Joey D Rockin’ With the Oldies (a Few New Ones, Too)

By ERIC ENGLUND | May 15, 2019
Supplied Photo Joey D’s Rockin’ Oldies Band

Ship Bottom, Tuckerton — When it comes to performing experience, it would be hard to top the three men who make up Joey D’s Rockin’ Oldies Band. Joey D (Joseph D. Schrull), Bobby Warren and John Bishop combine for nearly 150 years of singing.

“Joey and I have been playing together since 1966,” said Warren, the guitarist. “We used to play at the old Bayberry (in Ship Bottom), but when the Bayberry (now The Arlington) closed after Sandy, we moved over to the Gateway,” also in Ship Bottom.

Schrull plays the drums while Bishop, who does most of the lead vocals, adds percussion. Bishop has been singing for more than 45 years, but mostly with doo-wop a capella groups. He was the first tenor with the Soundmasters, a group with local roots.

“I’m having a real blast with these guys,” said Bishop. “Not only do we sing together, but we joke around a lot, too, on stage.”

For people who like hits from the late 1950s to early ’60s in a dance party type atmosphere, there will be plenty of opportunities to see them this summer and fall. For the Memorial Day weekend, the band will be appearing at the Gateway on Friday, May 24, and at the Tuckerton Beach Grille in Tuckerton on Saturday, May 25.

“This year, we have about 80 gigs lined up,” said Schrull, who said the group has been billed “New Jersey’s Favorite Doo-Wop and Dance Band.” These include 11 more at the Gateway and additional dates at the Tuckerton Beach Grille. There are also 10 gigs lined up at the Sea Oaks Country Club in Little Egg Harbor Township, and for those who want to travel a little, there are eight appearances at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Delran.

“We also have quite a few private parties, special events like car shows and festivals,” he said.

Schrull said he has an inventory of 300 songs, with many of them being doo-wop era favorites made popular by Dion and the Belmonts, the Drifters, the Duprees, the Five Satins, the Crests and the Del-Vikings to name just a few.

“But we’ve expanded to include Motown favorites by the Spinners, Temptations, Chi-Lites, Stylistics  and Earth Wind and Fire,” he said.

There are also some disco hits by such groups as KC and the Sunshine Band and the Trammps.

“It’s music people love to dance to,” said Schrull. “That’s what we’re all about, having fun.”

One rather recent hit has become a crowd-pleaser: “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.

“A lot of the older people exercise to that one, so they know the song,” said Schrull. “They really love that one. That really gets them moving.”

— Eric Englund

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