Perry Young of New Hampshire loves to visit OG each year, and he used to love to hear his favorite Doo Wop group: Kenny Vance and the Planotones.  Now he sends us another group with the choreography of the day.  And he offers a comment:

“Hello Paul, I think Earl Lewis compares to Kenny on those high notes.     All the best, Perry.”

The falsetto parts were key to many of those groups of the ’50’s into the ’60’s.   Kenny Vance came along later and he was hitting  high notes until just a few years ago when he retired.  But Johnny Maestro (with the Crests and Brooklyn Bridge) also did well with those parts.

Here’s a sample of Kenny Vance with the Planotones, performing “Lonely Way.”

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We got this from Shelly who knows where to find these ancient stars and the young people who are filling in, sometimes with  startling and revelatory interpretations of this music, which always tries to answer the perennial question, “Why can’t I be a teenager in love?”   Or, a close second, “When do we get a slow dance?”

2015 Doo Wop lineup:

June 27– Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Chantels, Cleveland Still’s &The Dubs, Vito Picone &The Elegants.

Sept. 5– Gene Chandler (The Duke of Earl), The Crystals, Lenny Coco & The Chimes, Bill Haley Jr. &The Comets.

Here’s a taste of what’s coming:   It’s the TOKENS

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