SPECIAL GUEST RHONDA FRANKLIN ______

Rhonda Franklin has been singing her entire life, from her earliest recollections, so it’s quite natural that she began pursuing a professional career shortly after graduating high school. That included appearances on local talent shows, which led to touring opportunities with Chuck Jackson, Arthur Prysock and Millie Jackson. From there, Rhonda joined The Ad-Libs (remember “The Boy From New York City”?), and toured with them extensively.


Fast forward to the early 1990s and an appearance at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City. In the audience were representatives of the celebrated Marvelettes, who were in the middle of a tour and in need of a singer. The Marvelettes occupy an esteemed place in the history of American popular music. Their very first record, “Please Mr. Postman”, was a national Number One hit and generated sales in excess of three million records. During their reign as regular and reliable hit-makers, The Marvelettes scored more than a dozen hits, eight of which earned Top 10 honors. The titles are instantly recognizable: “Beechwood 4-5789”, “Don’t Mess With Bill”, “My Baby Must Be A Magician”, to name just a handful.


During her years with The Marvelettes, Rhonda Franklin shared concert stages across North America with a “Who’s Who” of pop music royalty. Among those artists was the world famous Drifters featuring Rick Sheppard. Over the years, Rhonda and Rick shared a special friendship and that friendship deepened over the years. After nearly a decade with the Marvelettes, Rhonda was looking for a new challenge and she sought the counsel of her friend, Rick Sheppard.


“That’s where I came from. That’s where Rick met me. So, it seemed logical to develop something around my Marvelettes experience.” Years later, their instincts have been confirmed, and the proof is evident every night Rhonda Franklin takes the stage.


Rhonda Franklin continues to perform some of the biggest hits made famous by The Marvelettes along with her unique vocal interpretations of pop standards from the 1960s and 1970s. She has shared stages with a host of marquee performers including The Platters, The Coasters, The Temptations, The Shirelles, Martha & The Vandellas, The Shangri-Las, and The Manhattans. But most often, she tours with The Drifters featuring Rick Sheppard. Always in evidence is Rhonda Franklin’s trademark performance: smooth, polished, energetic and thoroughly entertaining!!


“THE TOYS” were vaulted to Immediate Stardom with Their Hit Song, “A LOVER’S CONCERTO”. THAT RECORD SOARED UP THE CHARTS LIKE WILD FIRE. “A LOVER’S CONCERTO” went all the way up to Number 1 on Billboard, Cashbox and Other Charts. “THE TOYS” WERE VERY MUCH IN DEMAND and appeared on Popular Television Shows such as Hullabaloo, Shindig!, American Bandstand, The Joey Bishop and The Mike Douglas Shows. “THE TOYS” were wanted on “The Ed Sullivan Show” as well but had to decline the Invitation in Preparation for their appearance in The Movie, “It’s A Bikini World” aka “The Girl in Daddy’s Bikini”.  This Movie Featured “THE TOYS” performing their second Top 10 Hit, “ATTACK”, which quickly entered The Charts in early 1966.


Last but certainly not least, on July 4, 2010, June was introduced to Rick Sheppard of The Legendary Group, THE DRIFTERS. This introduction led to a new management arrangement between JUNE MONTEIRO’S TOYS and RICK SHEPPARD PRODUCTIONS.


Currently, June, along with Carolyn Harding, and Debor’ah Evans, are hitting the stage again as June Monteiro’s Toys.