In 1960, The Starliters were noticed by agent Don Davis while performing at a Lodi, New Jersey nightclub called Olivieri’s. The group was booked at an intimate venue on 45th Street in New York City called the Peppermint Lounge for what was supposed to be a one-time weekend gig. During their initial appearance at the nightclub, actress Merle Oberon and Prince Serge Oblinski were dancing much of the night there. This being relayed in print the next morning by columnists Earl Wilson and Cholly Knickerbocker, it took barricades and mounted police to keep the crowds in line, which had backed to Broadway, the next night.
For several months, the craze would continue at the Lounge. Celebrity visitors continued to come and included Judy Garland, Andy Warhol, John Wayne, Jackie Kennedy, Nat “King” Cole, Shirley MacLaine, Shelley Winters, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Salvador Dali and Liberace. Dee and company made such a sensation that they became the house band for the Peppermint Lounge, remaining for more than a year. Dee wrote “Peppermint Twist,” along with producer Henry Glover, as a tribute to the lounge and the song scored #1 on the U.S. charts in early 1962. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by Dick Clark of American Bandstand. By this time the team had contracted with Roulette Records.
Created a unique sound that still inspires many artists. As the group celebrates its diamond anniversary, they are known as the “Ambassadors for Romance” and are better than ever. Led by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Terry Johnson, The Flamingos perform their greatest hits including “I Only Have Eyes For You.” In concert, The Flamingos expand their repertoire to include classic songs from the American Songbook, an inspiring video tribute honoring our troops, comedy and the kind of show that seems to hit all age groups with pure entertainment. This mix of cleverly arranged music from the past and present promises to create a memory-filled concert that will bring fans to their feet repeatedly.
Ticket Prices: $35 / $30 / $25