Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Sings Praises Of New Inductees

WILDWOOD, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some of America’s finest harmony groups are getting vocal support today (Jul. 6) in Wildwood, New Jersey.

That’s because the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame is inducting its Class of 2004, which includes 15 acts such as the Beatles, O’Jays, Everly Brothers, Doobie Brothers, and the Stylistics.

This year marks the seventh harmonic convergence conducted by the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and founder Tony Butala – a member of the Lettermen – says the Hall is meant to recognize both great singing and the evolution of group singing in America from the Civil War to modern times.

Currently, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame offices are in Sharon, Pennsylvania, but Butala expects a full-blown museum will soon be erected in Wildwood and include artifacts such as the Bee Gees’ leisure suits from the Saturday Night Fever era and the trash can featured in the Sha Na Na television series.

But while honoring the history of vocal groups is key to the Hall, it’s not its most noteworthy cause. Butala says his organization is currently lobbying for a “Truth In Music” bill that will help singers protect their names and prevent promoters advertising fake groups as the “original bands.”

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