Once again, greetings and salutations. ‘Tis the Boss with the fall sauce, and even though we don’t see each other as much as we did during the summer season, you’re always on my mind. And at one time or another, you always do join me down at the Jersey shore. Last weekend was no exception. The Baby Boomers, as usual, partied with the Geator at La Costa in Sea Isle, and now with October here, the big event will be Fabulous Fifties Weekend in Wildwood. I’ll kick it off on Friday night, Oct. 15, and, of course, Chubby will celebrate 50 years since America began “twisting” the nights away. Then, before you know it, the holidays. Make sure you plan to join us again for our gala New Year’s Eve party at the Taj. For tickets and more information, call 609-449-1000. Now, let’s ask the Geator.
I didn’t know that Eddie Fisher was from Philadelphia till I read the articles about him after he died. Did you know him? — Rene
As a kid, I knew of him. Most of us kids, before the Krass Brothers came along, used to get our clothes where he got his clothes, Sam’s at 7th and Snyder. Never thought I would meet him, but I did when he came to town with Elizabeth Taylor and had dinner at Beck’s on the Boulevard. I was invited, along with Joey Bishop and a young singer from South Philly by the name of Eddie Dano, to join him. He was cordial, and what struck me was how quiet and humble he was in the presence of Elizabeth Taylor.
I own a DVD of Gone With the Wind and noticed in the music credits the name Mack David. It’s a long shot but is he any relation to Hal David? — Charles B.
As a matter of fact he was Hal’s older brother and a very prolific songwriter for films, including “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella and the lyrics for “My Own True Love,” the theme from GWTW.
For years I have been looking for an old album that came out around 1967 and might have been called Philadelphia’s Greatest A Cappella, recorded with five or six young doo-wop groups. Two songs I remember on it were “Hey Boy” and “You Cheated, You Lied.” An old friend of mine, Paul Fiore (Pinky), is the lead singer on “Hey Boy” and he nails it. I want this record so bad, I would even go out and buy a record player!
— Gerry Campbell, aka Philly Dog, Brigantine
You got the title right, and it’s on Pantomime Records. Your friend Pinky, who sang lead, was with a group called the Destinations. The group that did “You Cheated, You Lied” were the Vibra-Tones. If you’re looking for the CD, call my friend Val Shively’s R&B Records at 610-352-2320 — if Val’s not around, ask for Chuck — and they’ll be able to help you.
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!