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Vocal Group Hall of Fame plans Chevy Centre concerts

Published: 8/14/08 @ 12:00

By Guy D’Astolfo

SHARON, Pa. — For the first time, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation will have its induction ceremony and concerts in Youngstown’s Chevrolet Centre.

The induction classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007 will be honored Nov. 6. Three nights of concerts will follow it, Nov. 7-9. The 2005 inductee class will be Nov. 7; 2006 class Nov. 8; and 2007 class Nov. 9.

Three classes are being inducted this year because the hall has been without a permanent home since 2004. The foundation, headquartered in Sharon, is in the process of raising funds to renovate and reopen the old Columbia Theatre and the former Phoenix Restaurant in downtown Sharon as its performing arts center and museum. It’s a $5.2 million project, said Bob Crosby, president of the hall.

The last induction ceremony and concert was in 2005 in Ocean City, N.J., for the class of 2004. Other induction concerts have been in downtown Sharon and Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.

Tickets for each of the four events are available through Ticketmaster, the Chevy Centre box office and at the Vocal Group Foundation, 82 W. State St. Prices are $25, $35 and $45, with table seats on the Chevy Centre floor available for $60.

It is uncertain how many of the inductees will be performing at the concerts, said Crosby.

The 2007 inductees are:

The Five Red Caps (1940s); The Chords, The Four Preps, Maurice Williams The Zodiacs (1950s); The Capris, The Dixie Cups, The Jive Five, The Monkees, Ruby The Romantics and Sly The Family Stone (1960s); Dawn featuring Tony Orlando, Harold Melvin The Blue Notes and Kool The Gang (1970s); The Travelin’ Wilburys (1980s); Sam Dave (Duo Award); The Hoboken Four (Pioneer Award).

The 2006 inductees are America, Bread, The Byrds, Deep River Boys, Billy Ward The Dominoes, The Duprees, The Fleetwoods, Hayden Quartet, The Hollies, Journey, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Moody Blues, Queen, Shangri-Las and Simon Garfunkel.

The 2005 inductees are Fleetwood Mac, The Neville Brothers, The Pointer Sisters, The Righteous Brothers, The Chi-Lites, The Angels, Brooklyn Bridge, The Chiffons, The Crystals, The Del Vikings, The Hilltoppers, The Mel-Tones, The Rascals, Sons of the Pioneers, The Spaniels and The Tymes.

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has recently branched into the record industry by forming a label and offering sales through online sites such as iTunes. Dozens of vocal groups, including The Lettermen, have signed with the hall’s label and have made their music available through it.

It’s become an important source of revenue for the foundation, said Crosby.

The foundation has also received $100,000 in grants from the state of Pennsylvania to promote tourism.

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