legendary FDNY radio personality Warren F. & his Wife ...we saw Jay Siegel's Tokens...The Jarmels...Kid Kyle..Barbara Harris & The Toys...Vito Picone & The Elegants.

Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on December 12, 2016, 05:49:52 AM
A good line-up there. Mostly local groups. Elegants are from Staten Island, Toys are from St. Albans, Tokens originally from Queens back in the day. How was the show Chief?
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on December 12, 2016, 12:56:45 PM
 Here is one of the groups that played at that Winter Doo Wop Explosion.

 As I look back on this group, I think it was November, 1965 as I was playing this 45 rpm record on my phonograph, the song started to slow down. Then the music came to a stop. Then all the lights went out. It was the Blackout of 1965 which affected a large portion of the northeast part of the country.

 Nine months later there was a baby boom.

 Chief "68jk09" and Mrs J.K., as well as "The Voice of Brooklyn", Mr and Mrs Warren F., and for our friend Charlie T., known here as the Master of Memory, "memory master", WE BRING THIS TO YOU.

 Barbara Harris and the Toys.
 
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nme_Gujngyc
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on December 12, 2016, 06:07:19 PM
Thank you sir. I always liked the song. One of the guys that I worked with in Queens dated Barbara Harris for a while.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on December 12, 2016, 06:11:02 PM
A good line-up there. Mostly local groups. Elegants are from Staten Island, Toys are from St. Albans, Tokens originally from Queens back in the day. How was the show Chief?
Good show but missing one of my favorites Kenny Vance...sounds like his career is over due to health but i also heard his Son Ladd Vance is moving up on the scene.....an earlier video,,,  https://www.youtube.com/user/lvlove007
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on December 12, 2016, 09:54:27 PM
A good line-up there. Mostly local groups. Elegants are from Staten Island, Toys are from St. Albans, Tokens originally from Queens back in the day. How was the show Chief?

The Tokens were actually from Brooklyn,NY They met in Lincoln HS and started the group originally known as the Linc-Tones. Neil Sedaka was in the group, and their name was changed to The Tokens.Sedaka left and Hank Medress brought in Darrell & The Oxfords which Jay Seigle was the lead tenor and the Tokens with all the hits were this group. If you get a chance to hear "Picture In My Wallet" by Darrell & the Oxfords give it a listen I still have the 45.  There was another group of Tokens that was a Black group from Wueens but not the group with Sedaka. I hope this clears it up    Jack O'
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on December 13, 2016, 01:25:24 AM
Yes actually at the show yesterday Jay Siegel did while reminiscing to the audience talk about Neil Sedaka & his involvement w/the scene.....as great as Jay is his last name is the location of one of the greatest  FH in FDNY History.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on December 13, 2016, 06:55:36 AM
JOR you are correct about the Tokens and Brooklyn. The mind is starting to slip I guess. Anyway, 'Picture In My Wallet' is a great tune.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on December 13, 2016, 09:45:25 AM
Yes actually at the show yesterday Jay Siegel did while reminiscing to the audience talk about Neil Sedaka & his involvement w/the scene.....as great as Jay is his last name is the location of one of the greatest  FH in FDNY History.

 Thank you "JOR176", aka Jack O., for that part of Brooklyn's Doo Wop History. So many GREAT GROUPS came out of NYC with GREAT songs during those years. Many just started out by singing on the street corners for the pure fun and enjoyment of just singing a song together. I also was NOT aware that Neil Sedaka had started his career as part of a singing group as well.

 I have seen many of these Doo Wop Shows myself over the years. And they still draw the crowds and still get a standing ovation for the great music that these groups were once so famous for.
  (For me between many CDs of this great music and now FDNY online radio, "who needs those expensive cable TV channels" )

  Chief "68jk09", yes, that FAMOUS Firehouse that was known as "The Siegel Eagles", quarters of Brooklyn's Ladder Co 108,...right !

 Now for "JOR176", we take you back to your Brooklyn days as we dedicate this one to you. And THANK YOU for your years of Military Service and your many years as part of the FDNYs Communications system.

 Jack, you are one of the GREATS so we take you back to 1959 with this one from us to you. Hope you enjoy it.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VslecQLGFo 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on December 13, 2016, 12:38:31 PM
NFD, if you remember "Church Bells May Ring" recorded by the 'Willows' in 1956, the bells in the recording were rung by a very young Neil Sedaka.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on December 13, 2016, 01:06:10 PM
NFD, if you remember "Church Bells May Ring" recorded by the 'Willows' in 1956, the bells in the recording were rung by a very young Neil Sedaka.

 Thank you "MM", I DO remember "Church Bells May Ring" and I was not aware that those bells in that song were rung by a young Neil Sedaka.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on December 13, 2016, 06:29:20 PM
Just found out that Jim Lowe, who recorded 'Green Door' died yesterday at his home in the Hamptons (Long Island, N.Y.) at the age of 93. Jim was later a DJ on the old WNEW 1130AM in N.Y.C. The aforementioned record knocked Elvis out of the #1 position on the charts at that time.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on January 09, 2017, 12:07:43 PM
 Another very famous group of the 1950s Doo Wop era was "The Diamonds". They were famous for such songs as "The Stroll" and "Little Darlin". I saw this group several times at some great Doo Wop Shows.

 I recently found out that their lead singer, Dave Somerville, had passed away in 2015. He was 81 years old.

 Here is one of their most famous hits which spent 8 weeks in the #2 position, but never got to Number One. All because of a guy named Elvis.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_JxwMcIbJc
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on January 09, 2017, 05:56:57 PM
Thanks NFD, great song, great group and great era of music!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on January 25, 2017, 08:45:14 PM
 Sadly two members from the once famous Sha Na Na Show have left us in 2016. Lennie Baker and Johnny Contardo.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6Fklo8fVzA

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcNldI0Q7o0
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: manhattan on January 25, 2017, 09:17:52 PM
Outta sight, nfd2004!  Keep 'em flowin!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on January 26, 2017, 03:57:27 AM
Ronald 'Bingo' Mundy of the Marcels passed away on 1/20/17 at Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburg from pneumonia. He was 76. He can be heard in the song "Blue Moon" right after Fred Johnson's bass intro, singing 'Moon moon moon.' RIP.
Additional sad news, 'Joey Powers' who recorded 'Midnight Mary' passed away also last week.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on January 26, 2017, 08:11:23 AM
Ronald 'Bingo' Mundy of the Marcels passed away on 1/20/17 at Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburg from pneumonia. He was 76. He can be heard in the song "Blue Moon" right after Fred Johnson's bass intro, singing 'Moon moon moon.' RIP.
Additional sad news, 'Joey Powers' who recorded 'Midnight Mary' passed away also last week.

 Sad news to the Doo Wop Music fans. Thank you MM for that info.

 Way back in 1961 the song "Blue Moon", sung by the Marcels became the Number 1 Hit. Over some 50 years later, these groups were still singing their songs and drawing big crowds.

 This video will explain it much better than I can.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=BziGPUGjhIE
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on January 31, 2017, 08:26:06 AM
On Jan. 29 radio great Herb Oscar Anderson passed away in Vermont at the age of 88. Some of you may remember him on 77 WABC AM as the morning drive time DJ. He always started his show with his song of "Hello Again" and signing off with the song that he also sang "Time." "Start Your Day With H.O.A." was the promo always used. I had the good fortune of meeting him one morning at about 0430 as we were sitting on Park Ave. and he came along to enter the building which housed WNH 1050 AM at the time. He graciously walked over to the ambulance and shook our hands and greeted us with a big "Good Morning." A real nice guy. While at his previous gig at WABC he always signed off at 0950 at he end of his show. Ironically, he passed on at 0950 this past Sunday. Rest in peace Herb and thanks for all the airwave Good Mornings.
If your interested, you can Google him singing the above mentioned songs. I'd post the links but as you know I'm computer challenged.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on January 31, 2017, 08:35:43 AM
 Thanks MM.

 Another loss to the Great Doo Wop Society.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on January 31, 2017, 11:11:12 AM
Ronald 'Bingo' Mundy of the Marcels passed away on 1/20/17 at Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburg from pneumonia. He was 76. He can be heard in the song "Blue Moon" right after Fred Johnson's bass intro, singing 'Moon moon moon.' RIP.
Additional sad news, 'Joey Powers' who recorded 'Midnight Mary' passed away also last week.

 Sad news to the Doo Wop Music fans. Thank you MM for that info.

 Way back in 1961 the song "Blue Moon", sung by the Marcels became the Number 1 Hit. Over some 50 years later, these groups were still singing their songs and drawing big crowds.

 This video will explain it much better than I can.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=BziGPUGjhIE

The group onstage here the originals have civilian clothes on the rest are not originals,Freddy Johnson original bass still does a great job, the new lead does a great job too.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on January 31, 2017, 03:06:33 PM
 Thanks Jack, "JOR176". A sad part of Great Music from a Great Era.

 We also see that DJs, such as Murray the K, Wolfman Jack, Herb Oscar, have left us as well. These were big names in the NYC area. AM Radio Stations WABC, WNBC, reached far beyond the New York area.

 For those of us who were around then, we all know how great a time it was. It was a time when guys just sang about their girlfriends. Or when the ladies sang about their favorite guy.

 Songs like:
 
 Ritchie Valens singing - "Donna"
 Paul Anka singing - "Diana"
 Randy and the Rainbows singing - "Denise"
 The Beach Boys singing - "Barbara Anne"
 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons sang - "Sherry", Dawn", and "Marianne"

 So with the snow coming down here now at the Ole' Homestead in the back woods country of Connecticut, what's an old guy like myself supposed to do other than eat and sleep. Instead, lets get into some great music from a great time. I'm sure the Baby Boomers will remember these.

 Let's start with the first two listed. Ritchie Valens - "Donna", and Paul Ankas - "Diana".

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC9zULGSMyA

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HcxZwfAP8M


 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 01, 2017, 11:01:31 PM
 This morning we got a little snow in my neighborhood so I had to go out there and shovel. While I was out there, my neighbor across the street was out there doing the same thing. He's a Doo Wop fan too and he told me he was going to the Doo Wop Show at the Mohegan Sun Casino in mid January. We don't live too far from there.

 So I asked him, "how was the show" ? He told me to check out a video that has Jay Black, of Jay and the Americans, on it that was filmed at the show. So I did.

 Jay and the Americans did some classic hit songs like: "Only in America", "This Magic Moment", "Cara Mia", "Come a little bit closer".

 But Jay Black is now 78 years old. He still has some great and funny stories that he tells while performing. But this might be the last show that he does. I think after you see this video, you will understand why. It was recorded live on January 15, 2017.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=aamJAVZin0U

 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on March 04, 2017, 10:28:31 PM
LOUIES CANDY STORE CENTRAL & GREENE AVES 1954  (no one ever destroyed their neighborhood back then) .......      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzhElCGzQNM
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 04, 2017, 11:13:32 PM
So the Cold Winter Blues got you down. Well lets get that blood flowing again with a little of your favorite Doo Wop from those Great music days gone by.

How about a group that formed way back in 1957 from the streets of Bushwick in Brooklyn. The group was called "The Fascinations" and they sang a song about a girl named "Rosemarie". I just have a feeling that this one will get those feet tapping and once again help to improve your circulation.

