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What a weekend for Memories

What a weekend for Memories

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Once again, greetings and salutations. Wow . . . what a weekend! And it wasn’t even the Fourth yet. It was like a reunion between the old and the new. Back in the day, when I first bought the Elbo Room and renamed it Memories, we would have hundreds and hundreds of folks from all over just partying all weekend long. Well, this weekend they all came back. It was like deja vu. My buddy Scott Keenan had his band take over from Wildwood, and in came the kids from Schuylkill, Fairmount, Gray's Ferry, 2nd Street. It was Julie, it was Terry, it was the Callahans, the Cavanaughs, it was like old times. The only difference? They weren't allowed to dance on the bar.

And our friend Adrian with his group from Avalon partied as we celebrated the birthday of his dad Freddie De Felice, who was celebrating in the heavens above. Freddie was one of the most loyal members of the Memories clan that you could ever find, and when Freddie was there everyone knew the summer had really begun.

Yes, the Hon. Fred Shabel and his lovely wife Irene were there, along with Mary Campbell and the Conan O'Brien look-alike, as well as a Ringo Starr look-alike. And my man Wags was doing the Mummers Strut and dancing with my buddy Joey to "Philadelphia Freedom." Longport was in attendance. So was New York, and even folks from California. The Memories old timers like Steve Benjamin and his wife, Joy, were there along with the Hon. Ron Kovler, and on and on.

And as reported, Magdalena Jr. arrived with her husband and her look-alike sister, who is actually her mom, Magdalena Sr. Even a Hillary Clinton look-alike was there -- actually Sara Canuso, who will be signing autographs as the new Secretary of State if Hillary gets in. And if all this is any indication of this coming weekend, it’s going to be bombastic.

Remember, we go nonstop at Memories beginning with “Name That Tune” on Thursdays with Kool 98.3’s David Allen Pratt, then it’s all night long Friday and Saturday, and then Sunday night, July 3, it's the big Geator birthday bash on the eve of Uncle Sam's birthday. And now the summer is really on.

Don’t forget our double headers Tuesdays through Labor Day, when we start with our happy hour on the Deck at the Golden Nugget and then head on down to the Cattle ‘n Clover in Wildwood for our “Easy Tuesday” dance party. And of course our Sunday afternoon jam sessions at La Costa in Sea Isle are in full swing. Lots of opportunities to party with us all summer long down at the shore.

But now, let’s ask the Geator.

I found one of my dad's 45 recordings. My son loves it and wants me to find more of my old vinyl. I have cases of old records. But they are very dusty. How - or do - you clean your records? -- Butch Fortino, Drexel Hill, Pa.

I just get a very soft cloth, like a polishing rag, and wipe the dust off in a circular motion. Some people recommend vinegar or a glass cleaning solution for very dirty records. You can't get rid of most scratches on vinyl, but because it's vinyl the recording holds up, and it's even kind of neat to hear a 45 with scratches because you know it's authentic.

Jerry, I'm watching "The Voice." A guy just sang, "Where, oh where, can my baby be, the Lord took her away from me." The judges on the show thought Pearl Jam did the original! Who did it? I'm reading your book now! -- Jim in Jax Beach, Fl.

The song containing those lyrics is “Last Kiss” and it was written by Wayne Cochran in the early ‘60s about the car accidents that had been occurring near where he lived in Georgia. His version was a local hit, but it was the 1964 cover by J Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers that became a No. 1 national hit, which of course predates Pearl Jam’s version by about four decades.

Whatever happened to the film biography they were going to make about Dusty Springfield that I have been hearing about for years? You once wrote about it in this column. Soon they will have to make a movie about making it! – Joan T., Brigantine

You are right about that. Over the years there have been talks of various film projects about Dusty with stars such as Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, and Kristin Chenoweth. The latest project in development has singer Adele playing Dusty and will focus on the making of her album Dusty in Memphis, so perhaps that one will see the light of day.

Got a question for the Geator? Send it to Please include your name and location and watch this column for the answer. For complete info on Jerry’s appearances go to And remember, keep on rocking, 'cause you only rock once!


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