Our experience shows...
STILL the best acapella group in South Florida!
Review from Jeff Eats.com
***** BRYLCREAM *****
Last night, at a small intimate private party in Boca Raton (actually, there were 979 people in attendance, but who’s counting?) I saw an absolutely terrific acapella doo wop group named BRYLCREAM. For over 4 hours, 5 middle-aged guys from Fort Myers, Florida mesmerized the crowd with amazing rendtions of hits made famous by groups/artists such as The Five Satins, The Crests, The Skyliners, Jackie Wilson, The Shirelles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, The Beatles…just to name a few.
Trust me on this one, BRYLCREAM which can go-three ways…acapella, full band or music tracks–is an act that rock n’ roll “lovers” should not miss. The group works all-over South-Southwest Florida.
If this type of stuff is your game…check the group’s website at www.brylcream.com for schedule/sounds.
Brylcream was organized in 1992 with Tommy 'Cool T' Welter, John 'Wopp' Mina, Richard 'Richie' Beattie, Gary 'G Man' Groneman, and Roy 'Wolfman' Conklin. From the very beginning Brylcream has graced stages across the Southeast with legendary performers like the Coasters, Joey D and the Starlighters, Davey Jones and The Monkees, Johnny Maestro and his Brooklyn Bridge, The Temptations, The Four Tops and many, many more.
In the 1950's, an acapella group called the Turbans coined the phrase 'Doo Wop' and made it synonymous for Rock 'n' Roll singing groups who used their voices in place of back up accompaniment. Groups such as The Crests, Cadillacs, The Duprees and many others became the pioneers for the vocalizing you hear from many groups today, such as N' Sync, The Backstreet Boys, O' Town and others.
Their music helped pioneer crisp, clear harmonizing and vocals that live on today; Brylcream is one of the few groups in south Florida who are able to perform acapella numbers in the style of the original 'rockin around the trash cans' that is the foundation of Doo Wop.
Brylcream's dynamic performances continue to keep the best loved music from the 50's, 60's and 70's vibrant and alive, giving it the respect that it has earned in the music industry.
Dr. John "Wopp" Mina started singing Doo-Wop in 1973 with his first group "Johnny Crash and the Hot Rods". Since then he has been in a number of groups including The "Uptown Express". In 1991 he, along with "Richie" Beattie, put together "Brylcream" and has been directing the group ever since.
."Wopp" does many of the original arrangements regularly performed by Brylcream. The two original songs recorded by Brylcream, "Rockin' the Neighborhood" and "Ready to Go", were written by John Mina and Roy Schelper.
In addition to singing Doo-Wop, John Mina is a podiatrist, has seven children, performs in community theater, a Rotarian member and a published science fiction author.
Tom “Cool T” Welter took up Barbershop singing in ‘91, then joined up with Richie and Wopp to help form Brylcream in 1992. Soon after, Tom also joined “Gully” and “Greasy Lou” to form a 50s/60s Rock and Roll group called ' Camouflage'
Currently, “Cool T” has three daughters.
A resident of Cape Coral, Florida, Cool T can be found most Monday nights at the Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church singing with the Gulf Coast Harmonizers Barbershop Singers.
Billy grew up in the Motor City and has performed with such notables as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Nathanial Mayer (“Village of Love”). He was also in a back up group for Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon (Way Down Yonder In New Orleans and Palisades Park).your business here.
Billy left the waning Doo Wop scene in the 1960's only to return in the mid ‘90s to reviving the Doo Wop genre. Bill has also had the privilege of performing in locations along the eastern US as well as the Caribbean. One of his most memorable “gigs” was when “The Crests” and “Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge” were featured on a 50s/60s Carnival Cruise.
Billy currently sings second tenor and performs lead on many Brylcream songs .
As a young boy, growing up in a rural area of New York State, T-Bone ™ sang in minstrel shows and County Fairs. Moved to Florida in 2002 and performed in various establishments before auditioning and becoming a member of Brylcream in 2004. T-Bone's™ deep bass voice has become a staple to the groups energetic and popular performances.
Hands off girls....There is now a Mrs.(Jan) T-Bone on February 20 .
Alan G.'s enthusiasm in contributing his voice toward a shared harmony presentation began during long, boring car trips between New Jersey and Florida circa 1970. The Beach Boys, Beatles, and many other of the days' favorite tunes were practiced over thousands of miles.
This paved the way toward the development of a sense of vocal harmony that, which combined with his piano playing skills, got him involved with his first gig with Greasy Joe & The Surfboards. In 1972, Surfboard, Alan G. (with Greasy Joe et al) emerged victorious in a Battle of the Bands in Ridgewood, New Jersey. One of the runner-up groups, Pegasus, went onto become KISS.
Although advancing significantly in his chronological time line, Alan G. can still be found spinning in his hula hoop while crooning one of his favorite tunes.His fellow Brylcream group members credit his successful marriage (25+ years) and large family (7 children) to this activity.
Other notables who lend a hand in bringing Brylcream to the center stage are the talents of Gary “G Man” Groneman, Jay Bronx, and on occasion, local radio legend , Dr. Doo Wop who occasionally MC’s local Brylcream appearances and other local Doo Wop and Rock and Roll groups around Southwest Florida.
A special shout out to Kathleen Peace for her wonderful vocals !
.Thank you Victoria and David Jennings.
Richie Beattie Thanks- there would be no group without you:)