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WQED-TV TO BROADCAST MY MUSIC: ROCK, POP & DOO WOP
An Unforgettable Concert Experience Taped in Pittsburgh Celebrating American Voices from the '50s and '60s: Featuring Girl Group Legend Ronnie Spector, Singing Her Biggest Hits on TV for the First Time in Four Decades

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 25, 2011

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

Jim Pierson
310-936-3616
piersonjb@aol.com

WQED-TV TO BROADCAST MY MUSIC: ROCK, POP & DOO WOP

An Unforgettable Concert Event Taped in Pittsburgh
Celebrating American Voices from the ‘50s and ‘60s

Featuring Girl Group Legend Ronnie Spector,
Singing her Biggest Hits on TV for the First Time in Four Decades

PITTSBURGH, PA – On Saturday, March 5th at 8 p.m. MY MUSIC: ROCK, POP & DOO WOP will premiere on WQED-TV and re-air at 10 p.m. Pop-rock legends Ronnie Spector (formerly of The Ronettes) and Jon “Bowzer” Bauman (formerly of Sha Na Na) team up to host a celebration of the best-loved songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Recorded in May 2010 at Pittsburgh’s own Benedum Center, this all-new MY MUSIC concert event features emotion-packed performances from iconic American voices that helped define rock and roll’s golden age.

This unforgettable evening of music showcases the enduring popularity of two of producer Phil Spector’s most famous protégés. For the first time in four decades, Ronnie Spector is able to sing on TV the biggest hits from her days as the star of The Ronettes: “Be My Baby” and “Baby I Love You.” History is also made when La La Brooks performs two girl group classics on which she formerly sang lead vocals for The Crystals: “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me.” Other highlights from the ‘60s pop-rock era include Jay Black (formerly of Jay & The Americans) delivering his show-stopping smash “Cara Mia” plus a rare appearance by Len Barry, who serves up his number one hit “1-2-3.”

The special also offers a healthy dose of crowd-pleasing hits performed by vocal groups from the 1950s, including “Blue Moon” by The Marcels, “Yakety-Yak” and ”Charlie Brown” performed by Carl Gardner’s Coasters and a medley of The Platters’ greatest hits sung by Sonny Turner including “Only You,” “My Prayer” and “The Great Pretender.”

“This show is also unique in that we've been able to acquire lost footage from archives around the world that hasn’t been seen since it originally aired,” said MY MUSIC creator and executive producer TJ Lubinsky such as an original performance by Johnny Maestro & The Crests, before Maestro formed The Brooklyn Bridge. “Johnny was an all-time legend of vocal group harmony,” said Lubinsky. “After his recent passing, seeing him in his early days is a highly poignant and emotional moment.”

Additional airings of the program on WQED-TV will include:
• Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 p.m.
• Monday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m.
• Thursday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, March 11 at 1 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
• Saturday, March 12 at 3:30 a.m.

The MY MUSIC series is dedicated to the preservation of American music and is produced exclusively for PBS by TJL Productions.

For more information and to request interviews with Ronnie Spector, La La Brooks or Jon Bauman contact Jim Pierson at 310-936-3616 or piersonjb@aol.com.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.


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