Once again, greetings and salutations. Before getting to your questions, I want to thank the folks at Caesars, including boss man Don Marrandino, and Georges Perrier and Chris Scarduzio, who together run Mia Restaurant at Caesars, for the wonderful hospitality bestowed upon all of us who taped the Time-Life Malt Shop Memories show for PBS recently. Chris and Georges took time out to cook for every one of the stars of the show (held earlier this month at Caesars’ Circus Maximus Theater), including Frankie Avalon, Chris Montez, Bobby Rydell, and all the groups. We’ll let you know when it will be televised, and you can check geator.net for updates. But now, let’s ask the Geator.
First, we’ve got a trivia question for you. Which female has the most Oscars? Answer at end of column.
Jerry, was that you in the front row of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction? — Ian Schultz
Yes, that was me, along with my dear friend Lloyd Price. When Neil Diamond saw me with Lloyd, he came offstage and had us join him in singing “Sweet Caroline.” It was completely unexpected and unrehearsed, but it was a kick. By the way, I was there for my friend Darlene Love, whom I helped get inducted and who thanked me from the dais in her acceptance speech.
I never really heard Frank Sinatra sing in Italian nor did I hear him speak Italian. Did he speak or sing in Italian like Dean Martin?P.S. Looking forward to your book. Thank you. — Jim Chimienti
Frank was never as comfortable with the language as other singers such as Dean. In the early years, when he recorded for Columbia, he did one Italian standard, “Come Back to Sorrento,” entirely in Italian, and he also sang a portion of “I Have But One Heart” in Italian. Later on he planned to record an album of Italian love songs for Reprise, but that never came to be. He also sang a chorus of “Santa Lucia” in Italian, along with Perry Como and the president of Italy, in a concert given at the White House in 1982 which was televised by PBS.
We saw the name Sidney Kimmel credited as a producer on the movie The Lincoln Lawyer. Is that the same Sidney Kimmel of the Kimmel Center who is your friend? — Fran & Greg
Lots of people don’t know that Sidney has been producing movies for quite a while, beginning with Clan of the Cave Bear. He also produced 9½ Weeks, The Kite Runner, United 93, Breach, and many others. His next release will be a comedy, One for the Money, with Debbie Reynolds, Katherine Heigl, and John Leguizamo — who, by the way, once expressed interest in playing the Geator if and when a screenplay were written based on the article that appeared in Vanity Fair several years ago.
Answer to trivia question: Not an actress but Edith Head, who won eight Academy Awards for costume design.
Got a question for Jerry? Send it to AskTheGeator@acweekly.com or Geator Gold Radio, 626 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more info on Jerry’s appearances, go to www.geator.net — and keep on rocking, ’cause you only rock once!
Once again, greetings and salutations. And for you folks who joined us last Sunday for our Mother’s Day spectacular at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, what can I say? Outstanding. Another sold-out show, with thanks going out to Jay Black, Frankie Avalon, the Soul Survivors, the Orlons, the Tymes, and the Planotones. And with that behind us, let’s talk about Memorial Day weekend, right around the corner. Would you believe this year will mark 40 years that you and I have been together at that legendary spot, Memories in Margate? Look for some exciting things to happen when we go live on KOOL 98.3 on weekends, not only from Memories on Saturday nights, but also on Friday nights from Mia’s Restaurant at Caesars Atlantic City. More about that as the weeks go by — now, let’s ask the Geator. After a bunch of people (including me) were reminiscing about the good ol’...
On Monday, Dec. 13, Patsy’s at the Atlantic City Hilton, will pay tribute to the mothership’s number-one customer by offering his favorite dishes in celebration of what would have been Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 95th birthday.
Using original costumes and make-up, Piscopo will re-create characters he first introduced on Saturday Night Live 30 years ago in a show titled That’s Life, which also stars actor Michael Longoria of Broadway’s Jersey Boys.
When someone says, “Spatzy, what’s the best show you ever saw?” I invariably answer, “I’ll let you know after I see it.” But one night in 1988, not long after the Golden Nugget became Bally’s Grand (now the Hilton), all the cosmic tumblers fell into place, and Sinatra performed one for the ages.
Start spreading the news! Vocalist Steve Lippia is returning to Atlantic City for long overdue concert dates. Lippia, backed by a 17-piece orchestra, headlines in the Atlantic City Hilton Theater fro...
The collective gasp of 1,600 people seems to say it all. Moments after a 12-piece band completes a lively overture of familiar songs, a weekday matinee audience catches its breath when a ghost steps ...