will finally make its world premier at the Paper Mill Playhouse on March 24 in Millburn, NJ. Previously postponed due to Covid, the Broadway bound musical is based on the life and music of Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Dion DiMucci. Tickets
are now on sale.
Joey Dee has a new book, Peppermint Twist Chronicles. This is so much more than a "rock bio". Julian Lennon says, "it's an explosive, revealing look at Rock & Roll through the eyes of Joey Dee, the man who was there to see it firsthand, on the ground floor. Joey tells of launching superstars and legends, a dance craze, mobsters, sex and 60's Rock & Roll in a good read that makes you feel as though you were sharing the journey with him." The book is available on Amazon.
A couple of items from long time contributor Frank B. First up is Gene Pitney's tribute to the Platters. Very nice editing job on this video. Frank is one of the foremost authorities and biggest fan of the Platters. Frank also tells me that there will be a new Gene Pitney book coming out soon. And secondly. Frank found some things that went wrong in the studio!
ANGELO'S GROUP OF THE WEEK
Today we are featuring the music of The Viscaynes (ICG). First up "Guess I'll Be" from October of 1961. Second up is the flip side "Stop What You're Doing". The Viscaynes recorded under a number or names. By a typo they became The Biscaynes on VPM Records. They also recorded as The Vi-Tones and The Ramblers. The surprise element in the group, if you didn't know it already, is the group was put together by Sly Stewart or better known as the lead in Sly & The Family Stone.
The group comes out of Vallejo, California. The family started out singing Gospel as The Stewart Four and recording as early as 1952. The Viscaynes first release was on Tropo 101 in October of '61 $150 later on Arteen 1007 as The Vi-Tones 10/61 $300. The group is made up of Frank Arrellano, Maria Boldway, Charles Gebhardt, Vern Gebhardt, Charlene Imhoff and Sylvester Stewart aka Sly Stone.
Other monikers and labels Sly would record as were Biscaynes on VPM, Viscaynes backing Jasper Woods on VP, Sly Stone & Biscaynes on Subarro, Danny "Sly" Stewart on Luke and Sylvester Stewart on G&P. Lou Silvani states that there are alternate versions of today's record. Enjoy……………….Ang
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
"You Better Run"
One of the groups performing last weekend at Lead East was The Variations who reunited for the first time since 1998. They are best known for singing at Ronnie I's (UGHA) shows and recording for Ronnie's Clifton Records label in the late 1990's. The Variations are Cyndy Taylor, Ondine Appel, Debby Wilkerson, Lisa Constantine and bass/manager Tony Castro.
Thanks to Charlie Horner for this video.
Here is a video of the group from a 1996 UGHA performance.