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January 29, 2010

The Crosstones lost a dear friend.  Tom Howard, who played keyboards and arranged the strings for several of our songs passed away today while taking a walk with his wife Dori and friends at a Nashville park.   Tom was an incredible person who touched all who came in contact with him.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dori, Katie and Joseph.

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Bobby Emmons and Tom Howard in NYC (11/4/08)

Tom Howard...One More Reason

January 20, 2010

The Crosstones latest single, "Ya Gotta Be Saved" was released on itunes, rhapsody, amazon and all of the other musical download outlets.  Christian music legend, Larry Norman sang lead along with Bobby on this track.  We think you'll love it!  Check it out!

November 18, 2007

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The Doo Wop Loves Songs TV schedule has been announced.   Channel 13 in the New York/ New Jersey viewing area will air the show on the following days:
 
   Dec 1, 2007   8PM  &  11PM
   Dec 3, 2007   12AM  &  1:30PM
   Dec 6, 2007   8PM
 
Check your local listings for additional showings.
 
The CROSSTONES will be backing up Carol Conners (original lead singer of the Teddy Bears) on the classic tune, "To Know Him Is To Love Him".   In addition, Bobby will be part of the Safaris who scored a big hit in the early 60's with the fantastic ballad, "Image Of A Girl".
 
 
 

October 27, 2007
 
The Crosstones music can now be downloaded from www.rhapsody.com , www.soundclick.com  and www.itunes.com  !!!  You can also listen to our new album on those sites. 

October 26, 2007
 
The Crosstones now have 3 songs on the www.soundclick.com top 20 charts!!!   With over 2 1/2 million songs on the site that's pretty exciting!!!  "House On Haunted Hill" is # 5 on the seasonal chart, "Oh Jesus" is # 12 on the beach music chart and "Kaliedoscopic Eyes" is # 12 on the Christian Rock chart.  Support the group by going on www.soundclick.com and listen to our songs online. 

October 21, 2007
 
The Crosstones song KALIEDOSCOPIC EYES (written by Bobby and longtime friend Tim Marazita) is becoming very popular on www.soundclick.com   It was just released on October 16, 2007 and it has already moved up to #17 on the Christian Rock charts.   And out of the 141, 210 total rock songs on the site the song is #234.  Not bad for only 5 days!!!  You can now also purchase the song at www.soundclick.com

October 20, 2007
 
The PBS pledge drive will be conducted from December 1, 2007 thru December 9, 2007.  The musical special "MY MUSIC...DOO WOP LOVE SONGS" which the Crosstones participated in will be part of the pledge drive.  Please check your local TV listings for dates and times.

October 12, 2007 

MY MUSIC: DOO WOP LOVE SONGS

 

- PBS Concert Recalls Timeless Genre’s Most Romantic Moments -

 

The MY MUSIC series returns to its record-breaking roots with DOO WOP LOVE SONGS, an all-new salute to heartfelt harmonies that spotlights legendary acts from the 1950s and 1960s, many of whom haven’t performed together in decades. The program airs as part of the December 2007 pledge drive (check local listings) on PBS.

Headlining the romantic rhythms are the immortal Little Anthony & the Imperials with their timeless top-10 tune "Tears on My Pillow" and "Two People in the World."

Among the doo-wop pioneers who reunite in this historic special are the Tokens with their pair of 1961 smashes "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and "Tonight I Fell in Love." Cleveland Still & the Dubs reprise their 1957 spine-tingler "Could This Be Magic," and the Classics reminisce with the sweetly sentimental "Til Then."

The Original Drifters, with founding singer Bill Pinkney, gather for the first time on public television to present the holiday favorite "White Christmas." Sadly, this was among Pinkney’s final performances; he passed away on July 4, 2007. Later group members, billed as Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, appear along with one of the group’s most famous singers, Ben E. King, for the iconic "Stand By Me.

"DOO WOP LOVE SONGS also features musical memories from a beloved solo artist: Carol Connors, original lead singer for The Teddy Bears, wistfully sings the million-selling standard "To Know Him Is to Love Him" (1958) with vocal backing by The Crosstones..

Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers revive their most famous recording, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," along with "I Want You to Be My Girl." The Students team with 13-year-old sensation Kid Kyle on "I’m So Young," proving that doo wop isn’t just for baby boomers.

More ballads with a beat are heard from the Demensions, who offer the wistful evergreen "Over the Rainbow," the Safaris with their evocative "Image of a Girl," which charted top 10 in 1960, and the Mystics, who serenade softly with the lilting "Hushabye." DOO WOP LOVE SONGS delivers a powerful punch of emotional, feel-good sounds from a simpler time and continues the intention of the MY MUSIC series to preserve vital American music legacies, exclusively on PBS.

Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS. Producer: TJL Product ions. Executive producer: TJ Lubinsky. Format: CC Stereo

- PBS -

CONTACT: TJ Lubinsky, TJL Productions, Tel.: 412/822-8330; tjlubinsky@verizon.net

 

 

 

August 3, 2007

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The Crosstones "Collectors CD" has just been released in very limited quantities.  This CD contains 12 tracks from 3 seperate recording projects that the group has been working on.  The songs contained on this CD  are:
 
     1. Malt Shop In The Sky (a remix of the song featured in the movie "View From The Stoop")
     2. Oh Jesus (a new version of a song that was featured on the groups very first album)
     3. Holy Holy Holy (a great rockin' version of the classic hymn)
     4. Never (a tune originally recorded by the Earls reworked especially for this project)
     5. Sometimes I Run (a brand new version of this classic Crosstones song)
     6. Contemplation (the Crosstones first instrumental.  This rare version will only be available on this CD.)
     7. Easy As Pie (from the forthcoming CD, "Sonshine Days")
     8. Get Ready  (from the forthcoming CD, "Sonshine Days")
     9. Be Near Me  (rare song from 1996, previously unreleased)
    10. I Love You (this version will only be available on this CD.  A new version has just been recorded with Larry Norman and Tom Howard)
    11. What Are You Doing (from the forthcoming CD, "Sonshine Days")
    12. Kaliedoscopic Eyes-mega mix (rare mix. The edited version is scheduled to be part of the forthcoming CD, "Sonshine Days")

 
July 31, 2007

The Crosstones were joined in the studio this week by their former producer, GMA hall of famer and CCM legend, Larry Norman.  Also performing in the studio this week with the band was former PEOPLE drummer Denny Fridkin.  While in the group PEOPLE, Larry and Denny had a top ten hit in 1968 with the song  "I Love You" for Capitol Records.

I Love You (single edit) PEOPLE

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Franco, Cherie', Neil, Larry, Denny, Fred & Bobby
 
 
 

June 19, 2007

For our friends in California, there will be a special tribute to Rosie Hamlin, the original lead singer of Rosie and the Originals (Angel Baby) on July 8, 2007.  There will be dozens of performers including Jewel Akens ("The Birds and the Bees"), Tony Allen (Night Owl), Al Wilson and many, many more.  Although the Crosstones will not be performing at the event, we will be part of a special tribute CD which will be released at the show.  For further info click on the link below.

The Rosie Project

 
 
May 17, 2007

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The Crosstones backstage at the PBS Doo Wop Love Songs filming (5/16/07)
 
 
 
 
 

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The Crosstones performing "To Know Him Is To Love Him" with original Teddy Bears lead singer Carol Connors onstage at the PBS "My Music...Love Songs" filming.  From left to right, Joe Arminio, Cherie' Morton, Fred Pope, Bobby Emmons and Carol Connors.  Carol and the Crosstones received a standing ovation.  The show is scheduled to be broadcast in late fall.

To Know Him Is To Love Him

 
May 4, 2007
 
The Crosstones "I Remember" record album from 1979 has become quite a collectors item.  It sold this week on ebay  for $53.   An autographed copy was spotted online selling for $150.  Wow!!! 

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May 3, 2007

The Crosstones are scheduled to take part in a brand new PBS Doo Wop Concert on May 16, 2007

TJL and Public Television invite you to be part of musical history on May 15, 16, and 17 as THEY tape a three-day live recorded concert of beloved Doo Wop artists. Witness these pioneers as they reprise their contributions to American music for posterity, preserving their legacy for our enjoyment and that of future generations.

Three classic evenings of Doo Wop will feature over 40 classic groups , including many who will appear together for the first time in decades: The Velours (Can I Come Over Tonight), The Safaris (Image Of A Girl), The Volumes (I Love You), The Rainbows (Mary Lee), Carol Connors of The Teddy Bears (To Know Him Is To Love Him) with the Crosstones,

American legends whose renowned careers have spanned decades are scheduled to appear: Little Anthony and The Imperials, Ben E. King and Charlie Thomas of The Drifters, along with The Dubs (Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely), The Capris (There’s A Moon Out Tonight), Larry Chance & The Earls (Remember When), The Tokens (reunited and including Jay Traynor), The Classics (‘Til Then), Norman Fox & The Rob Roys (Tell Me Why), and The Mystics (Hushabye), Richie and The Students (I’m So Young) The Demensions (Over The Rainbow). Single artist Jimmy Charles (A Million to One) will be on the bill. Young singing sensation, 12-year-old Kid Kyle, will demonstrate that Doo Wop’s not just for baby boomers as he rocks the house, reprising hits of The Students, The Teenagers, and The Schoolboys. and many more.

Doo Wop aficionados will revel in the revival of their favorite memory makers. This promises to be one of the most memorable events in music television history. Your support and your attendance will promote the continued success of public broadcasting and our efforts to chronicle the history of our music. This is not a typical live concert, however. In order to film for television one continuous Doo Wop show that will be preserved for generations, taping will take place over four to five hours each evening, beginning around 7 p.m. Different performers will be on stage every evening. Make plans to be at The Ritz Theater in Elizabeth , New Jersey , for the duration. Please join our hosts Jerry Butler, Cousin Brucie, Little Anthony and TJ LUBINSKY for three evenings of magical memories!


