Doo Wop style "street corner harmony" at it's best. The Dukes of Doo Wop and their pure acapella style takes you back to the 50's & 60's. Having recently performed for the Doo Wop Hall Of Fame they have shared the stage with such legends as The Coasters, The Teenagers, The Duprees, Jimmy Gallagher & The Passions, John Kuse & The Excellents, Tony Middleton & The Willows, John Kuse & The Excellents, David Somerville (The Diamonds) and Norman Fox (The Rob Roys). They have performed at the Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts, the Bonita Arts Center, as well as the Lewis Playhouse. When it comes to pure street corner harmony The Dukes of Doo Wop are one of Southern California's best.
Price Range: $500 - $2000
Gig Length: 20 - 40 minutes
What to Expect
The Dukes Of Doo Wop take the audience back to a time when the quality of music and vocals was far more important than just a beat. Our audiences sing along, smile, and feel comfortable letting their hair down and dancing. Families and romances were begun listening to the music that The Dukes bring alive.
Members of The Dukes Of Doo Wop include:
Jan Detanna (Deke)
Jan was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area singing in rock & roll bands through high school and college. In addition to the “Dukes”, Jan sings lead in the acapella doo-wop group Deke and The Blazers, and has also just agreed to sing with Dee Dee Phelps (Dick & Dee Dee). He has performed at various concert halls throughout the U.S. Jan has sung background harmonies with some of the legends of doo-wop in including Cleve Duncan of the The Penguins, David Somerville of The Diamonds and Joe Jones of The Pentagons.
Kenneth Bank (KennyB)
Kenny formed the Dukes of DooWop when he met Jan thru The Doo Wop Hall of Fame. He is an original member of The Five Sharks from the Bronx, New York. The Five Sharks are considered THE pioneers of Doo Wop acapella in the 60's and 70's. They have sung on over two dozen 45rpm recordings and several compilation albums, and CD's. The main inspiration for the Five Sharks were the Chambers Brothers, The Earls, and The Temptations. They were written about in "The Age of Rock n Roll: Part2" and "Street Corner Harmony". Also, Kenny participated in and contributed to the documentary "Street Corner Harmony" which was nominated for documentary of the year. He is also a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School.
Charlie Di Como
Original member of The Encounters who formed in Brooklyn, mid 1963. Contracted with SWAN RECORDS and recorded an original, "DON'T STOP", written by Joe Venneri (Tokens)& Billy Carlucci (Billy & the Essentials). Entertained in the Laurel's Country Club,The NY Hilton and the Friars Club as well as hundreds of corporate and private affairs. Charlie has appeared with and have opened shows for Earl Lewis & the Channels, Speedo & The Cadillacs, Arlene Smith & the Chantels, Lenny Coco & The Chimes, The Duprees, Randy & The Rainbows, The Emotions, The Devotions, The Dubs, Larry Chance & The Earls, Freddie Scott, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, Emil Stucchio & the Classics, The Jive Five, The Passions, The Fireflies, The Harptones, The Monotones, Vito Piccone & the Elegants, The Five Discs , the Quotations, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, The Legends of DooWop and The Temptations .....
Billy Frischman (The Kid)
Originally from New Jersey, Bill has been a West Coaster since 1986. An accountant living in the San Fernando Valley, he founded the Doo Wop group The Daddios of North Hollywood in 2002 consisting of 4 dads from his daughters' elementary school. They performed through 2009 with gigs that included the House of Blues and the Studio City Parade and 4th of July Celebrations.
I've been singing for longer than I can remember. Sadly, I can't remember what I had for breakfast but I've been singing longer than that. Choirs, Musical Theater, Barber Shop, DooWop, Rock Bands, and A Capella: I love it all but I have a pure fondness for DooWop. Scenes in Television Shows and Movies of 4 to 6 guys, huddled together and entertaining the neighborhood with just their harmonies, it just worked for me. I remember being fixated on the Sha Na Na show waiting for that Bass start to Goodnight Sweetheart. In Los Angeles, I have had the privilege and pleasure to sing with the Angel City Chorale ((link hidden)), Traffic Jam, and The Tuesdays ((link hidden)) and now The Dukes of DooWop. This boy from the suburbs of Philly misses cheesesteaks and TastyKakes but I found love for tamales, shave ice and the live music scene in L.A.
Additional Booking Notes
Available for concerts, private parties, corporate events, clubs, lounges.
Good Old Acapella, One Summer Night, Blue Moon, Stand By Me, It's Alright, Rendevous With You, Sincerely, Teenager In Love, That's My Desire, Dancing With A Melody, Sixteen Candles, Good Night Sweetheart, Mustang Sally, Diamonds and Pearls, Tonight I Fell In Love, So Much In Love, Don't Ask Me, I Wonder Why
|Jan Detanna||Lead and baritone|
|Kenneth Bank||Lead and baritone|
|Charlie Di Como||2nd Tenor|
|Bill Frischman||Lead and First Tenor|
Influences & Inspiration
Dion and The Belmonts, Huey Lewis & The News, Ben E. King, The Tymes, The Moonglows, The Danleers, The Dubs, The Crests
If a large party at a noisy venue will PA system w/mixing board, mic stands and mics.
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