Joe Nardone Presents: "Oh What A Night" of Doo Wop Legends Volume 2
Featuring: The Duprees, Brian Hyland, The Happenings, Gary U.S. Bonds & The Fireflies
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Buy Tickets Now
- $35.50, $45.50, $55.50, plus fees
Tickets Go On Sale:
- Oct 28, 2019
- A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Friday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m.
An incredible five act concert of countless memorable hits comes to the FM Kirby Center headlined by New Jersey’s fabulous Duprees. Known throughout the world for their romantic interpretations of some of the most beautiful love songs ever written, The Duprees possess a smooth yet powerful vocal quality and heavenly harmonies, evidenced in their many hits, including the 1962 blockbuster smash “You Belong to Me.” Other hits include “My Own True Love,” “Why Don’t you Believe Me,” “Have You Heard” and “Exodus.” Their unique arrangements include doo wop harmonies combined with big band orchestrations, and their sound brings back memories of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Although their romantic harmonies are second to none, The Duprees are also known for their high energy, dynamic stage show that energizes the audience. You’ll see why the they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.
Brian Hyland will perform in Wilkes Barre for the first time. As a child (Brian was born in Queens), he studied guitar and clarinet and sang in the church choir. At age 14, he co-founded the harmony group “The Delfis.” Brian signed with Kapp Records and collaborated with the songwriting duo of Pockriss and Vance. In 1960, at age 16, Brian had his first and biggest hit, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini.” It was a #1 Billboard smash hit and went to #8 in the United Kingdom. He signed with ABC-Paramount Records and began to work with songwriters/producers Geld and Udell. “Let me Belong to You” (top 20) and “’I’ll Never Stop Wanting You” followed. In 1962, “Sealed with a Kiss” reached #3 on the Billboard and UK charts and was his second gold record. Highland was a teen idol and toured with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars. “Ginny Come Lately” reached # 21 on the US charts and #5 in the UK and “Warmed Over Kisses (Left Over Love)” reached #25. In the mid 1960s during the British Invasion, Brian’s music incorporated country and folk elements. “The Joker Went Wild” was a top 20 hit. In 1970, “Gypsy Woman” peaked at #3 and became his third gold record. Brian Hyland continues to tour today to popular acclaim. His son Bodi is his drummer and musical director.
The Happenings, formed in New Jersey, exploded on to the national charts in 1966 with “See You in September” which became the #1 hit throughout the world that summer. It is still regularly listed among the top 100 summer songs of all time. Bob Miranda’s dynamic vocals and charisma are totally intact as The Happenings captivate audiences with their show, which includes hit singles “Go Away Little Girl,” “I Got Rhythm”(based on a Gershwin song) and “My Manny.” The Happenings had nine singles on the Billboard top 100 charts. Bob Miranda’s rendition of “Proud to be an American” will move every member of the audience.
Gary U.S. Bonds was born in Jacksonville Florida and grew up in Norfolk, Virginia where he sang in the church choir and formed his first band. Bonds had major hit songs in the early 1960s, including #1 smash “Quarter to Three.” Others included “New Orleans” (peaked at #6 on the charts), “School is Out” #5 hit), “Dear Lady Twist” (#9) and “Twist, Twist Senora” (#9). While headlining on a European tour in Europe in 1963, the Beatles were his opening act. In the 1980s, Gary’s collaboration with Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and the E Street Band resulted in “This Little Girl,” which reached #11 on the pop 100 charts and #5 on the rock charts. Follow up song “Out of Work” reached #21 on the charts. Bonds also co-wrote “She’s All I Got,” recorded by Johnny Paycheck and nominated for Country Music Song of the Year in 1972. Gary U.S. Bonds currently lives on Long Island and continues to thrill audiences worldwide with his up-tempo, saxophone infused music.
Opening the show are The Fireflies, a doo wop group from Long Island. Their biggest hit was 1959s “You Were Mine” which spent 16 weeks on the Billboard top 100 charts. “I Can’t Say Goodbye” was their second charted hit. The Fireflies were the first all-white vocal harmonizing group to perform at the world famous Apollo Theatre. They are a perfect opening act for the show.
Five great acts, one great night of doo wop hits and legends that will transport the audience back in time to the wonderful musical era of the late 1950s and 1960s. Tickets are on sale now at the Kirby Center Box Office, by phone at (570) 826-1100 or on the web at www.kirbycenter.org. For more information, please contact Joe Nardone at (570) 829-3603.