Artists scheduled to appear:

Little Anthony & The Imperials, Ben E. King reunited with Charlie Thomas Drifters

The Tokens (reunited), Larry Chance & The Earls

The Clovers featuring Harold Winley, The Teenagers, The Capris

The Velours, The Dubs, Jimmy Charles, The Six Teens, The Demensions

The Soiltaires, Carol Connors (original lead of the Teddy Bears) with the Crosstones,

The Safaris (Image Of A Girl), The Students, Norman Fox & The Robroys

The Volumes, The Eternals, Jimmy Gallagher (original lead singer of The Passions)

The Mystics, The Classics, Norman Fox & The Robroys, The Avalons

Jerry Butler, Cousin Brucie, and many many more......

 
 
April 2, 2007
 
The concert scheduled for April 28, 2007 has been canceled.     We were really looking forward to working with Johnny Contardo and all of the other artists on the bill.  If you ordered tickets for this show you should receive a refund shortly from the promoter. 

February 20, 2007
 
Check out Bobby's new radio website at bobbyemmons.net.    You can listen to some of Bobby's past radio shows from WIBG.  You can also hear many of the jingles that the Crosstones produced for various radio stations. 

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OCTOBER 15, 2006

The various artists CD, "Bomp In The Night" has just been released.  It features 30 tracks including THE CROSSTONES singing "The House On Haunted Hill" with a great intro by Zacherley.  Members of the CROSSTONES (along with Tim Marazita & Munster Al Lewis) were also featured on the song "Mockingbird Heights" which includes segments from the Outer Limits, the Munsters Theme and Pipeline!  It's a howl!!! 

 

 

AUGUST 11, 2006
 
The Crosstones have been busy this week in the studio.  They have just recorded a song entitled "THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL" for the upcoming various artists CD, "Bomp In The Night".   This song features a great opening by legendary Chiller Theatre host "Zacherley".  The CD should be available around September 15th.  We will keep you posted.  For a sample of the song, click the song title below.

The House On Haunted Hill

 
 
JULY 9, 2006
 
The band celebrated Bobby's 50th birthday (June 25, 2006)  with a great party on July 9th.  About 100 people attended and were treated to a tremendous Crosstones reunion.  Original Crosstones Mary Grace Shar & Tom Pope along with Janet Pope, Tim Marazita (the Crosstones recording engineer & studio guitarist and one of Bobby's best friends since kindergarden!!!), Dennis Grove (former Crosstones bassist/vocalist) Joey "saxman" Arminio and Doreen (from Joey & the Family), Johnny Duerkes (Bobby's cousin and a member of his grammar school band) and others performed during the celebration.  A GREAT time was had by all in attendence.
 
 

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Bobby's 50th Birthday Bash
(front row)  Frank, Tom, Mary Grace, Janet, Cherie', Fred, Neil, Bobby
(back row) Joe, Tim
 
 
 

 
 
MAY 31, 2006
 
Former Crosstone Rich Venore has passed away

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Long time Crosstones member Richie Venore left this world on May 30, 2006. Richie had been a major part of the group from the mid 80's until his last performance with the band at the Strand Theatre in 2000.  
 
Richie was one of the most talented musicians that we have ever come in contact with.  He was a tremendous sax player, vocalist and comedian. He will be greatly missed. 
 
 
 

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The Crosstones circa 1988.  Left to right: Fred, Richie, Bobby, Janet & Al

Here are a few songs that the Crosstones recorded that featured Richie in a major way.  Just click on the song title to listen.

I'm Gonna Buy Me A Dog

     The song "Gonna Buy Me A Dog" is a tune that Richie and the band recorded in 1986.  It was at the height of the Monkees 20th Anniversary Reunion that Richie and Bobby decided to record 7 Monkees tunes in tribute.  They went to New York that spring for the Monkees VH-1 press conference and Richie ended up giving  Davy Jones a copy of the songs after literally chasing his limo on foot until it stopped at a traffic light!

Valleri

     "Valleri" was recorded at the same time as "I'm Gonna Buy Me A Dog".  Bobby sings lead while Richie plays the horns (along with Joe Arminio) and sings the incredibly HIGH background part on the chorus.  Anyone that has seen Richie in action can just picture his face as he's hitting the high notes!

So Hard Leavin' You

     "So Hard Leavin' You" features Richie and Bobby on lead.  It's kind of like a rockin' Hall & Oats song.  Of course Richie plays the fantastic sax heard on this Bobby Emmons original.

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The Crosstones circa 1993: Richie, Cherie', Fred & Bobby.  This photo was featured on the Crosstones cassette album "Greetings From The Jersey Shore".