From the Newberry Opera House
Penelope’s Top 19
Hit Songs You Might Hear at the Opera House this Spring
1) “When I Fall In Love” reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the AC chart. The Lettermen will sing it like it is the first time they fell in love all over again on January 20 at 3 & 8.
2) 2014 IBMA Album of the Year, Papertown, was about Balsam Range’s hometown of Canton, NC. Listen for the title song when they appear on January 27 at 8pm.
3) Metallica’s self titled fifth studio album went to #1 on the Billboard album charts and went platinum 15 times over. Featuring “Enter Sandman,” “The Unforgiven,” and “Nothing Else Matters,” it may be considered toned down for some true trash metal fans, but the classical progressions and primal lyrics opened up metal to a whole new generation. The Ultimate Metallica Tribute Band - Ride the Lightning will light up the Opera House stage on January 28.
4) One of the best original Beach bands still performing today, The Tams, will sing the songs that dust anyone’s Top 40 Beach Classics list when they take the Opera House stage on January 29. Don’t miss their hit “Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me,” which went to #41 on the US Pop chart in 1964, but went all the way to #1 in the UK when re-released in 1971.
5) In 1972, The Stylistics made it to #3 on the Hot 100 Chart with “Betcha By Golly, Wow!” Other hits like “Stop, Look, Listen,” and “Break Up, To Make Up” would make their 1975 album The Best of the Stylistics such a hit here in the US and took it all the way to #1 on the UK album charts. Hear them live at the Opera House on February 2.
6) The Isaacs 2016 release Nature’s Symphony in 432 went to #3 on the Christian chart. But, did you know that both their 2009 and 2013 album releases when to #1 on the Bluegrass album charts? Often seen on the TV’s Gather Homecoming, The Isaacs will appear in Newberry on February 16.
7) Grammy award winners Dailey & Vincent have had more than four of their albums hit #1 on the Bluegrass album chart. One of their big 2010 hits was a cover of Jimmy Fortune’s song “Elizabeth.” They find their way from Cracker Barrel CD racks to our stage on February 19.
8) Manhattan Transfer was a ccapella before a ccapella meant TV competitions or mega movie hits starring Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick. Manhattan Transfer’s hit “The Boy from New York City” made it all the way to #7 in 1981. They join forces with Take 6 on February 24.
9) Founded by Brian McKight’s older brother Claude, Take 6 blends R&B with gospel harmony to create a magical result. Having won over 8 Grammys and 10 Dove Awards, this mega group joins with Manhattan Transfer for what they are calling The Summit on February 24. Listen for their Top 20 hit from 1981 “I L-O-V-E U”.
10) Four of Delbert McClinton’s albums have reached #1 on the US Blues Album charts. Those lucky enough to have tickets for his March 4th concert will get to hear “Giving It Up for Your Love,” his 1980 hit that reached #8 on the US Hot 100 chart.
11) In 1976, Elton John hit #1 with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” - his duet with Kiki Dee. It wasn’t until 1980 until Billy Joel hit #1 with “It’s Still Rock N’ Roll To Me.” Enjoy their hits when Face 2 Face the tribute band comes to the Opera House on March 22.
12) While best known for their hit Love Potion #9, The Clovers actually hit #1 on the R&B chart in 1951 with “Don’t You Know I Love You.” Enjoy their great harmony on March 25 at the Opera House.
13) With multiple #1 hits to their name, it is hard to pick an Eagles song to feature. Opera House alum Vince Gill paid tribute to them with “Peaceful Easy Feeling” at the recent Kennedy Center Honors, but “Seven Bridges Road” has always been a favorite even though it only went to #21 in 1980. Tribute band Hotel California lets you hear all of your favorite stadium size Eagles hits in a 400 seat theatre called the Newberry Opera House on March 30.
14) Founded in the 1940s as a gospel group, the Oak Ridge Boys began really rack up crossover hits in the 70s and 80s, everyone’s favorite is still “Elvira,” which went to #1 on the country chart and #5 on the Hot 100 in 1981. The Oaks will sing it like they are singing it for the first time when they perform on March 31.
15) Last year’s Weighted Mind album by Sierra Hull went to #1 on the Bluegrass album chart and won her IBMA awards. Will she win the Grammy this February? Regardless, she will appear at the Opera House on April 21.
16) Pick a #1 classic country hit, any classic country hit and you will probably hear it when Jason Petty and Katie Deal bring their Classic Nashville Roadshow to the Opera House on April 28. From “On the Road Again,” to “Coal Miner’s Daughter” to “He Stopped Lovin’ Her Today,” don’t miss this nostalgic trek through country’s greatest songs on April 28.
17) Although best known for his #1 hits “Love Letters in the Sand” and “April Love,” his first number 1 came in 1955 and was a cover of “Ain’t That a Shame,” Hear the one and only star of TV, film, and radio Pat Boone on April 30.
18) If you love Doo Wop, you know The Diamonds’ hit “Little Darlin,’” which made its way to the #2 slot on the charts in 1957. (Regulars know that this song was actually written by non-other than Opera House alum Maurice Williams.) “Little Darlin’” is know as a prime example of Afro-Cuban clave or hambone rhythm. We just know it great music. Come hear The Diamonds on May 6.
19) Beginning his life on a tobacco farm in a place called Versailles, Kentucky, this former barbershop quartet member has had seven #1 hits. John Conlee will sing songs like “Lady Lay Down” his #1 hit from 1978 when he comes to the Opera House on May 12.
20) What hits and hit makers do you want to hear from in the Opera House’s upcoming 20th season as a performing art center? Now’s the perfect time to submit your wish list to us 803-276-6264.