Girl Power ‘Dancin’in the Streets’ in Wildwood!
The ‘Girl Power’ Concert brought the house down Saturday night at the Wildwood Convention Center with the great song “Dancin’ in the Streets.” The finale had all the performers on stage from Mary Wilson of the Supremes to The Angels to The Dixie Cups to Nedra Talley Ross of The Ronettes to The Shirelles.
The energy in the place was a resurrection of those 60’s girl bands who came to Wildwood to strut their stuff and pass their music on to younger generations as well as their long time fans. DJ Harvey Holiday said the importance of passing this music on to our grandchildren so this music will not be forgotten.
The concert was hosted by Joey M, the originator of the event as well as Philadelphia DJ legends Harvey Holiday, 98.1 fm, and Lou Costello. The Angels (left) started off the night singing their hits “Cry Baby Cry,” “Til” and “My Boyfriend’s Back.” Peggy and Jiggs looked like they were having a great time swaying and remembering the early years. They also said they are mentioned in the Broadway show “Jersey Boys.”
The Dixie Cups (left) were up next and brought back great memories with “Chapel of Love,” “Stand by Me” and “Rollin’ on a River.” Members are Barbara Hawkins, Rosa Hawkins (original members) and Athelgra Neville Gabrielle. They also sang “God Bless America” as a tribute to our troops and our country.
Next up was Nedra Talley Ross, (below) an original member of the Ronettes, with her daughter Heather singing back up with 2 other singers. Nedra talked about being a grandmother and being married 40 years. She also fondly remembered being inducted in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Wildwood two years ago and how her voice is much stronger since recovering from open-heart surgery. They took us back to “Walkin’ in the Rain,” and “Be My Baby.”
Then the Shirelles (below) took the stage with original member Beverly Lee who has been performing for 50 years! They sang “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Mama Said,” “Soldier Boy” and “Johnny Be Good.” Beverly said she has deep faith and believes in the power of prayer as experienced in her own life. It was truly astounding to see Beverly dance with the energy of a fifteen year old. She was truly inspiring and said she is energized when she gets on stage.
Mary Wilson (below) of the Supremes lit the stage with 5 of the Supreme hits, including “Love Child,” “My World is Empty Without You,” “ Reflections,” “Baby Love” and had members of the audience come up on stage to help her sing “Stop” in the name of love! It was a lot of fun to see her interact with the audience up on stage.
In the finale all the performers joined in for “Dancin’ in the Streets” to the delight of everyone. Then they all went down and signed autographs, took pictures and talked with the audience which made the night extra special.
It was great being a part of the Doo Wop craze in Wildwood with the Doo Wop museum across the street from the Convention Center and all the work to keep the music of the 60s alive and well. Don’t miss the next time you have an opportunity to see these living legends up close in Wildwood!
I especially enjoyed seeing Nedra of the Ronettes, her husband Scott and daughter Heather after the show. We have been friends for a long time when they lived in the area and stayed with us in the summer of 83 before they bought their house in Northfield. They have since moved on to Virginia Beach and Scott works for Christian Broadcasting Network. Nedra’s mother, aunt and brother were in the audience as well!
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER
PHOTO OF JENNIFER ABOVE BY TRUDI GILFILLIAN