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September 17, 2003

Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inducts 2003 Class

As Martha Reeves and the Vandellas took the stage to accept their induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame last night (Sept. 16) in Sharon, Pa., Reeves told the story of how the group came about. "A group was formed called the Del-Phis, and I was invited to be a part of it. Once we met, our voices blended, and I'll show you what I mean." And with that, she and the Vandellas treated the crowd to an a cappella rendition of their hit "Come and Get These Memories."

Reeves and the Vandellas were one of 13 harmony and doo-wop groups inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the six-year-old music museum in Western Pennsylvania. The induction ceremonies, hosted by Mary Wilson of the Supremes and author Jay Warner, paid tribute to classic R&B groups like the Impressions, the Whispers, the Isley Brothers and the Charioteers; early harmony groups like the Four Lads, Danny & the Juniors, the Five Satins and the Merry Macs; and pop groups like the Association, the Commodores and Earth Wind & Fire.

Other inductees included the Whispers (inducted by Charlie Thomas of the Drifters), the Impressions (welcomed by members of Jay and the Americans) and the descendents of the Merry Macs (receiving their awards from the Manhattan Transfer).

Posted by acapnews at September 17, 2003 3:21 PM


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