Doo-wop Lines Up at Lehman Center
Doo-Wop is Unforgettable in the Bronx
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx, kicks off the New Year bringing in acts such as Barbara Harris and the Toys, Herbie Cox and the Cleftones, Kenny Vance and The Planotones: Cleveland Still and The Dubs, and Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs as part of their Unforgettable Doo-wop program at 8:00 p.m. on January 19th.
The melding of rock ‘n roll and street corner music known as doo-wop, captivated a generation in the 1950s and early ‘60s, continuing around the world to this day. People watched American Bandstand where kids danced to the music of live performers. For example, Cleveland Still and The Dubs, initially a Harlem-based group comprised of singers Bill Carlisle, Tom Grate and Jim Miller, founded by the late Richard Blandon in 1957, put out Top 40 Doo-Wop classics such as “Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely,” “Be Sure My Love,” “Could This Be Magic,” and “Chapel of Dreams.” Who can forget enduring classics such as “Little Darlin,” “Stay” and “Return,” by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs or the excitement that “A Lover’s Concerto,” and “Attack” caused when the girl group Barbara Harris and the Toys released their hit songs. The tradition continued with Kenny Vance who has been singing with the Planotones first formed in 1978. The group released CDs featuring “Teenage Jazz,” “Out of This World,” and “Looking for An Echo,” among others.
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to two stars among the
“I am excited about the show at Lehman. It gives me a chance to see some of the other groups whose music I admire but haven’t seen in a while. I think it’s a great lineup of performers,” said Herbie Cox, the lead singer for the Cleftones. “You know, I believe at this point, what we term as Rock ‘n Roll and doo wop, have merged into one thing. I am happy about that. We’re all busy. We have been all over the world –
“I used to be a New Yorker but live in
“I started out in church. Our family came to NY where I went to school in
Tickets for Unforgettable Doo-wop can be purchased on line at www.Lehmancenter.org or by calling 718-960-8833.