|Posted on March 24, 2020 at 9:20 AM|
Good Morning Ginchers,
It's Tune in Tuesday and getting turned on to a sound ... as a young man the radio was my passport to what would take place in my future. What does that mean? I remember tuning on my favorite radio show, the Porky Chedwick show, and hearing a record by a group called the Moonglows ... the harmony, the arrangements, the beat, the groove and I immediately fell in love with a sound (DooWop). As I got older and more educated to that sound I heard another record by a group called the Spinners on the Tri-Phi record label and bang, it hit me again and I fell in love with a new sound (Soul). So, I began to research these records that got me hooked on a sound and found out that the originator in both of these groups was the same man, Harvey Fuqua. Yes, Havey Fuqua was an original member of the Moonglows and later formed the New Moonglows which he formed by taking an already established group, the Marquees (which Marvin Gaye was a member) and crowning them the new Moonglows. Not long after that Harvey formed a record label called Tri-Phi and found a group called the Spinners, signed them to his label and actually sang lead on two of their early classics. Now let's fast forward, I followed my love for music and became an entertainer and one day I actually met the man who influenced me with his sound ... the great Harvey Fuqua. The meeting took place at the first Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Concert. We, Johnny Angel and the Halos, were the opening act for the concert that had so many legends; Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Carl Gardner of the Coasters, Bill Pinkney and Charle Thomas of the Drifters and more. As the opening act, we also took on the role of backing most of the performers. As you can imagine, I was in Heaven ... all of these legends that I grew up with on the radio ... I now I would be on the stage with them! Well, the Heavenly Feeling gets even better. While we were rehearsing some harmony with Bill Pinkney and Charlie Thomas, I noticed a man staning off to the side and I about froze ... yep, it was Harvey Fuqua. Harvey approached me after we were finished and said "I like the way you and your partner (Bubba) sing and my guys are a bit under the weather and was wondering if you guys could give us a hand and sing some backup for me on the show today". Bing! Bang!, my head nearly exploaded. Harvey Fuqua, the man who inspired me to sing, the man who's songs are some of my all time favorites ... he just asked me to sing with him! Bubba and I took the stage with pride, sang some background and watched the master at work. Over the years I have had some similar experiences but that particular night would live on in my head forever. Once this ugly quarantine is over, I will be getting back to my Johnny Angel's Ginchy Stuff and Music Museum where the memories of a life time live. I hope you can join me soon! Take Care, Stay Safe, Stay healthy and God Bless!