Once again, greetings and salutations. For our first column of the year, my very best to all who have been a part of what we do. Hard to believe that this year marks 56 years for the Geator to be in show business professionally – 62 years if you count my years on Bandstand - and our 44th year down at the shore at Memories in Margate.
Truly one of the highlights for this new year was the award from Atlantic City Weekly naming me Best Radio Personality, Readers' Choice, and also naming Memories best non-casino singles' scene at the shore, also Readers' Choice. And as we move forward, let's hope that for 2016 we can all share the music, the fun and the friendships that we have developed throughout all the years together. If you’re still a yon teenager at heart, you can visit and party with the Geator on Wednesdays at Taphouse 23 in Bridgeport, Pa., and on Thursdays right here in A.C. at the Golden Nugget. For Fridays and Saturdays, check online for our schedule of one nighters.
In fact, as I write this, I am flying back from our dance party at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla., last Friday, with friends and fans joining us from all over the country and a special appearance by my pal Frankie Valli (see photos), who came by to say hello before his concert. And remember that we return to Florida Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, for our annual Philly-South Jersey reunion at the Seminole Hard Rock, where every year the Geator Gold guys and gals from north and south gather to have some fun in the sun with the Geator and DJ Joel. Hope you can join us then.
If you are out of town, you also can always pick us up on the air at WBCB1490.com every weekday from 3 to 5 p.m., at XPN.org every Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. for The Geator’s Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues Express on WXPN, and for two hours every Sunday at noon for “The Geator, Frank & Friends” at WONDRadio.com and right here at the shore on WOND News Talk Radio 1400 AM.
And just a reminder that the 2016 Malt Shop Memories Cruise that departs Oct. 30 is almost completely sold out, so check availability at MaltShopCruise.com if you are interested in going.
Well, that pretty much sums it up for our first column of the new year - so now it’s time to ask the Geator ...
I hope so much to make it to the Kimmel Center on Sunday, Feb. 28, for the great show. Will tickets be available there in the lobby that evening? Please let me know. Thanks -- Larry McDermott, Williamstown
Do you know what time the dancing starts at the Kimmel Center? I know the concert starts at 8 p.m. but I like to be there before that time so I can dance. -- Joseph Grimes, Pittsburgh, Pa.
As most of our readers know, the Jan. 23 Doo Wop Spectacular we had scheduled at the Kimmel Center had to be postponed because of the state of emergency in Pennsylvania due to the blizzard. However, we have been able to change the date with the entire lineup intact to Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., and all tickets for Jan. 23 are being honored. Because the Jan. 23 show was completely sold out weeks in advance, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to get any tickets at the door. Around 100 tickets owners have asked for refunds because they are unable to make the new date, so those seats will be available, but again, they will go fast, and the deadline for returns is Feb. 15, so I strongly suggest calling the Kimmel Center now at 215-893-1999 to secure your seats, or go to KimmelCenter.org to see what’s available on their seating chart. For those of you who have tickets, because the concert was moved to a Sunday, it starts one hour earlier, at 7 p.m., so doors will open up at 6 p.m. for dancing and cocktails in the Atrium.
Hi, Jerry, I have been wondering for years: Did you ever have Mick Jagger with you at Wagner's Ballroom? -- Patti Pizzo, Upper Black Eddy, Pa.
In 1962 I got a call from the promotion man from London Records, who asked me if I would like to do an interview with Mick Jagger. At that time the British invasion was just beginning and I was not a part of that because I was playing R&B and rock and roll. But Jagger and the Stones were the closest thing to rhythm and blues, so I agreed to do the interview on WHAT, and R&B is what we talked about. I realized that he was more into American blues than most of the other English artists who professed to be into R&B and American blues. A footnote: My secretary at the time, Trish Laden, wound up living in England and hooking up with Mick for a brief period of time. The only performers who appeared at the dances at Wagner's were local artists from the area who would come in and lip sync to promote their records.
Question about your new CD Live on the Radio with Super Mixes. Are you talking though it like you do on For Lovers Only or on your radio show at Memories? I know you made an intro but do you comment in other places on the CD? -- Allen Horan, Somers Point
Yes, the newest CD in our collection is done just like a live radio show when I compare different versions of the same song by different artists. With this CD I give the listener a sample of what my radio show is like if they've never heard it. For information on how to order, go to my page at Geator.net and you’ll see the link for CDs/DVDs.
Got a question for the Geator? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and location and watch this column for the answer. For complete info on Jerry’s appearances go to Geator.net. And remember, keep on rocking, 'cause you only rock once!