  Okay, Tony and the Boys, "take it away".

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2UEdtzKAdM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2UEdtzKAdM#)

 Chief that video you posted of Bushwick is GREAT. What a Great time it was and a Great place it must have been.

 Of course my first introduction to the Bushwick section of Brooklyn was about 20 years later. It was so different then. Entire blocks were already burned out and that Bushwick neighborhood was one of the hardest hit arson areas in the city. Sad to look at those pictures now knowing how so much different it looked just about 20 years later.

 But I thought we'd bring back that video of one of the groups talked about from Bushwick that made some great doo wop music. That group is the Fascinators.

   www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2UEdtzKAdM
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on March 05, 2017, 12:01:13 AM
Willie your at it again  LOL  A little info for the story.
The group on the tape is "The Legends Of Doowop" The lead singer on the Tape was Tony Passalacqua original lead of "The Fascinators" other members of that group L to R were Jimmy Gallagher original lead of "The Passions",Steve Horn was the bass of "The Five Sharks", and Frank Mancuso original lead of "The Imaginations" all of which are great singers.  I could go on but there's a 7th alarm in Queens so I'm out of here.      :)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 05, 2017, 08:37:27 AM
Willie your at it again  LOL  A little info for the story.
The group on the tape is "The Legends Of Doowop" The lead singer on the Tape was Tony Passalacqua original lead of "The Fascinators" other members of that group L to R were Jimmy Gallagher original lead of "The Passions",Steve Horn was the bass of "The Five Sharks", and Frank Mancuso original lead of "The Imaginations" all of which are great singers.  I could go on but there's a 7th alarm in Queens so I'm out of here.      :)

 Thanks Jack. "I tried". At least I got one guy right. You sure know your Doo Wop stuff though. And like you, last night, most of us focused on the 7th alarm in Queens at the time.

 But for those in sunny, warm Fla like "JOR176", who didn't know this, "Those FDNY members fought that big job on one of the COLDEST NIGHTS of the Year. Plus the fact that there were some pretty strong winds to add to it. Kind of like being in a freezer with a fan blowing on you.

 Yes, Jack, I'm sure you remember those days too. A little chill out there and wishing you could be home sitting in your favorite chair, in your nice warm living room, with a nice cup of hot cocoa. All while listening to your favorite Doo Wop tunes playing.

 I hope you can come up to say hello to the guys. I'll keep you in touch of when a few of us "Doo Wop Generation Guys", plan to meet up later this year. There may be one or two kids for us to baby sit, but they'll behave themselves.
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Post by: memory master on March 05, 2017, 10:11:43 AM
I have to add my two cents, I worked with an EMT in Staten Island's Station 23 whose uncle is thee Jimmy Gallagher of the "Passions." Today this EMT is a Firefighter in 85 truck on Richmond Road, or at least he was there when I retired in 2009. You never know who is related to who. And also, thanks Chief Jack for the "Louies" video.
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Post by: JOR176 on March 05, 2017, 11:15:18 AM
I have to add my two cents, I worked with an EMT in Staten Island's Station 23 whose uncle is thee Jimmy Gallagher of the "Passions." Today this EMT is a Firefighter in 85 truck on Richmond Road, or at least he was there when I retired in 2009. You never know who is related to who. And also, thanks Chief Jack for the "Louies" video.

Jimmy Gallagher grew up in Red Hook Bklyn,Another member Lou Rotundo has a son on the job in E202 in Red Hook.
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Post by: 68jk09 on March 05, 2017, 03:44:29 PM
Anybody who watched the Louies Video.....i hope you checked some of the other videos in the sidebar especially the "old movie theater" one.
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Post by: memory master on March 08, 2017, 02:10:16 PM
Another music man from our era has passed away. Jim Fuller who was the lead guitar of the Surfaris and co-writer of the legendary instrumental "Wipe Out" died on March 3, 2017 at the age of 69 in Monrovia, California. Just in case you forgot, it was Dale Smallin the group's manager who performed the introductory "witch laugh."
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Post by: memory master on March 18, 2017, 07:17:14 PM
Chuck Berry passed away today at age 90.
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Post by: memory master on April 08, 2017, 03:09:04 PM
Do you remember "High School U.S.A."  (28 versions) recorded by Tommy Facenda back in 1959. I just learned that after his recording career, which included a very short time with Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps, and Military service he became a Firefighter in Portsmouth, Virginia. Have any of you Gents ever heard about that?
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Post by: nfd2004 on August 27, 2017, 01:06:57 AM
 In 1962 a couple of guys from the projects of Newark, NJ came out with their first big hit. It was called; "Sherry" and it spent 5 weeks as number one on the hit billboard. It was followed by a dozen more. Many years later a Broadway play came out based on their lives called: "Jersey Boys". Then it was followed up with a movie based on that play.

 Sherry was followed by others such as "Dawn", "Ragdoll", "Walk like a man", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Bye Bye Baby", "Candy Girl', "Ronnie", "Let's Hang on", "Working my way back to you', "Marianne", "Can't take my eyes off of you".

 Frankie Valli was known best for reaching those very high notes. When asked how he is able to do that he said; "I just eat a lot of bird seeds".

 Here are a few of those earliest hits.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pWBnodrR1M   
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Post by: memory master on August 27, 2017, 11:50:23 AM
NFD, another great group of yesteryear. One song in particular that I enjoy is "Connie-O." It's the flip side of "Big Girls Don't Cry." That "B" side is an easy listening type song such as you would hear from "The Lettermen." Anyway, if anyone hasn't heard it, give it a listen and form your own opinion.
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Post by: 68jk09 on September 05, 2017, 05:47:27 AM
Mary Weiss & the Ganser Twins ...LEADER OF THE PACK....1964....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8UKf65NOzM
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Post by: 68jk09 on September 05, 2017, 05:53:06 AM
^^^^^ Mary Weiss later on...click on the "watch on you tube link"  ....    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANJGTyZ6v_A
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Post by: JOR176 on September 05, 2017, 11:46:16 AM
Check this website out more Doo Wop than you can handle,great selection

www.1959bhsmustangs.com
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Post by: JOR176 on September 08, 2017, 01:32:59 PM
Check this website out more Doo Wop than you can handle,great selection

www.1959bhsmustangs.com

When you open the link look for the Jukebox and click on it
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Post by: memory master on September 11, 2017, 04:12:12 AM
Not to take away the joy of this particular thread about the music we all here love, but it's eerie in a way that on this day, 9/11, in 1958, LaVerne Baker recorded her hit record "I Cried A Tear." Prayers for all on this day and NEVER FORGET!
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Post by: 68jk09 on September 18, 2017, 01:36:28 AM
Tonight I just re listened to the "SO FAR" 17 pages in this thread ....REALLY GREAT... i have forwarded the link to it to some  not FD related but DOO WOP people ....it is a good grouping of DOO WOP History Thanks to all for making it what it is ...also here is an uplifting "note" on Kenny Vance who not only lost his Rockaway Oceanfront house & everything in it including his lifelong memorabilia to Sandy but also battled serious vocal cord issues but he is back...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR_rjyiGxhI
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Post by: memory master on September 18, 2017, 07:15:50 AM
Chief, that's great news about Kenny. Now we can all go on looking for an echo. 8)
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Post by: mack on September 18, 2017, 12:10:06 PM
One member of the Capri's later became a city police officer. They came from Ozone Park in Queens.

  That is it "Lucky". Thank you. Now I remember. The Capri's were one of the groups playing at the show and Bouser had said. "one member just retired from the New York City Police Dept".

  Thanks Guy, that was bugging me.

Nick Santamaria was the Capris member who was also a NYPD member.  He passed away in 2011.


Nick Santo of the Capris Passes Away

 There's a Moon Out Tonight: Very B.O.Nick Santo (born Nick Santamaria), of the vocal group the Capris, passed away on Thursday from cancer at the age of 69.  He had been suffering from the disease for the last few years.

 The Capris were formed in Ozone Park, NY in 1957 by Santo, Rosario Morice, Mike Mincieli, Frank Reina, Vinnie Naccarto and John Cassese.  All were in their mid-teens and attended area high schools where they would perform along with churches and other venues.

 The next year, they found a producer and went into the studio for the first time (Morice was no longer a member of the group).  The first song cut would eventually also be their signature hit, There's a Moon Out Tonight, but the original issue on Planet Records went nowhere until a collector purchased a copy at the Times Square Record Shop.  The collector, Jerry Greene, would form Lost Nite Records with his friends and reissue the song in 1960.  A near instant hit in its new incarnation, Lost Nite would have to turn the record over to Hy Weiss' Old Town Records to meet the production and distribution demands.

 Unfortunately, the group disbanded when the song didn't take off and Nick went into the army, returning home just as the song was breaking on the radio.  Calls frantically went around to all the members who quit their jobs and, within a week, the group was playing at the Apollo and other New York venues.  By early 1961, they were on American Bandstand and the song made its chart ascent to number 3 nationally.

 The Capris continued to issue record over the next two years but only three made the national charts and they never again got above number 74.  Nick left the group in 1962 and tried a solo career which didn't work out, so he became a New York city police officer.

 Twenty years later, Santo formed a new version of the group who recorded the album There's a Moon Out Again for Ambient Sound Records.  The album contained Morse Code of Love, a song that Nick had started in 1961 but didn't finish until the 1982 recording.  The record sounded so authentic to the 50's sound that stations started putting it in oldies rotations.  It also went on to become a minor hit for the Manhattan Transfer.

 In 1999, the group appeared on Doo Wop 50, the PBS special that kicked off the reunion shows that run to this day during pledge drives.  They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2007, the same year Nick disbanded the group (a new version has since started).

