Crown Imperials to open for Shirelles' original lead

Published on Friday, 12 May 2017 23:04
Written by Christopher Fortier


CANTON - A doo-wop group that found its voice in New Britain nearly 60 years ago will open tonight for the original lead singer of the Shirelles.

The Crown Imperials are an a cappella doo-wop group that first performed together in the 1950s as students at New Britain High School. They reunited after 45 years in 2009 and have been performing steadily since, including opening for Ronnie Spector in 2015 and Charlie Thomas of The Drifters last year.

The group comes to Bridge Street Live in the Collinsville section of Canton tonight to open for Shirley Alston Reeves, who sang lead for the Shirelles, the girl group that found fame in the 1960s.

The show begins at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $35, VIP reserved seats are $50.

As for the six Crown Imperials, they continue to perform whenever the opportunity arises, be it at banquets, school programs, retirement parties, fundraisers or other special events.

“We try to stay true to the 1950s sounds of a cappella harmonies,” said Newington resident Jerry Veronesi. “Combine that with some swinging beats and Latin rhythms and it’s a great sound.”

Other group members are Peter Caramia, Milton Riley, Dom Perillo, Floyd Campbell and Ron Criscitello.

For tickets to the Bridge Street Live concert, visit or call 860-693-9762.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News, New Britain on Friday, 12 May 2017 23:04. Updated: Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:04.