Back to the country for another much-anticipated performance is The Cascades’ John Claude Gummoe with special guest Mark Heston of The Lettermen. The two will be at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel on September 10 for a dinner concert and on September 11 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila.
Presented by Grand Leisure Corp., Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Resorts World Manila and Steve O’Neal Productions, the two-night The Cascades with Mark Preston concert will have as special guest performers Filipino singing champs Mark Mabasa, JV Decena, Lucky Robles and Lilibeth Garcia.
Among the songs to be performed include “Rhythm of the Rain,” which Gummoe (he was the leader, singer and songwriter of the Grammy award winning band The Cascades) wrote one rainy night aboard the USS Jason in San Diego in the 60s). The song has been certified as the 9th Most Performed Song of All Time, said to have been played over 10 million times in concerts and recordings in the US alone. Released in 1962, “Rhythm of the Rain” hit the Billboard charts at No. 80 and shot all the way to the Top 10 before exploding all over the world and becoming No. 1 in some countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the Philippines.
Other hit songs of The Cascades that Gummoe is expected to sing include “Angel on My Shoulder,” “My First Day Alone,” “Dreamin’,” “Let Me Be,” “Shy Girl,” “There’s a Reason,” “The Last Leaf,” “Was I Dreamin’,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Punch and Judy” and “Lucky Guy.”
The Cascades was formed in 1960 as a band called The Silver Strands, which later became The Thundernotes before becoming The Cascades. The group disbanded in 1978 but reunited in 2005—one year after their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—with Gabe Lapano, Tony Grasso and John Claude Gummoe as members.
Together, The Cascades and The Lettermen were acknowledged as two of the most popular male vocal groups of the 60s and 70s. The Lettermen, with Donovan Tea, Tony Butala and Mark Preston (2010) was considered as the original boy band of the 60s.