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Doo-wop sound now part of Mount Airy diner

Two of the groups responsible for the youthful, original sound of Philadelphia - the doo-wop sound - on Thursday showed they were still at the top of their game.

Doo-wop sound now part of Mount Airy diner

Current and original members of the Tymes sing "So Much In Love" in front of their portion of the mural during dedication at the Trolley Car Diner in Mount Airy. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Current and original members of the Tymes sing "So Much In Love" in front of their portion of the mural during dedication at the Trolley Car Diner in Mount Airy. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)

Two of the groups responsible for the youthful, original sound of Philadelphia - the doo-wop sound - on Thursday showed they were still at the top of their game.

In the parking lot of Trolley Car Diner in the 7600 block of Germantown Avenue, members of The Tymes and and Neighbor's Complaint, sang a capella, performing hits from the 1950s and 1960s.

The groups gather in the lot for the dedication of a mural on the side of the diner. The mural entitled "Doo-wop Diner," featured images of the two groups.   

"People think we're old, but we can step like the Temptations, cool and sophisticated," said Norman Burnett, 66, who sings lead and second baritone for The Tymes.

In front of about 100 spectators in the lot, the Tymes sang their signature 1962 number 1 hit, "So Much in Love" and Neighbor's Complaint offered their version "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", the 1956 classic by Frankie Lyman & the Teenagers.

The mural also marked the diner's 10th anniversary. Ken Weinstein owner of the diner said "This is an honor," to have the new mural and to pay tribute to the two groups.

Members of the Tymes are Donald Banks, Albert "Ceasar" Berry, Norman Burnett, George Hilliard, LaFayette Gamble and the late George Williams.

Neighbor's Complaint is made up of L.A. Moore, Ken Luttrell, Bobby Murphy, Bobby Reilly, and Eddie Whitfield.

"Being recognized in your hometown is a wonderful thing. That is something we always wanted," said the Tymes' Lafayette Gamble, 60.

Hear the Tymes sing "So Much in Love" by clicking the player below:



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Kia Gregory is a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She's a proud native of the city and an alumna of Temple University. Contact Kia by e-mail by clicking here, or by phone at 215-854-2601.


Vernon Clark, a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has reported extensively neighborhood issues in North and Northwest Philadelphia. Vernon has also been an editor for the Inquirer and has worked as an editor and writer at the Boston Globe and Akron Beacon Journal. Contact Vernon by e-mail by clicking here, or by phone at 215-854-5717.

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