The dells - medley: i can sing a rainbow-love is blue - hallelujah baby
The Van- Dell's are entertainment at its finest. As the nation's #1 50's and 60's rock and roll tribute show, they have been entertaining audiences for 41 years with their unique blend of comedy, choreography, and tight harmonies. As a full production show, the Van-Dells are backed by a five piece band and fronted by three lead singers. Mark Barnett, Stacy "Duke" Todd and Steve "Moose" Ricks take on original personas and deliver out of this world vocal performances all while keeping the audience engaged and laughing throughout their fast paced and upbeat show. The Van-Dells have been called “The 3 Stooges set to music” with a fun show that's good for the whole family. The Van-Dells continue growing their loyal fan base by traveling the nation and playing all of your favorite hits from one of the best era's in American music. From DooWop classics, to Elvis and everything in between there's something for everyone to enjoy.
There are three main characters in the show are Duke, Mark and Moose. Each one is a lead singer and each brings a different dimension to the show. The Van-Dells begin their show representing the last graduating class of Van-Dell High School that closed down in 1958.
Stacy P. Todd, better known as Duke, is the no nonsense tough guy. Duke never smiles and is the brunt of most of the jokes. He keeps the band in line so that things don't get out of hand and the show can continue. He is happy as long as the show runs smooth. Duke got his name from doing The Duke Of Earl . Duke is an original member that began in 1974. He has been with The Van-Dells for 41 years.
Mark Barnett is the comedian and the nerd of the group . He gives Duke a hard time throughout the comedy portion of the show. His goal is to make Duke smile. He ad libs every night to accomplish his goal. Mark specialty number is a Roy Orbison Medley. Mark joined in 1980. He traveled with “The Vogues” for several years before becoming a Van-Dell. This year Mark celebrates his 35th year.
We are pleased to welcome back Steve “Moose” Ricks to the group. Steve is an original member of The Van-Dells. He is returning to reprise his role as the loveable, educationally-challenged jock. He and Mark gang up on Duke with their antics and special brand of comedy. In the second half of the show, “Moose” transforms into Steve and delivers a must see Elvis.
The Van-Dells are a Tribute to The 50’s and 60’s. The show begins in the 50’s. Dressed in letter sweaters, The Van-Dells hit the stage running with songs like At The Hop and Morse Code of Love, along with Doo Wop favorites and never slow down. The non-stop show continues with “Glitter and Gold” that made the 1960's famous. The audience will be taken on a nostalgic trip through time reliving the magical era.
Depending on the show, one or more of the “special guest stars” will appear.
Duke Of Earl • Roy Orbison • Beach Boys • Neil Diamond • Elvis • Everly Brothers • Ray Charles • The Mills Brothers • and more.
The Van-Dells appeal to audiences of all ages with a show that's fun for the whole family. You'll enjoy choreography and good harmony along with The Van-Dells special blend of humor, The Van-Dells are “The Nations #1 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Tribute Show ”.
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Every December Billboard publishes a chart listing the year's top songs based on their cumulative chart performance in the United States. The number of songs listed on the chart varied in the early years before becoming a top 100 chart in 1956. View a list of the top 100 hit songs in the US in 1969 and listen to a short countdown medley of the top 25 below.
Philadelphia International was founded in Philadelphia in 1971 by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. In
the beginning, most of the artists in the Philadelphia International roster were coming from the closed
Gamble and Neptune labels, but it soon expanded. 1972 was a very good year as the newly founded
label struck gold with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "I Miss You" and "If You Don't Know Me By Now,"
and Billy Paul's wonderful "Me And Mrs. Jones". Billy Paul had already released two albums on the
Gamble and Neptune labels, but Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were a real "discovery," having
previously released only two singles on Landa (as the Blue Notes) in 1964 and Arctic in 1967. Their lead
singer was Theodore Pendergrass, who began a successful solo career in 1977 on the same label
switching to Elektra.
Until the mid-'70s, these three artists, along with the occasional albums by the likes of the Intruders and the Three Degrees, provided most of the label output. The Three Degrees had already released singles on Swan, Metromedia, Roulette and Neptune in the '60s and early '70s, as well as a Richard-Barrett- produced album on Roulette, Maybe .
Most of the tracks were recorded at the Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, with the help of the same session musicians. These included Earl Young (drums), Ronnie Baker (bass), Roland Chambers, Norman Harris and Bobby Eli (guitars), Larry Washington (percussion), Vincent Montana Jr. (vibes), Leon Huff, Ron Kersey and Leonard Pakula (keyboards) and Don Renaldo's strings and horns. These recording sessions were mostly produced by Gamble and Huff, but sometimes production was by in-house arrangers Bobby Martin and John "Kack Faith", songwriter's-arrangers Dexter Wansel and Walter "Bunny" Sigler, or session musicians (and sometimes composers) Norman Harris and Lenny Pakula. This core of musicians also released albums under the co-operative name of MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother) and hit big in 1974 with the instrumental "TSOP", which included backing vocals by the Three Degrees.
Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, along with their musicians and arrangers, did not write and produce solely for the Philadelphia International label, but also for others artists : the Spinners and Blue Magic on Atlantic, First Choice and the Delfonics on Philly Groove, the Persuaders on Atco, Eddie Kendricks on Tamla, the Temptations on Atlantic, the Love Committee on Gold Mind, and others. They also strongly influenced David Bowie for his "Young Americans" album.
Like most of the labels distributed by Epic/Columbia, the Philadelphia International label is plain and unimaginative, with a mustard color with a logo of a stylized script "PI," which in fact looked like two stylized pale purple P's head-to-toe at the top of the label . The following text is written in pale purple lettering in the form of an arc at the bottom of the label : "Distributed By CBS Records/CBS, Inc., 51 West 52 Street, New York City". This label remains the same for all the CBS distributed releases with the exception of the pale purple logo growing darker or slightly red over the years. Promotional copies used the same design, with a white label with black print. For all the Epic/Columbia distributed releases, the CBS common numbering policy is used (this numbering system begins at 30000 in 1970 and uses various prefixes). This explains why the numbers are discontinued. Note : the letter Q within the prefix means Quadrophonic. Except for the quad issues, all releases were stereo.
When the distribution switched to Manhattan, the label remained the same, but the text changed to a much longer one crediting Capitol Industries/EMI Inc. as the manufacturing and distributing company.
We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail . Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Philadelphia International or CBS Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2003 by Mike Callahan.
Every December Billboard publishes a chart listing the year's top songs based on their cumulative chart performance in the United States. The number of songs listed on the chart varied in the early years before becoming a top 100 chart in 1956. View a list of the top 100 hit songs in the US in 1968 and listen to a short countdown medley of the top 25 below.
If you have questions regarding seating in the theatre or would like to purchase tickets for a group (groups begin at 20 people) please call our Corporate Office at (608)355-1222 and press 2 for Crystal Grand. Our Corporate Offices are open Monday thru Friday from 9 am – 5 pm.
Food cooked to perfection. I like the way they pulled the seat out for you and layed the napkin in your lap. Service was very impressive and I will be back again when im in Wisconsin.
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