BOOK REVIEW: “HUSHABYE: THE MYSTICS, THE MUSIC AND THE MOB”, Al Contrera, Balboa Press, 2018 www.balboapress.com. Todd Baptista Through the years, I’ve spoken to dozens of rhythm’n’blues, doo wop, and first generation rock’n’roll performers who related their plans for an autobiography. With a few notable exceptions, Jimmy McGowan of the Four Fellows coming immediately to
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Summer in the Sixties w/Dennis Tufano, Bobby Miranda, The Cyrkle & more
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 8:00 PMFord Community & Performing Arts Center (Michael A. Guido Theater)
15801 Michigan Ave
Dearborn MI 48126
One of the most successful American rock and roll bands of the late sixties was Chicago’s Buckinghams, fronted by the inimitable signature voice of Dennis Tufano. The Buckinghams’ music was so ubiquitous in their heyday, that Billboard Magazine named them “The Most Listened-To Band in America” in 1967. Tufano’s Buckingham classics include “Don’t You Care”, “Kind of a Drag”, “Hey Baby! They’re Playing Our Song”, “Susan” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and he’ll sing them all on August 24th.
The Happenings’ hits include “I Got Rhythm”, “Go Away Little Girl” and “See You in September”. The latter was a #1 hit not only in the United States but in several other countries around the globe, and, yes, original lead Bobby Miranda can still hit those high notes just like he did in their heyday. Originally from New Jersey, their records featured soaring falsetto notes and lush arrangements, not unlike that “other” group of Jersey boys. The Happenings are still in demand in South America, touring there frequently, and their popularity in the Philippines has exploded in recent years, but Bob is always happy to play for their die-hard American fans.
The Cyrkle, recently reunited after a 50-year absence from the music scene, will be on hand with original lead singer Don Dannemann to sing “Red Rubber Ball” and “Turn Down Day.” The Cyrkle’s last jaunt through the midwest was when they were playing alongside the Beatles on their farewell stadium tour. (It was actually John Lennon who gave them their uniquely-spelled moniker.)
The Cyrkle was originally scheduled to perform at the theater July 20th when a blackout struck the area, forcing the rescheduling of the concert. The show’s producer says he was unwilling to accept the idea of disappointing the teenagers of the 1960s who fill the Dearborn theater several times a year to see the heroes of their youth on stage. So Scotty Avig says he decided to give fans even more than their money’s worth by re-constructing the evening with even more names and even more hit records than the original line-up offered. “There are a total of 31 national hits between these 5 acts,” offers Avig. “Even with the dozens of shows we’ve done in Dearborn that number is staggering. It’s unprecedented.” All July 20th concert ticket-holders need take no action to see the show on August 24th. All tickets will be honored for the new date.
Hometown heroes The Reflections will serve as an added attraction, singing their 1964 nationwide smash “Just Like Romeo & Juliet” and bringing an added dose of blue-eyed soul to the evening while the Shades of Blue (“Oh How Happy”) will sing and dance up a storm to kick off the sixties-music-fest.
Presented by Scotty Productions in association with Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live!