Soundcheck’s 12-Most Romantic Love Songs

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“The Flamingos’ hit “I Only Have Eyes For You” is one of the undeniably great romantic songs of all time.”

Read this fantastic article by Soundcheck for Valentine’s Day 2014

http://soundcheck.wnyc.org/story/12-most-romantic-songs-ever-maybe/

 

Nevada Fans Want Them Back!

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Marquee in Laughlin, NV 2014The Nevada Fans were PHENOMINAL!  The Flamingos thank all of the fans for a very successful 6 night run at the beautiful Riverside Casino in Laughlin Nevada.  The showroom was fabulous and the crew were incredibly professional and loads of fun to work with.  They will be back later in the year 2014 or early next year 2015.

New Project for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation

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Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, contacted Terry and sent a special camera crew to Ft. Lauderdale for this historic project. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been doing a deep and significant oral history project for the Hall of Fame’s Library & Archives over the past year to get the story of rock and roll told through the inductees that created it. They are planning to use it at the Library and Museum for research, study and use by scholars and other interested parties. The Foundation was particularly interested in Johnson’s widely spanned career as a writer, producer, arranger and lead singer with his own group The Whispers, followed by his success as musical & vocal arranger and one of 4 lead vocalist for The Flamingos, giving them their first cross over hit as well as being responsible for the arrangement of their biggest hit, “I Only Have Eyes For You”, followed by his success as a Motown writer and producer with Smokey Robinson as his partner and his continued success as a recording artist, producer, arranger and showman with his touring group, the 2013 version of The Flamingos.

They have completed around 50 of these so far some of which have included: Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bobby Blue Bland, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, Wanda Jackson, Mary Wilson, Frankie Valli, Al Bell, Steve Cropper, Duane Eddy, Otis Williams, Jerry Moss, Jac Holzman, Ronnie Hawkins, Little Anthony, Smokey Robinson, DukeFakir, Fred Cash, Sam Gooden, Martha Reeves, Hal Blaine, Glyn Johns, Ben E King, Steve Cropper, Jac Holzman, Clive Davis, Booker T Jones, Michelle Phillips, and many more. Plus they have commitments to do these from John Mellencamp, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and others.

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Photos by Tom Case

The Flamingos receive the Heroes and Legends Awards

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On September 22, 2013 The Flamingos received the Heroes and Legends Pioneer Award.  It was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

Other honorees were:

Chaka Kahn – The HAL Icon Award

Siedah Garrett – The HAL Achievement in Music Award

Troy Carter – The HAL Triumph Award

Cindy Birdsong – The HAL “Supreme Love” Endowment

Pollstar Q&A with The Flamingos’ Terry Johnson

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Pollstar Interview – Pollstar just released a great Q&A interview with Terry Johnson on his career and The Flamingos today.

Terry Johnson receiving the 2013 HAL PIONEER AWARD

Preparations are now underway for The Twenty Fourth Annual Tribute to the Heroes And Legends (HAL) Awards on Sunday, September 22, 2013. This ‘black tie’ event will take place in the Crystal Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel. One of the highlights of the evening is the honoring of The Flamingos with original member Terry Johnson receiving the HAL Pioneer Award. I am sure that Mr. Johnson and The Flamingos would be thrilled with your attendance to share in this very special honor with them, embracing their contribution to the music landscape and the entire entertainment community as well. Additionally if you would like to include a congratulatory message in the souvenir book, (We are accepting ad confirmation NOW!!! Through August 9, 2013) ad and ticket information is provided. We hope that you will help to make this a very special day that they will never forget. Please be assured that any support of this celebration, would enhance the stature of this, already, magnificent evening. Thank you for any consideration of support.

 

SIEDAH GARRETT.…..……………………………  ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC

Gold/Platinum Songwriter and recording artist.

 

THE FLAMINGOS/TERRY JOHNSON ………………… HAL PIONEER AWARD

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame,  Legendary Gold/Platinum record recording artist, Songwriter, producer, arranger.  Celebrating 60 years in the entertainment industry.

 

TROY CARTER …….,…………………………………HAL TRIUMPH AWARD

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory an entertainment and music management company.

Also Lady Gaga’s manager.

