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