Once again, greetings and salutations. Back from sea with the Malt Shop Memories cruise, and if you were with us for any of the last three, this had to be one of the best. Folks who were with us from previous ones were back, along with new members of the family. It was not only the artists but the audience from all over the world all coming together to re-live the golden age of rock and roll. Stay tuned for info about next year or go to maltshopcruise.com online.
And it’s going to be a great weekend in A.C. when my pal Frankie Valli returns to the Borgata this Friday and Saturday night. Frankie represents the last of the true class and style of show business. Look for the Jersey Boys movie, which just wrapped, directed by Clint Eastwood, to be out for the New Year.
Now, let’s ask the Geator.
Hi, Jerry. Do you have any info on Tokens member Bill Reid? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks — Al DiGiuseppe (via e-mail)
Bill and I just returned from the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, where he, Jay Siegel, and Jay Traynor (the original Jay of the Americans), brought the house down as Jay Siegel’s Tokens. Bill and his brother Jack were dear friends of mine — as a matter of fact, I did Bill’s wedding way before he joined the group. Bill was well known since the early ’60s, when he sang background on “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” and “Who Put the Bomp.” Jack, who passed away several years ago, was the older of the brothers by two minutes.
And here’s a trivia question. The Tokens were the first vocal group to produce a million-selling record for another vocal group. What was the record? Answer at the end of the column.
You have been playing a song called “If,” two versions, one by Perry Como. The other one is Timi Yuro and I would like to find out who does the spectacular piano accompaniment. — Joe D., Williamstown
Pat Benatar was only looking for a guitarist — not a boyfriend — when Neil “Spyder” Giraldo walked through the door of a recording studio in 1979 and fired a musical arrow through the singer’s heart. Describing the 23-year-old musician as “the most drop-dead gorgeous man I had ever seen in my life,” Benatar told herself she’d just met the father of her children.
Once again, greetings and salutations. Yep, fall has arrived, and shortly we’ll be changing the clocks. Boggles my mind how fast this year is going — before you know it, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year.
Once again, greetings and salutations. Well, the weather has finally made it into the fall. But things are still hot with the Geator and the Geator Gold guys and gals, with our one-nighters and our new Wednesday night Live at 5 broadcast from the Valley Forge Casino, which can be heard locally on KOOL 98 along with our regular weekday broadcasts from 7-9pm. And it’s amazing how popular our show “The Geator, Frank, and Friends” is on WOND News Talk Radio every Sunday from noon to 2pm, following local radio legend Jim MacMillan’s “Weekend Journal.” Never realized how many young people are really into that show and the music from the “Rat Pack” era. Folks especially love the mixes that we do of the early years of Frank on Columbia, his legendary Capitol recordings, and then the remakes and later hits he did on Reprise. Our next show at the Kimmel Center, which many of you have been asking about, is on target. The date is Jan. 25 and the lineup so far includes Bobby Rydell, Jay Black, Gary U.S. Bonds, Pat Upton of the Spiral Starecase — and waiting for confirmation from Mel Carter. Also, by the time you read our...
Once again, greetings and salutations. And how about it? Second full week of fall and the memories linger on of the good times we had this summer at the all-new Memories in Margate. Keep an ear and an eye open, because we’ll have some special events coming your way at Memories. For further info, all you have to do is listen to our nightly show on the air from 7-9pm on KOOL 98.3 or online at kool983.com. Or visit Geator.net for my schedule. And would you believe the Columbus Day Parade is upon us? My buddy Bobby Rydell will be the Grand Marshall this year, riding along with the Geator in the Family Geatormobile. You can see all the action Sunday, Oct. 13, on ABC Channel 6 starting at noon, or join us in person on South Broad Street in Philly. And how about it? The Geator’s life story, You Only Rock Once, is out in paperback, and it’s selling like crazy all over again. The success of this is reminiscent of how it all began with me on radio back in 1960. It was word of mouth back then, and that’s what’s happening with the book. It is available at Amazon,...
Once again, greetings and salutations, and I don’t have to tell you. If you were with us last weekend at Memories, you know it just gets better and better. It begins on Wednesday with our Happy hour and rolls right on through to Sunday with the incredible sounds of the Soul Cruisers, who will be performing at Memories every Sunday night for the rest of August. Every night it’s a different crowd, and every night it’s excitement, especially on the weekends. Friday nights are becoming the night to be there when we go live at Memories starting at 5pm and run straight through to the wee small hours of the morning. People from all over are experiencing the magic, and this weekend was no exception with folks...
Once again, greetings and salutations. Well, it keeps on getting better. Nothing but stars, and if you were listening to our live broadcast last weekend on WTKU KOOL 98.3, you recognized them all.