 

CINDY BIRDSONG ………………….…HAL SUPREME LOVE ENDOWMENT

Presented by MARY WILSON  (Both members of the World’s #1 female group The Supremes)    

 

CHAKA KHAN………..………………………………………………ICON AWARD

Grammy winner, Platinum recording artist, songwriter, producer, author and actor. Celebrating 40 years in the

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The Flamingos’ European Tour

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The radio airplay response has been so tremendous overseas that it has sparked a European tour for The Flamingos.  The Diamond Anniversary Tour CD is selling in Italy, Germany, UK, Australia, Japan, just to name a few and the fans in these countries could not be more supportive.   Remembering the 2010 Japan shows, Terry said  he couldn’t believe how many young fans were carrying the album Flamingo’ Serenade for him to sign after the shows.  Terry also said,  ”I love coming over here to see that the music is appreciated all over the world,  and I remember when we sang to them in Japanese, they started crying.  I was really surprised, but yet honored that they appreciated the many hours/days of rehearsal that it took to sing in their language.  Can’t wait to go back.”

Those of you who haven’t heard the Diamond Anniversary CD,  please click the link below to hear some audio samples. If you purchase the CD, a percentage of the proceeds go to the USO to support our troops and their families.

http://www.theflamingos.com/store

Flamingos Rehearsing New Show

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In 2014 the fans will have more and more opportunities to see The Flamingos headlining in casinos and theatres across the country performing their full 90 min. – 2 hour shows.  New dates are added regularly.

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.

 

If  they’re  having  this  much  fun  rehearsing,

imagine  how  much  fun  you’ll  have  at  the  show !

 

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Remember  fans,  you  are . . .

The  Flamingo’  Flames

your  support  keeps  the  fire  burning  in  our  hearts.

Photos by Kurt Hudson www.eriehousepictures.carbonmade.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flamingos’ Commercial helps break records for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund!

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Terry and The Flamingos are proud to be a part of the Florida Lottery success story this year. Their commercial broke all sales records in the history of the Lottery and their YouTube commercial received more views than any other in the history of the Florida Lottery. A record $1.41 billion is expected to go into the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.

Read more…

http://www.floridatrend.com/article/15857/tuesdays-daily-pulse

New Album: Diamond Anniversary Tour 2013

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The Terry Johnson’ sound, or as most in the business know him “Buzzy”, is a very recognizable ethereal mix of lush harmonies and beautifully orchestrated music.  At Motown Records, as a writing & producing partner with Smokey Robinson, his music was recorded by  The  Miracles, winning him a BMI Award for “Baby Baby Don’t Cry” and a top 10 hit “Here I Go Again”.  He also wrote and produced songs for such great artists as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Edwin Star, Martha Reeves, The Marvelettes and David Ruffin.  Throughout his 60 years career as a writer, arranger, producer and performer, Terry has continued to be inspired and influenced by musical industry giants like Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Sam Cooke, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Manhattan Transfer, Marvin Gaye, The Philly Sound, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Burt Bacharach, Bionce’, Michael Jackson, Clive Davis, David Foster and Tony Bennett.  Staying true to the signature sound that he produced for The Flamingos with his Grammy Hall of Fame Award winning arrangement of  ”I Only Have Eyes For You”, and the critically acclaimed album “Flamingo Serenade”,  Terry has progressed The Flamingos’ legacy on this their ”Diamond Anniversary Tour” CD.

This CD will take your mind and your heart on a romantic musical journey, that will re-confirm to your ears that The Flamingos are still and will always be “The Ambassadors For Romance.”

Now being aired, Terry on CountyLine with Frank Loconto

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Terry filmed  TV spot on the CountyLine with Frank Loconto Public Policy Television Program  entitled ”Florida Lottery Education Revenue Increased by New Marketing.”  It is soon to be seen on Comcast Ch. 19, Satellite Ch. 63.

For viewing stations and times go to http://pw.myersinfosys.com/becon/atoz?#C
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Others on the show were:

David Armstrong, – President, Broward College and Chair, Ft. Lauderdale Alliance Economic Council

Robert W. Runcie - Superintendent, Broward Public Schools

Cathy Van - Entertainer/Recording Artist

Jay Michaels - International Media Personality

 

 

Bruno Mars & The Flamingos connection (Rolling Stone Magazine)

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Bruno Mars named his first album Doo-Wops & Hooligans for a reason: “It’s the purity and simplicity of it,” Mars says of the genre. “Even when they’re not saying very much, it’s a home run every time.”
“I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingos, 1959
Writing B.o.B.’s “Nothin’on You”, I was referencing this song. If you’re ever in the doghouse, you play this record and it gets you out fast.”

