Many performers of popular dance music from the 1950s and 1960s attempt to replicate the sounds of the original artists, taking a kind of live-jukebox approach. Others make fun of the genre, applying to it a campy parody. Big Cam & The Lifters attract their audiences, often made up in large part of hand dancers (jitterbuggers, swing dancers, shaggers), by starting out with a deep affection for the artists of the era, then applying the Lifters'own stamp to the original performers' wonderful material, all the while making the music eminently danceable. Big Cam & The Lifters have delighted audiences at dances, carnivals, wedding receptions, country clubs, festivals and night clubs for more than 20 years throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. The Lifters' musical pedigree is authentic and rich. Lead singer Lorenzo T. Howard and bassist Teresa Moore have shared the stage with The Marvelettes, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chubby Checker and Little Anthony. Lorenzo also sang with the Del-Vikings, America's first major integrated rock and roll group ('Come Go With Me,' 'Whispering Bells'). Drummer Bill Gray and pianist Bob Grover backed up folks like Frankie Ford ('Sea Cruise,' 'You Talk Too Much'), Bobby Lewis ('Tossin' and Turnin' ') and Gary U.S. Bonds ('Quarter to Three'); guitarist Sam Miller jammed with the legendary Bill Haley & the Comets before forming his own Muleman Blues Band, and Earl Ross played sax with groups like the Drifters.
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