WOONSOCKET - Autumnfest Entertainment Chairman Paul Jacob has announced that the Columbus Day weekend celebration, the city's 35th, has lined up "The Autumnfest Doo Wop Spectacular," starring the Legendary Teenagers, the Chiffons, and Dicky Doo and The Don'ts featuring Gerry Granahan, all performing with the Coast-to-Coast band emceed by Todd Baptista. The show, Autumnfest's headiner, will take place Saturday night, Oct. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the main stage in World War II Memorial State Park on Social Street. Following the show, there will be a "meet and greet" with a chance for autographs from the stars.
The event will star Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the Legendary Teenagers, with original members Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant. Formed in Harlem, New York City, the original quintet, which featured the late Frankie Lymon, rocketed to international stardom as high school students with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?," "I Want You To Be My Girl" and "I Promise To Remember" in 1956. The group continues to perform their high-energy show worldwide, with doo-wop pioneer Timothy "Tiny Tim and the Hits" Wilson serving as their lead singer today, according to their press release.
The Chiffons were formed in 1960 by teenage classmates at James Monroe High School in the Bronx, New York City. They scored a string of successful rock'n'roll hits in the early 1960s that epitomized the girl group sound. With strong harmonies, catchy melodies and soulful lead vocals, the Chiffons rocketed up the charts with "He's So Fine," "One Fine Day," "Sweet Talkin' Guy," and "I Have A Boyfriend." The group continues to perform worldwide with their original lead singer, Judy Craig Mann.
Gerry Granahan, a Pennsylvania native and longtime resident of East Greenwich, R.I., he scored national hits in the early rock'n'roll era with "Click Clack" under the Dicky Doo and the Dont's moniker, "No Chemise, Please" under his own name, and "You Were Mine," with friend Ritchie Adams, as the Fireflies. Granahan also produced hits by artists including the Angels, James Ray, Patty Duke, and Jay and the Americans and was inducted into the Rhode Island Pop Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
In all, the performers combine for a great night, having produced a dozen Top 40 hits.
Autumnfest is a non-profit, multi-day festival, this year from Oct. 11-13, that has free admission and free parking. Visit Autumnfest.org .