Music Greats Inducted Into Vocal Group Hall Of Fame

SHARON, Pa. (AP) - When the Marcels recorded "Blue Moon," bass singer Fred Johnson thought the Pittsburgh group was setting itself up for the title of the B-side of the single -- "Heartaches."

"I didn't think it would work because I knew the slow version (of the 1934 Rodgers and Hart song)," said Johnson, 60, who still lives in Pittsburgh.

But 41 years after the single hit the airwaves, Johnson and his former singing partners were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Museum in Sharon, Pa. -- a city about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh on the Ohio border, just down the road from Warren.

The hall of fame's fifth list has a heavy portion of doo-wop, including the Chantels and the Clovers, and pop with ABBA, Fifth Dimension, and the Shirelles.

Past inductees include Ben E. King and the Drifters, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Bangles, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, The Mamas and the Papas and Three Dog Night.

"It's nice to have a museum like this, because the younger generation can learn how it started," said singer Donny Osmond, who announced the inductees Wednesday.

The hall of fame has had a slow start: the hall is in its fifth year, has inducted five years worth of singers so far but held only three ceremonies.

"Money's a problem," hall director Bob Crosby said. "There is no money. We're all volunteers."

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