Sunday, March 1, 2015


Crowd gathers at Broad and Walnut Street to watch Philly Street Singer
Anthony Riley perform. © Roger Barone 2014

Anthony Riley with is volunteer backup singers and dancers.

Anthony Riley and backups performing "Stop in the Name of Love" at
Broad and Walnut Streets. © photo: roger barone 2014

Tourists capture Anthony Riley's performance on Broad Street.
© Roger Barone 2014

Anthony Riley displays a Philadelphia Magazine Poster
naming him the best Philly Street Performer of 2014.
© Roger Barone 2014

Tourists get shots of Anthony Riley at Broad and Walnut.
photo: roger barone/ Talk Radio News Service

Anthony Riley
, a Philly Street Singer, who used to set up shop throughout the city, frequently entertained at Broad and Walnut Streets. I used to see him often while waiting for the bus.
Anthony was a wonderful person, I often dropped a dollar or two into his can. He was big on the Supremes, Temptations and slipped some Beatles into the act.
On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, after spending the day photographing the 2016 Democratic National Convention Selection Committee's tour of the city, whose last stop was at Independence Hall later that night, I was exhausted and heading to the route 27 bus stop on Broad Street.
I was surprised to see Anthony out that late and with a large crowd. Eventually, he persuaded some onlookers to stand within ten feet of his fledgling fame, and sing backup on the Supremes' "Stop in the Name of Love." It was an hysterical sight, and the tourists were wonderful. I unpacked my cameras for a few pics of the impromptu session.
As for Anthony, earlier this week, he appeared on NBC's The Voice, and drew favorable reviews from the judges. Anthony selected Pharell Williams as his coach. God Bless that young man with the radiating smile.
If Riley ever gets a plaque on the Philly Walk of Fame, Broad and Walnut is a fitting location--just a few short feet away from the entrance of the former Robbins Luggage store. by roger barone

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