In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Silk City is one of Manhattan's finest acappella vocal groups specializing in the group harmony sound of the 50's and early 60's. This dynamic doo-wop group has performed throughout the metropolitan area at a variety of nightclubs, restaurants, oldies shows, and every type of private, public, and corporate function. Not only have the New York Times, New York Newsday, the Bergen Record, the Star-Ledger, and the Hartford Courant written about this exciting group, but Silk City has also been the subject of a television news segment on WABC-TV. Of special note, this group has had the distinct honor of being the first acappella doo-wop group to perform in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. And back some twenty-plus years ago, when the group was first establishing itself in the group harmony scene, SILK CITY also had the honor of being presented with the Gus Gossert Memorial Award after being voted the best new vocal group by the members of the United in Group Harmony Association (U.G.H.A.), the largest organization of doo-wop music enthusiasts in the country.
Starting out as a loose collection of friends who all worked in midtown Manhattan and who shared a love for the group harmony sound, SILK CITY emerged as its members began to meet regularly during their lunch hours to sing their favorite tunes at a subway entrance on the corner of West 50th Street and Broadway. Their unique singing style-a style that integrated a raw, spontaneous, "streetcorner" feeling with rich, powerful, harmony and professional polish-developed quickly and caused quite a stir with the midtown crowds that gathered to listen. As a result of this rather informal public exposure, they soon found themselves repeatedly called upon to perform professionally around the tri-state area, and as they did so, they embellished their soulful vocal style with an exhilarating and highly entertaining stage presentation. Their popularity continued to grow, and during the 80's and 90's, they performed regularly in concerts and oldies shows alongside every major oldies act in the country, including such groups as the Drifters, the Platters, the Five Satins, the Coasters, the Cadillacs, and Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Review: In the spring of 1982 five guys started meeting every week in the subway entrance, the spot with the perfect echo, at 50th Street & Broadway in midtown Manhattan, the Big Apple. Busy Manhattan crowds stopped in their tracks to listen, swayed and applauded wildly. Silk City, whose unique singing style integrates a raw, spontaneous streetcorner feeling with fat, powerful background harmony, a deep rhythmic bass and a strong, soulful, soaring tenor lead, was soon performing professionally, sharing the stage in the 80s and 90s with groups like the Drifters, Platters, Five Satins and the Cadillacs. "Keepin' It Real" is on Clifton Records, mixed by Ronnie I himself, and it features 20 juicy cuts. It's hard to pick favorites among such gems as "I Want You To Be My Girl," "Everyday Of The Week," "Daddy's Home," "So Much In Love," "Why Do Fools Fall In Love," "Up On The Roof," "Blue Moon," "Gloria" and "Bye Bye Baby." These five guys are the quintessential feel-good Doo-Wop story, going from the streetcorner to the stage, and their love of the music shines through their rich, sumptuous harmonies. Great stuff, from first cut to last!