Once again, greetings and salutations. Well, summer is sizzling and so is Memories. Nothing but stars - a Joe Namath lookalike, a Nicole Kidman lookalike, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike, a Ron Perelman lookalike, Ish Kabibble, Benny Hill and on and on. And of course the real stars who make it happen - the return of the Three Amigos. Adrian, who goes solo and got on the hunt. My man Anthony celebrating a birthday - in fact, lots of birthday parties at Memories this weekend, including Gina, Marissa, Dominic and Joe Marone. And of course, my pal Jose, the kids from Florida, Patches and the Candy Man.
And yes, you heard right. That was State Senator Larry Farnese along with Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania Michael Stack dancing alongside former Councilman Frank DiCicco. And how about my main man Phil Juliano, along with Frankie Parm and Phil's lovely wife Daisy straight from The Great Gatsby - plus Danny & Cathy Brestle, Dave and Joanne Casinelli of Yuengling, Lisa and Pete Ciarrocchi of Chickie's & Pete's and the return of Carmen and AnneMarie Nasuti, along with the Longport Crew and the gang from Sea Isle City.
And a special hello to Rich Metzler, a fellow admirer of Sitting Bull, and my pal Pasquale Vallese and his beautiful new brideElaine.
And if you haven't experienced the magic of Memories yet this summer, hard to believe but we've got only six weeks left, so stop in and see for yourself. As you can see from the photo (attached), folks of all ages come and party with us and, as good as it gets, each week it gets even better. You can hear the music and the magic live every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on WVLT Cruisin' 92.1 (WVLT.com) and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. WTKU Kool 98.3 FM.
And even though a temporary gas leak caused the Bay Club to close last Thursday, all is fixed and we will be back in Wildwood every Thursday night for the rest of the summer. And of course our Sunday afternoon jam sessions at La Costa in Sea Isle are still going strong. Lots of opportunities to party with us five nights a week here at the shore, not to mention in Bridgeport, Pa., on Mondays and at the Sands in Bethlehem on Wednesdays. Hope to see you at one place or another this summer.
And now, let's get to your questions:
I have always wanted to ask you this. When the Isley Brothers successfully sued Michael Bolton for plagiarism, what was the song in question? And when you went to court to testify on behalf of the Isley Brothers, what did you say? - Holly, Brigantine
The song was "Love Is a Wonderful Thing," originally recorded by the Isley Brothers in 1964. Bolton claimed that he never heard "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" because it was never played on the radio and he wasn't familiar with the Isley Brothers. I flew out to L.A. to testify that not only was I one of many DJs who played the song when it first came out, but that for Bolton to say that he didn't know the group was ridiculous because the "national anthem" for partying and in colleges back then was "Shout." The judge agreed because she herself remembered everyone partying to "Shout" at the college she attended.
Jerry, have you ever had Kim Weston at the Kimmel Center? Any chance you can book her for one of your shows? I'd love to see her sing "Helpless" backed up by that orchestra. -- Gary from Somers Point
Yes, Kim was with us at the Kimmel in March 2002, along with the Maxine Brown, the Drifters, Lloyd Price, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Eddie Holman, Martha & the Vandellas, and Kenny Vance & the Planotones. She did "Looking for the Right Guy," "Take Me In Your Arms," and "It Takes Two," but I agree that "Helpless" would tear the house down. I believe she's had some health issues recently and I'm not sure if she's still performing, but if we can, we certainly would love to have her back.
We want to see you at Memories at Margate on Friday. Can I bring my 5-year-old granddaughter to happy hour? - Diane O'Mara, Haddonfield
Because Memories also has a restaurant license and we serve food, you can bring a member of the family who's a minor to the club as long as they're always with a parent or guardian, with the understanding that we are not allowed to serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
Do you remember the name of the disco dance show you used to host on Channel 2 in Forks Township Saturday mornings back in the '70s? My identical twin and I used to be on just about every Saturday. Those were the days. - Donna, Whitehall, Pa.
I've done so many shows throughout my career in different markets that I don't recall the exact title of this one. But any of you out there remember the show and know the name, please write on in and we'll post the answer.
Got a question – or answer - for the Geator? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, watch this column for the answer - and remember, keep on rocking, 'cause you only rock once!