had the pleasure of seeing a lot of entertainers. Some good, some bad, but most
however have been wonderful in one way or another. The other evening I had the
opportunity to witness an entertainer who, without question, will be joining
the likes of Clint Holmes, Tony Orlando and the late great Sammy Davis, Jr. For
years you have known him as Edwin C. of Cornel Gunter's Coasters. Today he's becoming known as Edwin C
and Cookin' Time.
him a few years ago when he was lead singer for the Gunter group. Then his
friend, fellow musician and manager, Brenda Bouschard, told us about this
amazing entertainer, invited us out to the Silverton a few months ago.
Originally he was inked for a three month run beginning in January. Well, gang,
he's still there singing and doing his impressions every evening in the
time, however, we were invited to watch him perform in a very special one-night
concert down south in Laughlin, Nevada at The River Palms Hotel & Casino.
The venue was set up to seat about 600 and as best as I could tell there were
very few empty seats. The show was billed as a "Motown Revue" and featured
along with Edwin C., Motown and Rock 'n Roll songwriter and performer J.J.
Jackson; hit maker Chris Montez and legendary actor and performer Otis Day.
that high-powered talent on a single stage one would think our lad would be just a little nervous, right?
Wrong! As host and emcee he performed flawlessly, as he introduced each star
to an appreciative audience where each performed their respective hits.
opened the evening with the Motown hit "Get Ready" and the crowd was indeed ready
for a great night of music. One thing about this particular performer he can get an
audience in the right mood with his vibrant personality, great vocal range (4 1/2
octaves) and energy second to none.
After Jackson finished Edwin surprised
the crowd by returning to the stage as Stevie Wonder including the wig, the attire, the glasses and of course
the attitude which literally brought down
the house with his vocals of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and "Superstitious."
returned again, following Montez, but this time as James Brown complete with all the
trimmings. His "I Feel Good" again got the crowd standing and screaming. Following
Otis the man returned to the stage, but this time as himself. And what a treat this was. He
could have easily come out as any one of a dozen of impressions he is known for
which include Davis, Jr., Prince, Michael Jackson or Johnny Mathis
to name a few.
he is becoming known as Edwin C, which we feel is right where he should be! The audience was then
treated to a very special tribute to The Platters and Cornel Gunter's Coasters,
when he brought on stage two members of Buck Ram's Platters (where he had spent
a lot of time). The ensemble did "Charlie Brown," "Searchin'," "Poison Ivy" and
then the world famous and crowd favorite "Yakkety Yak." The closer was "Higher
& Higher." One could not get any higher than Edwin C. did this particular
working in many areas right now," Bouschard told me, when asked what was next
for this extraordinary entertainer. "We're checking all the doors and of course
Edwin will make the final decisions. Just keep your ears and eyes opened,
because this man is going places."
believe it too. You can catch him through August 10 at the Silverton Wednesday
& Thursday from 6:30-10:30 pm., Friday and Saturday from 8 pm., to 1 am. Unless
they extend him again!
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