In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The Encounters originated in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, mid 1963. By the end of the year they had a recording contract with Swan Records and recorded an original, "Don't Stop", written by Joe Venneri (Tokens)& Billy Carlucci (Billy & the Essentials). From 1963 to 1979 the group entertained in the Laurel's Country Club,The NY Hilton and the Friars Club as well as hundreds of corporate and private affairs.
They have appeared with and have opened shows for Earl Lewis & the Channels, Speedo & The Cadillacs, Arlene Smith & the Chantels, Lenny Coco & The Chimes, The Duprees, Randy & The Rainbows, The Emotions, The Devotions, The Dubs, Larry Chance & The Earls, Freddie Scott, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, Emil Stucchio & the Classics, The Jive Five, The Passions, The Fireflies, The Harptones, The Monotones, Vito Piccone & the Elegants, The Five Discs , the Quotations, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, The Legends of DooWop and The Temptations.
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Review: If you're a fan of authentic a cappella Doo-Wop, give the 5-man Encounters, brought to us by Collectables Records, a listen. First formed in Brooklyn, NY about 45 years ago, the group has gone through a number of permutations and personnel changes, singing a cappella from 1963 through 1969; adding a four-piece band and performing in clubs and at private affairs until 1979. In 1990, with the additions of Roy "Hutch" Hutchings on lead and Pete "Bolo" DeBenedetto on bass, they happily returned to pure a cappella. The rich bass tones of Bolo and the extraordinary falsetto leads of Hutch on these 10 cuts will show you why the Encounters are considered one of the elite Doo-Wop groups performing today. Some of our favorites are "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom," "When You Dance," "This Is My Love," "Get A Job," the title tune, "Spanish Harlem," "Life Is But A Dream," and "That's My Desire." Straight from a Brooklyn streetcorner to us, the Encounters have the good stuff, sweet, pure and authentic!
Review: The Encounters have been together as a singing group for nearly 40 years. (Favorites with audiences and critics, their latest Collectables release 'Don't Stop' was nominated as 'Album of the Year' and 'Song of the Year' by the Contemporary Acappella Society). On this disc, acappella gems such as 'Would You Still Be My Girl', 'House Where Lovers Dream', and 'What Did Daddy Do' get the street corner touch The Encounters are famous for.
Review: The Encounters started singing together on street corners in Brooklyn in 1963, releasing 'Don't Stop' on the Swan Label in 1964. Pete Milazzo and Charlie DiComo have been in the group from the start, and Mike Levy came aboard in 1966. Roy Hutchings and Pete DeBenedetto joined in 1991. These guys sing 'deep' doo-wop with a style that is all their own. 17 tracks in all, including 'Lorraine,' 'Because of You,' 'Crazy Bells,' and of course the title tune. Roots Brooklyn Doo-Wop!
Review: Formed in Bushwick, Brooklyn in 1963. Pete Milazzo and Charlie DiComo have been members from the beginning. Mike Levy joined in 1964, and Pete DeBenedetto and Roy Hutchings joined in 1991. The group, recorded and mixed here by Ronnie I, has the full, rich, deep-bass harmonic sound and sweet leads that we always look for in the best Doo-Wop recordings. 16 songs, some favorites are "Oh Starlight," "If I (Could Be With You Tonight)," "The Twelfth of Never," "Too Young," "My Vow to You," "Darling Can't You Tell," "Kissin'," "Oh Baby Please" and "Queen of Hearts." There's several songs we haven't heard before here; hearing new stuff is always a pleasure. Authentic, tasty Doo-Wop from one of the originals!