I will have racked up more than 120 RBI's
--- the "R" for "Records Batted In!"
The italicized phrases
above represent some
of the glib top 40 radio
patter that I borrowed
from Philadelphia radio
legend Joe Niagara of
WIBG or Wibbage as the
iconic station was called.
loved doo-wop and played many of the
old gold platters featured in this series.
Shady, just call me the
dream weaver because
I'd like to begin with a
dreamy slow side by
The Tune Weavers.
This is one of my favorite
doo-wop ballads, with a
sweet female lead and
the sweetest, sexiest
saxophone that's ever
been recorded. Pick
your favorite lady, wrap
your arms around her,
let her put her head on
your shoulder and sway
your way to heaven!
Whatcha say we
linger a little longer
in the Big Apple, yo...
and do some cruisin'
in yo pimpin' ride, yo...
like in the hood of the
Brooklyn Bridge, yo...
then motor on down
the road to Philly, yo?
(May 1960, B side of "Step By Step")
Tony and the Twilighters
his troubadours float my boat all around the moat!
Anthony & the Sophomores
Ron, it looks like you
a U-turn and head straight back
to Gotham City. When it comes
to the pop song "Barbara-Ann,"
the Beach Boys are fun but the
original is the best. A New York
doo-wop group called The Regents
The single stopped just short of the
top 10. The B-side was "I'm So
Lonely" and I liked it a lot, too.
another up tempo killer called "Runaround."
I always kicked myself for not buying it.
On a trip to York some years ago,
I heard this one playing on a Harrisburg
oldies station. "Happy, happy, joy, joy!"
It's the same song recorded by the Roomates. This is not
the same group that backed Cathy Jean. This Roomates act
was formed in the UK in the mid 80s by a crew of mates
who are just as passionate about American doo-wop as
many of their countrymen are about Northern Soul.
Heavily influenced by Dion and the Belmonts and other
groups that recorded for Laurie Records, the Roomates
extensively studied white Brooklyn style doo-wop and
practiced until they learned all the nuances of the genre.
The Roomates' quest for authenticity extends to deliberately
singing certain notes off key, a technique originally made
popular by Dion. Fans consider the Roomates to be the
leading preservationists of doo-wop in the world today.
Listen to this previously unreleased version of "Runaround"
and I think you'll agree the Roomates bring it back alive.
"Runaround" - The Roomates
(previously unreleased, now on CD)
Dell Rat Jerre wrote:
I lived within a city block of some of
the Quintones. I played B-Ball in the
Crispus Attucks center on Maple St.
With that background, how could I
not like soul music? Of the Quintones,
I lived near the Holmes girl (Carolyn
"Sissie" Holmes) but did not really
know her, just who she was. There
were a lot of Holmes girls and guys
in the neighborhood. I played some
pickup basketball with Teddy and
Bobby Holmes. They might have
been a relation. (They were good. I wasn't.) I also played some
B-ball and pool with Ernie Banks (sang at one time with the Del-
Chords) and he lived in the same area. As for the Quintones
records, I have "Down the Aisle"/"Please Dear." Those plus
"Ding Dong" got playing time at dance called Teen Can Teen
that was held at the YWCA on Market St. This was before
my Dell years. My favorite Quin-Tones song is "Please Dear."
To sum it up, Shady, The Quin-Tones,
York, Pennsylvania's angelic sounding
R&B vocal group, formed in 1957,
made records and toured through '59
and officially disbanded in 1960 when
lead singer Roberta Haymon married.
Fast forward to the present: Dave
Bupp and Buddy King, lead singers of
the Del-Chords and the Magnificent
Men, became members of York High's
Hall of Fame a few years ago. The
Quin-Tones had never enjoyed that
recognition. Dave began a crusade to get the Quin-Tones
inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dave organized groups to
perform and raise awareness of the Quin-Tones and other
past accomplishments of York's black community. Finally,
on April 28, 2011, Dave received word that The Quin-
Tones, York's first R&B notables, were to be recognized
in William Penn's Hall of Fame. Thank you, Dave, and to
those who assisted you in seeing that these local pioneers
received their long overdue recognition.
Thank you for that wonderful
Quin-Tones never lived to see the day when Dave Bupp,
the man they so profoundly influenced, secured the
group's place in their high school Hall of Fame.
has taken part in Del-Chords reunion concerts.
AND THE ROMANS
that tells it like it was.
Little Caesar and the Romans