'Senior Tones' bring house down at Senior Center

... Tierney Hall rocks with good-old music

by Debbi Collar and Don Norris

Left to right: Joey B-Bop Barilone, Frank Henderson, John Clement and Howie Conley.

Evoking memories of the past recently at The Milano Senior Center in Melrose was a singing group called "The Senior Tones.. its members, Joey Barilone, Frank Henderson, John Clement and Howie Conley entertained the Milano Center audience during the Center's August 13th BBQ luncheon.

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Performing numerous Doo Wop songs, the Senior Tones have been together as a foursome for the past two years. Joey Barilone is the only one who continuously works the entertainment circuit doing DJ work under the name of "Joey B-Bop." Frank Henderson is now retired from Massport, John Clement, who now owns his own environment company, recently retired from his job as Fire Chief in Groveland, Ma and Howie Conley is now retired from American Airlines, yet he volunteers his time two days a week as a driver for the Swampscott Senior Center.

The Senior Tones soon brought its audience out onto the dance floor. Conley, during one segment of the show also stepped out from the stage area and into the crowd as he danced "the twist," with his and the Senior Tones audience.
Audience members doing "the twist"

Senior Tones Howie Conley joins his audience for "the twist."

Sonny and Cher also made a return visit to the stage. The duo, Frank Henderson (Cher) and John Clement (Sonny) wowed the crowd with their rendition of "I've Got You Babe."another crowd favorite was Conley's rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

At left, Director Dawn Folopoulos. At right, John Clement and Howie Conley.

Conley says of the group that they do change their skits and tunes depending on the venue.  He estimates that they perform "about 50-60 shows a year."

That's the Mirror's newest journalist, Debbi Collar.

The Senior Tones, Senior Center members and guests in the audience ended their All American BBQ luncheon of hot dogs,hamburgers, potato salad and coleslaw with another American favorite.  Audience members who packed Tierney Hall, turned to each other, holding hands, swaying to the music as
the Senior Tones ended their performance with the Lee Greenwood song,"God Bless the U.S. A."

It was difficult to tell at times which were having more fun- The Senior Tones performers or their audience.

Sonny and Cher, again, raising the roof.
Left to right, Cher (Frank Henderson), and Sonny, (John Clement)

All left with smiles and pleasant memories.

The program got the attention of City Hall folks -- that's Mayor Rob Dolan and Alderman Peter Mortimore.

By this time, the hall was rocking with seniors, dancing, singing and having a blast.

Rockin', man, rolling ..."

September 5, 2014

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