Doo-woppers wow 1,000

December 05, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

HAGERSTOWN - The doo-wop moves weren't limited to the stage Saturday as performers at the Holiday Hop Doo Wop concert at The Maryland Theatre encouraged audience members to dance on their feet or in their seats.

Some audience members even got to strut their stuff on stage.

Bob Glessner, who lives outside Chambersburg, Pa., was sitting in the audience when Traci Robinson of The Marvelettes sat in his lap before bringing him on stage and telling him to "shake what your mama gave you."

Glessner, dressed in jeans, a black shirt and a ball cap, became the character Bill as the three Marvelettes, dressed in sexy black dresses, surrounded him and sang "Don't Mess With Bill."


"I thought he was spectacular. He's the best dancer," said Glessner's fiance, Janie Martin, 57, of the Chambersburg area.

The Marvelettes, The Coasters and The Platters performed two shows Saturday for approximately 1,000 people total, said Pat Wolford, the theater's executive director.

The matinee attracted several people who grew up on doo-wop music.

Joan Swiger, 58, of Hagerstown, said she likes "the beat" and "the simple words."

"It's good music," Swiger said. "They had morals back then, you know."

Fred Bolland, 58, of Boonsboro, also grew up listening to doo-wop.

"Every generation takes its music with it," he said.

His wife, Patty, 52, said "there was style to that music."

Doris Presgraves, 52, of Martinsburg, W.Va., came with her boyfriend, Frank Palmer, 52, of Hagerstown, to hear music with meaning, she said.

Megan Minnich was too young to experience doo-wop at its peak, but the 12-year-old became enamored with the music because her grandmother listened to it in the van.

The Hagerstown girl liked the music so much that she wore out her grandmother's doo-wop compilation tape, Minnich said. She even dressed the part on Saturday, wearing a black leather jacket and a red poodle skirt made by her aunt, Vicki Lynn Arnold.

Minnich said she likes doo-wop because she can understand the words being sung.

Betty Jean Minnich, 70, is glad her granddaughter likes doo-wop because she has to listen to what the girl likes.

"So I don't want to listen to those weird things that they come out with now," Betty Jean Minnich said.

The Coasters, The Platters and The Marvelettes kicked off the matinee with "Jingle Bell Rock" before The Coasters sang old favorites such as "Poison Ivy" and "The Twist."

They encouraged audience members to dance and Coaster Dave Revels brought Sue Ware, 85, of Martinsburg, on stage to help the group sing.

"It was quite a shock, but it was a lot of fun," Ware said.

Ware, using a cane due to a problem with vertigo, helped The Coasters perform "Lucy Brown," their twist on "Charlie Brown."

Ware sang, "Why is everybody picking on me?"

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