Capitol One Theatre Westbury
The Rock N Roll Extravaganza comes to Westbury, bringing back the sounds of the fifties and sixties with an all star line up of doo wop acts from the early days of rock n roll, at the Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, March 13 at 8 p.m. The show will star Frankie Avalon along with Terry Johnson and the Flamingos, The Happenings, Eddie Holman, The Capris and Little Peggy March.
Frankie Avalon was one of the most popular performers of the 1960’s. While his most famous role was in the hit 1978 movie Grease where he sang “Beauty School Dropout,” Frankie had also made a name for himself in the late 1950’s and into the 60’s. In a four year stretch from 1958 to 1962 he released 31 singles that made the charts. Avalon’s singles “Venus” and “Why” both reached number one for some time in 1959. Other top ten songs sung by Avalon include “Just Ask Your Heart,” “Bobby Sox to Stockings” and “A Boy Without a Girl.”
Terry Johnson and the Flamingos is one of the most notable doo wop groups in the last 50 years. They have been featured in numerous doo wop specials such as “Doo Wop at Fifty” and “Doo Wop Cavalcade: The Definitive Anthology,” both shown on PBS. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Johnson and the Flamingos have produced many hit songs such as “Lovers Never Say Goodbye” and their unforgettable version of “I Only Have Eyes For You.”
The Happenings are a pop group formed in 1965 by four men from Patterson, New Jersey. In the late 1960’s the band released nine songs, mostly covers, which were on the Billboard Hot 100. The Happenings were notorious for taking a song that had done well previously and putting their own spin on it. Their most popular songs were a cover version of the George/Ira Gershwin song, “I Got Rhythm,” the single “See You In September,” which was originally recorded by The Tempos in 1959, a cover of the Steve Lawrence song “Go Away Little Girl” and the jazz song “My Mammy” which was popularized by Al Jolson in the 1920’s.
Eddie Holman’s specialty ranges from R&B and pop to gospel and it was in the Philadelphia soul scene that he began to develop his trademark style. While still in college, he recorded his first hit record, “This Can’t Be True” and other hits began to follow including “I Love You” and “Don’t Stop Now.” After singing with such legendary Philadelphia groups as The Delfonics and The Stylistics, Holman struck gold in 1970 with his timeless love song, “Hey There Lonely Girl.” The song inspired Smokey Robinson to dub Holman, “The Man With The Voice Of An Angel.”
The Capris are a doo wop group formed in Queens, New York that are well known for two hit songs, “There’s a Moon Out Tonight” and the 1982 hit “Morse Code of Love.”
Little Peggy March is primarily known for her hit song “I Will Follow Him,” which in 1963 soared to number one on the charts and was featured in the 1992 movie Sister Act. March became the youngest female artist ever to have a number one hit; she was only 14 at the time. Some of her other singles include “I Wish I Were A Princess,” which was featured in the 1988 film Hairspray, and “Hello Heartache, Goodbye Love.”