Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" INDEX (by Chapter) REACHED 109,302 HITS TO 120 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" -  INDEX  1 -143

Chapter A    Sending 100's of Thank You's.. out to the following for over 44 Years 
                     of helping us tell the History of Syracuse Music Story - Ron Wray


Chapter 1    A Look Back to the 1950's

Chapter 2    WOLF Radio Sandman Serenade & Dick Clark

Chapter 3    The Early Years & Big Bands

Chapter 4    First Syracuse Radio & Television Broadcasts

Chapter 5    Jimmy Cavallo, Alan Freed & The Early 1950's

Chapter 6    The Jazz Influence

Chapter 7    Dixieland, Sal Nistico & Mangione Brothers

Chapter 8   Birth of Syracuse Rock

Chapter 9    WNDR Radio, Dandy Dan Leonard, Rhythm Cadets, The Eldaros
                      Little Jan, Jeff and The Notes w/ Duane Hitchings

Chapter 10   Calm Before the Storm- Rock & Roll Loses Some of It's Biggest Stars

Chapter 11   Early 1960's - Part 1

Chapter 12   Early 1960's - Part 2
                      Ronnie Dio, Bobby Comstock, Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars

Chapter 13   Sam and The Twisters

Chapter 14   New Sounds, New Bands, Syracuse University Music Influences-
                     Felix Cavaliere, Lou Reed, Mike  Esposito & Garland Jefferies

Chapter 15   The Beatles & British Invasion, Mid 60's & Bud Ballou

Chapter 16   Bud Ballou Leaves, Dale Dorman Arrives

Chapter 17   Three Rivers Inn Nightclub 1934-2001

Chapter 18   Bobby Comstock, Alan Freed, American Bandstand

Chapter 19   John Lennon & Yoko Ono at the Everson Museum - 1971

Chapter 20   Jimmy Cavallo - Then & Now

Chapter 21   Howie Wyeth - From Sidewinders to Jam Factory

Chapter 22   50 Year Career of Jazz Great - Mark Murphy (Updated)

Chapter 23   Sandy Bigtree & Bigtree Sisters

Chapter 24   Don Barber and The Dukes

Chapter 25   The Seven  (1969-1972) ** Updated**

Chapter 26   The Sermon  (1968-71)

Chapter 27   The Livin' Ennd (1967-1975)

Chapter 28   Ed Wool & the Nomads, Sure Cure, Pineapple Heard & Wool

Chapter 29   Great Record Stores in CNY 1950'S- 1980'S

Chapter 30   Suburban Amusement Park- Manlius, NY

Chapter 31   Ridgewoods are the roots of Dean Brothers, Joe Whiting, Mark Doyle,
                     Freewill & Jukin Bone

Chapter 32   Tex Roe- NYS Country Music Hall of Famer

Chapter 33   Dave Hanlon "Syracuse Hall of Fame Great" (Updated 4/25/ 2014)
                    Hanlon a Sammy Hall of Famers was recently inducted into the 
                    Rochester, NY Music Hall of Fame

Chapter 34   John Kane

Chapter 35   Irving Kaufman "Syracuse First Great Recording Artist 1914-1974

Chapter 36   Lloyd Baskin

Chapter 37   Famous Names Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1940-45

Chapter 38   The WHO in Syracuse 1969 & 1981

Chapter 39   Jazz Great - Chris Powell and The Blue Flames

Chapter 40   Ronnie France a Hall of Fame Musician "Who Plays from the Heart"

Chapter 41   WOLF Radio Welcomes Led Zeppelin to Syracuse 1969 & 1971

Chapter 42  Jimi Hendrix in Syracuse- May 4, 1969

Chapter 43  Dan Elliott from SAMMY's to Doo-Wop Hall of Fame (Updated)

Chapter 44   Eric Clapton w/ Derek & The Dominoes with special guest Duane
                     Allman Play Syracuse - December 2, 1970

Chapter 45   Elvis Presley Performs in Syracuse - July 25 & 27, 1976

Chapter 46   The Vikings (1962) to Carmen Licitra and The Vikings (1963-67)

Chapter 47   Jimmy Van Heusen

Chapter 48   Del Shannon's Syracuse Visits

Chapter 49   British Invasion - Searchers & Animals Play Syracuse in 1964

Chapter 50   Rolling Stones First Visit Syracuse- Oct 30, 1965

Chapter 51   First Syracuse War Memorial Rock & Roll Shows 1956-57

Chapter 52   Rolling Stones Return to Syracuse - July 6, 1966

Chapter 53   WOLF Radio Super Dances 1975-77

Chapter 54   Ten Famous Names Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1861-1905

Chapter 55   Famous Names Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1950-56

Chapter 56   Biggest Show of Star 1957 Review

Chapter 57   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1916-1929

Chapter 58  More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1906-1915

Chapter 59   Do You Remember  1959-69 Syracuse Radio Hits ?

