|The Doo Wop Society of Southern California has quietly passed away, Wednesday night, January 24, 2007. The DWS had been a vital West Coast group bringing on the REAL groups to an appreciative listening audience for over 17 years. We at the DWS would like to thank the hard core of supporters we had right to the end.
In Memory of
Richard Berry & Arthur Lee Maye
Friends of the DWS
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The Doo-Wop Society of Southern California (DWS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage wider recognition and preservation of 1950s/early '60s vocal group harmony (commonly called doo-wop since the late '60s); we also support both vintage and contemporary vocal groups who perform in that style.
The Doo-Wop Society of Southern California formed in late 1988, and over the next eighteen years put on dozens of shows with nearly every top act still surviving. But by 2006 it was time to call it quits. Many of the board members had moved on to other cities or other interests, and the pool of vintage talent from the 1950s and early '60s got smaller each year. It was a great run, and we still have lots of great memories. You can still relive them on this website.
REPORTS ON SOME PREVIOUS DWS SHOWS:
6/10/2006 7/30/2005 11/13/2004 6/5/2004 1/24/2004 MORE
The DWS Board of Directors consists of several people who work only on a strictly voluntary basis. Our president is Phyllis Bardone; vice president is Manuel Jimenez, Daniel Diaz, Diana Guerra and Joe Weiss. Address any questions by clicking on Manuel or Spike (Editor of the DWS newsletter).
Our more than 40 concerts over the past thirteen years have starred a who's who of doo-wop, including Buddy Bailey of The Clovers, Earl Lewis & The Channels, The Coasters, Zola Taylor & The Platters, Eugene Church, Richard Berry & The Dreamers, The Flairs, Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns, The Spaniels (featuring Pookie Hudson), Virgil Johnson of The Velvets, The Storytellers, The Magnificents, Big Jay McNeely, Big Dee Erwin of The Pastels, The Chantels, The Bobbettes, The Capris, Rosie Hamlin & The Originals, The Hollywood Saxons, Johnny Flamingo & Jennette Baker (The Dots), Gladys Horton & The Marvelettes, Tony Allen, The Calvanes, Leon Peels of The Bluejays, The Penguins, Don Julian & The Meadowlarks, Gaynel Hodge & The Turks, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, The Robins (with Grady Chapman), Vernon Green & The Medallions, The Solitaires, Willie Winfield & The Harptones, The Five Discs, Vito & The Salutations, The Safaris, Eugene Pitt & The Jive Five, The Five Boroughs, The Elgins, The Six Teens (featuring Trudy Williams), Marvin & Johnny, The Metallics, Shirley Gunter & The Queens, The Jaguars, The Eternals, The Native Boys, Jewel Akens and Gene & Eunice (featuring Junior Ryder), The Premiers, The Dreamlovers, the Cadets, Kathy Young & The Innocents, the Jacks, the Chapeaus, and so many others - many of whom are no longer with us.
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