But, to this day, I love harmony. And I have a decent collection for my pocket book.
Years back I wrote a screenplay about R&B people in Toronto and Buffalo during the great Rhythm & Blues days.
Morgan Freeman liked it, said it needed work, but he gave me a letter of intent. Never happened, because he went onto stardom. One has to have money. Pay to play. I shelved the project. But I have a fabulous compilation of songs on a cd which I put together. Others have told me that. They said the Latin American cha-cha beat in R&B music made think of the times they were on the floor.
One of my favourite all-time groups was The Drifters with different lead singers.
I still love Doo-Wop and R&B. For those who haven't experienced that period because you are younger you might enjoy scrolling the Doo Wop Oldies and listening to a few numbers by the Genies, the Chanters, the Del Vikings or the Turbans and so on. On the R&B revue video there are The Manhattans, The Cadillacs, The Drifters, The Temptations and the Four Tops.
The documentary by Bruce McDonald that will be on Bravo was part of my era. The R&B phase in Toronto. Rhythm & Blues was bigger than Rock & Roll at the high schools at one time. Jon & Lee & The Checkmates were more like Sam & Dave than The Righteous Brothers. The following is an introduction and I have posted some clips.
"YONGE STREET" on BRAVO! 10:00pm March 21, 22, 23.
Here it is, finally..........the story of the birth and evolution of what became to be known as the "Toronto Sound" This is your story, Our story: the amazing musical explosion in what was once sleepy stodgey Toronto, the Good. Starting in the mid to late 50's with the arrival on the scene of Ronnie Hawkins and Levon Helms (the Hawks) the story leads us through the development of Toronto's unique Rock'n'Roll, R&B Soul and singer songwriter culture.
Yonge Street was the birthplace and the spine of the Real Deal. The venues were on Yonge with ribs extending out to Yorkville, East York, Parkdale, the Danforth, Scarborough and Downsview. The sound was heard in the Le Coq d'Or Tavern, the Bluenote Club, The Avenue Road Club, the Sapphire Tavern and out into the dance halls, teentowns and high school dances of what is now called the GTA. .
I was fortunate enough to participate in this special moment and cherish the memories of it. Please join producers Jan Haust and historic CHUM DJ, Duff Roman, Director Bruce McDonald and all of us who took part in recounting "the Days" for 3 nights, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday March 21, 22 & 23 at 10:00pm on Bravo! TV.
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Classic R&B and Doo Wop music reminder by Mr. Jones