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Doo Wop

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Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop: A once-in-a-lifetime reunion of music legends marks latest installment of record-breaking oldies series!

The show, also known as Doo Wop 52, featured the original performers, singing their biggest hits.  The show was taped in May 2001 in Pittsburgh, the Oldies Capital of the World.  A worldwide search was launched to find the performers, many of whom had dropped out of the music scene years before.

In many cases, they hadn't seen or even spoken to each other in decades. Some had fallen on hard times; others thought they'd retired from music permanently.

For example, on the bill for is Fred Parris, who comes out of retirement after a decade to join The Five Satins in a performance of "In the Still of the Night," the number one oldies single of all time!

Hal Miller joins The Rays after 40 years of retirement to sing "Silhouettes"; and Kathy Young is reunited with The Innocents to sing "A Thousand Stars" for the first time since it was recorded -- when Young was just fourteen years old!

Hosted by legendaries Frankie Valli, Jerry Butler (The Iceman), and Lloyd Price, the program also boasts performances by Little Anthony & The Imperials, Lenny Welch and a surprise appearance by Little Richard, who burns up the stage with an exhilarating performance of "Keep A-Knockin'."

PBS STATIONS: For additional information on Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop, please e-mail promotion@wqed.org. Photographs and bios are available here.


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