Florida Lottery running The Flamingos’ commercial for 9 more weeks!

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PRESS RELEASE: Florida Lottery is signing on for another 9 weeks run of The Flamingos’ commercial.
THE FLORIDA LOTTERY LOVING THE SUCCESS OF THE FLAMINGO FORTUNE COMMERCIAL!

FLORIDA LOTTERY SHATTERS ALL TIME SCRATCH-OFF SALES RECORD
TALLAHASSEE – For the first time in the twenty-five year history of the Florida Lottery, weekly sales of Scratch-Off tickets exceeded $74 million. The newest record breaks the previous sales mark by $5.7 million.
The Florida Lottery is believed to be only the third lottery-selling state to have weekly Scratch-Off sales top the $70 million mark. The other two are New York and Massachusetts.
“Breaking this weekly Scratch-Off sales record shows our players are responding to our excellent product mix, especially considering that 22 different games had sales of more than $1 million last week,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “What makes us most proud is these record sales are leading to record transfers to education.”
Last month’s sales were led by the Lottery’s newest $20 Scratch-Off game, $3,000,000 FLAMINGO FORTUNE, which launched on Tuesday, March 5. The $25 MILLIONAIRE Scratch-Off game followed closely behind with more than $8.5 million in sales.
Also contributing to this record was “Florida Lottery Day at The Villages”, showcasing the new $3,000,000 FLAMINGO FORTUNE and Terry Johnson and The Flamingos’ crowd pleasing show. More than $70,000 was generated in ticket sales due to the thousands of players who participated in this event.

Latest Review of The Flamingos’ Diamond Anniversary CD in Concert Calendar Magazine

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“This is an astounding production from a legendary group, now celebrating their 60th year in the entertainment industry. The Flamingos have withstood the test of time because of their firm adherence to this principle: to produce quality music, which entertains and enlightens their fans. Terry Jonson has always pushed the envelope, offering the finest turntable favorites and orchestration to countless audiences worldwide. Johnson has now added to his resume by creating an exceptionally wonderful CD that captures the sound and essence of this one-of-a-kind group. Each of the 14 songs is given the deluxe treatment. The instrumentation is full and lush, yet it does no over power the vocals. The voices combine in a tight blend, yet each singer stands out with his own distinctive sound. The marriage of instruments and vocals is the result of a flawless mix, giving you a crisp, clean sound on each selection. The songs herein are all fine examples from the great American songbook and, when coupled with The Flamingos’ unique styling’s, become monumental in stature. “Begin The Beguine,” the Cole Porter gem, is absolutely magical. It is given new life through Terry’s fine arrangement. Two Flamingos’ standbys, “I Only Have Eyes For You” and “I’ll Be Home” are both dazzling. Listen to the spoken introduction on the latter song and then you realize why this evergreen was originally written. My favorite “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” from Freddy Mercury. It became more joyous when expertly handled by this group. Do yourself a favor and purchase “Diamond Anniversary Tour 2013.” It will stand up to everything you expect from the Flamingos. It also gives you a new appreciation for this class act. Yooo’-Terry and his wife Theresa-”Ya’ done good! This CD is available at all The Flamingos’ live appearances or on their website-www.theflamingos.com.” Frank C., Concert Calendar Magazine

As a reminder from The Flamingos, a percentage of the proceeds from the CD will be donated to the USO to help support the troops.
This CD can also be purchased on ITunes or Amazon. “The Flamingos Diamond Anniversary Tour”

Terry and former Florida Governor Bob Graham

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Terry and former Florida Governor and United States Senator Bob Graham shared a great afternoon at Mango’s in Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale.  Politicians, musicians, local magazine publishers and club owners all came to support Frank Loconto of The CountyLine Public Policy Television Program and his music.  Good food, good friends and music.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

“A Scratch Made In Heaven” Florida Lottery

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Press Release …..
Florida Lottery Teams with Doo-Wop Band The Flamingos to Debut New Scratch-Off Game

“In a case of good Lottery fortune, the Flamingos were excited to partner with the Florida Lottery on this new game,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “As we continue our mission to deliver more winning moments, it’s serendipity that all these elements came together in a wonderful campaign and new game.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2013 CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS (850) 487-7727 www.flalottery.com

A SCRATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

~Florida Lottery Teams with Doo-Wop Band The Flamingos to Debut New Scratch-Off Game~TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery is introducing a new Scratch-Off ticket in style through a campaign featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Terry Johnson and the Flamingos’ world-famous “I Only Have Eyes For You.” The new $20 Scratch-Off game, $3,000,000 FLAMINGO FORTUNE, showcases the reimagined new Florida Lottery logo and debuts in a TV campaign that begins today.

