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September 8, 2008



On Saturday, the sweet sounds of Doo-Wop swept into the Warner Theatre for a concert benefitting the Lombardi Cancer Center. The event sold out the theatre and netted the Cancer Center about $600k. We were there ostensibly to take some photos but mostly just to learn "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" Answer: You'll have to keep reading to find out . . .


Pop Quiz: Which high-level Lombardian donned blue suede shoes to mark the evening?


They belong to the Lombardi Director himself, Dr. Louis Weiner, right. Here he is snagging an autograph from doo-wop legend Kenny Vance, lead singer of Kenny Vance and the Planotones. Check out this video of Kenny hitting notes so high you'd swear he had some sort of special surgery (vocal cord, of course). The benefit will fund research such as Lombardi's recent development of a pancreatic cancer diagnostic similar to the PSA for prostate cancer. It's currently still in laboratory testing but could eventually be used to widely detect the disease.


These two docs head up the Lombardi Cancer Center's Division of Doo-Wop (Does your hospital have one of those?). Last month they became the first team to successfully perform a bopsterectomy when they not only determined who put the bop in the bop-she-bop-she-bop but removed it without touching the ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong. Actually, it's Terry Johnson of The Flamingos and Herman Santiago, of Frankie Lymon's Legendary Teenagers. Check out Herman in this 1956 television performance. Herman is on the right, with a close-up at 2:35. We're having some trouble doing the arithmetic regarding his current age, but he seems to have down the Dick Clark secret of youth.


Vito Picone and Nino Amato of the Elegants. Vito told the crowd he last played DC in 1958. Fifty years later, "I'm back by popular demand." Indeed, 50 years ago this week they had the #1 song in America: See it here.


Sportscaster George Michael received a special award. You know him as host of TheGeorge Michael Sports Machine, but he was also one of the original "Boss" jocks spreading the magic of doo-wop during the 1960's. As he reminded us, many of our parents contributed to the baby boom while listening to the music of The Duprees. Thanks for the image, George. WARNING: Don't listen to this song the Duprees did in 1962 or you will be humming it all day, annoying many of your friends and colleagues: Need to get it out of your head? Here's Kenny Vance with an awesome a cappella number.

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