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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Donald "Duck" Porter

Hickey, Matthew; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Singer Donald "Duck" Porter was born in Chicago on November 22, 1936. The son of a teacher and a steel worker, Porter's family moved to nearby Gary, Indiana, in 1951. When he finished high school in 1956, he joined The Spaniels, widely regarded as one of the greatest doo-wop groups of the 1950s, with their hit, Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight. For the next three years, The Spaniels toured and recorded. Disbanding in 1959, Porter worked as a crane operator for Acme Steel Company. Reuniting in 1973, Porter remained with the Spaniels until 1988. Porter became the head of security for the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston. He traveled the country talking about the music of the 1950s. The Spaniels closed out a PBS broadcast celebrating doo-wop with their hit, Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight, earning more in donations for the network than any previous fundraiser. A resident of in Boston, Porter raised seven children.
Performers
Adele Hodge, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
123 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Donald "Duck" Porter
Donald "Duck" Porter
Credits
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Chicago, Illinois 2003 May 5.
Description
1 online resource (4 video files (2 hr., 2 min., 30 sec.)) : sound, color
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