Canterbury Productions in assocation with Star Productions presents The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, The Vogues, The Jarmels, Barbara Lewis, and The Blue Suede Orchestra.
Charlie Thomas & The Drifters:
Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer, Charlie Thomas, one of the great and legendary original leads of The Drifters ("Sweets For My Sweet," "When My Little Girl Is Smiling," "Via Con Dios") and his group are easily one of the most popular and timeless groups in all of recorded history. The group also had access to the best songwriters, like Lieber & Stoller, Burt Bacharach, and Carole King.
Their name comes from the fact that various members “drifted” into the group from other groups. Other great hits include: "There Goes My Baby," "Dance with Me," "This Magic Moment," "Under the Boardwalk" and "On Broadway."
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs:
Originally with a group called the Gladiolas, Maurice wrote the monster hit, "Little Darlin’". Maurice then went on to form the Zodiacs and wrote and recorded one of Rock ‘n Roll’s most important songs. Just under two minutes long, "Stay" has not only sold in the tens of millions, but has been recorded by, at last count, 15 other artists, most notably, Jackson Brown.
Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners:
Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners were one of the first groups to use full orchestration and to write their own hits. The band was also one of the first and few white groups to play the famed Apollo Theatre. Featured in the PBS show, 50 Years of Doo-Wop, the band is responsible for such classic hits like "Since I Don’t Have You," "This I Swear," and "Pennies from Heaven." Jimmy is considered almost a deity in Doo-Wop.
One of the most successful groups ever, The Vogues feature original lead, Bill Burkette and tenor, Hugh Geyer. The fellas have reunited to perform their greatest hits - “You’re the One,” “Magic Town,” “Earth Angel,” “Till,” “Special Angel,” “Turn Around Look at Me,” and “Five O’Clock World.”
Named after a street in Harlem, this act scored with a huge hit, "A Little Bit of Soap." They are also featured in the new PBS special, Rock, Pop & Doo-Wop.
Barbara comes from a family of musicians and began writing songs at an early age. In the early 60s she took her tunes to Ollie McLaughlin and he became her manager. In 1963, she signed with Atlantic and went on to have silky hits, such as "Hello Stranger," "Make Me Your Baby," and "Baby, I’m Yours."
Blue Suede Orchestra:
The Blue Suede Orchestra are the nation’s most accomplished instrumentalists having backed over 200 artists from this genre.