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Wa'sup Wednesday: Wa'sup with Movie Theaters?

Posted on April 8, 2020 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey Ginchers,

It's Wa'Sup Wednesday and as I sit here gazing at my old theater posters hanging in my studio, I start to think about something that has changed and I'm not so sure it's for the good.  Wa'sup with movie theaters today?  Let's go back to when I was growing up on the North Side of Pittsburgh.  There were several movie theaters right in our neighborhood.  Their was the Paramont in Woods Run, the Perry show on Perrysville Avenue, The Kenyon and the Garden a...

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Tune in Tuesday: 3WS ... the fun years

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey Ginchers,

Welcome to Tune in Tuesday and the fun years of 3WS!  Recently I was at Giant Eagle when I ran into a young lady that asked me if I was Johnny Angel.  I replied and she said Oh my God, you just took me back to my childhood.  My parents took me to just about every 3WS Summer Oldies Concert and I grew up watching you on stage.  This young lady was, I would guess in her late 30's maybe early 40's and was now a Mom with kids of her own.  At first I fel...

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Mo Music Monday: Lightning Strikes Pittsburgh!

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Hey Ginchers,

Time once again for Mo' Music Monday.  I often talk about the talent in Pittsburgh and am very proud of the Steel Town I was raised in.  Music has always been a large part of my life, either as a performer or as a fan of the art.  Our city has produced an abundance of recording artists, it's almost like a Sci-fi movie from the fifties.  Let's check out the trailer: Eerie music playing, a shot of our city taken from above zooming in on our smoke covered ...

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Soul Sunday: Motor City Memories One

Posted on April 5, 2020 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Gincers,

Today is Soul Sunday and I'm gonna flashback to a Motor City Memory.  The radio, Televison, Record Industry, Movies and live concerts have the average person look at music celebrities as untouchable figures.  Being in the business I've learned that most of it isn't true.  The majority of the artists that we put on a pedistal are actually just down to earth, bonifide good people.  When you get to know these Icons you realize that most had average lives ...

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No School Saturday: It's a Louie Louie Kind of Day

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy Saturday Ginchers,

No school today, no work today, no shopping today, no clubbin' tonight ... more remeniscing and digging through photos and records to pass the time until we are able to shed our lockdown, quarantine shackles.  So I was sitting in my studio this morning looking through a box of old photos and one that jumped out at me was a photo of me with Richard Berry ... I immediately started to remenisce.  Then I started to file some 45 rpm records and came to a st...

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Feature Friday: R&B Rosco n' Blues?

Posted on April 3, 2020 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey Ginchers,

It's Feature Friday and diggin' some Rhythm N' Blues (R&B)?  What is Rhythm N' Blues?  Let's disect it a bit...There was a time at the end of the Big Band Era where a new sound was born.  When it grew up people called it Rock n' Roll or Soul music but, let's talk about it's early days.  The Big Bands were slowly fizzling out but there was a need for that style of music.  Let's take a soulful singer with a kick ass rhythm section (Drums, Bass, G...

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Throw Back Thursday: Is that the Vogues?

Posted on April 2, 2020 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Top o' the Mornin' Ginchers,

Welcome to Throw Back Thursday.  During this quarantine for the Coronavirus shutdown, I find myself doing things that take me back to more happier days like cleaning my record collection, going through old photos and putting all of my videos in some kind of order where I can find things quicker.  All this does is take my mind back to days that were easier, more fun and that I yearn for.  Here is an example: I was sitting last night alphabetizi...

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Wa'sup Wednesday: Wa'sup with the Peppermint Twist?

Posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks for Checking in Ginchers,

It's Wa'sup Wednesday, last week we asked Wa'sup with the Twist .. this week my question is Wa'sup with the peppermint Twist?  "we got a new dance and it goes like this, the name of the dance is the Peppermint Twist" ... the famous teachings of my old friend Joey Dee and his Starlighters.  Joey was and still is one of the fireballs of Rock n' Roll, when he hits the stage you are in for a show.   I had the pleasure of working with Joey...

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Tune in Tuesday: Jack the Rapper

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

What's shakin' Ginchers,

It's Tune in Tuesday and we are Rappin' about Jack the Rapper?  Who's that you say, well I'm sure some of today's famous Hip Hop artists know him but do they know that he actually started back in the late 40's and was to young black's of the early 50's what Porky Chedwick was to us here in the 'Burg?  Jack the Rapper opened the first Black owned and operated radio station in America ... Atlanta's WERD.  He is considered to be the "Father of Black ...

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Mo' Music Monday: The Battle of the Bands

Posted on March 30, 2020 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy Monday Ginchers,

It's Mo' Music Monday and I'm gonna talk a little about the Battle of the Bands scene here in the 'Burgh during the 1960's.  I think the whole idea or concept came with the introduction of the Beatles to all of us teens with some music ability.  I know a lot of my friends in the business were inspired by the sight of this English phenomenon sweeping the Nation and the local music stores just loved it.  Some of us were not as lucky to purchase our fi...

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