Streetlight Harmonies – BHM 2018 : NYADIFF


Streetlight Harmonies – BHM 2018

 Directed by Brent Wilson | 2017 | 84 min | Documentary |USA


SAT, Feb 3rd @ 6:30pm – 263 Macy (Teachers College, Columbia University)


Doo wop, featuring stellar vocal harmonies sung a cappella, was born on street corners in the 1950s. soon, the Coasters, The Drifters and Frankie Valli were singing their hearts out to America on Alan Freed’s influential radio show. In Streetlight Harmonies, a who’s who of musicians trace the evolution of American pop music from doo wop and Phil Spector’s legendary ‘wall of sound’ up through Motown, surf music and the British Invasion. It’s a toe-tapping stroll down memory lane for music lovers of all ages.

Streetlight Harmonies stars Fred Parris, Little Anthony, Vito Picone, Jimmy Merchant, Barbara Jean English, Billy Brown, Ronald Coleman, Lois Harris Powell, Sammy Strain, La La Brooks, Charlie Thomas, Terry Johnson, Diz Russell, Jerry Blavat, Val Shively, and a host of others, including Classic Urban Harmony’s own Charlie Horner. The film also features hundreds of photos of groups, sheet music, posters, etc. from the Classic Urban Harmony Archives.  Not to be missed!

Q&A with Charles & Pamela Horner primary historical consultants for “Streetlight Harmonies,and Barbara Jean English  (The Clickettes)!


Charles & Pamela Horner, Classic Urban Harmony LLC

Dr. Charles Horner is recognized worldwide as an expert on early rhythm & blues and rock & roll
vocal harmony. He holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and for 25 years hosted a
popular R&B and Doo Wop radio show in Philadelphia.

Pamela Horner earned a BS Degree from Rhode Island College and a MS Degree in Education from
Queens College in NYC. Pamela has more than 25 years experience as an educator and
administrator in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.

Through their company, Classic Urban Harmony, the Horners now produce Doo Wop concerts, book
acappella groups, design and curate museum exhibits, consult for documentaries and are writing a
book on black music from Asbury Park, NJ (1880 – 1980). Their activities can be followed on their

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