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Group Harmony Review

The Group Harmony Review For February 22

by Dan Romanello
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles (CMA/International Management Company. Photo by James Kriegsmann, New York)

On The Group Harmony Review at midnight, the first hour will dwell on the transition of 1950's R&B and rock 'n' roll into soul harmony. Artists include Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Main Ingredient, The Chi-Lites, and many more.

During the second hour, special guest Connie Questell of The Decoys joins me. He's an early to mid-1960's R&B artist from the Bronx.

The Group Harmony Review Presents Ladies Of R&B On February 15

by Dan Romanello
Ella Fitzgerald with Dizzy Gillespie (photo: William P. Gottlieb)

At midnight on the Group Harmony Review, I'll have a special presentation of the ladies of R&B, including their roots, related areas and influences. Expect a dazzling lineup that includes Ruth Brown, Little Esther, Ella Fitzgerald (pictured), Vicki Burgess, Ruth McFadden, Bette McLauren, Candy Rivers and many more. Throughout February, the focus has been on Black History Month too.

The Group Harmony Review Celebrates Black History Month This February

by Dan Romanello
Delta Rhythm Boys

At midnight, I begin the first of four February shows celebrating Black History Month and the roots of 1950s R&B vocal group harmony, examining its influence on pop, blues, gospel, jazz and swing on the musical landscape. Expect to hear classics from the Five Keys, Ravens, the Delta Rhythm Boys (pictured), Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots, the Charioteers, the Marshall Brothers and other Group Harmony Review favorites.