Russell Thomkins Jr. … the Stylistics … “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” … The Steals Brothers … what does this have to do with Da ‘Burgh? Let’s start with meeting Russell Thomkins Jr … we met years ago at S.O.S. (Summer of Shag in Myrtle Beach), we talked about mutual friends in the … Read more

Friends For Life With The … TYMES!

Over the years I have been blessed with the friendships I made singing. One of my favorite memories was the day I met my friend, Albert “Ceasar” Berry of the original Tymes… let’s reminisce for a moment. Growing up on the Northside, singing on the corner with my cousin “Harpo” and my neighbor “Tic”, our … Read more

Mary Wilson … Soul Supreme!

I remember watching the Supremes on TV … the Ed Sullivan Show, the specials with the Temptations and the Four Tops … the classy way they danced … and how beautiful Mary Wilson was! Mary was my favorite Supreme … never did I dream that I would become friends with Mary, sing with her, break … Read more

Friends for Life … in the Beginning … Tea Tournament!

Rockin’ and Rollin’ for nearly Sixty Years … friends for LIFE! I met Pete Hewlett back in the 60’s when we competed against each other in the West View Amusement Park Battle of the Bands … “The Tea Tournament”. Since then, Pete has recorded with many of his Bands … Peter’s Pipers … Sweet Lightning … Read more

David Ruffin …Solo

On this day in 1969, former lead singer of the Temptations and Soul Icon, David Ruffin released his first solo record … “My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)”. Was it the beginning or the end of the great David Ruffin? I will never forget the first time I heard … “MY GIRL” … Read more

Lou Christie, Pgh. DooWop Choir!

Today’s Blog takes me back to DooWop in Da ‘Burgh! Pittsburgh has a great tradition of music talent and a lot of the music began on the street corner, especially with groups like the Skyliners, the Marcels. the Vogues, the Four Dots, the El Venos, the El Capris, the La-Rells and the list goes on. … Read more