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Richard Nader’s Doo Wop Celebration XXIV, IZOD

Published June 2, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1002Me in front of the IZOD

SAM_1006My husband Dennis and I enjoying the show

SAM_1030Jay Siegel’s Tokens

SAM_1037Me with Deborah Nader

SAM_1048Gene “Duke of Earl” Chandler

I am so grateful to Deborah Nader ( giving my husband and I comp tickets to last night’s show!

It was a fabulous night to watch all the stars come out: Jay Black, Gene Chandler, John Kuse & The Excellents, Lenny Coco & The Chimes, The Duprees, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Tommy Mara & The Crests, Twin Gold and the Whip-Tones (from Whippany, NJ).

I was thrilled to meet Jay Siegel during intermission. The Tokens have a special place in my heart because the year I was born, 1963, their song “The Lion Sleeps Tonite” was a hit, and my favorite hit of that year!

Other highlights of the show were when Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs sang “Little Darling” and an Elvis impersonator, Craig Newell, came out. And when Jay Black, at age 75, hit the high notes of “Cara Mia.” Every single act was excellent!

The show was 3.5 hours long, with a brief intermission.

I’m still on such a high from the show — so many great songs and acts, one right after another!

Jay Black, Tokens, Tommy Mara, and Much More at Izod, Saturday, June 1

Published May 1, 2013 by Maryanne

Jay Black & the AmericansJay Black

Once again, Richard Nader Entertainment, Inc. is presenting a dynamic show of oldies icons on Saturday, June 1, 2013, 7 p.m. at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

This will be a special celebration for Jay Black, as it’s the 50th anniversary of their hit “Only in America.” The iconic song was heard throughout New York during America’s bicentennial celebration in 1976.

Other amazing songs by Jay and the Americans include: “Cara Mia,” “This Magic Moment,” and “Come a Little Bit Closer.” Jay Black’s voice is as powerful today as it was back in the day.

Joining the star-filled extravaganza are Jay Siegel and The Tokens, best known for their 1963 hit, “The Lion Sleeps Tonite”; Brooklyn doo wop group, Lenny Cocco and the Chimes doing their hit “Once in Awhile”;  John Kuse and the Excellents, known for “Coney Island Baby”; The Duprees performing their goose-bump inducing hit, “You Belong to Me”; Gene Shandler doing “Duke of Earl”; Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs performing their chart buster hit, “Stay”; Tommy Mara and The Crests, doing “Sixteen Candles”; and Twin Gold.

Come see the artists who have made famous the songs that were known as “music to make love to.” Re-live the golden memories of songs that have forever staying power — for young and old fans alike!

For those who like to get the party started early, as the fun begins when the gates open at 3 p.m. for the classic car display, a tailgate party, and autograph session with the stars!

Tickets are available at or any Ticketmaster outlet.

For information go to or email

Here are some of the songs by the artists:

Jay and the Americans – Only in America

The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonite

Lenny Cocco and the Chimes “Once in Awhile”

 The Excellents – Coney Island Baby

The Duprees – “You Belong to Me”

Gene Chandler “Duke of Earl”

Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs – “Stay”

Tommy Mara and The Crests – “16 Candles”