2009-12-04 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Bobby Rydell Headlines Holiday Doo-Wop

Dick Fox's Holiday Doo Wop Extra - vaganza will take place at the Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m. This year's show stars Bobby Rydell, Jay Siegel & The Tokens, Charlie Thomas & The Drifters, The Tymes, Emil Stucchio & The Classics, The Shangri-Las, The Emotions and will be hosted by Mr. Clay Cole.

Bobby Rydell's performance in Bye Bye Birdie and his recordings "Wild One" and "Volare" made him a famous show business performer of the '60s. Rydell used his talents as an impersonator and drummer primarily in pursuing a musical career rather than an acting career. Some of his other top 10 hits include "We Got Love," "Swing - in' School," "The Cha-Cha-Cha" and "Forget Him."

The Tokens are an American male doo wop vocal group from Brooklyn, NY who are led by singer Jay Siegel. They are best known for their charttopping 1961 single, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." The Tokens have had a number of songs that made it into the Top 100 including "Tonight I Fell in Love," "I Hear Trumpets Blow" and "Portraits of My Love."

On August 9, 1953, The Drifters released their single "Money Honey," and within a few weeks, it hit the number one spot on the R&B chart. Another single, "There Goes My Baby," peaked at number two, winning over both R&B and pop audiences and trans forming the group and its image. Some of their other hits include "Up on the Roof," "Please Stay," "What to Do" and "On Broadway."

Clay Cole is a former host and disk jockey, best known for his eponymous television dance program, The Clay Cole Show, which aired in New York City on WNTA and WPIX-TV from 1959 to 1968. The Clay Cole Show was witty and stylish with a sophisticated New York point-of-view making it unique among early television rock 'n' roll studio dance shows. It was Clay's youth, his dancing ability and his fully integrated studio audience that set him apart.

Other acts in the Holiday Doo Wop include The Tymes who are known for their hit single "So Much in Love"; Brooklyn natives, The Classics, best known for their songs "Blue Moon" and "'Til Then"; The Shangri-Las who had success with their singles "Leader of the Pack" and "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)," and The Emotions who had the number one pop/R&B hit "Best of My Love."

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