Superior Singers step back in time for 2013 summer tourThe Superior Singers, under the direction of Brian G. MacDonell, present the start of its summer 2013 tour, “Let the Good Times Roll!”
The Superior Singers, under the direction of Brian G. MacDonell, present the start of its summer 2013 tour, “Let the Good Times Roll!”
The Superior Singers are going back to the good old radio days of the 1950s with a nod to the great doo-wop artists of that time.
It’ll be like tuning into WSSR radio — Superior Singers radio — and hear the songs you loved from that wonderful, carefree and fun era. Imagine walking down the street of your hometown and stopping at the corner of a busy street and hearing those finger-snapping, yip-yip songs of the great doo-wop artists of that generation — unforgettable songs that bring back memories of days gone by and the fun times that were part of the era that also gave birth to “rock ‘n’ roll”.
Those hep cats, the Superior Singers, start spinnin’ the sides on WSSR radio with a medley of boss tracks based on the title track, the kickin‘ 1956 Shirley and Lee song and “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, a 1954 hit for Big Joe Turner, but made famous later by the band that started the “rock ‘n’roll” era, Bill Haley and his Comets.
Their next, cool, medley on WSSR radio is an ode to the “rock n’roll” soundsters starting off with the coolest cat of that era, the King himself, and based on the spin that brought “rock ‘n’ roll” into the mainstream, Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock.” Also featuring Little Richard and the Everly Brothers, the medley cruises to the finish line with the apple buttery, 1958 hit by the Skyliners “Since I Don’t Have You.” On the corner of the street where you live, the Superior Singers snap their fingers and show off their stuff with the mellow 1957 hit by the Rays, “Silhouettes” and the crazy track from the Del-Vikings, “Come Go With Me.”
Tune in next to WSSR radio to cure whatever ails you in case you have the “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.” Cats vs. Chicks: The Superior Singers next pit the ladies against the guys in some no holds barred, “friendly” doo-wop competition — which hot rod will take the checkered flag? That’s for all of you cool cats and chicks to decide. Next, let’s again tune in to WSSR radio to hear that, “like wow”, track that “lays a patch” in the boom-boom department, the oft recorded “Blue Moon.”
Back on the street corner, the Superior Singers cool it and slow down with the romantic, grab-your-partner, 1956 ballad, “In the Still of the Night.” Next up are a couple of sides from the modern era — the musical “Grease” offers its fun spin on the hand jive, and the great Billy Joel’s ode to doo-wop from the 1980s “Longest Time.”
The Superior Singers get all nostalgic and sentimental as we say goodbye to our classmates and think about the times we’ve shared with the Four Freshmen’s 1956 hit, “Graduation Day.” WSSR radio comes full circle with a reprise of the title track and then it is time for the last dance of the evening, the beautiful and timeless 1955 song, “Unchained Melody.”
Bring the whole family this summer as the Superior Singers will be performing this fun concert at venues throughout the Twin Ports — opening on Memorial Day at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center as well as appearances at the Mariner Mall, Keyport Lounge, 4th of July at Heritage Park, Fairlawn Mansion’s Ice Cream Social, Lake Nebagamon Auditorium, Bayside Sounds and Bridgeman’s in Gary/New Duluth. All concerts are free and open to the public.