Monday, February 28, 2011

Ronnie Spector and Jon "Bowzer" Bauman on PBS special March 5

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. ROCK, POP & DOO WOP (MY MUSIC) offers emotion-packed performances when it airs on March 5, 8 p.m. on PBS SoCal; for encore airings throughout the month, visit for more information..

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).

Featured songs and performers:
· “Yakety-Yak”/“Charlie Brown” – Carl Gardner’s Coasters
· “Can't We Be Sweethearts” - The Cleftones
· “Silhouettes” - The Rays
· “I Love You So”/ “Maybe” – The Chantels
· “Blue Moon” – The Marcels
· “Step By Step” - Johnny Maestro & The Crests
· “Rhythm of the Rain” – John Gummoe (of The Cascades)
· “Book Of Love” – The Monotones
· “A Little Bit Of Soap” – The Jarmels
· “A Thousand Stars In The Sky” - Kathy Young
· “Lovers Concerto” – Barbara Harris & The Toys
· Platters’ Greatest Hits - Sonny Turner (medley: “Only You,” “Great Pretender,” “Twilight Time,” “Harbor Lights,” “Magic Touch,” “My Prayer,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”)
· “1-2-3” - Len Barry
· “Wah-Watusi” - The Orlons
· “Venus in Blue Jeans” - Jimmy Clanton
· “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” - Shirley Alston Reeves (original lead singer of The Shirelles)
· “Cara Mia” - Jay Black (originally with Jay & The Americans)
· “Baby I Love You” - Ronnie Spector
· “Be My Baby” - Ronnie Spector
· “Da Doo Ron Ron” - La La Brooks (originally with The Crystals)
· “Then He Kissed Me” - La La Brooks (originally with The Crystals)
· “Get A Job” - The Silhouettes
· “Looking For an Echo” - Kenny Vance & The Planotones

1 comment:

Bobby Boy said...

Oh my! Talk about pushing the old Nostalgia button! To borrow a line from the Motown songbook, "So many memories". I remember seeing the Shirelles at Disneyland back in the 1980's and Ronnie Spector in San Francisco in (I think) July 1985. There's enough material in that playlist for at least one Old Curiosity Shop and maybe more. Thanks for the "heads-up"!