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Doo-wop singer David Lerchey dies

Associated Press
Published January 31, 2005


HALLANDALE - David Lerchey, a founding member of one of the first integrated rock 'n' roll acts, the Del Vikings, died Saturday (Jan. 29, 2005), his family said. He was 67.

Mr. Lerchey suffered from cancer and pulmonary problems and died at a veterans hospital, said his wife, Linda Lerchey.

The Del Vikings were formed by five airmen in 1955 at an Air Force base in Pittsburgh, said Harvey Robbins, founder of the Doo-Wopp Hall of Fame of America.

Three members were black; Mr. Lerchey was one of two white members.

"David Lerchey was a wonderful singer. He was a courageous individual; he certainly carried himself on the stage with dignity and pride," Robbins said. Mr. Lerchey sang baritone and tenor.

The Del Vikings appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957, Robbins said, the year they had two No. 1 hits: Whispering Bells and Come Go With Me . Other Del Vikings hits included Cool Shake , A Sunday Kind of Love , Summertime and Bring Back Your Heart .

They were inducted into the Doo-Wopp Hall of Fame in 2003.

[Last modified January 31, 2005, 00:38:15]


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