RB Express Chugs in With Doo-Wop Hits Sept. 21

Sep 17, 2013

You can hear your doo-wop-era favorites when the RB Express Band performs on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library.

The group was formed 10 years ago by the husband and wife singing duo of Ernie and Gabrielle Lackey.

“We’ve had as many as five members, but now we perform as a trio with our newest member, Dave De Luca, who has been singing for more than 30 years,” said Ernie Lackey. “He was one of the headliners when the Count Basie Theater (in Red Bank) held a Frank Sinatra birthday tribute.”

While the group’s repertoire runs through the 1970s, Lackey said the Stafford concert will focus on hits from the 1950s and early 1960s, such as “In the Still of the Night,” “Earth Angel,” “Whispering Bells,” “I Wonder Why,” “Tonight (Could Be the Night)” and “Since I Don’t Have You,” among others.

“Throughout the concert, we switch lead vocals,” he said. “Gabrielle will do leads on ‘Gee Whiz,’ ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’ and ‘Maybe.’”

Lackey said his wide vocal range enables him to sing bass and tenor parts.

“We have some songs that require some real high background notes for a female singer, and my wife can hit them,” he said.

The RB Express has recorded two CDs, On the Scene and Back on Track, and has performed on stage with such notable nostalgic acts as Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers, the Tokens, Larry Chance and the Earls, the Passions, the Happenings, Lou Christie and others.

Lackey has also had some success as a song writer, as his “Coca-Cola Cowboy” and “New Patches” were recorded by legendary country artist Mel Tillis.

For more information and to register, call the branch at 609-597-3381. —E.E.

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