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NOTE FROM HIS SON MICHAEL: I got two renditions of
a song my father recorded as a demo for Louis Paruolo, the guy who wrote
the music and lyrics. It's the same recording done in two different
keys. I ripped them from the old shellac 78s into Audacity, then
converted them to mp3. They're a bit noisy but the signal to
noise isn't bad. It's more hiss than clicks or pops.
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But You (Rock)
Ride in a
Rolls (Alt rock, pop)
Arms Around Me Son (Americana Rock)
(Retro Oldies Pop)
Gonna Get My Love (Sultry sax Pop jazz ballad)
Middle Of The Night
Wait My Love
Hold Me (Acoustic Ballad)
Whiskey Smile (Americana)
Across The Water
Talk About it (Blues,
For Me (Duet ballad)
To Watch You Dance
The Other Man
Kamikaze Cadillac (Blues,
Sitting On A Rainbow
(Cozy female ballad)
Mary Mack (Funk, hop,
Feel Good (Stoner Rock)
My Old Chevy (Country
This way to Nowhere
Shining Angel (Spiritual
Get It Done (backwoods
Shot in the Head (Cover
by Rice Miller Band)
Summer of our Kiss
Red House (Rice Miller
MAKE UP SOME TIME
WHERE WERE YOU
FROM THE START (ALT ROCK)
CAN'T HELP FALLING
GREENPOINT MUSIC PRESENTS
as presented by his
My father idolized Frank Sinatra. He
took piano lessons as a teenager, but his real love was crooning.
He worked as an usher at the Paramount Theater. He got drafted into
the army around 1949/1950 and served a year overseas in Korea
when the war was hot.
After the army
he sought vocal training and mentioned a number of times that he it
had some connection to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. While he was
getting his training he was also getting some live on the air play
on one of the radio stations in NYC. A friend that I went to school
with once told me that his aunt was in love with him and he used to
sing to her on the radio station.
Around 1960 he
started working at Rockefeller Center. He makes mention of that in
the Ted Mack clip. "The Singing Elevator Operator from Brooklyn".
While dad was working at Rockefeller Center, he performed a few
times at the Rainbow Grill in the RCA building. He also performed in
a theatrical group called the RCI Players. I am not exactly sure
but I believe it was at Radio City Music Hall.
The Ted mack thing happened in 1962. He
came won the first round and came back the following week. He got
knocked off by "a trumpet playing broad" as he put it.
Around 1966 he
sang in Italian at the Mt. Carmel Feast in Brooklyn. He was using
the name "Johnny Armand" a tribute to his friend Armand Soriano.
There were posters of him in some of the businesses in the nabe.
Dad could belt out those Italian songs in dialect, Mala Femina,
Inamorata, etc. Both my mom and dad's family are from Teggiano.
happened after he left Rockefeller Center and he got a job with the
Transit Authority. In the 70s and 80s there was an Italian cable
television station in New Jersey where he was a guest several times,
again singing in Italian. He really loved to sing.
Just a few
months before he had a stroke in 2013, he was still performing
in the Hudson Valley/Catskills. The last gig was at a Vaudeville
Tribute. He played Al Jolson. "Vaudeville in the Catskills" in South
Fallsburgh in conjunction with the Sullivan County Dramatic
I had a couple
of old shellac 78 RPM records of his. One is from the second Ted
Mack show, and another is a demo he made for a songwriter. It's a
lovely ballad called "This Heart of Mine (Belongs only to You). He
also had a number of reel to reel tapes he made. Unfortunatley I
have no idea where they are.
I hope you find
something useful in these musings -- and thanks Joe for caring about
my father and wanting to preserve a part of his legacy.
THE DING DONG SHOW:
Back in the 70s there was a
talent show called THE DING DONG SHOW. Basically the deal was that YOU
had to sell tickets to get on it. One day MIke D'Alto was there and so
was another GreenPoint group known as
THE RHYTHM EXPRESS
(including Joe Kirsch). We didn't know that we were there that very same
day until years later when Mike D'Altos son happen to mention it in
passing. Mike saved some paperwork from it -- here it is (click to
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