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Sirius Satellite Radio host Bruce Morrow, better known as former WCBS-FM disc jockey Cousin Brucie (pictured), discusses the heyday of doo-wop in "American Soundtrack: Doo Wop’s Best" premiering Saturday on Thirteen/WNET New York.

As part of the documentary, the Brooklyn native visits the Paramount Theatre (now part of the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University) and Coney Island and proclaims the importance of these legendary locales to musical history.

In "American Soundtrack," Morrow calls the Downtown corner where the Paramount still stands "the heart of Brooklyn" and deems the theater, now a gymnasium, "the birthplace of rock and roll" where DJ Alan Freed hosted concerts featuring New York and New Jersey acts.

Morrow also conducts man-on-the-street interviews with doo-wop fans in Coney Island, scarfs down a Nathan’s hot dog and chats up a blonde by the Cyclone - all in the name of preserving doo-wop music through public television.

"American Soundtrack" also features performances by Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge ("16 Candles"), Little Anthony & the Imperials ("Shimmy, Shimmy KoKo Bop," "Tears on My Pillow" and "Hurt So Bad" medley) and many others.

"American Soundtrack: Doo Wop’s Best" will premiere Aug. 5 at 8 pm on Thirteen/WNET New York as part of the station’s pledge drive. For more information, including additional screening times, visit www.thirteen.org.

- Lisa J. Curtis
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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