PITTSBURGH, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The MY MUSIC series returns to its record-breaking roots with DOO WOP LOVE SONGS, an all-new salute to heartfelt harmonies that spotlights legendary acts from the 1950s and 1960s, many of whom haven't performed together in decades. The program premieres August 11th and 12th (check local listings).
Headlining the romantic rhythms are the immortal Little Anthony & the Imperials with their timeless top-10 tune "Tears on My Pillow" and "Two People in the World."
Among the doo-wop pioneers who reunite in this historic special are the Tokens with their 1961 smash "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Cleveland Still & the Dubs reprise their 1957 spine-tingler "Could This Be Magic," and the program features a touching tribute to one of the golden voices of Doo Wop, Johnny Maestro of the Brooklyn Bridge and Crests, who passed away in 2010. Johnny sings "The Worst That Could Happen" and the timeless anthem "16 Candles" in his last television performance recorded for PBS.
The Original Drifters with founding singer Bill Pinkney, united with R&B legend Ben E. King, Charlie Thomas and Bobby Hendricks, all original members of the Drifters hit 50s and 60s recordings gather to sing the inspirational "Stand By Me". Sadly, this was also Bill Pinkney's final performance recorded for television; he passed away on July 4, 2007.
Frankie Lymon's Teenagers revive their most famous recording, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," along with "I Want You to Be My Girl." More ballads with a beat are heard from the Demensions, who offer the wistful evergreen "Over the Rainbow," the Safaris with their evocative "Image of a Girl," which charted top 10 in 1960, and the Mystics, who serenade softly with the lilting "Hushabye."
The PBS special offers the all-new "DOO WOP ROMANCE" 7-CD Collection, offering 130 original recordings by the original artists. It's the most comprehensive set of doo wop-era ballads ever released, including such beloved favorites as "Earth Angel" by The Penguins, "Our Day Will Come" by Ruby & The Romantics, "Donna The Prima Donna" by Dion, "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes, "Come Go With Me" by The Del Vikings, "You Belong To Me" by The Duprees, "Blue Moon" by The Marcels and "Heart & Soul" by The Cleftones.
DOO WOP LOVE SONGS delivers a powerful punch of emotional, feel-good sounds from a simpler time and continues the intention of the MY MUSIC series to preserve vital American music legacies, exclusively on PBS.
SOURCE TJL Productions