Kenny Vance and the Planotones first came to be as a fictional band in the movie American Hot Wax. After leaving his original band, Jay and the Americans, Kenny Vance formed the Planotones as a real band. The Planotones play classic doo-wop hits of the 1950s and ’60s, as well as original songs inspired by the style, including the successful Looking for an Echo.
Joey Dee is an iconic living legend and international star. He led the house band, Joey Dee and The Starliters, at New York’s Peppermint Lounge, immortalizing the place with his 1961 dance and multi-million seller Peppermint Twist. A true “Jersey Boy” from Passaic, NJ, Dee teamed with veteran producer Henry Glover to cut the track for Roulette Records, and the huge hit led to a starring role in the film Hey, Let’s Twist.
Charlie Thomas is an American rhythm and blues singer best known for his work with The Drifters. Thomas was performing with The Five Crowns at the Apollo Theater in 1958 when George Treadwell fired his group, The Drifters. He then recruited the Five Crowns to become the new Drifters. Their first release was the 1959 hit There Goes My Baby. Charlie was the lead singer on two of the group’s top 40 hits, Sweets For My Sweet and When My Little Girl Is Smiling. He is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
Larry Chance is the lead singer of the popular 1960s doo-wop group Larry Chance and the Earls, originally known as The Earls. He was born Larry Figueiredo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon moving to the Bronx, New York, Larry originally formed his group as The Hi-Hatters. The group was eventually rechristened The Earls and Larry changed his last name to Chance, after the record label. In 1962, the Earls’ single Remember Then was a huge national hit. Other records entered the charts, including Never (top 5 on the local New York charts), Life Is But a Dream (top 10 on the local New York charts), and I Believe, considered an East Coast classic.