$3,000,000 FLAMINGO FORTUNE offers three top prizes of $3,000,000, 10 prizes of $100,000 and over $150,000,000 in total cash prizes. The commercial, which can be viewed by clicking here: Florida Lottery Ad, depicts a woman pulled from her grocery shopping routine into a dream sequence when she sees the new Scratch-Off game in a Lottery vending machine across the store. She is serenaded by the Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You” as she is drawn to the Lottery vending machine. The spot ends with everything around her snapping back to reality while she continues to slow-dance with the machine as shoppers pass her in the store.

“In a case of good Lottery fortune, the Flamingos were excited to partner with the Florida Lottery on this new game,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “As we continue our mission to deliver more winning moments, it’s serendipity that all these elements came together in a wonderful campaign and new game.”

The spot, shot at a Sedano’s, a Florida Lottery retailer in Orlando, was created and produced by Jacksonville-based St. John & Partners. In addition to being featured in the TV campaign, Terry Johnson and the Flamingos will appear in a Florida Lottery sponsored live concert at The Villages, Florida, on March 9.

“I Only Have Eyes For You” was first heard in 1934 in the Movie, “Dames.” However, it was not until 1958 when Terry Johnson and the Flamingos recorded it, that it became one of the biggest hits of the rock and roll era. The current members of the group who appear in the commercial are all full time Florida residents.

“Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the Flamingos version as #157 of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Terry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001; inducted into the Group Harmony Association Hall of Fame in 1992; inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000; and 2003 Grammy Award Winner/Grammy Award Hall of Fame. Terry also received the Rhythm and Blues Pioneer award in 1996.

“We are thrilled with this partnership,” said O’Connell. “The new game, campaign and extending it into a live performance for our players is the type of well-rounded promotion we hope to provide our customers.”

The Florida Lottery offers more than 60 scratch-off games at any given time through vending machines and counter displays at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Scratch-off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, making up approximately 58 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $495 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2011-12.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY The Florida Lottery is an integral part of Florida’s culture and landscape. Responsible for contributing more than $24 billion to education and sending more than 600,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, the Florida Lottery is a dependable source of financial support for the state. The agency reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers, and transfers to education. Since its inception, Florida Lottery games have also made more than 1,200 people millionaires. That’s more than $37.7 billion in prize payouts since 1988, when the first ticket was sold. As the agency celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013, an innovative and fresh spirit shines through with a mix of new and classic games, an updated logo design and new brand identity, as well as a renewed commitment to benefitting the state, all while inspiring Floridians to imagine the possibilities of their dreams coming true. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

 

Terry Johnson speaks at “Save America’s Cinemas” in Miami Beach, FL

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The ”Save America’s Cinemas” organization invited many of the owners and representatives of privately owned cinemas around the country as well as some of the top endorsers from the film industry to talk about the goals of the organization and to gather support for their worthy cause. They also presented one of the cinema owners with a gift of new movie and sound equipment!

I’m sure you probably have some of these beautiful old theatres in your community that are true historical land marks and reminders of a simpler time, and I’m sure they would like to know about this organization. Use  www.saveamericascinemas.org to find more information on how the theatres can receive help and how you can contribute.

The Flamingos, known for beautiful love songs, worked many of the great theatres like The Apollo, The Brooklyn Paramount and The Brooklyn Fox to name a few, and these types of theatres exist all over the country. They contribute in many ways to their communities and provide a broader viewing selection and live stage shows that the multi-plex theatres do not.

Please pass this information along to your friends and community leaders.

Enjoy some of the photos from the event!

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MC Jay Michaels, Terry, Walter T. Shaw (founder of Save America’s Cinemas) and Entertainer Frank Stallone

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Actor Frank Vincent, Terry, and MC Jay Michaels

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Actress Debi Mazer and Terry

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Actor Vincent Pastore and Terry

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Terry speaking to the endorsers, films producers and cinema owners

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The theme for the event was the movie

“The Wizard of Oz”

Some of the other endorsers pictured here are Actor Chuck Zito and Actress Katherine Narducci.