Chapter 60   Buddy Grealy Band

Chapter 61   Question- Ron During Your 40+ Years in Syracuse Music,
                     What are Your Top Ronnie James Dio Moments ?

Chapter 62   Clark Music Co. (1859- 2012), Syracuse Music icon closes it doors.

Chapter 63   Mark Bialczyk - "His Dedication Has No Bounds".

Chapter 64   Hall of Fame Fiddle King - Hal Casey Passes Away, Jan 17, 2012

Chapter 65   Women in Syracuse Music History 1950's- present. (Update 2/1/2015)
                    Major listing of Women who contributed to our Syr Music success

Chapter 66   Sad to report the death of our friend Jean Gerber (Gerber Music)

Chapter 67   David "Rock" Feinstein Inducted into Syracuse Area Music Awards
                     Hall of Fame. Induction speech by Ron Wray - Nov 14, 2011.

Chapter 68    Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) - Hall of Fame Inductees,
                     Lifetime Achievement & Music Educators Award winners. (1993-pres)

Chapter 69    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1958-1959)

Chapter 70    Rock & Roll movies hit Syracuse theaters (Loews State, Paramount,
                       R.KO. Keiths, Loews Strand, North & Salina Drive-In, others)
                       ( listing still in process)

Chapter 71    Syracuse Area Music Awards "Hall of Fame" Class of 2013.
                     Inducted on March 7, 2013 at Dinosaur Bar B Que
                     (Update- Ron Wray's induction speech of "The Seven')

Chapter 72   "New Dio" products to hit market on May 28 (DVD, Blu Ray, Cd, Vinyl)

Chapter 73   "The Madisons"/ "Billy Kidd & The Madisons" includes Chuck Roberts,
                      Johnny Whipple, Carl Irvine, Terry Golden, Jimmy Foran (1960-66)

Chapter 74    The History of Syracuse Music Album /Cd series celebrates 42+ years
                     since snowy December 1970. Here's who was there at the beginning

Chapter 75    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1960)
                     (updated- see Chapter 104)

Chapter 76    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1962)

Chapter 77    Utica's famed "Mouseketeer" Annette Funicello dies at age 70.

Chapter 78    Jack Belle- "Mr Concert"  His concerts and professionalism brought
                      us to a new high". His concert list is amazing..

Chapter 79   "Rockin the Redhouse" Benefit Event @ Palace Theater- May 31, 2013

Chapter 80   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1963).

Chapter 81    Passing of Syracuse R&B great "Little" Willie Gatewood,at  age 75

Chapter 82    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1964)

Chapter 83   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1965)

Chapter 84 - New Dio "Magica" Deluxe Edition 2 Cd set & Just Joe's new Cd
                    "So The Story Goes" highlights June releases

Chapter 85 - David "Rock" Feinstein New CD "Clash of Armour" released
                    The Rods get ready to rock Brazil in July.

Chapter 86 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1966)

Chapter 87 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1967)

Chapter 88 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1968)

Chapter 89 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1969)

Chapter 90 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1970)

Chapter 91 - Three Syracuse Area Music Hall of Famers (SAMMY's) release Cd's-
                     Mark Doyle & The Maniacs, David "Rock" Feinstein and the band
                     The Seven (Chuck Mellone, Chuck Sgroi, Chuck Wheeler, Frank Sgroi,
                     Russo, Al Ruscito, Tommy Forest).

Chapter 92 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1971)

Chapter 93- More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1972)

Chapter 94- More Famous People Who Performed in CNY (1973)

Chapter 95- Two great Central New York artists release super Cds in July
                    JUST JOE & FULTON CHAIN GANG.

