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Rock to 'The Sound of Pittsburgh' on WQED

Sunday, February 11, 2001

To see our local legends and the folks who made them famous weighing in and reminiscing on the early days of rock 'n' roll, tune in tonight at 8 for WQED-TV's "The Sound of Pittsburgh," a special combining new interviews with classic performance clips.

Among the highlights: Tommy James thanks local DJs for making him famous; The Skyliners reminisce about the days of "Since I Don't Have You"; The Tempos, of Clairton, who charted in 1959 with "See You in September," are brought together for the first time in 40 years; and The Vogues, of Turtle Creek, who charted eight times in the '60s, are brought together -- at the high school where it all began -- for the first time in 30 years.

The reunions are nice, as are interviews with local DJs, but the music is the star here, specifically all those clips, from early footage of the Skyliners pledging "This I Swear" to The Del-Vikings on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and in a film called "The Big Beat."

There's even an outdoor shot of Dick Clark here in Pittsburgh, with the Parkway in the background as he introduces the Skyliners up on the roof of WTAE.

For oldies fans who don't have stereo TV, the show is being simulcast on WWSW-AM/FM (94.5).

To see the music live, there's an oldies show tonight in Whitehall at the Bradley House, with William Dell & Wee Jams, Holidays, El Venos, Four Dots, Memories and the Tempos, beginning at 6:30. Information: 412-751-3432.

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