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September 8, 2008



On Saturday, the Doo-Wop Concert for Cancer brought musical legends to the Warner Theatre. A sold out crowd raised $600k for the Lombardi Cancer Center. We were there ostensibly to take some photos but mostly just to see learn “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” Answer: You’ll have to keep reading to find out . . .


Sportscaster George Michael made a special appearance. You know him as host of The George 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 puts it, your parents contributed to the baby boom while listening to the music of The Duprees. Thanks for that mental image, George.


Terry Johnson of Terry Johnson’s Flamingos and Herman Santiago, of Frankie Lymon’s Legendary Teenagers. Check out Herman in this 1956 television performance. In the video, 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 share Dick Clark’s secret of youth. 


Vito Picone and Nino Amato of Vito Picone and the Elegants share some stories with The Scene. Vito told the crowd he last played DC in 1958. Fifty years later, “I’m back by popular demand.” 50 years ago this week they had the #1 song in America:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unxttYrdy-w.


The event’s presenting sponsor Marvin McIntyre of Smith Barney, left, with Crocs chairman (yes, the shoes) Rick Sharp, and Director of the Lombardi Cancer Center Dr. Louis Weiner. Unless you think Sharp’s just a shoemaker, by the way, he also used to be chairman of Circuit City and Carmax. If you’re still reading, and already humming one of the previous songs, the only known antidote is to listen to another song (with the risk you’ll start humming that).  Anyway, try this one from Barbara Harris and the Toys, who also were with us Saturday night. You can see Barbara singing a mere 42 years ago here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcdZKntM6lU 


Dr. Weiner is a celebrity in Medical Bisnow, but when it comes to doo-wop, he defers. We caught him securing an autograph from Kenny Vance, lead singer of Kenny Vance and the Planotones. Check out this video of Kenny hitting the upper registers.

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