2011-03-18 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Coming Soon: Harry’s Last Hoorah

By Jimmy Boone

Harry G., N.Y.’s “Duke of Doo Wop” is bringing down the final curtain on his 18-year Doo Wop concert series held annually at Beach Channel High School.

This is the longest running annual Doo Wop fundraising concert event in the tri-state area. The concert series is ending due to the future closing of the Beach Channel Drive High School program. Harry taught communication arts, English speech, and journalism there for 35 years.

Headlining the event, which takes place on Saturday, March 26, will be Kenny Vance and the Planotones, fronted by legendary singer, songwriter and composer Kenny Vance. A returning local favorite, who co-founded Jay & the Americans and is a Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductee, Vance will be performing a special one hour set, including

“Looking for an Echo.”

Others performing in the 8-act concert will include Vito & The Salutations (“Gloria”), Fireflies (“You Were Mine”), Quotations (“Imagination”), Manhattan Skyline performing their Doo Wop/ Golden Oldies Salute backed by the Harry G. Rock & Roll Band, Twin Gold (“Sweethearts of Doo Wop”) and Joey & the Paradons.

What makes this event special will be the rare appearance of special guest star, famed U.K singer Tony Lee. Lee will recreate the music of legendary performers Gene Pitney (“Town Without Pity,” “It Hurts To Be In Love”) and Roy Orbison (“Pretty Woman,” “Crying”).

Harry, who is also hosting the event, would like the people to come out and support this fundraising event which was established back in the ’90s for his late sister who died of leukemia. Harry says of the event, “We have been producing shows that recreate the magic of the groups that appeared at the old Brooklyn Paramount/Fox theaters in the mid to late 1950s.” He would like people to remember his concert series as one that adhered to the truth in music advertising with authentic performers and no cover groups.

“I personally thank the fans in the community for their support for this event and music over the years.” “We enjoyed all the music, the memories, and the magic and we hope you did too.”

For ticket information /reservations call 718-755-6262 or 718-646-5580 or email: MQC1000@AOL.COM. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the concert. Doors open up at 6:00 p.m.; show time is at 7:00 p.m.

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