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WYPISI - Episode 16 - Featuring Tom Kelleher

WYPISI - Episode 16 - Featuring Tom Kelleher

Playing tracks by

The Gentle-Tones, The Magic Touch, Nilsson, The Beach Boys, Don Henley and more.

Tom Kelleher (T.K. to his friends) is a born and bred New Yorker, who honed his vocal chops in the 1950s, singing doo-wop harmony under the corner streetlights. While in his teens he performed and recorded with the Queens-based vocal group, The Gentle-Tones. Later, in 1988, he would revisit the music of his youth, assembling a new a cappella vocal group called The Magic Touch. The group, which performs classics from the 50s and 60s alongside original material and inspired interpretations of more contemporary material, performs and records to this day.

During this session we talked about learning how to harmonize on the street corner, the different great harmonic groups from all eras, and why disco music was bad for bartenders.