ROCK, POP & DOO WOP (MY MUSIC)
– Ronnie Spector, Jay Black & Other Legends Finally Get To Sing Their Hits –
Rock and pop legends Ronnie Spector (of The Ronettes) and Jon “Bowzer” Bauman (of Sha Na Na) team up to host a celebration of the best-loved songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s in an all-new My Music concert event. Recorded in May, 2010, this special offers emotion-packed performances from iconic voices singing songs that have remained popular for over forty years. Rock, Pop & Doo Wop (My Music) airs on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS.
Highlights: For the first time in four decades, pop-rock royalty Ronnie Spector is able to sing on TV the biggest hits from her days as the star of The Ronettes: “Be My Baby” and “Baby I Love You.” History is also made when La La Brooks performs “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” and “Then He Kissed Me,” two girl group classics from The Crystals and songs on which Brooks sang lead vocals on the original recordings. The beloved Jay Black, formerly of Jay & The Americans, renders his show-stopping smash “Cara Mia” and Len Barry makes a rare appearance to offer his #1 hit “1-2-3.” The Orlons hit the stage with “The Wah-Watusi” in tribute to the Philly teen dance music of American Bandstand era in the early 1960s.
“This show is also unique in that we've been able to acquire lost footage from archives around the world that hasn't been seen since originally aired,” says My Music creator and executive producer TJ Lubinsky. “Included are anthems like ‘Get A Job' by the Silhouettes and ‘Book Of Love' by The Monotones.” Also featured is an original performance by Johnny Maestro & The Crests (before Maestro formed The Brooklyn Bridge). “Johnny was an all-time legend of vocal group harmony,” said Lubinsky. “After his recent passing, seeing him in his prime is a highly poignant moment.”
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