Doo Wop Comes Alive This Saturday Evening at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium!
(Ocean Grove, NJ). The music of the 1950s and early 1960s takes center stage at The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ, this Saturday, September 3rd at 7:30 p.m. when NJ radio personality, “Big Joe” Henry hosts the Doo Wop Extravaganza concert! Four amazing acts will be featured in this one-of-a-kind Jersey Shore event — The Duprees, Barbara Harris & The Toys, The Belmonts, and Shirley Alston Reeves, former lead singer of the Shirelles.
The Duprees originally hail from from Jersey City, NJ. Acclaimed for their romantic interpretations of beautiful love songs, they’re well-known for producing such hits as “You Belong To Me,” “Have You Heard,” “Gone With the Wind,” “Exodus,” and many more. Although the faces have changed over the years, The Duprees still entertain audiences all over the world so when they take the stage at the Great Auditorium, be prepared to be thoroughly entertained!
Barbara Harris and The Toys come from Queens, New York. They scored their first big hit in 1965 with their famous adaptation of a Bach concerto, “A Lover’s Concerto,” which catapulted to the top on the charts and remained there for seven weeks. They went on to please critics and audiences alike with such additional hits as “Attack,” “See How They Run, and “Sealed With a Kiss.” Today, in addition to Harris, the current line-up of “The Toys” includes Sandra Taylor and Shahidah Wiltshire. In addition to performing the classic oldies they’re known for, they put on a youthful and energetic show that audiences love!
The Belmonts — Angelo D’Aleo, Fred Milano, and Carlo Mastrangelo — were all friends from the Bronx who attended Roosevelt High School. Along with Dion DiMucci, who also lived in their neighborhood, they made it to the top of the charts with songs like “I Wonder Why” and “A Teenager in Love.” In the early 1960s, Dion and The Belmonts went their separate ways, but The Belmonts continued to enjoy success on stage and on the charts with such hits as “Tell Me Why,” “Come On Little Angel,” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”
Shirley Alston Reeves and her group, The Shirelles, were discovered performing on the stage at Passaic High School. Their first record, “I Met Him on a Sunday,” was an instant hit, and their next single,“This Is Dedicated to the One I Love, went on to sell a million copies. Carole King and Gerry Goffen wrote a song for them which topped the charts and sold over three million copies — “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” — and they followed that hit up with other great songs like “Mama Said (There’ll Be Days Like This), “Baby It’s You,” and their five-million-selling smash, “Soldier Boy!”
Don’t miss this nostalgic stroll down memory lane jam-packed with catchy tunes and delightful harmonies at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium — a handicapped-accessible facility — this Saturday, September 3, 2016, at 7:30 pm. General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door on show night. Reserved seats are $30 and can be ordered online at www.oceangrove.org or by calling 1–800–590–4064.