Once again, greetings and salutations. And it's that time of year when family and friends come together for good cheer and to give thanks for the many blessings that we have in this wonderful country we live in. Sometimes we take our freedom for granted, but with the situations that are happening all around the world, on this Thanksgiving Day we really should be grateful for what we have.
Hard to believe, though, that the holiday season is here. Seems like just yesterday we closed Memories for the season. But lots of exciting things are happening for the new season upon us. As you know, this New Year's Eve we will celebrate at the Sands up in Bethlehem, Pa., but till then we will be with you every Wednesday at the Taphouse 23 in Bridgeport, Pa., and every Thursday up until Christmas Eve at the Golden Nugget right in A.C. And perhaps we will see you Thanksgiving Eve when we do our annual Turkey Trot at Chickie's & Pete's in South Philly, with special guest stars the Sensational Soul Cruisers.
And here's a great gift suggestion for the holidays - how about a ticket to our Doo Wop Reunion on Jan. 23, 2016, at the Kimmel Center in Philly starring the Skyliners, the Chantels, Eugene Pitt and the Jive Five, the Dubs, the Dimensions, the Marcels, Billy & the Essentials, and Frankie and the Fashions, all surrounded by a 30-piece orchestra? As you know, these shows are constantly sold out, so I suggest that you get your tickets in advance by calling the Kimmel at 215-893-1999 or ordering them online at KimmelCenter.org.
Also just in time for the holidays, look for our brand new CD, "Live on the Radio with the Super Mixes" -- it's only a matter of days until it's available to you. The last time we did something like this, recording the Geator live on the radio, was back in 1962 with For Lovers Only, and many of your have been asking for a CD with the Geator talking. This new CD is an hour of the special shows that I do featuring different artists doing their own versions of some of the great classic songs -- for example, "Since I Don’t Have You" by the Skyliners, the Four Seasons, and the Spiral Starecase. Another great gift idea for the music lovers in your life.
So as you can see, no matter what the season, the Geator is always coming up with ways to bring you the music and the magic. And to join me live, check my schedule at Geator.net and hopefully we'll get to see you before the end of the year.
Now, it's time for your questions. And by the way, check out the photos accompanying this article for some great shots from the Malt Shop Memories Cruise we did at the beginning of the month.
Hi, Jerry. You often played a gospel version if Sam Cooke's "Summertime." I haven't heard it in quite a while. Can you tell me what album it is on or how I can get a copy? I love that song by him. Thanks. -- Nettie Morris, Holmes, Pa.
The version I play was the flip side of "You Send Me," released in 1957 on the Keen label. The faster version, with Sam scatting, was released two years later as "Summertime (Part 2)," and it became the more popular version that's on all the albums. But it is not the version you like, which has more of a gospel feel. To my knowledge it's not available on any albums except for The Keen Records Story, which is out of print
Did you see the article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the Dancette ballroom? -- Jean Price, Marmora
I did not see the article but I remember the Dancette well. It was a little place that was one of the more popular dance spots in New Jersey during the '50s. Unfortunately it was competing against disc jockeys with name value who started to run their own dances elsewhere, and the Dancette did not flourish without having a name DJ hosting there.
I own a DVD of Gone With the Wind and noticed the label had the name Mack David on it. It’s a long shot but is he any relation to Hal David? -- Gina, Philadelphia
Mack David was Hal David’s older brother, and in addition to writing lyrics for "My Own True Love," the theme from Gone With the Wind, was an extremely prolific songwriter who worked with many of the top composers of the '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s, including collaborating with Burt Bacharach on "Baby, It's You." He also wrote a song called "Sunflower," recorded by Sinatra in 1948, which was later used as the basis for the melody of "Hello, Dolly."
For complete info on Jerry’s appearances go to Geator.net. Got a question 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!