  - http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2011/01/nick-santo-nick-santamaria-of-vocal.html


The Capris:  http://www.electricearl.com/dws/capris.html
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Post by: mack on September 18, 2017, 12:18:15 PM
Nick Santamaria - NYPD - RIP

     http://ballseyesboomers.blogspot.com/2010/12/there-was-moon-out-last-night-rembering.html

     (https://s26.postimg.cc/i6ntn6syt/Nick.png) (https://postimg.cc/image/i6ntn6syt/)

 

Lead singer of the Ozone Park, NY doowop quintet, The Capris. Born Nov. 10, 1941, he wrote and led the group's signature ballad, "There's A Moon Out Tonight." Santo left the group in 1963 for a career as a New York City police officer. In 1982, he re-formed The Capris and scored a regional hit with "Morse Code Of Love," later covered by the Manhattan Transfer. Santo and The Capris remained active until illness forced his retirement in 2007. He died Dec. 30, 2010, of mesothelioma.
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Post by: memory master on September 18, 2017, 12:47:18 PM
For you folks that know NYC geography, Nick did most of his career in the 112 Pct. (Forest Hills) and finished up at Queens Central Booking up at the courthouse on Queens Blvd. & Union Turnpike.
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Post by: 68jk09 on September 22, 2017, 03:55:44 AM
Not music but a lot of places from the era...   https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/QoDXTAajEzY?rel=0 
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Post by: memory master on September 22, 2017, 08:47:30 AM
Great find. Thanks Chief. Ah yes, those were the days!
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Post by: lucky on September 22, 2017, 10:24:18 AM
While on the subject of the Capris, try to find the B side of "There's a moon out tonight. It is titled "Indian Girl", excuse me for not saying "Native American Girl" and had a great beat. Listen to the words and tell me if they wouldn't be arrested today by the politically correct police.
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Post by: memory master on September 22, 2017, 02:50:32 PM
Good tune indeed Lucky. You are absolutely correct in your viewpoint of today's society. That's like some of the songs of bygone days that mentioned "gay Pariee." Sorry for the spelling but you get my drift.
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Post by: memory master on September 26, 2017, 03:45:13 AM
Sad to report the passing of Guy Villari, lead singer of the Regents ("Barbara Ann" Fame) which occurred on Friday 9/22. Guy passed on in his sleep at the age of 74. Thanks for your music Sir and Rest In Peace.
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Post by: 68jk09 on October 10, 2017, 03:00:33 AM
JIMMY BEAUMONT ...REST IN PEACE...  http://lerant.proboards.com/thread/8628/jimmy-beaumont
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Post by: memory master on October 10, 2017, 07:11:32 AM
Great group, great music, great memories! Rest in Peace Jimmy and Thank You for your contributions to great times.
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Post by: guitarman314 on October 12, 2017, 12:56:39 PM
   I've known Jimmy since the early 1970's and had the opportunity and pleasure of backing Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners on some big venue shows. 
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Post by: memory master on October 12, 2017, 01:31:22 PM
I just spoke with a friend of mine, who is also retired FDNY EMS. He sings with the "Fireflies" and said he had the pleasure of hanging out with Jimmy backstage at several venues. Told me what a great guy Jimmy was. Again, Rest In Peace Jimmy and thanks for all you gave.
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Post by: nfd2004 on October 12, 2017, 09:35:13 PM
 Do You Remember Then ?

 3-D Glasses
 
 American Bandstand

 12 cent hotdogs

 Outdoor Movie Theaters

 15 cent McDonald burgers

 Black and white TVs

 Hot Rod cars

 "IF YOU DO - THEN THIS ONE'S FOR YOU".

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcD3yszZnBk
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Post by: nfd2004 on October 15, 2017, 10:45:49 PM
Nick Santamaria - NYPD - RIP

     http://ballseyesboomers.blogspot.com/2010/12/there-was-moon-out-last-night-rembering.html

     (https://s26.postimg.cc/i6ntn6syt/Nick.png) (https://postimg.cc/image/i6ntn6syt/)

 

Lead singer of the Ozone Park, NY doowop quintet, The Capris. Born Nov. 10, 1941, he wrote and led the group's signature ballad, "There's A Moon Out Tonight." Santo left the group in 1963 for a career as a New York City police officer. In 1982, he re-formed The Capris and scored a regional hit with "Morse Code Of Love," later covered by the Manhattan Transfer. Santo and The Capris remained active until illness forced his retirement in 2007. He died Dec. 30, 2010, of mesothelioma.

 Here Nick Santamaria tells his story of cancer and sings the Capris famous hit "There's A Moon Out Tonite".

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=FegVcl4wwhQ
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Post by: 68jk09 on October 19, 2017, 04:11:05 AM
A mix of "The Top 20 Greatest"...not sure if i would rate all as "The Greatest" but good listening...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfmhhBh_taU
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Post by: memory master on October 20, 2017, 08:51:35 AM
Thanks Chief. That video brought back some great memories. During the late 80's and early 90's I had the good fortune to have part time work, on air, at two Long Island "Oldies" radio stations. The now defunct WGLI 1290 and WNYG 1440, both AM stations, gave me the opportunity to meet some great artists of the 50's and 60's. Herbie Cox and the Cleftones, Emil Stuccio (Sgt. NYC Transit P.D. at the time) and the Classics, Jimmy Keyes & The Chords, Lenny Cocco of the Chimes, Kathy Jean & The Roomates. Lenny & Kathy both worked at WNYG as DJ's also. The fabulous NYC & Philly DJ Jocko Henderson, Lee Andrews and The Hearts, Accapella Group BQE, The Chaperones and a few others. The pay was paltry, but who cared. I had the pleasure of meeting all of these personalities and in studio queing up 45's and LP cuts, producing commercials, engineering the Mickey B. Saturday show (Mickey did not run a board) and playing the music I loved. I know how GMan feels with his involvement in the business. If only we could only return to those days, ah yes.
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Post by: nfd2004 on October 20, 2017, 07:26:11 PM
Thanks Chief. That video brought back some great memories. During the late 80's and early 90's I had the good fortune to have part time work, on air, at two Long Island "Oldies" radio stations. The now defunct WGLI 1290 and WNYG 1440, both AM stations, gave me the opportunity to meet some great artists of the 50's and 60's. Herbie Cox and the Cleftones, Emil Stuccio (Sgt. NYC Transit P.D. at the time) and the Classics, Jimmy Keyes & The Chords, Lenny Cocco of the Chimes, Kathy Jean & The Roomates. Lenny & Kathy both worked at WNYG as DJ's also. The fabulous NYC & Philly DJ Jocko Henderson, Lee Andrews and The Hearts, Accapella Group BQE, The Chaperones and a few others. The pay was paltry, but who cared. I had the pleasure of meeting all of these personalities and in studio queing up 45's and LP cuts, producing commercials, engineering the Mickey B. Saturday show (Mickey did not run a board) and playing the music I loved. I know how GMan feels with his involvement in the business. If only we could only return to those days, ah yes.

 Memory master, that is quite a story that you tell. Yes, both you and G-man were a special part of this GREAT music era. The kind of music that is STILL celebrated by so many, not just a few of us.

 I happened to stop at a local Dunkin Donuts a few weeks ago. The music that was playing in there was the same kind of music that we are following along here. It is still around and many of us still know the words to each of those songs many years later. I think a lot of us here would like to return to those days as well. So you are not alone in that thinking.

 Thank you for telling us your story.
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Post by: guitarman314 on October 20, 2017, 09:53:00 PM
  Wow, I'm amazed as I look at those artists. It looks like I've either played with or backed up almost all of them and performed at shows with the all rest.  Even though I'm always hired because I read music, I often found myself already knowing those artists' songs from my younger days of sitting with a guitar on my lap, listening to WABC, WMCA and even 1010-WINS on the radio. Some songs from that era were not so easy to do. Songs by the Duprees, Skyliners, Flamingos, Platters, and Fleetwoods were not for "3-chord" playing, novice musicians.  There are artists like Bobby Rydell and Frankie Avalon who have finely orchestrated "Las Vegas" styled shows that I had to be prepared for on short notice.     
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Post by: memory master on October 21, 2017, 08:05:15 AM
Gman, you forgot to mention WMGM 1050 AM. Dean Hunter and Peter Tripp among their DJ's. 1050 later became WHN which was an "easy listening" station of sorts. It then became a country music station, whose call letters I don't remember at the moment. Lee Arnold was the mid-day DJ on that station. Now I think it's a Spanish speaking station. I can't be sure as I haven't been within reach of most NYC AM stations for a long while.
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Post by: memory master on October 23, 2017, 06:22:36 PM
If any of you gents have a music collection i.e. 33's, 45's, 78's or CD's there is a great computer site for cataloging your collection. collectorz.com   I have had it for a few years and use it quite often to add info, etc. They also have sites for other collectable items. The price is quite reasonable. Just a suggestion for those interested.
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Post by: nfd2004 on October 23, 2017, 10:03:20 PM
 I don't know if this is considered Doo Wop, but every time this guy was singing at one of the casinos near my house, my wife always wanted me to buy tickets for us to go see him. Maybe your wives/girl friends wanted to do the same thing.

 Anyway, at 82 years old now, he's still singing to live audiences. He has also song with his son and most recently with his granddaughter. He goes by the name of Engelbert Humperdink and this was him singing live in June, 2017. This song was one of his first and most famous he sung 50 years ago.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH10f8NZ2Jo 
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Post by: memory master on October 24, 2017, 09:48:23 AM
More of a Pop Ballad, anyway it made it's chart debut 4/8/67 and was on the chart for 14 weeks reaching the #4 spot. It had previously been recorded by a Country Artist, Jimmy Heap in 1954. Anyhow you look at it, we'll never hear music like this again with the garbage that's out there now.
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Post by: memory master on October 25, 2017, 06:51:19 PM
Sad to say, the great "Fats" Domino passed away yesterday, 10/24, at his home in Harvey, Louisiana. "Fats" was 89. Rest In Peace and thanks for the years of great music and memories.
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Post by: mack on October 25, 2017, 11:39:13 PM
I don't know if this is considered Doo Wop, but every time this guy was singing at one of the casinos near my house, my wife always wanted me to buy tickets for us to go see him. Maybe your wives/girl friends wanted to do the same thing.

 Anyway, at 82 years old now, he's still singing to live audiences. He has also song with his son and most recently with his granddaughter. He goes by the name of Engelbert Humperdink and this was him singing live in June, 2017. This song was one of his first and most famous he sung 50 years ago.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH10f8NZ2Jo

A few years younger:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOcW9gZv68A

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NccF56nMjA

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf4mWO06wlw
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Post by: mack on October 25, 2017, 11:41:19 PM
Sad to say, the great "Fats" Domino passed away yesterday, 10/24, at his home in Harvey, Louisiana. "Fats" was 89. Rest In Peace and thanks for the years of great music and memories.

RIP.

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKQZy2PJtq8

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbCgz2RKIow
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Post by: nfd2004 on October 26, 2017, 08:58:32 AM
 "Fats Domino", May he Rest in Peace and Thank You for sharing your talent with us.

 That guy, Englebert Humpy, I guess did have a lot going for him, and probably still does when it comes to the ladies thing. Maybe this guy had the money, the looks and the ladies.

 I guess he might have had a lot going for himself, BUT, one thing that this guy DIDN'T get to do:

 "He didn't get to ride Squad "A" in the fire department like I did".
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Post by: memory master on November 26, 2017, 05:56:38 AM
Sad to report that the co-founder of the "Tokens", Mitch Margo passed away in his sleep on Friday 11/24. Mitch was the co-writer and falsetto voice on "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", "Tonight I Fell In Love" and other tunes. Mitch was 70 years of age. Rest In Peace Sir and thanks for the memories.
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Post by: nfd2004 on November 26, 2017, 08:06:48 AM
Sad to report that the co-founder of the "Tokens", Mitch Margo passed away in his sleep on Friday 11/24. Mitch was the co-writer and falsetto voice on "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", "Tonight I Fell In Love" and other tunes. Mitch was 70 years of age. Rest In Peace Sir and thanks for the memories.

 It's sad to think that so much GREAT MUSIC TALENT is leaving us. Those songs, like so many others, were popular then, and to some of us still as popular today. Many of us still know those songs word for word after decades of time passing by.

 Those of us who would be seniors now have such GREAT MEMORIES of a time gone by. I don't think that time frame will EVER be repeated again.

 It wasn't just the music, it was the TV Shows, the families together, the true meaning of our Holidays, discipline in the school and respect for our parents and the law, the meaning of good work ethics, and on and on. I'm just glad I've been a part of it.

 We probably didn't realize it then, but this music would stay with us for our entire lives, some 50 years later.
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Post by: mack on November 26, 2017, 10:12:50 PM
Sad to report that the co-founder of the "Tokens", Mitch Margo passed away in his sleep on Friday 11/24. Mitch was the co-writer and falsetto voice on "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", "Tonight I Fell In Love" and other tunes. Mitch was 70 years of age. Rest In Peace Sir and thanks for the memories.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGjZc8CGKk4


RIP Mitch Margo.