Chapter 96-  The Rods - Live video's hit the internet- Hurricane Sandy Benefit
                     May 11, 2013  & "New" complete set video from Brazil- July 28, 2013.
                     Rods are- David "Rock" Feinstein, Carl Canedy & Garry Bordonaro

Chapter 97-  More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1974)

Chapter 98 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1975)

Chapter 99-  NIJI Entertainment releases  "New" Ronnie James Dio "Snapshot"
                     10-track Cd (6 Live) on Tuesday, August 20

Chapter 100 - From the Sidewinders to Jam Factory. From playing the SU Campus,
                       signing with EPIC Record and playing the famed Fillmore West

Chapter 101- More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1976)

Chapter 102 - Two Former ELF Members "Rock" Feinstein & Mickey Lee Soule
                       Still Touring The World

Chapter 103  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1961) update

Chapter 104  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1960) update

Chapter 105  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1959) update

Chapter 106  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1958) update

Chapter 107  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1957) update

Chapter 108   Three New 8MM Videos of Ronnie Dio & The Prophets found.

Chapter 109   Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1956)

Chapter 110   The Rods "Vengeance" Album released on 12 inch colored vinyl
                       in Germany by High Roller Records. Includes - Dio track.

Chapter 111   Upbeat TV Show out of Cleveland featured many CNY Artists
                       Ronnie Dio & Prophets, Larry Santos, The Seven, Wool, etc

Chapter 112   Passing of Rock Hall of Famer & SU Alumni- Lou Reed at 71
                        Former Syracuse University grad, musician and music legend.

                        For more on Lou Reed, also see Chapter 14, SU Music Influences.

Chapter 113    Syracuse Area Music Awards Announce 2014 Dates for Awards
                        Show & Hall of Fame Event.

Chapter 114    The Emeralds 1955-58 
         
Chapter 115    Dio at Dominos LP (Released  by JOVE Records in 1963)
                        Ronnie Dio & The Prophets, LP  song listing & liner notes
   
Chapter 116    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1976)

Chapter 117    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1977)

Chapter 118    Native Syracusan artist / producer Chris Goss "Sound City- Real To
                      Reel" Soundtrack nominated for 2014 Grammy Award. Cd includes
                      Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield & others.
       
Chapter 119    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1978)
                        Includes Frank Sinatra, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Santana etc

Chapter 120    Everly Brothers first visit Syracuse September 16, 1957, then return
                       four other times. Plus a stop near by at the Turning Stone Casino.                  

Chapter 121   Mark Doyle's many musical talents continues to make CNY a better
                       place to live (Career update)

 Chapter 122  Syracuse Area Music Awards 2014- Hall of Fame & Award Show
                      Dates, Show times and information..March 6-7, 2014

                      March 6- Sammys Hall of Fame Induction & Special Awards
                                        held at Dinosaur Bar B Que- Syracuse, NY

                      Sammys- Syracuse New Times- "Lifetime Achievement Award to-
                       Ronnie James Dio

                      Sammys- Music Educator Award to- John Spillett

                      Sammys Hall of Fame- Flashcubes, Art Robins, Gerber Music,
                      Tiffault Family, Homel-Alaniz Band

                       MC- Dave Frisina ("The Rebel")

                      March 7- Sammys Award Show -Palace Theater-Syracuse, NY
                         Live band performances & Awards

                        Live Bands who performed-
                                 Brownskin Band, Mike McKay Band, The Goonies
                                 Pale Green Stars,
                                 Flashcubes (Reunion) w/ special guest Tom Kenny

                          MC- Skip Murphy

Chapter 123     Syracuse Area Music Awards- 2014 Results from Palace Th  3/7

Chapter 124     Ronnie James Dio "Lifetime Achievement Award" sponsored by the
                        Syracuse New Times. Induction speech given by Ron Wray at
                        SAMMYs Awards Hall of Fame event the evening of March 6

Chapter 125    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1979)

Chapter 126    Jim O'Brien  "34 Year Syracuse Radio Legend"

Chapter 127    2014 "Rockin The Redhouse" Benefit Concert at Landmark Theater
                        April 25, 2014. Band performing, sponsors, 2014 Band Winner.

Chapter 128    Listing of Syracuse & CNY Record & Music Stores though
                        the years.

Chapter 129   Great "British Invasion" Acts that played CNY in 1960's

Chapter 130    CNY World Music News-  Rods return from Spain Metal Fest
                       and Sweden Rock Festival of 78 bands.

                        New Dio Tribute 2 Lp set  to be released on RED Vinyl

Chapter 131     Career of Charlie Bertini & 30 Years of Apple Jazz Festival
       
Chapter 132      Dinosaur Radio's History of Syracuse Rock and Roll "Then and
                         Now" live music series at Pensabene's Rest 135 State Fair Blvd.
                          Syracuse, NY 13204 (between West Genesee & Hiawatha Blvd)
                         "New" 2015 updated schedule Feb-May...

