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Mo' Music Monday: Blues Cruise with Uncle Al

Posted on October 19, 2020 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Afternoon Ginchers,

It's Mo' Music Monday ... the Blues Cruise with Uncle Al!  I will be the first to say that 2020 has not been one of my favorite years.  This covid crisis has taken a serious toll on small business, live music, people's sanity and public gatherings.  There have been some who have tried very hard to keep people together during this quarantine and lockdown, one example is YaJagoff, John & Rachael.  They came up with some really cool ways to ...

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Tune In Tuesday: Homerun Heard Round The World!

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Good Afternoon Ginchers,

Time for Tune in Tuesday ... and the Homerun heard round the world!  Sixty years ago today, the greatest homerun in baseball history took place ... Game 7 of the World Series ... Underdog Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Powerhouse New York Yankees.  New York had Mantle and Marris ... Pittsburgh had Bill Mazeroski and a team full of heroes like Robert Clemente, Hal Smith, Bob Friend, Elroy Face, Harvey Haddix, Dick Groat, Bill Verdon, Bob Skinner, Smokey Burgess...

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Mo' Music Monday: Melvin "Blue" Franklin ... Temptations!

Posted on October 12, 2020 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Good afternoon Ginchers,

Let's take a minute to zoom in on Mo' Music Monday ... Melvin "Blue" Franklin ... Temptation!  As many of you already know from my radio shows and personal interviews, my all time favorite vocal group is the Temptations.  My favorite make up of the Temptations is the original Fab Five with Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kenricks and David Ruffin.  My favorite Temptation of all time through all of the changes and re-building i...

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No School Saturday: Dreams of the Caribbean!

Posted on October 10, 2020 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Mornin' Ginchers,

Time once again for No School Saturday and ... dreaming of the Caribbean!  As a boy growing up on the Northside of Pittsburgh I dreamed of Ocean voyages, the palm trees the Blue waters of the exotic Islands ... I even listened to Martin Denny and his tropical paradise cool music.  So when I became a young man I couldn't believe that our music (Johnny Angel and the Halos) would take us to these tropical paradises we only dreamed of.  The Cruises ... along...

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Feature Friday: Haircuts!

Posted on October 9, 2020 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Mornin' Ginchers,

It's Feature Friday ... Haircuts!  Yes haircuts, hairstyles for men during six decades of what is hip!  One thing about this ugly Covid pandemic/quarantine/social distancing/lack of mixing it up with our friends is the change I have gone through with my hair.  There was a time when I wouldn't be caught dead without my hair looking primo.  What happened?  Here is a quick history:  it all started out in the 1950's with a crew cut, clean easy...

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Throw Back Thursday: What an Impression ... Fred Cash!

Posted on October 8, 2020 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Mornin' Ginchers,

It's Throw Back Thursday ... what an Impression ... Fred Cash!  Today is the birthday of Fred Cash of the Impressions, born October 8, 1940 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Fred Cash began singing at the early age of twelve when he and his older neighbor friend, Sam Gooden (16 at the time) sang at Sam's Church as the Southland Jubilee Singers.  At the age of fourteen Fred began singing in nightclubs with Sam and three others (Arthur Brooks, Emanuel and Cather...

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Wa'sup Wednesday: Ya Jagoff!

Posted on October 7, 2020 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Mornin' Ginchers,

Want to know Wa'sup Wednesday?  Ya Jagoff!  Best in the 'Burgh!  It's me, Johnny Angel the Dinosaur, the guy who is lost in the 50's, lives life as if it were still 1962 ... talking about high tech, social media and the new way of the world!  That new way of the world is social media, the survival kit of the 2020's.  I have learned how to communicate through this media but, it wasn't an easy task.  The credit goes to my daughter Rachael Re...

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Tune in Tuesday: "Till Death do us Part!"

Posted on October 7, 2020 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Good day Ginchers,

Time for Tune In Tuesday ... "Till Death Do Us Part!"  Today is a very special day in my life, it's my 48th Wedding Anniversary, 48 years ago today I married the love of my life, my soul mate, the little girl who lived across the street from me growing up.  I was her family's paper boy and loved delivering her papers just to get a glimps of the girl of my dreams and I knew in my heart that one day I would marry her.  We have been through so much as a co...

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Mo' Music Monday: The Chantels and Happy Birthday Arlene Smith!

Posted on October 5, 2020 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Good afternoon Ginchers,

It's time for Mo' Music Monday and the Chantels ... with a special Happy Birthday to Arlene Smith.  One of the great girl groups of the 50's was the Chantels.  They formed in the early 1950's while attending St. Anthony of Padua School in the Bronx.  The original group consisted of Arlene Smith (Lead Singer), Sonia Goring, Renee Minus, Jackie Landry and Lois Harris.  The girls were influenced by Classical music and Latin rhythms.  Arlene...

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No School Saturday: Dueling Pianos ... an Evening of Fun!

Posted on October 3, 2020 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Mornin' Ginchers,

It's No School Saturday ... and I have a good plan for those of you who love Saturdays and miss the good old days of going out for some Saturday Night FUN!  Dueling Pianos ... under the stars ... with friends ... with two great musicians and friends ... Hermie And Harry!  Where?  When? How can I be part of this?  OK, slow down Jack and give some details.  Two of my favorite musicians and friends are Hermie Granati and Harry Levicky ... I have b...

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