Each hour-long show is in broadcast-quality. This show archive goes all the way back to the beginning of my radio show in 2006 through 2014.
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Legendary Pittsburgh D.J. Porky Chedwick passed away in 2014. Porky was a trailblazer in music and in radio. Starting in the late 1940s, he introduced music by black artists to young white radio listeners and gave early airplay to artists who later went on to be major stars, including Bo Diddley and Smokey Robinson.
He was the “Daddio of the Raddio” and the “Boss Man.” And for generations of Pittsburghers, Porky Chedwick was a respected, unique and beloved radio personality.
Porky was among radio personalities included in the “Dedicated to the One I Love” exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland in 1996. The exhibit featured air checks from Porky and other D.J’s from across the country.
Their version of “Blue Moon” went to number one on the Billboard Pop Charts in April 1961. It is featured in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame‘s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll. The group featured lead Cornelius Harp, bass Fred Johnson, Gene Bricker, Ron Mundy, and Richard Knauss.
The group was named after a popular hair style of the day, the Marcel Wave.
In 2012 after 40 years, Ronnie I’s Clifton Records on Main Street in Clifton New Jersey prepared to close it doors for the last time.
Ronnie formed an organization, the United in Group Harmony Association, with 2,000 members at its peak, that became the community square for fans and put on 354 monthly Doo-Wop shows. Members and other group harmony fans frequented the store for hard to find vinyl.
His widow Sandra kept the store alive, but business dwindled and she had to make the decision to sell. At least Ronnie I’s most famous artifact is being taken care of.
In 1988, Ronnie scraped together $3,000 in donations for a 2,000-pound granite tombstone dedicated Frankie Lymon of the Teenagers, which then sat in the shop for almost a quarter-century after Sandra decided she did not want it placed at his grave. Ms. Italiano said it has been moved to a friend’s iris garden, where it, if not the music, will rest in peace after all these years.
We said goodbye to a great talent with the passing of Johnny Maestro in 2011. He left us with a lot of great hits from the 50s with The Crests and in the 60s and into the 70s with the Brooklyn Bridge. Dion called him the” Rolls Royce of Doo-Wop voices”.
A street in his honor was unveiled in Staten Island, New York. Johnny Maestro Way is at the intersection of Mason and Midland Avenue, not far from where Johnny grew up in the Midland Beach Section of Staten Island. The Crests were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.
There is a tribute to Johnny on my YouTube Channel.
Harvey Fuqua left us in 2010. He founded The Moonglows in the 1950s. Harvey is notable as one of the key figures in the development of the Motown label in Detroit, Michigan. His group gave Marvin Gaye a start in his music career.
In late 1958, the Fuqua-led “Ten Commandments of Love” reached number nine on R&B and number 22 on the pop charts; the group was billed as Harvey and the Moonglows. Chess Records released two EPs and a full-length album, “Look, It’s The Moonglows” during that period. Following that release, the original group broke up at the end of the year, performing together only for contractual reasons.
The Moonglows were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
In 2009 PBS TV presented their “Rock, Rhythm & Doo-Wop Concert” hosted by Jerry Butler & Frankie Valli, featuring Little Anthony & the Imperials, Fred Paris & the Five Satins, Larry Chance & the Earls, the Duprees, and Kathy Young & the Innocents.
And in 2009, the National Doo-Wop Society was founded in Topanga, California.
The group was one of the most popular pre-Motown R&B acts in Detroit during the mid-1950s, through the early 1960s. Its original members were Nolan Strong, Juan Gutierrez, Willie Hunter, Quentin Eubanks, and Bob Edwards.
And in 2008, the Burlington County College Doo-Wop concert was digitally remastered from the original 1983 video footage. This special event celebrating many of the Doo-Woo pioneers was sold on DVD to mark the 25th anniversary of this concert event.
We lost Pookie Hudson of the Spaniels in 2007. He wrote “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” (also known as “Goodnight, Well It’s Time to Go”) for a young woman he was dating at the time.
That signature Spaniels song was a Top 5 R&B hit in 1954. It was heard nearly two decades later on the soundtrack of “American Graffiti“. Pookie began receiving regular royalties for “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” in the 1990s.
2006 was also the year that my YouTube channel was launched. It features a great TV documentary called, “Voices of Doo-Wop“, featuring The Chords, Lillian Leach from the Mellows and Bobby Mansfield from The Wrens.