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On ‘If,’ it’s Scott.


By Jerry Blavat
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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


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1. Ted C. Richboro, PA said... on Nov 17, 2013 at 08:50PM

“Jerry,
I heard part or your show on 88.5 where you played some great standards from The Flamingos. It reminded me of the song Our Love by The Rivieras.
Please some info on the group and the song.”

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2. Alan said... on Dec 5, 2013 at 01:19PM

“Why is Tina Britt LOWING LOW---she doesn't perform, she doesn't have contact with the DJ'S AND RADIO STATIONS.

The REAL THING---BEEN GETTING VERY AIRPLAY FOR 36 years”

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