Once again, greetings and salutations. And without a doubt, the most exciting event of the year so far was Boardwalk Live weekend at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida with yours truly, the Geator, the Bubba Mac Band, Pinky Kravitz, Dave & Tina, and the folks from WTKU and WOND when we took our entire act to the sunny lands along with Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. People are still talking about the excitement that they heard over the airwaves up this way. So many people to thank for this event, but especially Dave Coskey and Longport Media for bringing all the magic that happened locally this way. Besides dancing, the Geator had the privilege of introducing Frankie for his 50th anniversary celebration on stage at the Hard Rock Live. And a special thank you to Jim Allen, Bernie Dillon, Terri Lutz, and all the folks from the Hard Rock. Now let’s ask the Geator. (See photo at end of article)
Hey, Jerry, have you ever been on the show The Monkees? I thought that might have been you. — Bill El Wingador Simmons, Woodbury Heights, N.J.
Sadly we got this question before the passing of our friend Davy Jones, who was very much loved by folks who knew and worked with him. Yes, that was the Geator playing a DJ on The Monkees episode called “Some Like It Lukewarm,” where Davy dresses up as a girl so the guys could enter a mixed-group contest, and the Geator develops a mad crush on “Miss Jones.”
Whatever happened to Gloria Mann? She had a big hit in the ’50s with “Teenage Prayer.” Just can’t get that song out of my mind. — Neal Bracken, Lansdale, Pa.
According to Gloria’s son, who became a DJ and now has his own group, Will to Power: “My mother got married in 1958 to Al Rosenberg. The comedian Don Rickles brought my father from Manhattan to Philly to watch my mother perform. She did a few radio jingles but no recording or big performances after 1959. She passed away in December 2001.” Gloria also had a daughter, Diane, who came to see me last week at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida.
Geator, who sings that song “You Will Never Get Away” that you play on your radio show? Sounds like a girl group. — John Becker, North Cape May
Interesting question. The artist is credited as Cholli Maye. In actuality the song was written and produced by Charlie Calello, who was a member of Frankie Valli’s original group, the Four Lovers, and went on to produce and arrange many of the Four Seasons’ hits. Also interesting how Cholli Maye sounds an awful lot like Shirley Alston, lead singer of the Shirelles.
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! Geator on ‘The Monkees’ Danny Eyer, the Geator and Herb “Bubba” Birch in Florida
"I’ll give my opinion, but it’s really about the listeners because there’s so many different people who have been in the exact same situation."
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 1-3, Peter and Mickey, along with David Cassidy and many other artists, will be appearing along with yours truly at the first Davy Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, and it’s right here in the Garden State.
“It’s fun playing the old songs with the guys,” Dolenz says. “That’s always been so. We were fortunate to find each other and have so much success. We appreciate it and enjoy every minute together when we do get back on stage.”
The back-story of The Monkees’ latest attempt at a reunion reads more like a soap opera than a milestone moment in popular music. A decade ago, the last time the pre-fab boy band attempted a tour, it had an ugly ending when Peter Tork quit near the end of the run and accused his two stage mates, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, of booze-fueled abusive behavior toward him. Just two years ago, as Tork underwent career-threatening cancer surgery and treatment, Jones told the National Enquirer he couldn’t imagine ever sharing a stage again with Dolenz and then slammed each of his former partners. So it was something of a minor stunner in March...
ONCE AGAIN, greetings and salutations. Hard to believe — tomorrow is April 1 and the opening of baseball season. The Geator’s prediction? The Phillies are going all the way. Also going all the way are the tickets for our Kimmel Center show May 8, Mother’s Day. I guess because everybody wants to give the gift of love to their moms, they’re giving that along with the gift of music. Hope to see you there. Now let’s ask the Geator. I read here in the Weekly that Kenny Vance and Jay Black are on the bill at your next show at the Kimmel Center. Will you have them perform together like they did when they were with Jay & the Americans? — Gil D. Absolutely....
Auld acquaintance of 2011 may best be forgot for many — and how better to clear the cache and ring in a fresh slate of calendar dates than by partying like there’s no tomorrow? In Atlantic City the choices on New Year’s Eve are nearly endless.
� ONCE AGAIN, GREETINGS AND salutations. Well, it happens every year, and this year is no different: the Memorial Day weekend. Hard to believe, 32 years. Fun, sun, sand and dance. We do it non-stop this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And Sunday night, live -- Kenny Vance & the Planotones. Now on with your questions. Yo Geat! Will you be back at the Lighthouse Pointe this year? -- Dave, Ocean City Yo, Dave -- Now that the Memorial Day weekend is here, my whole summer schedule begins. As you know, we'll be at Memories in Margate on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sunday afternoon we'll start our jam sessions at Jimmy Bennett's La Costa in Sea Isle City from 4 to 8pm. Of course Monday nights it's Bubba Mac's from 5 to 7pm on Cruisin' 92.1. And the Lighthouse Pointe will begin Thursday, July 1. Also, we'll keep you informed about when we start "Live at 5" from the Deck at the Trump Marina. Dear Jerry: In the '50s there was a song called "The Joker." Other than Billy Myles, who made this record a hit? My husband claims Jackie Wilson did. I have never been able to find this by Jackie Wilson. We love...