Once again, greetings and salutations, and only a couple of weeks to our April 7 show at the Kimmel Center. You can look forward to a night of doo-wop heaven with the Capris, the Duprees, the Dubs, the Demensions, the Chiffons, the Passions, and the Chimes as we celebrate our 24th show and 10th anniversary year of the Kimmel Center. As of this writing it’s almost sold out, so get your tickets now by calling 215-893-1999 or going to kimmelcenter.org.
Also, lots of you have been asking about the next Malt Shop Memories cruise in October, so we’ll have more about that in our next column. Now, let’s ask the Geator.
I have been trying to find this one song’s name and who sings it from your radio show on 92.1 in the evenings. Part of the song goes: “You don’t know me, forget it, I’m through, I’m over and done with you.” Please tell me who sings this and the name of the song. I have been a fan of yours for many years! — Stephanie Paladino via e-mail
That’s “Feeling No Pain,” the closing theme to my show. The song was recorded by the Del-Satins in 1963 after years of being Dion’s backup band. In fact, Dion wrote and produced the song for them. And here’s a great trivia question: The Del-Satins chose their name as a tribute to two other groups — can you name them? Answer below.
At your concert at the Kimmel Center on April 7: 1) Is Jimmy Gallagher still performing with the Passions? 2) Is Lenny Cocco fronting the Chimes? 3) Which Dubs group is appearing? We already have our tickets, but I just wanted this additional info before we went. Gratefully — Mike G., Collingswood, N.J.
Yes to all three questions. Jimmy Gallagher is flying in from Florida to join the Passions, Lenny Cocco is still fronting the Chimes, and Cleveland Still’s Dubs will be performing with us.
I caught the tail end of a section of your show on WXPN where you were telling a story about who discovered Sarah Vaughan. Could you give the facts again? Thanks — Andrea, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Actually she was discovered by Billy Eckstine at the Apollo, where she was appearing in 1943. Billy was about to form his own band with Earl Hines and Dizzy Gillespie. He made Sarah his lead vocalist and was very instrumental in shaping her career. There’s a story in my book about a time in 1964 when I went to Le Bistro in Atlantic City, where Sarah was appearing. I was sitting with the owners of the club when she announced that Eckstine was in the audience. He got up on stage and they sang “Passing Strangers” together, their 1957 hit on Mercury Records. It was a great moment.
Answer to trivia question: The name the Del-Satins is a combination of the Dells and the Five Satins. They originally spelled it Dell Satins.
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!