Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Plates, the Drafters, and the Casters
'50s and '60s Bands Aim to Stop Copycats

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Doo-wop and rock 'n roll legends are asking lawmakers across the country to stop performances by some not-so-great pretenders.

There are hundreds of bands touring the country these days claiming to be The Platters, the Drifters, the Coasters or some other group from the '50s and '60s, according to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Sharon, Pa.

Most of them have no ties to the original artists.

"They undercut the legacy of those artists by pretending to be them," said Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, former member of the oldies band Sha Na Na and head of the hall's Truth in Music Committee.

"Almost worst of all is the way in which they steal the applause from the great veterans and pioneers that crafted rock 'n' roll music back in the 50s and early 60s," he said...


Blogger crallspace said...

Wow... that's crazy. Imagine if they got exposed for being frauds and a crowd were to boo them, then bust em and end the tour....

2/25/2006 7:24 PM  

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