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Doo Wop Explosion Documentary Premiere

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For the past three years, Asbury Park Historical Society members, Pam and Charlie Horner, have been the historical consultants for a new documentary that chronicles the history of doo wop music. The Horners helped arrange filmed interviews with members of numerous famous doo wop groups, including the Five Satins, Teenagers, Flamingos, Harptones and many others. Some of the filming was done at the Monmouth University exhibit “Springwood Avenue Harmony,” that was produced by the Horners along with the Asbury Park Historical Society. It was there that video interviews were shot of Asbury Park singers Ron Coleman (Broadways) and Billy Brown (Broadways, Ray Goodman & Brown). Both appear in the documentary. Hundreds of photos from the Horners’ Classic Urban Harmony Archives were used in the documentary and Charlie Horner has a prominent on camera role in the film.

Streetlight Harmonies will premiere at the DOC NYC film festival on November 14th, 7:30 pm at Cine’polis Chelsea, 260 W 23rd St, New York. Post screening, there’ll be a Q&A with the filmmakers and some of the musical legends that defined Doo Wop. The great acappella group Quiet Storm, who used to back Asbury Park legend Bobby Thomas, will sing two songs.

A limited number of tickets to the premiere are available ($19 pp) at www.streetlightharmonies.com along with a short video preview of the documentary. Streetlight Harmonies was directed by Brent Wilson and produced by Timothy Headington (“Jersey Boys,” Argo,” Hugo”), Theresa Steele and Brent Wilson. While we don’t know its future after the premiere, we hope this important documentary will find its way to distribution for public viewing.