The group was formed in 1955 at Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln High School, and was known first as the Linc-Tones.
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Post by: memory master on November 27, 2017, 06:39:34 AM
Yes indeed. Neil Sedaka was a founding member also. "Picture In My Wallet" recorded in 1959 was sung by "Darell & The Oxfords" who were guys that were part of the Tokens.
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Post by: nfd2004 on December 18, 2017, 07:31:09 PM
 It was a long time ago, maybe 50 years. But these once much Younger Guys from the Bronx can relate to these pictures. They grew up in the Bronx. They went to school in the Bronx. Maybe back then they even sang on the street corners in the Bronx.

 So join them as it was back in the days of Doo Wop. The days of Chocolate Malts and White Castle sliders. As Larry Chance and the Earls, also from the Bronx, sings about the Streets of the Bronx.

 We dedicate this to:
 1) Mike D., aka "mikeindabronx"
 2) Tom E., aka "guitarman314"
 3) Frank D., aka "fdce54".
 4) Bill J., aka "Parkave32"
 5) Ken F., aka "Atlas"
 Along with anybody else who was a part of it.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn5YirGxoxY 
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Post by: memory master on February 02, 2018, 06:55:04 AM
Just in case you were wondering, on this day (2/2/1949)  RCA released the first 45 RPM records. There were seven releases in various genres. One of the released records was the original "That's All Right Mama" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup.
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Post by: memory master on February 03, 2018, 06:38:27 AM
Dennis Edwards of the R&B group Temptations* passed away yesterday (2/2/18) in Chicago from an aneurysm. His 75th birthday would have been today. Rest In Peace.
* Not to be confused with the Temptations of Flushing, Queens who had the hit with 'Barbara.'
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Post by: guitarman314 on February 03, 2018, 01:49:13 PM
   Today is the anniversary of the Feb. 3, 1959 plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. Some Doo-Wop stars including Vito Picone &  the Elegants flew to Clear Lake, Iowa to do a concert there today.
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Post by: 68jk09 on February 13, 2018, 03:19:21 AM
June 2008 ...take me back ...but not possible but enjoy... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isqY_GFjQ5g
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Post by: memory master on February 24, 2018, 11:02:33 AM
Unfortunately another passing to report. Barbara Alston, original lead singer of the Crystals passed away Feb. 16, 2018 at the age of 74. The Crystals were well known for their hits such as "There's No Other (Like My Baby), "Uptown", "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home"), and "Then He Kissed Me". Rest In Peace Barbara and thanks for the great music and memories.




















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Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on February 24, 2018, 01:05:26 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xscqcMuev5A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r17KaC7C5D4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqgtsai2aKY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF7V2dSvxpo
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on February 24, 2018, 01:18:32 PM
June 2008 ...take me back ...but not possible but enjoy... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isqY_GFjQ5g

Jay and the Americans 1960s:

Come a Little Bit Closer:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocnsDYgergM

Only in America:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1cvWTBK9zI

Cara Mia:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sFy5_kmEi4

Some Enchanted Evening:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iby51fPLcug

This Magic Moment:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKfASw6qoag

Let's Lock the Door:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e7Dh1eGhZQ

Walking in the Rain:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KblrdPpulWs

She Cried:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBpm8tITIiE

Think of the Good Times:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lXKaSe1I5M
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on February 24, 2018, 02:16:25 PM
Here's where it gets interesting... "He's A Rebel" & "He's Sure The Boy I Love" were actually recorded by Darlene Love And The Blossoms. It seems that the aforementioned songs were going to be snapped up by another group and Phil Spector was adamant about crediting them to the Crystals. The Crystals were on the road and could not get back quick enough to record, hence Spector utilized Darlene Love & The Blossoms under the name "The Crystals".
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on February 24, 2018, 08:05:03 PM
The story on Jay and The Americans and the tune "She Cried" was not sung by Jay Black that was the original recording sung by the original lead Jay Traynor who was on the original recording of "Hushabye" by The Mystics and left after the song was recorded to start his own group "Jay and The Americans" who also had Kenny Rosenberg (Kenny Vance) in the grp. Listen close the sound of the lead on the song"She Cried" and the otherswhere you can hear Jay Black's soaring voice.  BTW Jay Blacks real name was David Blatt.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 24, 2018, 10:06:49 PM
 I believe the lead singer for the Shirelles was a lady by the name of Shirley Alston, who sung hits like "Soldier Boy", "Will you still love me tomorrow" etc. Was she related to Barbara Alston, the lead singer of the Crystals who just passed away ? 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on February 24, 2018, 11:39:16 PM
^^^^^ Wasn't the name Shirley Alston Reeve's ?
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on February 24, 2018, 11:53:05 PM
  As some here might know, I used to play lead guitar for Shirley Alston-Reeves. She left the group for a while in the early 1970's and lost claim to the Shirelles name.  I'll have to ask her about that. I do know Shirley Alston-Reeves is related (cousin) to Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy Houston.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on February 25, 2018, 05:43:12 AM
^^^^^ Wasn't the name Shirley Alston Reeve's ?
Correct
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on March 04, 2018, 09:26:15 PM
The latest Doo Wop show is now on PBS stations...i saw it today on Channel 13 on Spectrum Cable Service here in NYC .....not bad ...they have some new performers plus some originals (including Kenny Vance & also Frank Pizzaro ENG*76) .....(it will have additional airings..check your guide)    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/my-music-doo-wop-generations-premieres-march-3-2018-on-pbs-300605597.html
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 04, 2018, 10:29:40 PM
The latest Doo Wop show is now on PBS stations...i saw it today on Channel 13 on Spectrum Cable Service here in NYC .....not bad ...they have some new performers plus some originals (including Kenny Vance & also Frank Pizzaro ENG*76) .....(it will have additional airings..check your guide)    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/my-music-doo-wop-generations-premieres-march-3-2018-on-pbs-300605597.html

 Thanks Chief. Those PBS Doo Wop Shows are great. I usually buy the DVD when it comes out as well.

 I don't think my neighbors are too happy about that though. I usually try to hit a few high notes and the dogs start to howl.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: manhattan on March 04, 2018, 10:37:48 PM
The latest Doo Wop show is now on PBS stations...i saw it today on Channel 13 on Spectrum Cable Service here in NYC .....not bad ...they have some new performers plus some originals (including Kenny Vance & also Frank Pizzaro ENG*76) .....(it will have additional airings..check your guide)    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/my-music-doo-wop-generations-premieres-march-3-2018-on-pbs-300605597.html

 Thanks Chief. Those PBS Doo Wop Shows are great. I usually buy the DVD when it comes out as well.

 I don't think my neighbors are too happy about that though. I usually try to hit a few high notes and the dogs start to howl.

Is that the racket I hear down here in Manhattan whenever those shows are on???  I always complain to the cops and the environmental people but they can never find the source.  Have pity on us, Bill; have pity.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on March 17, 2018, 02:26:21 PM
Sad to report that Nokie Edwards, one of the founding members and lead guitarist for the Ventures passed away on March 12th at the age of 82. "Walk, Don't Run," Perfidia," Hawaii Five-0," "Walk-Don't Run '64" and so many other singles and LP's.

Also sadly, Jimmy Wisner, song writer, producer and pianist died March 13th at the age of 86. If the name is not familiar to you look up a song titled "Asia Minor" by Kokomo and listen. It will come right to you.

Rest in peace gentlemen and thanks for the music and the memories.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 28, 2018, 09:12:18 PM
 Following the 1950s GREAT DOO WOP Music, the 1960s brought in more great music.

 One such group was know as "The Supremes". A Girl group of singers that led the charts with such songs as; "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", "You Can't Hurry Love", "Where Did Our Love Go".

 But in 1970, the lead singer, Diana Ross departed from the Supremes and went on her own.

 Later in 1988, "The Supremes" were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 Today, that lead singer, Diana Ross just turned 74 years old on March 26th and she is still out there singing some of those hits. She has five children and five grandchildren. Recently this was her singing at one of those shows. In this video she tells how she has been blessed and how she enjoys singing. She tells how most of her family works as care givers, doctors, nurses, ministers.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAqKMYapYEk   

 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on April 27, 2018, 07:36:53 AM
 Now with the winter of 2017/2018 behind us, and warmer days and sunshine ahead, this once famous Doo Wop song may bring back some very special memories for you.

 Maybe some of you remember this one. I think it was sung by a group out of Brooklyn, N.Y., way back in 1962.

 We dedicate this Doo Wop tune to the FDNY Members of:
  Engine 245/Ladder 161/Battalion 43
  Engine 318/Ladder 166

 It's called; "Coney Island Baby"

