Valentine’s Concert Brings Back Doo Wop Stars

music_notesRAHWAY – Lou Christie and Kenny Vance & the Planotones will headline a special Valentine’s Evening With The Stars of Doo Wop at the Union County Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 14 beginning at 8 p.m.

 Lou Christie’s chart topping, multi-million selling career as a songwriter, recording artist, and performer started in a two-track studio in Glenwillard Pennsylvania, his rural hometown near Pittsburgh. Lou’s first million selling song, “The Gypsy Cried,” transformed a local choirboy, Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, into Lou Christie – national teen idol, while still a teenager himself.

Over the decade of the 1960s Christie followed success with greater success, including “Two Faces Have I,” “Lightning Strikes,” “Rhapsody In The Rain” and “I’m Gonna Make You Mine.”

As a kid in New York, Kenny Vance was captivated by the magic of rock ‘n roll. At the age of 15, he was hanging around the famed Brill Building, meeting other singers and songwriters. Eventually he formed the successful group Jay and The Americans, who had the distinction of opening for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for each of their first U.S. performances.

Vance remained with Jay and The Americans throughout the group’s eleven-year history, touring extensively and recording fifteen albums, which included the hits “Come A Little Bit Closer,” “Cara Mia,” “She Cried,” and “Only In America.” The Planotones were formed for the film American Hot Wax and gave their first on-screen performance.

Earl Speedo & The Cadillacs and Duke Chandler are also scheduled to perform. Ticket prices range from $32-$42 and can be purchased from the box office by calling 732-499-8226. The Union County Performing Arts Center is located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.

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