Today’s Flamingos

 

                                                    Terry “Buzzy” Johnson

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Terry “Buzzy” Johnson is    an original member of The Flamingos and an Inductee to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Grammy Hall of Fame, The Rhythm & Blues Foundation and The Vocal Group Hall of Fame. He was and is still the musical and vocal arranger,songwriter, producer,  1st tenor and lead vocalist for The Flamingos.  He is the trademark owner of  “The Flamingos.”  You can read his full biography on the page labeled Terry Johnson’s Biography or by clicking this link: 

http://theflamingos.com/terry-johnsons-biography/

 

 

 

                                                                                                                    Starling Newsome Jr.

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Raised in New York City, Starling Newsome’s musical experience moves through a myriad of musical platforms from music appreciation in college to early development in the area of classical music:

  • studied voice at Manhattan School of Music
  • attended Brooklyn Conservatory
  • performed in New York City’s various musical venues such as acts for Amateur Night at the world famous Apollo Theatre: female group – Sizzle, 1st place winners

Starling has performed at eclectic jazz clubs like Blue Note, and R&B circuits: Cellar, Savage, and Sidney’s around the city. And, he also turned out radio voice-over work (Time magazine, Mario Biaggi’s campaign commercials.) Background vocals in the Metropolitan area was a contributing factor in refining his present vocal skill set. Nicknamed “Star” by his close friends, he has worked in the studio doing vocal work with some of the leading back-in-the-day dance and disco “Mix Masters” such as Larry Levan of Paradise Garage, Peach Boys, Chris Mc Callum, and Giovanni Fusco “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and Timmy Regisford .

Early in his career, Starling garnered the lead roll in one of MacDonald’s most successful productions of the world famous “Quarter Pounder” campaigns. Later on, he appeared in Woody Allen’s production “Here Come the Gurus.” Starling also appeared in a Celery Soup production of “ Touch and Go “ at the Princess Theater in Sanford, Florida admitting  there is a certain “ in the moment energy” that can be appreciated when doing theater.

He stayed with the music for a while back then, but would later enlist in the US Army. During his tour with the 25th Infantry Division, Starling sought to walk on the stage of any USO hall that he could find “to do that music thang.”

Music and Entertainment was not always my “primary focus” as Starling readily admits. “I had to step away and take care of the family for a minute.” That “minute” lasted about thirty-seven years in the United States Postal Service. Having recently retired as a Manager of Maintenance Operations, he now says, “It’s my time!”

Starling is married to a loving, supportive wife and a father of three successful children. His oldest son, officer in the Navy is currently deployed; next, his daughter, a Law student,  and his youngest son is attending the University of Central Florida.

In his words, Starling says, “My life has really come full circle. I recall singing “I Only Have Eyes For You” in the hallways of the projects where I lived (Wilson Projects in East Harlem), and any other place which included subways – “gotta get that sound.” Who would think that the man whose song I Only Have Eyes For You,  responsible for setting me on this musical path, would be the guy that would pick me to come aboard and become a part of the next episode of the “melodic adventure.” You can’t make this stuff up. Right now, I am living a dream doing what I love, and whispering back to God these words……Thank you, I love you!!”

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                  Stan Prinston

Stan at Fountain3Stan Prinston,  New York City born and raised, started his musical career as a choir boy in Catholic school.  Like so many other aspiring singers, high school opened up the world  as he and his friends sang close harmony in the hallways and stairways looking for that echo.

After high school, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, in the Continental Army Command. Later, Stan was transferred to the 24th Infantry Division in Augsburg, Germany. During his tour of duty, he formed a singing group called The Fararri’s. They entertained the troops with R&B and Pop hits of the day at the NCO clubs.  Upon leaving the service, Stan was called to be the front man with a New Jersey based group called The Motifs.  They were managed by Gordon Vinyard who also managed Bruce Springsteen at the time.  Stan would open up for Springsteen’s group called The Castilles as well as the Young Rascals at the Choo Chu Club and for Jackie Wilson at The Chatter Box in Seaside Heights.  Springsteen’s group and The Motifs  were sharing the limelight in the Garden State’s most popular venues for years: Asbury Park Convention Hall,  Mrs. J’s,  and Stone Pony to name a few.  Stan sang with The Motifs for 12 years playing the Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania  and New York with much regional success,  recording their originals at the famed studio “Le Studio”  in Manhattan, NY.

After The Motifs disbanded, Stan was asked to join a classic rock group called Unclaimed Freight who frequently played at the Up Stage in Asbury Park, NJ.  Soon afterward, he joined a group called Calibre, again playing The Chatter Box, The Bamboo Lounge, and The Hoffman House in the Point Pleasant, Jersey Shore area.  Later in his career, Stan decided it was time to take his years of performance experience to establish himself as a single act. 

Stan has spent many years honing his craft on cruise lines, well-known super clubs, and casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

Stan became a Florida resident with his encouraging, loving wife and five children. Three of which are in the construction industry, one is a personal trainer, and one is a stay-at- home mother. Stan and his wife also have eight grandchildren.

He continues to work as an entertainer in the Tampa Bay Area, as well as the east coast of Florida.   He has worked as a radio announcer and MC, and is skilled at doing voice-overs and script writing for WDUV Radio in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Stan was acclaimed by Sun Coast News as one of the best R&B singers in the Tampa Bay Area.

Along with his classic, cool style as a vocalist,  he has dabbled in the motion picture industry playing extras in such movies as Presumed Innocent with Harrison Ford,  A Shock to the System with Michael Cane, and the part of a police detective in the Michael Estefan movie Only the Strong.  

In Stan’s words, “Tony Bennett sang a great song called ‘The Best Is Yet To Come.’  Well, the best has come for me.  It’s an honor and an extreme privilege to be traveling with Terry Johnson and The Flamingos performing to audiences that appreciate meaningful music.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think this day would come.”