December 3, 2015
The Crosstones latest release, "Sonshine Days"
has just been released! This week marks the 40th Anniversary of the Crosstones and "Sonshine Days" is the first
in a series of CD's to be released in the coming year. "Sonshine Days" is the Crosstones first Christian
album since 1979's "I Remember" which was produced by Larry Norman. Speaking of Larry, he can be heard
on 3 songs on the "Sonshine Days" CD which he recorded with the Crosstones just before his death. Other guests
on the CD include Denny Fridkin (from the band People) on percussion and Tom Howard on piano and vocals. If you like the music
of the 60's and early 70's you will love 15 cuts on this CD!
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.
|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
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
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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
August 3, 2007
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
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
The Crosstones backstage at the PBS Doo Wop Love Songs filming (5/16/07)
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!!!
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.
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!
scheduled to appear:
Little Anthony & The Imperials, Ben E. King reunited with Charlie Thomas Drifters
Tokens (reunited), Larry Chance & The Earls
The Clovers featuring Harold Winley, The Teenagers, The Capris
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
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.
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.
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