In 2010, I was asked to edit and help publish an interview with Eugene Pitt, original lead singer of the Jive Five, as conducted by Bob Miner, for Keep Rockin’ magazine. With Gene’s passing, I thought it was appropriate for fans to hear his history in his own words and also read some kind words
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Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp ft. Jay & the Americans, The Drifters & more..
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:30 PMClermont Performing Arts Center
3700 S Hwy 27
Clermont FL 34711
Phone: (352) 394-4800
Jay & the Americans…
The iconic 60s hit-makers are back at the Clermont PAC by popular demand. With a staggering 18 charted hits and five Top 10 records, few bands ever reached the heights of Jay and the Americans. “This Magic Moment”, “Only in America”, “Cara Mia”, “Come a Little Bit Closer”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Let’s Lock the Door”, “Walkin’ in the Rain” and more will be faithfully re-created, accompanied by a live rhythm section and brass section. Jay & the Americans are one of the few artists of the era that still boasts 3 original members!
Charlie Thomas & The Drifters…
The Drifters’ seemingly-endless list of hit records includes “Under the Boardwalk”, “On Broadway”, “There Goes My Baby”, “Up on the Roof” & “Save the Last Dance for Me”. Accept no imitations! This group features original member Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Thomas, the longest-tenured member of the group and the only Drifter to have sung on all of the group’s biggest hits. To date, The Drifters have sold over 114 million albums and 214 million singles.
Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead singer of The Shirelles…
Formed in 1957 in Passaic, New Jersey, The Shirelles were one of the first and certainly among the very best of the girl groups of their era. John Lennon proclaimed the Shirelles his favorite group and The Beatles even tipped their hats by covering a couple of the girls’ hits. From 1960 to ‘63, The Shirelles charted a dozen Top 40 singles including the #1s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Soldier Boy” followed by “Tonight’s the Night”, “Mama Said”, “Everybody Loves a Lover” and “Foolish Little Girl.” In 1996, The Shirelles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. As you’ll see and hear, Shirley looks and sounds better than ever as she is joined by the talented trio of Iris Lammers, Madeline Morris, and musical director Greg Woods.