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I started the preservation of doo wop and classic R&B vocal groups on PBS two decades ago and since then so many great performers have passed on," says TJ Lubinsky.
Among the doo-wop pioneers who reunite in this historic special are the Tokens with their 1961 smash "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Cleveland Still & the Dubs reprise their 1957 spine-tingler "Could This Be Magic," and the program features a touching tribute to one of the golden voices of Doo Wop, Johnny Maestro of the Brooklyn Bridge and Crests, who passed away in 2010.
Three thousand miles away, Passalaqua, 63, and fellow Legends of Doo Wop member Steve Horn, 57, planned to bicycle along the Willamette River prior to their performance's sound check.
MY MUSIC: ROCK, POP AND DOO WOP premieres March 5, 2011 on PBS and airs throughout March; check local listings for stations and times.
They reeled in Mancuso, and the Legends of Doo Wop came into being.
Various/``The Doo Wop Box III: 101 More Vocal Group Gems'' (Rhino)
GROUP Award honorees include The Del Vikings, a founding force behind doo wop ("Come Go With Me," "Whispering Bells"); The Supremes, with twelve number one pop singles, the most commercially successful female group of the 1960s ("Baby Love," "Where Did Our Love Go?
Already scheduled for broadcast are MY MUSIC programs ARETHA FRANKLIN PRESENTS: SOUL REWIND (August 2010), JOHN SEBASTIAN PRESENTS: FOLK REWIND (December 2010), MY MUSIC: ROCK, POP AND DOO WOP (March 2011), and THE LAST DOO WOP SHOW ON EARTH (December 2012), featuring archival performances from the famed Dick Clark archives.
Two new specials include "Red, White and Rock," a rock R&B and doo wop show, and "This Land is Your Land" with the Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins.