Marv Rosenberg is a songwriter and lyricist, and the original founding member of The Safaris.
At 10 years old, he had a dream of becoming a rock star. He recruited other kids to join him in singing songs he had written which were usually “doo-wop” love ballads so popular in the 1950s and early 1960s. His journey in writing, performing, organizing quartets, and pitching his songs to record companies took him to that wonderful day, at age 17, when he learned that a beautiful song he had written and performed with The Safaris, Image of a Girl, hit the charts at number 6 in the nation. Marv received a Gold Record in 1960 for writing Image of a Girl. The song is on the wall in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After touring for five years, Marv grew tired of “the life.” The romance of riding on a bus from city to city, trying to sleep sitting up and being away from home ran its course. He quit the record company and went back to college where he earned a Ph.D. in psychology. Dr. Rosenberg took his education in psychology and his talent for music and and did a 20 year study on the effects of music on people. He continued to write and produce “oldies” shows for many years.
Ladd Vance was born to sing Doo Wop as his father is Kenny Vance, an original member of Jay and the Americans. Growing up on the East Coast, Ladd was surrounded by the great Doo Wop groups of the era. He has recorded singing duets with his father on two albums, The Oceans of Time and Mr. Santa by Kenny Vance and the Planotones. Ladd also sang with his own band, an Everly Brothers tribute duo The Beverly Brothers.
After moving West, Ladd wanted to continue singing the music he loves. Marv Rosenberg’s Safaris was the perfect fit.
In April 2015, Ladd was invited to perform solo for Luray Productions in Delaware where he was a big hit in front of a huge audience of Doo Wop fans! He also performed in June in front of 8,000 fans in Newark, New Jersey for Nader Entertainment. Apparently East Coast doo wop fans cannot get enough of our Ladd Vance as he has been booked to perform with some of Doo Wop’s Greatest Legends for Deborah Nader and Richard Nader Entertainment on the following dates: December 16, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA at Heinz Hall, March 17, 2016 in Fort Pierce, FL at the Sunrise Theatre, March 18, 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Parker Playhouse, and March 19, 2016, in Clearwater, FL at Ruth Eckerd Hall. For show information and any inquiries, check out richardnader.com
If you look up the word “versatile” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Nick Krall. Nick is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, dancer, and actor.
His musical talents run from rock and roll to Renaissance, from folk to classical. As an instrumentalist, he is proficient on guitar, stand-up bass, mandolin, flute, and violin. He has played stand-up bass for such TV shows as Masters of Sex, Mike & Molly, Chasing Life, and The Goldbergs, and sang back-up for The Ray Conniff Singers.
It’s Nick’s soaring falsetto which adds excitement to the Doo-Wop sound of Marv Rosenberg’s Safaris, and his creative abilities which add a uniqueness to the classic arrangements of the genre.
Harris Levey began his musical journey as a folk singer/guitarist in the Los Angeles area, followed by work with various rock bands, in dance clubs and for concerts.
In his work on stage, Harris originated the role of The Mole in David Raksin’s musical adaptation of Wind in the Willows.
He toured the West Coast, playing hotel lounges and concert venues, both as a solo act and as part of a duo, while pursuing a recording career that includes several releases with two groups on RCA Records that brought neither fame nor fortune.
Numerous television appearances include frequent visits to the Steve Allen Show, and the Gong Show. Harris has performed with artists as diverse as Jackson Browne, Karen Carpenter, Lionel Newman, George Carlin, and Diana Ross. He also worked under Paul Salamunovich, and was soloist with the South Bay Master Chorale.
Harris has proven to be a good luck charm. Whenever he has sung the National Anthem for professional sports teams, they have emerged victorious. He joined The Safaris in 2010 as
part of a PBS “Doo Wop Love Songs” special, and it was good luck for all.
Joe Wise is a real space case. Not because of his behavior, but because he has worked with NASA on numerous projects throughout the years. But he has been singing since he was a child.
He got his start singing with his family’s gospel quartet. His father sang bass and his mother played the piano. Brothers Steve (1st tenor) and Mark (2nd tenor) would join right in. Harmonizing became second nature to him. He went on to perform in various musical theater productions, and toured Northwest Ohio singing with his brother Steve, a duo called “Two Brothers We.”
Joe has always enjoyed performing and remembers fondly growing up with the simple message of Doo Wop. Memories of his ’57 Chevy, first girlfriend, and first kiss come to mind while singing with Marv Rosenberg’s Safaris. Joe sang with The Safaris in 2010 and 2011, and is back again with them again!