Monday, April 14, 2014

Doowop weekend day 2

Day 2 of the Long Island Doowop weekend followed the same format as the first day with 17 acts doing short sets and once again there was plenty to enjoy. Highlights for me were Jack Scott, who was moodily superb on What In The World, Geraldine, Goodbye Babt, My True Love and The Way I Walk, and the Herb Cox and the Cleftones with Heart and Soul and Little Girl Of Mine among others.
Many of the groups have only one or two surviving members and there was a great battle of the bass men between two of them: Jay Johnson of the Diablos, whose biggest hit was The Wind, and Harold Winley of the Clovers, whose 50s hits, including a superb Blue Velvet, Devil Or Angel, Lovey Dovey and Love Potion No 9, sounded as fresh as ever. Also excellent were Fred Parris and the Satins, who excelled on In The Still Of The Night, and the Harptones, with compere Bobby J guesting, on Sunday Kind Of Love.
Of the rest, the Fireflies were fine on You were Mine, the Comtinentals good on Fine Fine Frame, Linda Jansen and the Angels rather disappointing on My Boyfriend's Back and Til, and the Jarmels excellent on A Little Bit Of Soap. Bill Perry and the Danleers were more than adequate on One Summer Night, and Dave Somerville of the Diamonds surprisingly good on Little Darling. Other acts included Denis Dority Jr and the Planetones (adequate), Kid Kyle, a 19 year old with a voice rather like Neil Sedaka, Lenny Dell and Demensions, Norman Fox and the Rob Roy's, who were great on Tell Me Why, and Larry Chance and the Earls, who were OK.
So another great day. Would I go again? Probably not as I've ticked quite a few artists who I have always wanted to see. But for true Doowop fans this is definitely the place to be.
Nick Cobban.


At 6:48 pm , Anonymous John S said...

Sounds like it was worth the trip, Nick. Did the Fireflies dumb down and do 'Stella Got A Fella'? Look forward to reading all about Viva Las Vegas too - betcha Lloyd Price will be great.

At 12:34 am , Blogger Nick said...

No. They did three songs - I can't say goodbye, Cara Mia and You were mine. Ok but not brilliant.


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