Once again, greetings and salutations. Hard to believe, just a couple of weeks till Labor Day. And, of course, our pal Kenny Vance, along with the Planotones, who opened up our season, will close our season on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31, at Memories. Tickets are available when stopping on by Memories by seeing our doorman, Nick, or at the door the night of the concert. So let's still party at Memories -- and let's now ask the Geator.
Question from a Margate native who's listened to you since I can remember! When I was a teenager in the '60s, there was a song played all summer. I think it was called "Summertime Girl." The lyrics went something like this: "Every night down on the beach we're going to meet, and we'll look at the stars while the waves break over our feet. Just let me steal you away, and I'll be so proud . . . . Won't you please be my summertime girl?" Any idea? It's been a mystery. - Carol G., Maaaagate!
You're talking about a song from 1970 called "Summertime Girl," by a group called Salt Water Taffy. They recorded for many different labels without much success other than a big New York record called "Finders Keepers," which really didn't do anything nationally. They based their harmony upon the Fifth Dimension, as well as their personnel, which was mixed -- guys and gals.
I am a Philly girl who used to dance on your show. You called me Mean Many Jean (little redhead). I am in Florida and dying to hear your show here. Is there a station that streams your show? Thanks - Shelley
Yep. Go online and WVLT Cruisin' 92.1 streams my show from 5-7pm weekdays at wvlt.com. And you will especially enjoy our Saturday night show on WXPN called The Geator's Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues Express, which, for one hour, explores different musical themes and artists from our era of rock and roll. That's also online Saturdays 6-7pm at xpn.org -- click on "listen live."
How old are you? I have three cases of beer riding on it! - Pasquale
Well, let them get the money out. The Geator was born July 3, 1940, so you can do the arithmetic and hopefully you'll win the bet.
A while ago you talked about movies where the actors died during filming. Didn't Clark Gable die while filming The Misfits? - Liz Nader
Clark Gable suffered a massive heart attack in 1961 just one day after The Misfits had wrapped. The film was complete, but he died several days later. Interestingly, it was reported that during the film, referring to Marilyn Monroe's constant lateness, Gable had said, "That dame is gonna give me a heart attack."
Once again, greetings and salutations to all who had a ball with the Geator at the Kimmel. Fabulous show, so nice that we’re going to do it twice. Mark the date: Saturday, April 7, and this will be a doo wop reunion, bringing back some of the classic stars who’ve been with me over the last 10 years — folks like Little Anthony, the Duprees, the Harptones, the Skyliners, the Classics, the Dubs, and more of your favorites. Stay tuned and we’ll announce the complete lineup shortly. And don’t forget, the Geator and the South Jersey/Philly crowd heading down south to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 1-3. That’s got to be a blast, along with Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons’ appearance there, so make your reservations now. And yes, we...
The technological gadgets of today simply weren’t around when Vance was a young Jewish kid from Brooklyn, a music lover who would become a founding member of Jay & The Americans in the early 1960s. It was an era in music when things like pop charts, 45s and live radio DJs were still relevant and made a huge impact on mainstream culture.