An incredible six-act GOLDEN OLDIES SPECTACULAR graces the Proctors’ stage, once again bringing us back to a bygone era through the music we all love. There is a twist with the lineup; it includes two performers from the “new generation” that is dedicated to keep our music alive.
Headlining the show are The Lettermen. The veteran lineup of founding member Tony Butala and longtime cohorts Donovan Tea and Bobby Poynton had 16 top 10 singles, 11 gold singles, 32 consecutive albums on the Billboard charts, 18 gold albums and five Grammy nominations. Still performing close to 200 shows a year all over the world, their music transcends all language barriers as it romances the soul and warms the hearts of adoring fans. Hits include: “Goin out of My Head/Can’t Take my Eyes off you,” “When I Fall in Love,” “The Way you Look Tonight,” “Theme from a Summer Place,” “Up, Up and Away” and “Hurt So Bad.”
Coheadlining the show is long-time Proctors favorite Lou Christie. Lou is still a charismatic performer and still able to hit those incredible high notes he is famous for. Hits include:
“Lightning Strikes,” “The Gypsy Cried,” “Two Faces Have I,” “Rhapsody in the Rain,” “I’m Gonna Make you Mine” and “Beyond the Blue Horizon” which was featured in the movies “Monte Carlo” and “Rain Man.”
Dolores “La La” Brooks is a multi-talented singer, actress and songwriter. One of 11 children, she was performing with her siblings at age 7 in the Little Gospel Tears. She joined Phil Spector’s famous “girl group,” The Crystals, while still in high school and sang lead on “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me.” Both songs are included in the Rolling Stone Magazine’s compilation of the 500 greatest songs in rock and roll history. She also starred in the original Broadway musical “Hair” in which she sang “Aquarius.” Now a grandmother of 7, her energy and showmanship will bring the Proctors audience to its feet.
Jimmy Clanton was one of the few teen idols from the south (Baton Rouge). He recorded 7 top 40 hits, including top ten gold records “Just a Dream,” “Go Jimmy Go,” “Venus in Blue Jeans” and “A Letter to an Angel.” He also starred in Alan Freed’s movie “Go Johnny Go” and “Teenage Millionaire,” featuring music arranged by Dr. John. This will be his last performance in our region.
Two of the next generation of golden oldies singers round out the lineup. Bobby Brooks Wilson is the son of the legendary Mr. Excitement, Jackie Wilson. Bobby’s uncanny resemblance, voice and moves are virtually identical to his fathers. A three-time Grammy Balloted artists and to 10 hitmaker on the AC charts, Bobby Brooks Wilson will steal the show! Ladd Vance, son of Kenny Vance, is featured on PBS’ “Doo Wop Generations.” Ladd has been singing duets with his dad and the Planatones on stage since 2010.
Tickets are on sale now. There is also a VIP $75 ticket which includes great seats and a pre-show backstage meet and greet with the performers which can be purchased at the box office or by calling 346-6204. Thanks to the artists and the fans for keeping our great music alive!