Once again, greetings and salutations. Well, what can I say? It was a spectacular summer, and all summer the stars were out in full force. Who were they? You – the people who came and partied and created the magic that is Memories in Margate.
For 43 years we’ve celebrated. Clubs come, clubs go; what’s in then is out later. But Memories is constant. And the secret? I say it all the time -- the people who come year after year to relive the magic of previous summers and make brand new memories to last forever. So we salute all of you the worker, the doctor, the lawyer, the entrepreneur, the professional, the mom, the dad, the bachelor and bachelorette, the everyday people of America. Thank you again for your love, loyalty and your partying spirit.
I would like to give special thanks to the wonderful and hard-working Memories staff who made it happen weekend after weekend -- our bartenders, Adam, Justin, Deserie, Samantha, and Kathy, Lauren in the Geator Garden; our barbacks Anthony, Gavin, Mike, and Joe M.; our porters George and Shay; our security personnel Pierre, Chris, Albert, Tom, Jami, and members of the Rowan football team; the amazing Lindsey and Joey, who work miracles not only by managing Memories but managing to stay on top of their teaching careers, and of course my main man and right arm, DJ Joel Stephens.
And a big thank you to all of our sponsors -- A-Plus Roofing, Barrel's of Margate, Chickie's & Pete's, Family Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, the Golden Nugget, Jefferson Health System, La Costa Lounge, attorney Jay Edelstein, the law firm of Laffey, Bucci & Kent, Lourdes Health Care, Primo Hoagies, the Sands in Bethlehem, the Seminole Hard Rock, Talluto's Pasta, Teal Yacht Services, Tony Luke's, Uncle Bill's Pancake House, Wills Eye, and Yuengling Breweries. I know them all personally, and these great family-owned or family-oriented businesses and organizations will go out of their way to make you happy, so please support them throughout the year.
As you know, our summer at Memories ends on Labor Day. For me it has special meaning because not only do I see all of the old familiar faces but new faces from all over the globe who pick up on the music and the happiness of Memories in Margate. It is also very sad that many of those people I may never see again. One such person is a man who goes back with me to when he was a teenager following me at all of the dances starting in South Philadelphia. He was a friend, a father and a mentor to his family, and we all loved him. He was Freddie de Felice, who unfortunately passed away on August 25 from cancer.
In remembering Freddie -- and everyone who knew him loved him -- you never heard him complain. He always smiled. He always danced. He always had a good word. And he was just there for the fun and the love that has been a part of what we've done for the past 43 years at Memories, and he helped create that love and that magic.
It is so sad because I know as the summer closes many of you go different way, and because of fate we never know when we may meet again. But remember, we have all been together even for a brief moment to enjoy each other, and we will be together again.
Now, let's ask the Geator.
I saw a news flash that one of Low Cut Connie's songs was on President Obama's summer play list. Do you know how he heard the song? I know you are friends with the group and we saw them perform at Memories in Margate. - Lynn M., Brigantine
As the story goes, one of the band members has a friend who works at the White House and through that person, the President's daughter Malia got hold of one of their albums. One day when she was playing it in the White House, her dad heard "Boozaphilia," the group's first single, and flipped for it. Adam's reaction when he found out: "We are speechless and honored and humbled and ecstatic and confused ... I've been alternately laughing and crying for 48 hours now." Low Cut Connie also made the news this year when the TV show The Voice tried to recruit them as participants on the show without them having to audition, and the band turned them down. This group has big things in store.
Do you remember your days at the 22KT Club in Philly and the show you ran out of there? -- Karen Wolfe, Baghdad, Iraq
Yes, I do. The 22 Karat Club was an after-hours club that really only did business from midnight to 3 a.m. The owner Kenny Shapiro, who was a friend of mine, asked me what he could do to try to get some early business. I suggested that we do a TV show from there, and it proved to be very successful. It ran from 1977 to '78 and it was a disco show, all dancing, with guest stars. We would start to tape at 7 p.m. and be finished by midnight.
There was an article last week about the anniversary of Live Aid that had some remarks by you. Did you attend the penthouse party? Almost impossible to comprehend all those stars gathered in one room. Quite a memory. -- Pasquale Vallese, Bensalem, Pa.
Unfortunately I did not attend that party because I had to work another engagement. Even back then the Geator was constantly booked.
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!