Johnny Angel, the front man of Johnny and the Halos, a long-spanning Doo Wop band that has traveled across the globe, recently relocated Johnny Angel’s Ginchy (Cool) Stuff to the North Shore in the Bicycle Heaven complex. The museum/store highlights Angel’s 50-year career, and offers a multitude of odds and ends, records and memorabilia in the retail section.
A native of Pittsburgh, Angel is a fixture in the Pittsburgh music scene, and a fan favorite of many old school music lovers. Upon entering, the unassuming Angel offers a warm greeting and friendly conversation. Walking through the museum, you might be surprised that the guy you just walked by did all of these things. If it weren’t well documented on the wall before you, it might make for great bar tap fodder, “Yeah I played with James Brown every now and again, no big deal.”
The industrial park housing Angel’s museum is coming quite the tourist destination, but not without the help of Bicycle Heaven owner, Craig Morrow, who convinced Angel to launch his store next to the world’s largest bicycle museum. Angel says his museum has received a great response and he hopes that the community will help support its existence.
People like Angel, who are not dripping with hubris, often offer such a solid and relative perspective on the scene of today versus in the past. It’s important to cultivate those discussions so we can maintain a sense of musical integrity and relevancy within our current market.
Johnny Angel’s Ginchy Stuff is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12 p.m.– 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.