Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016
Blame The Beatles. The Fab Four and the rest of the British invasion ended the Doo-Wopp era, ushering in new music that defined another generation. But you can’t keep a good genre down. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of its death are greatly exaggerated.
Harvey Robbins is the new Mark Twain, keeping the flame of Doo-Wopp alive and well, founding the Doo-Wopp Hall Of Fame Of America and producing the Doo-Wopp Hall Of Fame Of America Concert, coming to Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center May 20-21.
It’s personal for Robbins. “The music that these performers put forth is the music of our lives – capturing the love, the tears, and the memories…” he said.
The annual concert and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame takes place at Symphony Hall in Boston, but Robbins makes sure that the music travels (in this case, to Las Vegas) and never dies. “This music, unlike other forms, has resonated more than 50 years, not only with people who grew up with it, but subsequent audiences,” Robbins noted in a newspaper interview.
For Las Vegas, Rock 'n' Roll and Doo-Wopp Hall Of Fame Of America inductee Billy Davis will join Bobby Brooks Wilson (son of Jackie Wilson) to perform the songs Jackie and Billy Davis recorded while growing up together in Detroit. There’s also a salute to The Platters with former long-time lead of Herb Reed’s Platters, Tony Funches. The concert will be hosted by burlesque star and film actress Tempest Storm.
Hits including “Higher and Higher,” “Lonely Teardrops,” “The Great Pretender,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and “Only You” will be featured, along with a salute to Buddy Holly with tribute artist Johnny Rogers. There will also be a special performance by Bruno Mars' father, Pete Hernandez (both Mars and Hernandez were inducted into the Hall Of Fame) and The Lovenotes.
While the era may have ended, the music lives on, and on May 20-21 at The Smith Center, “Oh What a Night” it will be!
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