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Westfield Memorial Library Presents Doo-Wop Around the World

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The Westfield Memorial Library will present a program entitled “Doo-Wop Around the World” on Wednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Presenters Charlie and Pamela Horner of Classic Urban Harmony will discuss Doo-Wop groups from France, Spain, Jamaica, England, Russia, Japan, and Germany and show music and videos. Charlie Horner earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and has been totally immersed in the fields of rhythm & blues, doo-wop, soul and spiritual music since he first began collecting records at the age of 11. That collection has now grown to over 50,000 records.

He has produced and emceed more than a half-dozen a cappella stage shows and is largely credited for the resurgence in doo-wop music in the Philadelphia area that began in the late seventies and continues today. He has served on the Board of Directors of the United In-Group Harmony Association's Hall of Fame, and was president and co-founder of the Mills Brothers Society. Charlie was awarded the Philadelphia Group Harmony Association's only Lifetime Achievement Award and also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the first-ever Philadelphia Doo-Wop Festival.

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Pamela Horner earned a BS Degree from Rhode Island College and an MS Degree in Education from Queens College in NYC. She has more than 25 years experience as an educator and administrator in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. She's a skilled researcher in the fields of R&B, early R&R and Doo-Wop Vocal Harmony. Pam's experience in developing educational courses and programs and in organizing and presenting workshops makes her a valued member of the Classic Urban Harmony LLC team. She is also a freelance writer and concert reviewer in the field of group harmony.

The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Visit www.wmlnj.org and click on the “About Us” tab to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sunday until September 20.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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