Chapter 133     Sad to report the passing of Syracuse Legendary Radio
                         Broadcaster Dale Dorman at age 71 in Tewksbury, Mass on
                        Oct 21, 2014. Short story here- you can see total updated career
                        on Chapter 16.

Chapter 134     National Record Store Day- November 28, 2014- Rhino
                         Records releases "New" DIO- "This Is Your Life" Limited
                         Edition 12 " Vinyl Picture Disc (5,500 copies only). This
                         tribute compilation also contain Side B-  'Live Tracks"- Neon
                         Knights, Rainbow in the Dark, Straight Through the Heart.
                         Along with tribute tracks by Anthrax, Halestorm and others.

Chapter 135    New Year's Eve 2014  Central New York- Happenings

Chapter 136    Syracuse Area Music Awards - 2015 Hall of Fame Class,
                       Lifetime Achievement and Music Educator Award Winners
                       Loren Barriger, Bobby Comstock, Chris Goss, The Works.
                       Lifetime Achievement Award- Jon Fishman.
                       Music Educator- David Rezak.
                      Plus- Listing of All 2015 Sammy Award Winners.

Chapter 137   Syracuse Area Music Awards- Bobby Comstock's Sammys
                       Hall of Fame Induction speech March 5th by Ron Wray

Chapter 138   Onondaga Historical Assn. open "New" Museum Exhibit "Salt
                      City Rock"- History of Rock N Roll in Syracuse - Feb 20, 2015

Chapter 139    Broadcasting Legend Ron Bee passes away- March 18, 2015

Chapter 140   Tony Trischka, Peter Asher, Jeff Alan Ross appear as surprise
                       special guests on History of Syracuse, Rock n Roll, "Then & Now"
                      live Creek Creek union show at Pensabene's Sunday April 12, 2015.
                      (Updated May 21)


Chapter 141    The Passing of Thomas M. Royal leader of 1950's vocal group
                        the Emeralds (1955-57)

Chapter 142    Dinosaur Radio History of Syracuse Rock n Roll  "Then and Now"
                       live shows reunites Sammy Hall of Famer The Sandy Bigtree  Band
                       May 31, 2015 at Penebene's. Also 20+ Syr musical great return.

Chapter 143    Ronnie James Dio- 5th Year Memorial Events to be held in Los
                       Angles, Ca-  May 15-17 (Updated)


Update          See Chapter 33..Dave Hanlon w/ Duke Jupiter inducted into the
                      Rochester, NY Music Hall of Fame- April 27, 2014.

Update          Chapter 65-Women in Syracuse Music History- Update 5/18/2015
                      Major list of women who contributed to our music history A-Z            ..
         
         
   
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 143- RONNIE JAMES DIO 5TH YEAR MEMORIAL EVENTS HAPPEN IN LOS ANGELES MAY 15-17, 2015 (updated)

The Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Events will be held in Los Angles May 15-17, 2015. A great salute to our friend Ronnie that will include a Friday May 15- Bowl for Ronnie in Studio City, Ca funds to benefit Ronnie's "Stand Up and Shout" Cancer Fund....Saturday May 16 (1-5 PM) an event to celebrate Ronnie's music for all his fans at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, that will include live music and many longtime Dio fans sharing there memories. CNYers Ron Wray & David "Rock" Feinstein (Rock performed "Mistreated: and spoke sharing his memories of Ronnie) will both attend Saturday concert event.  Saturday May 17 will be a Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally & BBQ  with performances by Eddie Money, Gabbie Rae, Great White and Dio Disciples and others. See Ronnie James Dio website for more information on all three Dio Memorial events

During the three day events you could see the following Wendy Dio, Eddie Truck, Geezer Butler, Jack Black, David "Rock " Feinstein, Kyle Gass, Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Jimmy Bain, Lita Ford, Eddie Money, Rudy Sarzo , Christian Martucci, Vinnie Appice, Ann Boleyn, Rowan Robertson, Oni Logan,  Bjorn Englen, John Payne, Roy Mayorgam,  Sean McNabb, Rough Cut Band, Great White Band, Hellion, Lorraine Lewis, Dean Schachtel  and many others. Along with great video interview from Rob Halford and others.

Many thanks go out to Wendy Dio, Dean Schachtel, Rock & Denise Feinstein, Mary Kusnier for making me feel so welcome..