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN0uHnI2WA8
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: t123ken on April 27, 2018, 11:34:18 AM
Not Doo Wop by any means, but still Coney Island, USA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRiWSu64F8I
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on April 27, 2018, 03:16:39 PM
Strange as it may seem, John Kuse and the Excellents were from the Bronx. John was 16 years old when he recorded that song. He later went on to be a stock broker on Wall street but never lost his love of doo-wop. By the way, the "B" side was "You, Baby You." Thanks for the videos sir!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on April 29, 2018, 03:49:22 AM
A DOSE OF DOO WOPS LETTER....https://www.timesledger.com/stories/2018/15/konecnik_2018_04_13_q.html
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on April 29, 2018, 05:59:38 AM
How I wish that music was prevalent again today and it was played on radio stations where the jocks had a personality of their own and just not "voice tracked." Great article, thanks Chief.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on May 19, 2018, 08:09:22 PM
For all of you doo-wop fans who enjoy reading may I recommend a book that I am currently reading called "The Mystics, The Music, And The Mob" written by an original member of the Mystics, Al Contrera. (If you're from Bath Beach, Bensonhurst, etc. there are many places mentioned), I digress, The book is very interesting and gives a lot of info on other people, groups and songs of our day. If you have a Kindle it's only $3.99. Makes good reading. Take care, be safe and talk to you soon.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on June 26, 2018, 04:45:46 AM
Sad to report that Dan Twombley better known as Dan Ingram of 77 WABC and 101.1 CBS-FM, WICC in Bridgeport Conneticut and other stations passed away on Sunday @ 83 years of age. Sure gonna' miss you Kemo Sabe!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on June 26, 2018, 10:58:41 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4bZnbfj5OY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcV9OzFGms4
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on June 26, 2018, 08:16:29 PM
REST IN PEACE DAN...I certainly loved WABC on AM radio... my radio always remained tuned to it both in my vehicle & home.....years later my favorite was WCBS 101.1 on FM.... i listened to it night & day when it was still a Doo Wop station with some greats like Dan & others....sometime in the 2000s it changed overnight & although i still have it on in my vehicle it is totally different & sometime it plays real crap...at home my Alexa system plays some good Oldies from the Pandora app but it is a continuous loop that after a couple of hours gets old....the Oldies TV channel on my cable is OK as it does show facts about the group playing as well as the song history but that gets old after awhile also....i know there is no turning the clock back though....it is funny when sometime an Oldie comes on an a young kid says "i know that song it is from such & such movie"....i say "no it was used in that movie but it is from an era before your Parents were probably born" ...it is funny though because sometime when a group of 20 something's come into the Bar & Oldies are being played they snap their fingers & sing along i guess knowing it from a movie or TV show....sometime when there is nothing else new to listen to i like to google a song title & after listing to it on you tube i scroll the sidebar for another then another....each different song selected brings a new sidebar filled with more. ...of course i also have some of the PBS Doo Wop shows stored in my DVR......we have attended many live Doo Wop shows at places like QNS College ....The Beacon Theatre....Westbury Music Fair & various High Schools but these are quite lengthy & as more & more of the original artists no long perform these are not always like they used to be...they mostly are still good shows though its just that you can't "Fast Forward" thru a song or group you don't care for like you can on the DVR or Alexa...yes technology can spoil you.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on June 26, 2018, 08:26:41 PM
^^^^^^^^   DAN's OBITs....  https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=VdgyW5vcO9LZ5gLO-a6IAQ&q=dan+ingram+obituary&oq=Dan+Ingram+&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i131k1l3j0j0i10k1l5j0.1641.10180.0.12715.11.11.0.0.0.0.113.907.10j1.11.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..0.11.905....0.uZvxyCx_zMQ
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: scoobyd on June 26, 2018, 08:30:23 PM
When WCBS changed formats in the middle of the night, it was known for a while as....JACK!    No DJ's or on-air personalities, just music on shuffle.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on June 26, 2018, 08:51:10 PM
Yes that was what it was called for a short period "JACK radio or music" it was switched over without ant explanation on a Saturday night( if i remember) & it SUCKED".....i had my the FM radio in my garage/workshop plugged into the light socket so as soon as the light was switched on the radio played until the light was shutoff when i left all the while playing 101.1......that night it changed i kept fooling with the tuner dial thinking it wandered off the station but no luck...the next day when i went into my neighborhood Deli that always played 101.1 the first thing the owner said to me was "what happened to 101.1 ? i can't get it" thats when i realized it was changed from the broadcast station....after a short period though this Jack radio announced it was going back to the old format with "some updates" ......that too basically sucks especially in more recent times when they have thrown in some rap crap.....there also was an AM station maybe 103 ? of low wattage that i could only pick up on the LIE when entering Nassau while heading out East in LIDville...that also has been gone for a few years now it is still on the air but no Doo Wops.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on June 26, 2018, 08:57:36 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^ https://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/177761/dan-ingram-dead-at-83
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on June 27, 2018, 08:18:49 AM
Everyone had a small transistor radio - with a set of ear plugs.  Transistor radios were all made in Japan. They were cheap.  Used 9 volt batteries.  Had a cheap leather case.  Black in color.  And lasted until you dropped them 3 or 4 times.

Everyone usually were listening to "77 - WABC".  Sometimes the "WMCA Good Guys".  You could fall asleep at night with your radio sounds plugged in your ear.  Radio was primarily AM stations in the 1960s.  You could also listen to baseball, football, hockey and basketball games, too.  At night, you could get a broader range of stations from other cities, like Philadelphia.   

        http://www.musicradio77.com/WABCDJ.html

 

Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on June 27, 2018, 02:35:36 PM
You could also listen to another NYC AM station for the "top 40." 1050 WMGM. I recall on-air personalities such as Jerry Marshall, Peter Tripp, Dean Hunter and Ted Brown was the "morning drive" guy. I don't recall if Ted Brown came over from WNEW 1130 or went to WNEW after WMGM became an "easy listening" station known as WHN 1050.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: manhattan on June 27, 2018, 10:26:15 PM
You could also listen to another NYC AM station for the "top 40." 1050 WMGM. I recall on-air personalities such as Jerry Marshall, Peter Tripp, Dean Hunter and Ted Brown was the "morning drive" guy. I don't recall if Ted Brown came over from WNEW 1130 or went to WNEW after WMGM became an "easy listening" station known as WHN 1050.

Two questions: Didn't Ted Brown have a radio partner (maybe his wife) called "The Redhead"?  Was it Ted Brown who did a publicity stunt of living in, and broadcasting from, a station wagon hanging from a crane for a week or so at the Americana Hotel (today's Sheraton) construction site at Seventh Avenue and 52 Street around 1960?
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on June 28, 2018, 02:16:05 PM
Yes, Ted Brown at one time had the "Red Head" as a partner. I believe it was his wife and that was on his WNEW days for a while. As far as the crane stunt, you got me there. I don't recall that. He used to end his morning show by saying, "Warm up the coffee mama, I'm comin' home."
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on June 30, 2018, 08:00:57 AM
Eugene Pitt, Lead Singer of the "Jive Five" passed away on June 29. The group had hits with "My True Story", "What Time Is It" and other songs in the doo-wop genre. The group started in the 50's singing on the corner of Myrtle Avenue & Hart Street in Brooklyn. I suppose E218 had many nights of harmony drifting into their quarters. I had the honor of meeting Eugene and the group at Westbury Music Fair in the late 80's when I worked, part-time, at the now defunct WGLI 1290 which was an oldies station. Rest in peace Eugene and thanks for the memories.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on July 01, 2018, 01:26:53 AM
   I had the honor of playing behind Eugene Pitt and the Jive Five many times including concerts at Westbury Music Fair back in the 1980's. After one of the Dick Fox shows Eugene arranged for a jam session of performers from that show at a private home in East Meadow where we all sang and played until the following Sunday afternoon. His group's harmony was among the best in the circuit and they always shined bright during impromptu accapella singing sessions backstage.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on July 01, 2018, 10:51:59 AM
   I had the honor of playing behind Eugene Pitt and the Jive Five many times including concerts at Westbury Music Fair back in the 1980's. After one of the Dick Fox shows Eugene arranged for a jam session of performers from that show at a private home in East Meadow where we all sang and played until the following Sunday afternoon. His group's harmony was among the best in the circuit and they always shined bright during impromptu accapella singing sessions backstage.


"I'm a Happy Man":

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMB9wr9uckw
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on July 01, 2018, 11:05:29 AM
The Rivingtons were a 1960s doo-wop group, known for their 1962 hit novelty record "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow". The members were lead vocalist Carl White (died January 7, 1980), tenor Al Frazier (d. November 13, 2005), baritone Sonny Harris, and bass singer Turner "Rocky" Wilson, Jr.. Frazier was replaced by Madero White for a period in the late 1970s.

The Rivingtons had originally been known as the Sharps and had had success in the charts with Thurston Harris's "Little Bitty Pretty One" in 1957. They then appeared on several Duane Eddy recordings whenever extraneous sounds of rebel yells were required, including Eddy's 1958 hit "Rebel Rouser".  They also recorded on Warner Brothers Records as The Crenshaws in 1961. Their first hit as the Rivingtons was "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" in 1962. Like many such songs, it began with the bass chanting nonsense syllables (in this case the title), followed by the tenor singing over repetitions of it.  "Mama-Oom-Mow-Mow", an even more baroque rewrite of the theme, failed to sell, but they returned to the charts the following year with "The Bird's the Word". The B-side of "Mama-Oom-Mow-Mow" was "Waiting".

After their two hit singles, the Rivingtons struggled to hit the charts. However, "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and "The Bird's the Word" were revived in 1963, thanks to a Minnesota-based group called the Trashmen recording the "Surfin' Bird", made up from the Rivington's songs' nonsense syllables. The Trashmen made it in a record shop and passed it off as their own.  In fact, it was just a medley of the Rivington's choruses minus the verses. The Rivingtons' manager reported it to their lawyers, and the Trashmen were ordered to add the surnames of the Rivingtons to the credits. Because of the publicity in Billboard, the Trashmen had to share the writing credits on the recording and a later version as a sign of good faith. "Surfin' Bird" itself was revived in the 1970s by the Ramones and the Cramps.

The Rivingtons recorded several more songs in the 1960s, but their recording career ended after the Columbia single "A Rose Growing in the Ruins" failed to sell. They began performing live again in the 1970s, with Madero White replacing Al Frazier.

Carl White died of acute tonsillitis at age 47 in his Los Angeles home. Al Frazier, Sonny Harris and Rocky Wilson played the oldies circuit extensively throughout the 1980s, replacing White with Clay Hammond until 1987, then Andrew Butler into the 1990s. In 1989, the Rivingtons appeared in an episode of L.A. Law as a doo-wop group, "The Sensations". They were later featured in a 1990 episode of Night Court, "Razing Bull", as Mac's former group-mates "The Starlites".  - Wikipedia


The Rivingtons - "Papa Oom Mow Mow":

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQrQjNNZCAo


The Rivingtons "Bird the Word":
     
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edYQiZxyw0I



Beach Boys "Papa Oom Mow Mow":

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm8uB8h9jEw


McHales Navy"Papa Oom Mow Mow":

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97iKXBPglU&list=RDb97iKXBPglU&t=9 



Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on July 02, 2018, 01:55:43 AM
https://youtu.be/nSC7SXQpInM
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on July 02, 2018, 06:34:52 AM
Nice find Chief, thanks. If only.....
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on July 02, 2018, 08:17:50 AM
https://youtu.be/nSC7SXQpInM

 Once upon a Long Time Ago, we didn't walk out of our classrooms. We Pledge Allegiance to the Flag at the beginning of the day. We even said a morning prayer. We were taught how to add and subtract using our own minds. We learned what the Fourth of July was really all about.

 We respected adults and the police. We knew that if we didn't, we are probably in some big trouble.

 We rode our bikes. We played touch football and stick ball together. Some played hide and seek or hop scotch together. There were big Fourth of July parades as we celebrated Our Freedom.

 We had great family picnics and holidays together. We all went to our friends house to celebrate their birthdays together.

 During the summers my favorite day was Tuesday's. My father told me if I was good, he would bring me to the firehouse he worked at to pick up his paycheck. That was such a special treat for me because not only did I get to sit on the rigs, but he would also buy me a 10 cent soda from the soda machine on the apparatus floor. Then I'd sit at the kitchen table with some of the guys thinking that I was a Fireman (as they were called then) too.

 As us kids grew up sometimes we even sang together. Sometimes guys/gals went on to become well known Doo Wop singers as we view and remember those Greats here.

 If we got a part time job to earn some extra money in the neighborhood, we sure appreciated it.

 As a teenage kid I worked after school and on weekends as a clerk in a neighborhood drug store. I remember calling my adult neighbor by his first name (Sam) and my boss giving me the third degree that "I DO NOT Refer to adult customers in this store by their first name - it was ALWAYS Mr or Mrs".

 Many of us, now senior citizens, talk about how LUCKY we were to grow up in such a different time. We would do it all over again if given the chance. 

 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on July 02, 2018, 01:30:07 PM
^^^^^^Willy once again you hit the nail right on the head.....well stated.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on July 03, 2018, 02:59:26 PM
1950s and 1960s had many "novelty" hit songs.

