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Bill Deal’s Rhondels

About the Band

Category: Band
Music Genre: Oldies

From Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Original Rhondels are a music tradition who have performed their hit recordings in almost every major city in the United States. In 1969, Bill Deal and the Rhondels began a recording career that would take them to Madison Square Garden and across the country. With 3 top 10 hits, "May I", "I've Been Hurt", and "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am", the band hit the road, delighting their audiences with outstanding vocals, powerful brass, and exciting showmanship. These hits also topped the charts in Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Germany and Mexico.

The unexpected passing of Bill Deal in December of 2003 was a great loss to the music industry, however the Original Rhondels continue to perform the great music that earned them a star on the Legends Walk of Fame. Performing from Orlando & Tampa, Florida, to Charleston & Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; from Montgomery, Alabama to Washington, D.C., the Original Rhondels continue to delight their audiences at corporate and family events, as well as festivals and concerts.

With Brian Bleakley on vocals and trumpet; Steve Ambrose on sax and vocals; Wayne Kessinger on keys sax, and vocals; Gary Hardy, Rollie Ligart, and Lee Quisenberry on trumpet and vocals; Bruce Harlow on guitar and vocals, and Sonny Morris on drums and vocals, the Original Rhondels are stronger than ever.

or call 757-460-9000

Where They Are Playing

Past Event
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Thursday August 29th, 2019

Port Warwick Wednesday evening. ... See MoreSee Less

Port Warwick Wednesday evening.

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Marvin.... great to see you last night. Great pics, as usual!

Friday August 23rd, 2019

Do you guys need a extra set of hands to help set up and/or strike. Shoot me a PM. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday August 23rd, 2019

The Original Rhondels

Tonight's concert at Ocean View has been cancelled due to the approaching storms. Nuts! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are looking forward to seeing/hearing you tomorrow night

Thank you for the update

Don Baker from Waynesboro would like to introduce you tomorrow at the Frontier Culture Museum. Is that a possibility?

Second or third year in a row that it's been a rain out!


Sorry for all


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Friday July 12th, 2019

The Original Rhondels

Great crowd in Portsmouth! ... See MoreSee Less

Great crowd in Portsmouth!

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Wish I was there.

We saw you guys at Roanoke , Va...enjoyed it very much!

Miss you guys!

May I

See you next month in the 23rd in OV.

Sonny calls it Porchmuth. Ask him.

See you in a month in WV!!!

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Friday June 14th, 2019

The Cove Tavern in Newport News Va ... See MoreSee Less

The Cove Tavern in Newport News Va

Monday June 10th, 2019

They truly need a new playlist, perform out at Buckroe Beach and they did nothing to move the crowd... ... See MoreSee Less

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The Original Rhondels have not performed at Buckroe Beach in many years. You heard some other band.

Fake news is rampant!

Friday June 7th, 2019

The Original Rhondels

Just got the call....our performance tonight at the Portsmouth Seawall Fesitval is CANCELLED due to weather! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hope to get to see you guys soon. It seems every time we’re ready the weather gets bad!

Stay safe!!

Steve we will See you at Roger Browns next Saturday


Saturday May 11th, 2019

The Original Rhondels

Ya know ? ... a 12 piece band will definitely give ya that 'full' sound ... that's how we used to do it - with the Norfolk Sound ... ... See MoreSee Less

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A great photo of the boys

I have that same picture hanging on the walls autographed by each and every one of the band members, Amman was a close friend of the family's

50 years later Bill s music is still killing it.

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Great crowd in Portsmouth!
International appeal!!!!   This photo was taken this week in Japan.
Dust off your Halloween costume and join us this Sunday, 29 October at Island Twist (formerly the Upper Deck) in Virginia Beach.  The fun starts at 7.  Prizes awarded for the best costume, and the proceeds will be donated to assist victims of domestic abuse!  Fun and worthwhile!!!!!!
On a recent visit to Granby St in downtown Norfolk......
Those were good days!!!
Get your tickets soon.   The last three Tidewater Winds' Holiday Concerts have sold out!!!!
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