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Digital Subscriptions > Vintage Rock > Sep/Oct 18 > THREE LEGENDS OF DOO WOP


It isn’t often that we get to witness three icons of doo-wop’s golden era on these shores, but Tales From The Woods saw fit to redress the balance with a harmonious night to remember




Musical history was made when, for the first time in 35 years, a major doo-wop show was staged in London featuring three vocal harmony legends – Tommy Hunt of The Flamingos, Gaynel Hodge of The Platters and The Penguins, and John Cheatdom of The Velours – all of whom had appeared at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. And with a combined age of an amazing 246 years, the trio proved you’re never too old to rock’n’roll. Among the many fans, were several from the USA and Germany who had travelled specifically to see this unrepeatable line-up at the West End’s 100 Club.

Providing the icing on the cake, were The Velvet Candles from Spain, regarded by many as the top vocal group in Europe, who backed all three of the stars. Promoter was Keith Woods of the Tales From The Woods networking group, who has a long and admirable background in bringing the near forgotten stars of yesteryear to new audiences. Credit also goes to the TFTW houseband: the outfit had to learn 48 new numbers for tonight’s show and made only one false start, an enviable record.

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