MTA (Boston) 1950s:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7Jw_v3F_Q0

Big Bad John 1961:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnnHprUGKF0

Boy Named Sue:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOHPuY88Ry4&t=0s&index=22&list=PLwpglpBzEi-yqtzBWdKomwUT_sRm5cCkE

Mr Custer 1960:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXuPJNXjlRM

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini  1960:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge9Ou3-YyqU

Speedy Gonzales  1961:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajEkzwf7WNY

Alley Oop 1960:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcNSGFeUIV0

Purple People Eater  1958:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9H_cI_WCnE

Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor 1961:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6bFTVi0hHs

Hello Muddah  1963:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3_xiUYMnXA

Bannana Boat Song 1956:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMigXnXMhQ4

Monster Mash 1964:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNuVifA7DSU

Wooly Bully  1960s:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE_MpQhgtQ8

Surfin Bird 1963:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gc4QTqslN4

Boots Made for Walkin 1966:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbyAZQ45uww

















Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on July 03, 2018, 05:54:54 PM
Some of the lyrics in "Surfin' Bird"  were adapted from the Rivingtons' recording of "Papa-oom-mow-mow."
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on July 08, 2018, 04:48:24 PM
Vince Martin Passed Away July 6, 2018 At A Nursing Facility In Sheepshead Bay, Bklyn. Where He Was A Resident. Vince Was A Member Of "The Tarriers" Who Had Hits In 1956 With "Cindy, Oh Cindy" And The "Banana Boat Song." Vince Was 81 Years Of Age. Alan Arkin Was Also A Member Of That Group At The Time.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on July 13, 2018, 04:01:49 AM
In regard to Reply# 331 above....in song # 5   Brian Hyland singing "Itsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" ......I remember Brian Hyland performing regularly at our Sat night dances at St Thomas The Apostle Grammar School w/an old non electric guitar w/the plywood face peeling off & a piece of clothesline for a strap then in the Summer of 1959 he made the "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" then his career took off.....he  continued to perform in music circles as does his Son.   
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on July 16, 2018, 04:26:34 AM
Just something to listen to for a few minute's break from the daily goings on...it may not not erase the goings on today but maybe will bring you back to another time when things were more light hearted... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHD4kGY7tbs
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: bigcheese on July 16, 2018, 10:53:24 PM
It worked! Thanks Jack
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on July 18, 2018, 09:21:19 PM
 Fred Milano of Dion and the Belmonts, who has since passed away, talks about The days of Doo Wop with Dion and the Belmonts, what it was like and how it all began.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyQkuFABWCA

 Also here is Dion singing one of their most famous songs without the guys from the group.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI0Ety41InI   
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on July 18, 2018, 10:07:14 PM
1961 - Runaround Sue:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvnlyP9sfHU
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: XPFD3 on July 19, 2018, 11:11:18 AM
1961:  Riding the Red Arrow trolley to Freshman year at Monsignor Bonner High School and trying to avoid the wrath of my Augustinian teachers.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on July 20, 2018, 04:41:55 PM
Lost Summer Songs - 50s/60s/70s

Summer Wind:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZrPPN7EkL8


Summer Song:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfvL2oLeBYs


Summer Nights:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW0DfsCzfq4


Summer in the City:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5bUmx-hk-c


Summer Wine:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQiDs9tKZv4


Lazy Crazy Days of Summer:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoLogdbVS3U


Wonderful Summer:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D81H041f8Yk


Theme From a Summer Place:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt7SPm7N6D8


Summer Rain:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjK2rlKyc4U


Sealed With a Kiss:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcS8CJwHfqI

Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: manhattan on July 21, 2018, 12:24:25 AM
This has to be one of the most valuable threads on NYCFIRE.NET.  Deepest thanks to all who post such wonderful memories.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on July 21, 2018, 02:33:37 AM
You may want to check this out...a show every Saturday from 1900 to 2200 hrs featuring the Top Ten from years ago on that days date between 1950s thru 1963 hosted by Alan Seltzer broadcast on FM radio 88.1   or here      https://wcwpgrooveyard.com/author/alan417/
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on July 21, 2018, 09:05:22 AM
 Personally, I'm very grateful that I was around during this time to be able to appreciate this "Time of Great Music".

 Listening to the tunes on the AM radio while riding around was great then. Sometimes even getting carried away and singing out a few notes along the ride.

 What a GREAT time it was. Things were so different then too. I think it's fair to say that most of us who were around then would gladly trade in these days for those old Doo Wop Days.

 Things have changed but my interest in this kind of music hasn't. The music went from our AM radios in our cars, to music tape cassettes, to 8 track tape players, to today, those CD players and hook ups using that Doo Wop Music tuned into our cell phones.

 But what hasn't changed is that sometimes I find myself riding along, playing a couple of CDs, and "still" trying to sing those songs that were once so popular that were played on the radio 5 or 6 "decades" ago.

 During that time, most of us "Baby Boomers" really didn't know how lucky we were to be a part of this Doo Wop Music. Or that we'd still be listening or singing to this music 50 or 60 years later. 
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Post by: memory master on July 21, 2018, 11:00:23 AM
Amen to that my friend!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on July 24, 2018, 05:08:55 PM
Remember all the car songs of the 1950s and 1960s? Did any of them make any sense?


Little Old Lady From Pasadina 1964:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYxPgFUjDpA

Maybellene 1955:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v124f0i0Xh4

Mustang Sally 1960s:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16u6w0cjjrU

Beep Beep 1958:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayTJtVzHOLs

Dead Man's Curve 1964:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDrhUAVGG-c

Little GTO 1960s:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_FSicQWimU

Teen Angel 1960:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG_VIcoiCFA

409  1962:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frtVqCZub-0

Little Duece Coup  1963:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwgGuadsqyo

Drag City  1963:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2GwDGjiV4k

Speedway (Elvis) 1960s:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm00qs4iHJ0

Hot Rod Lincoln 1960:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e58NJU5B3v8

Route 66 Theme 1960s:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw1tiNGQ4wI
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on July 30, 2018, 08:47:38 PM
  I don't know if this would actually qualify under the Great Doo Wop Music Era, but if you grew up during those days, I'm sure you'll remember these two ladies. These two songs were very popular at one time.

 Actually, in my younger days, I kinda had a thing for each one of them :). So I invited them to join me at my favorite Micky Ds on Webster Ave near Clairmont Park in the Bronx. I invited them to join me for a Big Mac and some fries and I told them it's a good spot to hang out if you want to see some work.

 Anyway, I told them when I'd be there, but they just never showed up.

 These are the two ladies I'm talking about, singing their famous hits back then. Maybe you remember them too.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=b07-yKnKRMQ 

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=sotRQXqfz9Y
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on July 31, 2018, 07:00:51 AM
Mary O'Brien, aka, Dusty Springfield put out a record or two with her brother before she went solo. Of course, they recorded as "The Springfields." Rest In Peace Mary and thanks for the music and the memories.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: manhattan on August 01, 2018, 12:37:08 AM
RE:  "I told them it's a good spot to hang out if you want to see some work. "

Willy, after that story, I'd have to agree - you are some piece of work!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on August 01, 2018, 11:21:45 PM
That is some offer to turn down for any lady - a Big Mac in a Bronx McDonalds and then buffing jobs with Willy D.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on August 01, 2018, 11:23:45 PM
Dusty Springfield:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL7t22rypew
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on August 10, 2018, 04:21:22 AM
JOEY & DOREEN ARMINIO & THE FAMILY....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=88fkjhbmtqs
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on August 10, 2018, 08:38:37 AM
JOEY & DOREEN ARMINIO & THE FAMILY....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=88fkjhbmtqs

 This music video made just last year, proves quite well that there is "still" a strong interest in the Days of Doo Wop Music some 40 - 50 years later. Live shows such as this still entertain the crowds. Most of us can sing along too as we all remember the words to these songs. (plus all the other songs that have been posted here).

 Some of us might forget our own names these days, but we didn't forget the words to all those songs.

 And then there was a famous song that I think was written about a few of the guys right here from this web site. These guys were a very Special Breed and only "they" can fully relate to what this song was all about. The rest of us just wish that we had what it took.

 So Do You Remember this One ?

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6zmm5S91Co
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: manhattan on August 10, 2018, 04:24:52 PM
https://biggeekdad.com/2015/08/us-navy-jersey-boys/#.W23K9fVac8Q.mailto

U.S. Navy Jersey Boys - The United States Navy Band performs Jersey Boys
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on August 10, 2018, 09:31:18 PM
https://biggeekdad.com/2015/08/us-navy-jersey-boys/#.W23K9fVac8Q.mailto

U.S. Navy Jersey Boys - The United States Navy Band performs Jersey Boys

 Thanks "manhattan", "these guys were good".

 Back in the day, myself, my two brothers, and my sister used to do our best to sing these songs like these guys. I remember one Fourth of July Family Picnic when we brought out the record player and put a show on for the relatives. I don't know how good we were but it was fun anyway.
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Post by: mack on August 10, 2018, 10:39:35 PM
You've Lost That Loving Feeling:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlAr6SX7Lzg
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on August 11, 2018, 02:52:41 AM
^^^^ OK ... i think this was filmed awhile back but ! ..... if today i would say... "go 10-8 & hit a local Barber Shop for some high & tights maybe" ....& "then go for some singing lessons" ...JMHO. :)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on August 15, 2018, 04:42:21 AM
TAKE ME AS I AM...    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfHPwNvVBuk
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: fdce54 on August 15, 2018, 10:37:07 PM
TAKE ME AS I AM...    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfHPwNvVBuk
Is that our boy Willie D on the left singing lead???
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on August 16, 2018, 07:29:56 PM
 Yes Frank, "fdce54", some have said there is some resemblance. I don't know if that's so, BUT, I sure wish I could sing like him. "There sure ain't no resemblance there".
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on August 21, 2018, 02:34:07 AM
Sitting in our living room & my Wife tells Alexa to play "Looking For An Echo" from the Pandora list...it comes on & does sound like Kenny Vance & the Planatones but as we are listening to the lyrics when it come s to the part where he sings "me & Benny & Ira & 2 Italian guys" the words are changed to something like "me & Marty & 2 neighborhood guys" ....  WTF have the PC Police reached back into the Doo Wop era ?  .... here is the original version ...the part in question is about 1:20 min mark... notice the lapel pins being worn which are replicas of the 9-11 Postage Stamp..   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke1dV_IpSKA
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on August 21, 2018, 06:52:27 AM
Of course, everything has to be censored these days lest we offend or stereotype anyone. Did you ever hear the acapella version by the "Persuassions?"  It came out before Kenny's rendition.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on August 21, 2018, 08:23:25 PM
Of course, everything has to be censored these days lest we offend or stereotype anyone. Did you ever hear the acapella version by the "Persuassions?"  It came out before Kenny's rendition.
Yes the Persuasions one had different names also but i feel Kennys was the true copy (at least in my mind ).
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on August 22, 2018, 09:40:24 AM
Yes sir, you are correct. Kenny's is the better rendition.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on September 02, 2018, 05:59:39 PM
 It might have been mentioned earlier here but in the Days of Doo Wop, usually Guys sang about their girlfriends, and Gals sang about their boyfriends.

 Every once in awhile they might have even brought some religion into it. Well that sure ain't happening today. But it did then.

 Here's one of those songs that might have done such a thing. It tells a story. Kind of a sad story.

 But I guess if you get senior citizens discounts or maybe you have already filed for Medicare, then maybe you just might remember this one.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzKXNGXzWuo 
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Post by: memory master on September 03, 2018, 07:40:32 AM
Also recorded, the original I think, by J.Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on September 03, 2018, 08:03:50 AM
Also recorded, the original I think, by J.Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers.

