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DC Street Corner Harmony-The Clovers, The Spaniels & The Jewels
@ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
DC Street Corner Harmony – The Clovers, The Spaniels and The Jewels
During the 1950s and 60s, Washington, DC was a hot bed for R&B and Doo-Wop music. With the Howard Theater, U Street nightclubs and cabarets, music was a large part of the social and entertainment culture of the region. Also, a popular way groups performed was to sing and harmonize under the street lamps. Today, many groups that performed during that era continue to perform today taking audiences back to the “good old days” with their popular hit tunes.
These three groups are still loved by their loyal fans in the DC area and beyond.
The Clovers – Founded by Harold Lucas, they began singing together in high school and signed with Atlantic Records in 1950, beginning the unbelievable string of fifteen number one hits on the Rhythm and Blues charts, influencing every vocal group that followed throughout the ensuing decades. TheClovers hits included “Love Potion #9”, “Blue Velvet”, “Devil or Angel”, “One Mint Julip” and “Fool, Fool, Fool”. By the 1980’s, The Clovers were undergoing a renaissance, achieving radio airplay with newly recorded material including a number one, double-sided hit (“Don’t Play That Song” b/w “Drive It Home”) on Beach Music stations in the Southeast, from Virginia Beach to Jacksonville! Performances have included returns to NYC’s famed Apollo Theater, Beacon Theater, and Radio City Music Hall; Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheater, Philadelphia’s Valley Forge Music Fair, Long Island’s Westbury Music Fair, the Savannah Civic Center, Disney World, and many other theaters, performing arts centers, fairs, festivals, and conventions across the USA and in Europe. The Clovers’ casino dates have ranged from Atlantic City to Las Vegas to Monte Carlo, earning them standing ovations and industry accolades along the way. The Clovers have performed continually thru the years and have built a reputation as one of the most entertaining groups still around, combining excellent showmanship, a healthy dose of humor, and an authentic, exciting vocal blend. The Clovers members are Johnny Mason, Steve Charles, Ron Reace, Antwon Drayton and Will Rawlings.
The Spaniels – The Spaniels are an American R&B Doo-Wop group best known for the hit “Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight.” They were called the first successful Midwestern R&B group. The original Spaniels debuted in late 1952 at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana as Pookie Hudson and the Hudsonaires. The Spaniels and became one of the first two artists to sign with Vee-Jay Records – the first large and independent Afro-American owned record label. The Spaniels recorded their first release “Baby It’s You” on May 5, 1953. When released in July of that year, the song reached #10 on the Billboard’s chart on September 5, 1953. Hudson formed a group of Spaniels from the Washington, DC area. The Washington, DC based group, with Pookie Hudson, appeared on the PBS special “Doo-Wop 50.” Pookie Hudson passed away in Capitol Heights, Maryland on January 16, 2007 from a lengthy battle with cancer. Before his passing, his wish was for the Washington, DC group to continue on in his name and perform all of the greatest hits there were ever written and produced by him.
The Jewels – A powerhouse female singing group, The Jewels have been recording and performing for over 50 years. The Jewels are the subject of an award winning documentary on the PBS network entitled “The Jewels: The Divas of DC Doo-Wop”. Formed while attending Roosevelt High School in Washington, DC in 1958. The girls finally changed their name to the Four Jewels, consisted of Sandra Bears, Grace Ruffin, Margie Clarke and Carrie Mingo.