2006-07-20 / Arts & Entertainment

Memorable Doo Wop Performances During PBS Pledge Drive

Jay Black, lead singer for Jay &The Americans          Photos courtesy of PBS Jay Black, lead singer for Jay &The Americans Photos courtesy of PBS AMERICAN SOUNDTRACK "Doo Wop's Best on PBS" presents memorable full-length performances from each of three original programs, in-cluding "Doo Wop 50," "Doo Wop 51," and "Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop."

Together for the first time in one special, the program airs on Thirteen/ WNET New York as part of the station's August 2006 pledge drive, Saturday, August 5 at 8 p.m.

Also included in this program is special footage of Doo Wop creator and producer TJ Lubinsky and Bruce Morrow, popularly known as DJ Cousin Brucie, as they visit the current sites of The Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, Coney Island and Palisades Park in New Jersey. Morrow recounts the heyday of Doo Wop and the importance of these legendary landmarks to musical history and Doo Wop fans alike.

AMERICAN SOUNDTRACK, Act 1 , includes: "Come Go With Me" - The Del Vikings; "Speedo" - The Cadil-lacs; "There's a Moon Out Tonight" - The Capris; "Earth Angel" - The Penguins; "Duke of Earl"- Gene Chand-ler and "16 Candles" - Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge.

Betty Everett and Jerry ButlerBetty Everett and Jerry Butler Act 2 features: "One Fine Day" - The Chiffons; "The Lion Sleeps To-night" - the Tokens; "Stay" - Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs; "Little Darlin'" - The Diamonds & Maurice Williams; "Let It Be Me" - Betty Everett & Jerry Butler and "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" - Mel Carter.

Act 3 spotlights: "Remember Then" - Larry Chance & the Earls; "A Thousand Stars" - Kathy Young & the Innocents; "Silhouettes" - The Rays; "Cara Mia" - Jay Black & the Ameri-cans and a medley of "Shimmy, Shim-my KoKo Bop," "Tears on My Pil-low," "Hurt So Bad" - Little Anthony & the Imperials.

The PBS music special concludes with the song some consider the epitome of doo wop, "In the Still of the Night," sung by Fred Paris & the Five Satins.

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