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"Go, Jimmy, Go!" Spotlight on '50s and '60s Teen Idol Jimmy Clanton

Jimmy Clanton is known as one of the most popular teen idols of the 1950s and ’60s. Between 1958 and 1962, the “Swamp Pop Teenage Idol” had seven charted hits — including three which reached the Top 10 and four which were million sellers — in addition to starring in films and sharing the stage with a variety of well-known artists including Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Platters, and many more.

"C'mon!" Spotlight on Buffalo Springfield and Poco's Richie Furay

Richie Furay is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who, in the mid-1960s, formed Buffalo Springfield with several other up-and-coming musicians including Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Buffalo Springfield’s biggest hit, “For What It’s Worth,” became an anthem for the 1960s, but the band’s three albums — all recorded in the span of just two years — consisted of additional outstanding material, notably Furay’s original composition, “Kind Woman.” Furay’s crisp, clean vocals earned him the nod as the group’s lead singer and, as such, it is his voice which carries many of Neil Young’s early songs.

"Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)!" Spotlight on Dennis Tufano, Original Lead Singer of The Buckinghams

Dennis Tufano is the original lead singer of The Buckinghams and whose voice you hear on such great 1960's hits as “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song),” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Don’t You Care,” “Susan,” and The Buckinghams’ 1967 #1 chart-topping smash, “Kind of a Drag.”

A Conversation with America’s Got Talent’s Mandy Harvey, Starring in a Free Virtual Concert for State Theatre on March 25

Singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey will present Together We Rise, a free virtual concert on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm ET as part of a State Theatre New Jersey collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb and additional support from EY and Accenture. The pop and jazz singer is best known for her appearances on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent.

“You’re The Best” Spotlight on The Brooklyn Bridge's Joe "Bean” Esposito

Singer/songwriter Joe “Bean” Esposito is currently the lead singer of The Brooklyn Bridge and a former member of The Brooklyn Dreams. His voice can be heard on hit recordings with Donna Summer and Brenda Russell, as well as in blockbuster movies including Flashdance and The Karate Kid. His original songs have been recorded by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Stephen Stills, and Diana Ross.

“People Get Ready!” Spotlight on Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein

Mark Stein is well-known as a lead vocalist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger for the influential ‘60s-era psychedelic rock band, Vanilla Fudge. Spotlight Central recently caught up with Stein and asked him about his musical childhood, his rise to fame with Vanilla Fudge, his work with other celebrated musicians, in addition to what he’s been up to lately.

"Still the One!" Spotlight on Orleans' John Hall

Orleans was formed in Woodstock, NY by guitarist John Hall, guitarist/keyboardist Larry Hoppen, drummer Wells Kelly, and bassist Lance Hoppen. The group went on to achieve lasting fame with such memorable hits as 1975’s “Dance with Me” and 1976’s “Still the One,” both co-written by Hall.

"Hushabye" Spotlight on The Mystics' Al Contrera

The Mystics are a doo-wop group from Brooklyn, NY. The group’s biggest hit, “Hushabye,” climbed the charts in 1959, a disc called by critics “one of those perfect records” which exemplifies the doo-wop genre.

"You'll Never Walk Alone" Spotlight on Donovan Tea of The Lettermen

The Lettermen are a world-renowned pop vocal trio founded in 1959. The group has recorded over 75 albums including two Top 10 pop singles, 16 Top 10 Adult Contemporary singles, and 18 international gold records. Vocalist Donovan Tea joined The Lettermen in 1984 and, next to now-retired founding member Tony Butala, is the longest-tenured member of the group.

"It Goes Like This, The Peppermint Twist!" Spotlight on The Starliters' Joey Dee

Spotlight Central recently caught up with Joey Dee, who shared insight into his childhood as a budding musician, recounted his rise to fame with Joey Dee and the Starliters, and filled us in on highlights of his six-decade-long career in the music business.

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