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Unforgettable Doo Wop @ Lehman Center, Saturday, 1/28
(Published: January 24, 2012)

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 31st season with a night of UNFORGETTABLE DOO WOP featuring this timeless music's leading singers and groups on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 8pm. The all-star evening of classic hits will include THE DRIFTERS featuring CHARLIE THOMAS ("Save the Last Dance for Me"), THE HERB REED PLATTERS ("My Prayer"), THE COASTERS ("Charlie Brown"), THE CHIFFONS ("One Fine Day") and JIMMY BEAUMONT AND THE SKYLINERS ("Since I Don't Have You").

Doo Wop emerged from the streets of New York City and Philadelphia and rose as a unique African American vocal style in the mid-1950's. Doo Wop's smooth harmonies spread to singing groups of other ethnicities, such as the Capris and the Bronx's own Dion and the Belmonts. The term "doo wop" was taken from the ad-lib syllables sung in harmony in these songs. "Doo wop" and a range of "oldies" music are celebrated by musicians and audiences worldwide as distinctive American sounds.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for UNFORGETTABLE DOO WOP on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 8pm are $50, $45, and $35 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718.960.8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through 24-hour online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.

The Drifters featuring Charlie Thomas, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1988, had over fifteen Top 40 hits, beginning with "There Goes My Baby" followed by "Save the Last Dance for Me," "On Broadway," "Under the Boardwalk" and "This Magic Moment."

The Herb Reed Platters, formed in L.A. in 1953, had numerous Top 10 hits including "Only You," "The Great Pretender," "My Prayer," "The Magic Touch," "Twilight Time," "Harbor Lights," "To Each His Own," "If I Didn't Care" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." They recorded nearly 400 songs, sold over 89 million records and performed in over 90 countries. They have appeared in 27 movies, including "Rock Around the Clock" and "The Girl Can't Help It." In 1990, they were one of the first doo-wop groups inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Coasters, an R&B group originally from L.A., occupy a special niche in the music world. With ten Top 40 hits like "Young Blood," "Along Came Jones," "Poison Ivy," "Charlie Brown" and "Yakety Yak," they are called "the clown princes of rock and roll." Still going strong after fifty years, The Coasters were the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

The Chiffons were one of the fabulous Sixties girl groups that came from the Bronx and cracked the Top 10, once even reaching #1 on the charts. They formed when the girls were high school classmates and in 1960 began to work as backup singers. Their first hit was 1960's "Tonight's the Night." In 1963 "He's So Fine" reached #1 on the R&B and pop charts. "One Fine Day" and "A Love So Fine" followed that year. Their last big hit was 1966's "Sweet Talkin' Guy."

Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, based in Pittsburgh, released their first recording, "Since I Don't Have You," in 1959. Written by Jimmy Beaumont and the late Joe Rock, it became a gold record. The group's other hits include "When I Fall in Love," "Pennies From Heaven" and "Where Have They Gone."

Lehman Center is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2011-2012 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, JPMorgan Chase, and through corporations, foundations and private donations.

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