 Thanks "MM". I didn't think that was the original group when I posted the video of "Last Kiss". So I appreciate that information.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on October 24, 2018, 06:22:49 AM
Sad to report that another personality of our era has passed away. Dominick "Randy" Safuto of "Randy & The Rainbows" who had the hit with "Denise" back in 1963 passed away on Oct. 16, 2018. He and his brother had formed the "Encores" with little success and the became "The Dialtones" before finally adopting the "Rainbows" title. They came from the Maspeth section of Queens and if some of you gentleman know the area, I used to see Dominick once in a while at Ivaronne Brothers Italian deli at Grand Ave. & 69th Street. Rest In Peace "Randy" and thanks for the memories.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on October 24, 2018, 09:41:58 AM
 Thank you "memory master". Another one of the GREATs is now gone.

 I remember when my buddy across the street from me bought that 45 rpm record with a song on it called; "Denise". He told me to come on over and of course for the next hour or so, we played it over and over again, until we got the words down and started to sing it ourselves. Of course then while playing the record, we would sing that song, in our own minds thinking that "we" are the guys on stage singing this while all the ladies cheered for us.

 For those of us who grew up during those days, it was such a great time to be around. It was so much fun then and the music was great. Guys just sang about their girlfriends and gals just sang about their boyfriends. There was no violence in the songs at all. I guess that's why we all still enjoy that music era and still talk about it today.

 So here is that song for all of us "senior citizens" of today to enjoy. Then a video about it's beginning.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNdDaebtpCI 

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vSEBb5va10 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on October 24, 2018, 12:29:27 PM
There is another song by this group, not widely played, called "Silver And Gold." I think you fellows would like it.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on October 24, 2018, 05:01:18 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Xy8XLKwec&index=1&list=RDK7Xy8XLKwec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HMuFg_aHZg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1AKAN6RtSw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq1GkFHThEw

Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on October 24, 2018, 05:08:37 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kch2apoV490&list=RD4EMd4hXSaE4&index=7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtY3L5tDN_E&list=RD4EMd4hXSaE4&index=4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EMd4hXSaE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVj7aPGqXb0&index=5&list=RD4EMd4hXSaE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq1GkFHThEw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tVZJeZ55W0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAKP0jMpFjg&index=13&list=RD4EMd4hXSaE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K5hWssv02w&index=18&list=RD4EMd4hXSaE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJGMFHO1gVo&list=RD4EMd4hXSaE4&index=8
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on October 24, 2018, 05:44:04 PM
  KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE is: 21 year old "CADILLAC" CHRIS RUGGIERO WHO I am currently working with.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzGuqw8MhQ0  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dr0uU65DIA
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on November 03, 2018, 10:18:18 AM
 This is an interesting story about one of the biggest hits of 1962. The song was called "The Monster Mash", which was covered here earlier.

 But here is a story as told by one of the back up singers and the daughter to the lead singer of that hit song.

 Thanks goes to Charlie T., aka "memory master" for this story.

 www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8015114/monster-mash-bobby-boris-pickett-halloween-history   
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on November 06, 2018, 04:59:31 AM
MEDLEY OF "OVER THE RAINBOW" & "WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD" AS A TRIBUTE TO IZZY  (Israel Kamkawiwo'ole the singer pictured).....This video was played at his Wake....    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z26BvHOD_sg
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 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.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 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.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tad9q99GSWk   
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on November 18, 2018, 09:39:25 AM
My kind of place Willy. Thanks 8)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on November 18, 2018, 10:30:15 PM


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

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tad9q99GSWk

 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.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 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.....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXoD5ydfxBA&index=1&list=RDRXoD5ydfxBA
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 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.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ztw4P3k1iww 
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Post by: JOR176 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,
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 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"

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2qxbBHSObk 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on December 27, 2018, 04:48:51 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9sKH3lKvRA
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on December 27, 2018, 08:32:40 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9sKH3lKvRA

 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".
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master 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.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on January 16, 2019, 03:58:04 AM
DADDY'S HOME.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqmCE2MQ5vc
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 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....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYMEL5PTMCA
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 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.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRewHPTYmqQ   

 
   

   
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: fdce54 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...…..
(https://i.postimg.cc/300XpRWF/IMG-5286-5949.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/300XpRWF)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on February 06, 2019, 12:40:15 AM
(Not Doo Wops but history this week)......    https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=R3JaXND1Jcm0_Abb2o3QCw&q=THE+DAY+THE+MUSIC+DIED&btnK=Google+Search&oq=THE+DAY+THE+MUSIC+DIED&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i131l6j0l4.3079.11118..11840...0.0..0.61.1180.22......0....1..gws-wiz.....0.YXuAJyT-kgM
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on February 06, 2019, 06:31:34 PM
A sad day. We lost some of the top "chart busters" in that tragedy.  Continue to Rest In Peace and thanks for the memories of some great years.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on February 20, 2019, 06:01:56 AM
AMERICAN BANDSTAND REVIEW by The Arminio Family....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfSvD4ZQ8yM
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 20, 2019, 08:33:57 AM
AMERICAN BANDSTAND REVIEW by The Arminio Family....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfSvD4ZQ8yM

 Thanks Chief, "that was GREAT". Yes, Doo Wop is Alive and Well.

 This morning here at the Ole' Homestead, about 100 miles from NYC, it is about 18 degrees and as I downed my second hot cup of coffee, I started to play this video. I can tell you "it made my day". I was singing to those tunes right along with them. Well maybe I don't sound like Frankie Valle anymore but I sure did try.

 Just to add a personal note here, along with the Great Days of Doo Wop being Alive and Well, my favorite place to go grocery shopping, not far from the Ole' Homestead is a place called "Big Y". Not only do they have great deals and good food, but as I push the shopping cart around, songs like these Doo Wop Hits are played over the speaker system throughout the store. It sure makes spending money for food a lot easier to take.

 I plan to pass this Doo Wop video around to some friends who I think, "it will probably make their day too".

 Thank you.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: manhattan on February 20, 2019, 09:22:24 PM
"I was singing to those tunes right along with them. Well maybe I don't sound like Frankie Valle anymore but I sure did try."

Bill, a few people here, about 100 miles south of you, were wondering what that racket was.  Thanks for letting us know!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 20, 2019, 10:00:59 PM
"I was singing to those tunes right along with them. Well maybe I don't sound like Frankie Valle anymore but I sure did try."

Bill, a few people here, about 100 miles south of you, were wondering what that racket was.  Thanks for letting us know!

 "manhattan", it wasn't only me you guys in the city heard. It might have been the dogs. They were howling in the neighborhood too.

 Chief, I passed that video around. I think a few more guys are hooked on that Joey Arminio and Family group too.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: gjb114 on February 20, 2019, 10:49:02 PM
Excellent!!! Thanks for sharing. It doesn't matter who performs these reviews as it brings back many good memories of those years gone by. Each of those songs reminds us of the year it came out and what our lives were back then. This is a GREAT thread on this site!!!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 21, 2019, 08:10:47 AM
AMERICAN BANDSTAND REVIEW by The Arminio Family....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfSvD4ZQ8yM

 Thanks Chief, "that was GREAT". Yes, Doo Wop is Alive and Well.

 This morning here at the Ole' Homestead, about 100 miles from NYC, it is about 18 degrees and as I downed my second hot cup of coffee, I started to play this video. I can tell you "it made my day". I was singing to those tunes right along with them. Well maybe I don't sound like Frankie Valle anymore but I sure did try.

 Just to add a personal note here, along with the Great Days of Doo Wop being Alive and Well, my favorite place to go grocery shopping, not far from the Ole' Homestead is a place called "Big Y". Not only do they have great deals and good food, but as I push the shopping cart around, songs like these Doo Wop Hits are played over the speaker system throughout the store. It sure makes spending money for food a lot easier to take.

 I plan to pass this Doo Wop video around to some friends who I think, "it will probably make their day too".

 Thank you.

 Fans of the Doo Wop Era, as well as the FDNY, there's more to tell. For Joey Arminio and the Family, according to the lead lady singer of the group, Doreen Arminio, "BOTH her DAD and BROTHER are FDNY".

 You get to see them all in this Doo Wop video.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMjEUaXmG9Y
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on February 24, 2019, 07:35:04 AM
 Quote : Fans of the Doo Wop Era, as well as the FDNY, there's more to tell. For Joey Arminio and the Family, according to the lead lady singer of the group, Doreen Arminio, "BOTH her DAD and BROTHER are FDNY".

 You get to see them all in this Doo Wop video.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMjEUaXmG9Y
[/quote]

 NOTE - I need to make a correction to the above post. In the above video, you do NOT see Doreen Arminio's father, a Retired FDNY War Years Firefighter. But what I learned and wanted to pass onto you is that her father is Retired FDNY ECC, Tom Brusea, of Brooklyn's Engine 310. Maybe some of you know him.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: t123ken on February 24, 2019, 01:57:47 PM
Probably Tom Brusca.
He was in the photo of then Lieutenant Sal Cassano doing mouth-to-mouth on a child pulled from a fire building.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on February 24, 2019, 02:54:10 PM
Lieutenant Sal Cassano doing mouth-to-mouth on a child pulled from a fire building - FF Tom Brusca E 310 assisting:

     (https://i.postimg.cc/4Y2Y15Sp/CASSANO-CPR.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/4Y2Y15Sp)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on February 24, 2019, 03:31:30 PM
In the above picture the FF in the back is Glenn Harris then a FF in R*2 now one of the most Senior LTs OTJ working in LAD*142.....i remember Tom Brusca in 310 from when i was in R*2 & later a Covering LT passing thru 310....i did not know his Daughter was an accomplished  Doo Wop singer....i have been a fan of the group but i did not know the relationship.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on March 09, 2019, 10:08:32 PM
"YOU CALL ME ANGEL"   .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5WNU2U79iM
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 10, 2019, 08:13:35 PM
  Is that Doo Wop singer Larry Chance, the lead singer of "The Earls" around the 3:35 minute mark of the music video ? Maybe ??? Kind of looks like him.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on March 10, 2019, 09:21:54 PM
Willy you are correct Larry Chance at 3:35
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 10, 2019, 10:24:41 PM
The original lead singer of the group called "The Earls", his name Larry Chance.
 Today Larry Chance (real name - Larry Figueiredo) is 79 years old. 

 Thanks Jack "JOR176".

