THE BEST OF DOO WOP Plays Three Stages Tonight, 9/15


Born in the '40s, Doo Wop-tightly harmonized rhythm and blues-characterized the golden age of rock and roll. Gathered for one performance, The Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), Bobby Hendricks' Drifters, "Remember When (Platters Tribute)" and Dodie Stevens ("Pink Shoelaces")continue in The Best of Doo Wop tradition-now in its twelfth season on tour.

THE BEST OF DOO WOP will perform in Three Stages tonight, September 15, 2012. Tickets are $35-$49, with Premium tickets available for $55 and $59; they are available online at or from Three Stages Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, Calif., facing East Bidwell Street.

It will be a full evening of music; each group is backed by the Billy & The Corvettes Band and the show will be emceed by comedy host Scott Wood.


In 1961 The Tokens, four boys from Brooklyn recorded "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" on the RCA label. The song (originally a Zulu folk song called "Mbube" anglicized to "Wimoweh") soared up the charts to become the number one hit in the nation. To date, it has sold over 15 million worldwide. In a survey conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Record Industry Association of America, The Tokens' classic recording of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" placed 159th in the top 365 records of all time. True rock pioneers, they were among the first to successfully use the falsetto lead voice, a sound that would later influence groups from the Four Seasons and The Beach Boys to Led Zeppelin and Rush. They were also the first group to play their own instrument tracks for recording sessions.


ln 1957, Bobby Hendricks and his group, The Five Crowns were the opening act for the Drifters singing group, which he idolized. The Drifters were so impressed with his tenor voice and Clyde McPhatter style that they offered him the position of lead vocalist replacing Johnny Moore. Bobby toured with the biggest stars of 1957 including Paul Anka, The Diamonds, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, The Big Bopper, and many more.