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Doo-Wop Under The Street Lamp

The History of Early Rhythm & Blues

Through Photographs and Memorabilia 

 

In a powerful tribute to the original pioneers of early Rhythm and Blues of the late 1940s through the early 1960s, The African American Music Association in partnership with Creative Suitland Arts Center and the Atlanta Doo-Wop Association, presents Doo-Wop Under the Street Lamp: The History of Early Rhythm & Blues Through Photographs & Memorabilia.

 

Doo-Wop Under the Street Lamp is a gallery exhibit featuring 80 photographs of Doo-Wop music vocal groups, solo artists, and gospel harmony groups whose harmonies ushered in the sounds of early Rhythm and Blues during the late 1940s into the 1950s. 

 

Mounted collections include archival photographs of groups and artists such as The Chantels, The Orioles, The Swallows, The Cardinals, The Drifters, Lavern Baker, The Golden Gate Quartet, The CBS Jubilee Quartet, The Cleftones, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Moonglows, and many others. Also included are local D.C. Doo-Wop groups The Clovers, The Rainbows, The Jewels, The Starlighters, The Marquees (featuring a young Marvin Gaye) and more. Poster billboards created by Globe printing company in Baltimore advertising shows at the Howard Theater and the Warner Theater during the golden age of Doo-Wop are on display. 

 

Doo-Wop Under the Street Lamp also showcases memorabilia including the “T” sweater worn by the legendary group Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers in the 1950s (“Why Do Fools Fall In Love”). The sweater was donated to the exhibit by Jimmy Merchant, one of two living original Teenagers. Also on display is an on-stage uniform worn by the late Herbie Cox, an original founding member of The Cleftones (“Heart and Soul”), a pair of shoes worn on-stage during the 1950s by Lois Powell of the legendary girl group, The Chantels (“Maybe”) and fringe pants and top worn on stage by The Jewels member Sandra Bears. 

 

Doo-Wop Under the Street Lamp will be on display Friday, July 1 through Wednesday, September 14 at the Creative Suitland Arts Center, 4719 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD, Monday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Open to the Public. Free Admission.