Doo Wop Stars

 The Doo Wop Royal All Stars was formed in 1992, as one of the first "supergroups" in to the doo wop musical genre, taking individual members from their respective groups and putting them together to form another. "It's a show within a show," remarked Bobby Jay, longtime WCBS FM D.J. The group started out in 1992 and is still active today with various members and led by Daniel Loria, son of founding member Art Loria. The group has also performed and recorded under the names "The Royal All Stars" and "Golden Group Memories". The 3 related names were all part of what started out as "The Royal All Stars".

The Original Lineup included:

Art Loria

Vito Balsamo

Randy Silverman

Eugene Pitt

Lenny Welch

This original lineup recorded a live album "Live at the Taj -Royaly Yours" while performing at a celebration for the chief running officer of the Taj-Mahal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. It is to be released from Dazzle Records sometime in late 2012 - 2013. in 1993, Lenny Welch left the group and headed for the West Coast to pursue his ambitions in the acting field and also re-concentrate on his solo efforts. He was replaced by BJ Jones who was a member of such groups as The Dubs, The Drifters and The Five Satins. Taking over for Jones was Jimmy Merchant: an original member of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. Merchant, along with Pitt, Loria, Silverman, Balsamo and Daniel Loria spent the years 1992 - 1998 touring and performing all over the country in major markets, major venues and the cruise line circuits. They have several recordings still not released, but is expected in 2012 - 1013. As "The Royal All Stars", they were a regular in the then active Pittsburgh Doo Wop scene. They also performed in Las Vegas, California, Ohio many times. This lineup performed their last show in 1998 at Windows on the World atop the World Trade Towers.

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