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PR # 219 April 29, 2009


The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will present Doo Wop Live & at Its Best , featuring Cornell Gunter's Coasters, The Marvelettes and The Platters, Friday, May 22, at 8 p.m. The evening is the final selection in the Theatre?s Major Artists Series . Tickets cost $29 and $34.

The music and the era live on when these three groups take the stage. The Theatre at RVCC will close out its 25th anniversary season with an evening of classic hits and great memories.

The Coasters? first album, Down In Mexico , was recorded in the spring of 1956 and propelled the group into fame. The record was followed with the double-sided million-seller smash, with ?Searching? on the A side and ?Young Blood? on the B side. In 1958 The Coasters recorded two more big hits, ?Yakety Yak? and ?Charlie Brown,? and the success continued.

The Coasters have performed at major concert halls, theatres, clubs and other venues around the country?from New York City to Las Vegas?appearing with such artists as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, The Platters, Bill Haley and the Comets, and The Shirelles. The group has appeared in six major movies and has sold over 100 million records. In January 1987 The Coasters were the first vocal group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Today, Cornell Gunter?s Coasters continue to keep the group?s music alive.

The Platters first formed in the 1950s, composed of five teenagers: Tony Williams (the legendary first lead singer), Zola Taylor, Herb Reed, Paul Robi and David Lynch. Directed by the group?s famed manager, Buck, and continuing today under the direction of his company, Five Platters, Inc., The Platters have featured some of the greatest singers in rock and roll history.

The list of hits produced by the original Platters includes 21 top-10 records, 9 million-selling singles, 5 platinum albums and 5 number-one songs. The group has performed throughout the world?appearing at presidential inaugurations and royal coronations, as well as at major concert venues and on television.

When The Marvelettes? first record, ?Please, Mr. Postman,? hit the top spot on the charts and sold 3 million records, Motown switched its focus, concentrating on a new group pop soul sound that totally dominated the music charts until the advent of the Beatles, fours years later.

The Marvelettes produced over a dozen hits, eight of which went Top 10. The group?s originators were Wanda Rogers, Gladys Horton and Katherine Shaffner. Although the members changed over the years, the highly talented replacements kept the act at the top of the charts. The current singers offer the group?s biggest hits, interspersed with their versions of some great standards.

To purchase tickets or for more information about Doo Wop Live & at Its Best , call the RVCC Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org . Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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