 Here is a song that Larry Chance (from the Bronx) and The Earls made famous.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwGEGBQRhyI
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on March 11, 2019, 06:05:15 PM
Frankie Laine had a hit with this song as well in February of 1952. Reached #2 on the Billboard Chart.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on March 12, 2019, 02:16:00 AM
Several Lillian Reyes's Group's Song's during rehearsal's  ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQKlNt9QGvI
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on March 12, 2019, 09:20:02 PM
OVER THE MOUNTAIN......    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daqOhaNMWQQ
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on March 12, 2019, 11:32:56 PM
THE JERSEY SPOTLIGHT....    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQhRqubiY0A
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on March 14, 2019, 03:26:41 PM
Noted drummer Hal Blaine passed away on 3/11 @ 90. You've heard his drumming on songs such as; Poor Side Of Town by Johnny Rivers, A Taste Of Honey by Herb Alpert, Up, Up And Away by the 5th Dimension, Mrs. Robinson By Simon & Garfunkle, Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In by the 5th Dimension, Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkle, Along Comes Mary by The Association, Fun, Fun, Fun and Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys, He's A Rebel by the Crystals, I'm Sorry by Brenda Lee, Jose Quervo By Shelley West, Mr. Tambourine Man by the Byrds, Somethin' Stupid and These Boots Are Made For Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra, Ventura Highway by America and many, many more recordings. Thanks for the good memories and Rest In Peace Hal!
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: t123ken on March 14, 2019, 04:05:55 PM
And perhaps one of the most signature intros ever:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV5tgZlTEkQ
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on March 14, 2019, 10:37:33 PM
50s-60s song introductions:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt7YBKpwv5w
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 15, 2019, 09:10:17 AM
AMERICAN BANDSTAND REVIEW by The Arminio Family....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfSvD4ZQ8yM

 From: ARMINIO ENTERTAINMENT.

 The Jukebox Legends, "Stiletto & The Saxman - and The Legendary DJ Chris Anthony will be appearing:

 Saturday March 23, 2019 at the American Legion Post 129 - 2025 Church Rd, Toms River, NJ 08753.
        6:00pm  - 10:00pm
 $45.00 Per Person for Buffet Dinner, Cash Bar, Dancing & Show
      - Seating is Limited -

 Tickets Must Be Purchased In Advanced
 Call Joe Leo (732) 300-3518 or Billy Sargarese (732) 600-1085
     Or Visit Website
 https://www.thejukeboxlegends.com/american-legion-show.html
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on March 18, 2019, 08:07:13 PM
Some trivia:

http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz20743317c0740.html

https://www.dailydoowop.com/daily-doo-wop-music-trivia-q-and-a/

http://www.slp58.com/Doo-Wop-Trivia-Quiz.htm
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on March 26, 2019, 06:39:27 PM
Noel Scott Engel who changed his name to Scott Walker, one of the "Walker Brothers" who had a hit in 1966 with "The Sun Ain't Gonna' Shine Anymore" passed away on Friday 3/22/19 at 76 years of age. Incidentally, that song was first recorded and released by Frankie Valli without the Four Seasons.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JohnnyGage on March 30, 2019, 06:01:37 PM
Timi Yuro, "Whats the matter baby"; try it, you'll like it...one of the songs when it comes on my car 50's channel I crank up, and hit replay half dozen times....
(https://i.postimg.cc/grQSRkZ0/images-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/grQSRkZ0)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on March 30, 2019, 07:56:23 PM
Timi Yuro, "Whats the matter baby"; try it, you'll like it...one of the songs when it comes on my car 50's channel I crank up, and hit replay half dozen times....
(https://i.postimg.cc/grQSRkZ0/images-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/grQSRkZ0)

 Dan, when the guys here play it, you probably won't be the only one who turns it up and hits replay.

 But, as one of our newer members to this site, "JohnnyGage" - "this one's for you".

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qjTQRscacs
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on April 02, 2019, 10:03:38 PM
Following the 1950s GREAT DOO WOP Music, the 1960s brought in more great music.

 One such group was know as "The Supremes". A Girl group of singers that led the charts with such songs as; "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", "You Can't Hurry Love", "Where Did Our Love Go".

 But in 1970, the lead singer, Diana Ross departed from the Supremes and went on her own.

 Later in 1988, "The Supremes" were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 Today, that lead singer, Diana Ross just turned 74 years old on March 26th and she is still out there singing some of those hits. She has five children and five grandchildren. Recently this was her singing at one of those shows. In this video she tells how she has been blessed and how she enjoys singing. She tells how most of her family works as care givers, doctors, nurses, ministers.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAqKMYapYEk

 Happy Belated 75th Birthday to Diana Ross on March 26th. The lead singer of the Supremes.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyp1bDTW5wo
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on April 03, 2019, 07:38:15 AM
A bit of trivia, the "Supremes" were initially formed as the "Primettes."
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on April 17, 2019, 03:10:38 PM
Sadly another "DooWooper" has passed away. Joseph Terranova, aka Joe Terry of "Danny & The Juniors passed away on April 15. Dave White, another original member passed on March 16 of this year as well. Known for their 50's hits of "At The Hop" and "Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay", the group from Philadelphia consisted of Danny Rapp, Dave White, Joe Terry and Frank Maffei. Frank is the last surviving original member. As a side note, the "B" side of "At The Hop" was a song called "Sometimes When I'm All Alone" which is a slow dance song. Give it a listen and see what you think.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: manhattan on April 18, 2019, 10:36:44 PM
https://biggeekdad.com/2019/04/young-dumb-broke/

This 1950's R&B cover of "Young Dumb & Broke" by Postmodern Jukebox is wonderful.

And now I’m Old, Dumb and Broke! 

Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on May 31, 2019, 01:32:16 PM
WILLIE WINFIELD RETIRES.....   https://medium.com/@dhinckley/thats-the-way-it-goes-at-89-willie-winfield-steps-away-from-the-mic-7cc3e229148d
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: JOR176 on May 31, 2019, 05:17:56 PM
WILLIE WINFIELD RETIRES.....   https://medium.com/@dhinckley/thats-the-way-it-goes-at-89-willie-winfield-steps-away-from-the-mic-7cc3e229148d

 One of the absolute best.One of the pictures shows a grp member Lowe Murray. Marlow Murray worked in 235 & 132
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on May 31, 2019, 10:08:16 PM
WILLIE WINFIELD RETIRES.....   https://medium.com/@dhinckley/thats-the-way-it-goes-at-89-willie-winfield-steps-away-from-the-mic-7cc3e229148d

 One of the absolute best.One of the pictures shows a grp member Lowe Murray. Marlow Murray worked in 235 & 132
WILLIE WINFIELD RETIRES.....   https://medium.com/@dhinckley/thats-the-way-it-goes-at-89-willie-winfield-steps-away-from-the-mic-7cc3e229148d

 I didn't know that one member of the group was a member of the FDNY.

 But, this past January, 2019, I went to a Doo Wop Show at the Mohegan Sun Casino. When Willie Winfield came out with the group (the Harptones) he told us that he was 89 years old and needed to sit down while he sang some of their famous hits.

 This was one of those hits from that January, 2019 show, done by Willie Winfield and the Harptones.

*** Mr Winfield, Best Wishes for a very Happy and Healthy retirement. And THANK YOU for bringing your music into our lives for some SEVENTY Years. ***

www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7kQcyWgbdk 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: guitarman314 on June 01, 2019, 01:40:01 AM
  Yes, Willie D., Harptones group member Marlowe Murray was a member of the FDNY at E235 & L132. He passed away a few years ago. ;)
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 1261Truckie on June 01, 2019, 09:24:23 AM
Lowe was also a member of Squad 3 prior to his transfer into 132
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: mack on June 02, 2019, 12:45:44 PM
Fire House 5 Plus Two - 1950s Dixie Land:

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_buUZ9XS2Q&list=RDy_buUZ9XS2Q&index=1

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNvZN4zjQz0&list=RDy_buUZ9XS2Q&index=6

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rljRIEMDSo&list=RDy_buUZ9XS2Q&index=3
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on June 15, 2019, 10:07:01 AM
 For the Doo Wop Fans of this site, recently I received an email from one of our members of this site. He too is a Doo Wop fan and has contributed his knowledge of these GREAT MUSIC DAYs here as well. His name, Charlie T., aka "memory master".

 Charlie sent me a Doo Wop quiz which I enjoyed doing. So with that, I'd like to pass it onto you and see how you do too.

 The quiz is comprised of twenty (20) Doo Wop questions. What I'll do is post 5 questions for you to answer. When all 20 questions are posted, I'll pass on the right answers and see if you really know your Doo Wop history.

 Thank you Charlie and best of luck to all you Doo Wop Fans.

 Okay guys, here we go:

 1) When did Little Susie wake up ?
    a) The movie's over, it's 2 'clock
    b) the movie's over, it's 3 o'clock
    c) the movie's over, it's 4 o'clock

 2) "Rock Around the Clock" was used in what movie ?
    a) Rebel Without A Cause
    b) Blackboard Jungle
    c) The Wild Ones

 3) What's Mmissing from a Rock & Roll standpoint ? EARTH ____
    a) Angel
    b) Mother
    c) Worm

 4) "I found my thrill" - Where ?
    a) Kansas City
    b) heartbreak Hotel
    c) Blueberry Hill

 5) "Please turn on your magic beam _______ bring me a dream".
    a) Mr Sandman
    b) Earth Angel
    c) Dream Lover

 OKAY Guys, there's your First Five (5) Doo Wop questions. There are 15 more that I will pass on (probably in a series of five each). Write down your answers and NO CHEATING. After all 20 are finished, we'll post the correct answers.

 GOOD LUCK Guys and we'll leave you with this.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo3vAM9IPRo 
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on June 18, 2019, 08:45:14 AM
 Continuing with our Doo Wop Test Quiz, questions #6 - #10.

 6) For which label did Elvis Presley first record ?
  a) Atlantic
  b) RCA
  c) Sun

 7) He asked: "Why's everybody always pickin on me" ? Who was he ?
   a) Bad, bad Leroy Brown
   b) Charlie Brown
   c) Buster Brown

 8) In Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife", the one with the knife was named:
   a) Mac Heath
   b) Mac Cloud
   c) McNamara

 9) Name the song with "A wop bop a-loo bop a-lop bam boom"
   a) Good Golly, Miss Molly
   b) Be-Bop-A-Lula
   c) Tutti Fruitti

 10) Who is generally given credit for originating the term "Rock And Roll" ?
   a) Dick Clark
   b) Wolfman Jack
   c) Alan Freed

  We have Ten more Doo Wop quiz questions to go. 

  Good Luck Guys.
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: 68jk09 on June 20, 2019, 03:45:39 AM
NOT DOO WOP BUT BACK IN TIME....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx6ROrqgrqw
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: memory master on June 21, 2019, 10:08:10 AM
Sadly I report that another singer from "our" days has passed away. The lead singer of "The Lettermen", Jim Pike, passed away on June 9, 2019 from Parkinson's Disease. Jim was 82 years young. I'm sure you'll recall some of their hits, i.e. "The Way You Look Tonight", "Come Back Silly Girl", "When I Fall In Love" to name a few. Rest In Peace Jim and thanks for the memories,
Title: Re: The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop
Post by: nfd2004 on June 24, 2019, 08:48:42 AM
 Continuing with the Doo Wop Quiz, Part 3 of 4, questions #11 - 15.

 11) In 1957 he left the music business to become a preacher.
    a) Little Richard
    b) Frankie Lymon
    c) Tony Orlando

 12) Paul Anka's "Puppy Love" is written to what star ?
    a) Brenda Lee
    b) Connie Francis
    c) Annette Funicello

 13) The Everly Brothers were.....
    a) Pete and Dick
    b) Don and Phil
    c) Bob and Bill

 14) The Big Bopper's real name was:
    a) Jiles P. Richardson
    b) Roy Harold Scherer Jr
    c) Marion Michael Morrison

 15) In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr started a small record company called....
    a) Decca
    b) Cameo
    c) Motown

 GOOD LUCK GUYS.

 Part 4 of 4, the final questions will be coming up soon.