Rock concert rolls back the years

February 1, 2013 by  

Tomorrow, the Madison Theatre at Molloy College will be presenting a concert called ‘History of American Rock and Roll’. The show will feature performances by Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Shirley Alston Reeves, The Chiffons, and The Teenagers.

The Drifters were a group created by George Treadwell. One night, however, he fired all the members of the group and replaced them with a group called The Five Crowns, which featured singer Charlie Thomas. This group became the New Drifters and its first single came out in 1959 and was entitled ‘There Goes My Baby’.

Shirley Alston Reeves was the lead singer for The Shirelles. Known worldwide, the group placed six singles in the Top Ten and has been covered by many bands. The Beatles even covered the hit ‘Baby, It’s You’, as well as a lesser known Shirelles song called ‘Boy’.

The Chiffons was a girl group popular in the early 1960s with hits such as ‘One Fine Day’. The group was integral in establishing the girl group sound of the era.

Lastly, the Teenagers was a group famous for both its use of harmonies as well as its choreography. The Teenagers’ first hit, ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love?’, was also their biggest hit, though not their only one.

It is possible that the organizers for the Madison Theatre will hire print companies to create flyers that can spread word of this event in nearby areas like Oceanside or Levittown. Tickets range from $30 to $50 for the February 2 performance.