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The Mystics bring doo-wop music to Sumter

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Posted 2/12/20

Valentine's Day is Friday, but your sweetheart might be willing to wait until Saturday to celebrate.

Treat your someone special to a performance by The Mystics, a four-part male group known for …

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The Mystics bring doo-wop music to Sumter

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Valentine's Day is Friday, but your sweetheart might be willing to wait until Saturday to celebrate.

Treat your someone special to a performance by The Mystics, a four-part male group known for its doo-wop music and perfect harmony. The group that formed in the 1950s in Brooklyn, New York, will perform Saturday at the Sumter Opera House.

Two of the original members, George Galfo and Phil Cracolici, have brought in Rocky Marsciano, who previously sang with Manhattan Skyline, The Tokens and others, and Ralph Varrone, previously a member of Risky Business. Together, The Mystics bring back many of the doo-wop favorites such as "Hushabye" and "Don't Take the Stars," as well as newer original songs.

Audiences may recognize the influence of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and rock 'n' roll bands from the 1970s. Many recording artists, including Jay & The Americans, Connie Francis and even Paul Simon, who teamed up with The Mystics for two recordings, count the group as influencing their own music.

Though older audiences may remember the group that appeared twice on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, younger fans may not realize that they also know of The Mystics as the group's version of "Over the Rainbow" was used in the hit TV show "The Sopranos."

Staying on the record charts for more than six months, "Hushabye," written by legendary songwriters Doc Pomous and Mort Shuman, was composed especially for the group. The song was so popular that other artists released versions of it including The Beach Boys and Jay & The Americans, who each recorded it twice. Asked to appear as a headliner on rock 'n' roll icon Alan Freed's final concert tour, the group performed on his Fox Gala Christmas show and made numerous appearances on his TV show. "Hushabye" was actually used as the closing theme on the TV show.

So whether you remember The Mystics or want to make new memories, come out and see the group at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St.

Tickets range from $23 to $28. Free parking is available within blocks.

For more information about these and any other upcoming shows, visit www.SumterOperaHouse.com or call (803) 436-2616.