The year was 1961. The American music scene was in a limbo with the kings of rock and roll in a declining period of popularity. Elvis had just come back from the army and was restarting his career with more weak plot, heavy on the songs, period movies and the California sounds of Jan & Dean and The Beach Boys were just emerging.
In contrast, the four and five part harmony of the street corner Doo Wopp groups were still going strong in New York City and in 1961 five girls from the city were ready to burst onto the record scene with songs that have sold millions of records and been used in numerous TV shows, movies and ads.
Barbara Alston, Mary Thomas, Myrna Girard, Patricia Wright and Dolores “Dee Dee” Kenniebrew formed the singing group The Crystals. With the help and guidance of producer Phil Spector, the girls had a string of hits starting with “There’s No Other Like My Baby” and continuing with “Uptown” “He Hit Me” and in 1963 recorded the smash hit ”Da Doo Ron Ron” followed up by “ Then He Kissed Me.”
The latter part of the ‘60s saw The Crystals replacing group members with other singers, which eventually led to the disbanding of the group.
The Crystals reunited in the ‘70s with original member “Dee Dee” Kenniebrew, who along with singers Patricia Pritchett-Lewis and Melissa Antoinette perform around the world to this day.
Dolores “Dee Dee” Kenniebrew in a recent interview from her Atlanta, Georgia, home with this writer says “This special appearance at Capt. Brien’s “Off the Hook Comedy Club” will showcase the groups music legacy along with a special girl group dedication song melody that includes music from the ‘40s, ‘50s, the Motown era and more.
“My musical influences were such singers as Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, The Coasters and The Platters.
“Most young people know our music from their usage in such movies as ‘Adventures in Babysitting,’ ‘Goodfellas’ and the TV show ‘The Simpsons.’ ”
Dee Dee says to expect a “High Energy Show” from the girls.
The only local appearance of the legendary girl group The Crystals will be on Wednesday, at the “Off the Hook” Comedy Club located inside Capt. Brien’s Seafood Restaurant.
There will only be one show scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $60 per person and can be ordered by calling the “Off the Hook” Comedy Club hotline at 239-389-6900 or online at captbriensrestaurant.com.