On a very sad note- our very good friend Dean Schachtel (Board member of RJD "Stand Up and Shout " Cancer Fund and GM of Niji Entertainment and one of Ronnie's key right hand men ) passed away very suddenly on Monday June 18 following the Dio 5 yr Memorial weekend. We were all shocked as Dean had truely made my day May 16 at Ronnie's Memorial Service so enjoyable. I miss you my friend.....

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 142- DINOSAUR RADIO HISTORY OF SYRACUSE ROCK N ROLL "THEN and NOW' REUNITES THE SANDY BIGTREE BAND ON MAY 31, 2015

Dinosaur Radio History of Syracuse Rock n Roll "Then and Now" Next live event #10 is Sunday May 31, 2015 and held at Pensabene's Casa Grande (Syracuse, NY) and with feature the Sandy Bigtree Band (Gary Lavancher, Dan "Cato" Eaton, Jimmy Johns, Pat Hodson and Sammy Hall of Famer Sandy Bigtree). Time 5-8 PM, doors opened at 4 PM. Admission is FREE.

Along with the Sandy Bigtree Band that evening will be The History of Syracuse Music All-Star Band featuring 16 of CNY's musical guests including- Buke Badikian, Ted Boileau, Mike Ferrante, Mark Hoffmann, Ed McBarron, Skip Murphy, Dave Novak, Frank Rhodes, Steve Schad, Don Shoudy, Curt Smith, Shane Storto, Ted Storto, Scotty Trudell, Bill Weiss & Mark Wildrick.. These musicians have or still perform in many of CNY best bands including- Timeline, Stroke, Blacklites, Letizia & Z Band, Nightcaps, Cross Creek, Coachmen, Hoffmann Family Band, Ad Ventures, Skip Murphy's Merry Pranksters,  3's A Crowd, El Kabong, Fab Cats, Carman Licitra & The Viking, Sermon, Jam Factory, Out of the Blue  and others. They will perform over 20+ of your all-time favorite danceable songs.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 141- PASSING OF 1950'S VOCAL GROUP LEADER OF THE EMERALDS TOM ROYAL

On a sad note we report the passing of Thomas M. Royal April 18, 2015 at age 81. Tom was the leader of the vocal group "The Emeralds" (1955-57) and the father of the very talented Susan Royal famed drummer in many CNY bands/ Below a history of The Emeralds.
 
The Emeralds  Syracuse vocal group (1955-57) consisted of  leader Tom Royal (age 22), Greg Tierney (age 16), James Royal (age 18) and James Fagan (age 18). This great group never released any songs professionally but did have a four-song demo that included their classic song "School Boys Love' (also Red Top) that is included in Ron Wray's "History of Syracuse Music" album series.
 
The Emeralds earliest performance we can find dates back to October 13, 1956 at the VA Hospital for their "Helping Hands" event. That day they shared the stage with the Bigtree Sisters (Norma, Jean & Sandy), Melo Wiley and others. Next they played a show billed as "The Great Record Hop" at the Jefferson Street Armory (Feb 8, 1957) for WFBL Radio DJ Bill Thorpe & Chet Whiteside (WNDR). They appeared in Feb 1957 on Jim Deline Show on WSYR TV-3 and then at the Syracuse War Memorial during half-time at a Syracuse Nationals NBA game vs the Rochester Royals on Feb 14, 1957. Next Emeralds sang at the Jewish Community Center (March 2, 1957) with the Orange Peels.
 
November 1, 1957. brought the Emeralds to a Nottingham High football game for a stunning half-time performance then ended the year Dec 20, 1957 playing a Radio Talent show at the War Memorial with headliner Thurston Harris who had a national hit with "Little Bitty Pretty One". Also on that show was local area performers- The Eldaros (Bobby Green), Jennie Lee Lambert, Rhythm Cadets (Bebo Singleton & Otis Smith), Tex Roe (Country singer) , Johnny Carlo, Bobby Hosid and others.
 
April 18, 1958 The Emeralds shared the Lincoln Auditorium stage with Louis Armstrong and His All-Star band. A few weeks alter (May 7, 1958) came the Syracuse Youth Rally at the War Memorial with the 4 Vagabonds, Dick Van Dyke and Baseball Hall of Famer- Jackie Robinson. Then traveled to Rochester appearing at the Cotton Club.
 
A great career and a legendary great vocal group that we are still talking about to this day.
 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE- CHAPTER 140- TONY TRISCHKA, PETER ASHER & JEFF ALAN ROSS MAKE SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT DINOSAUR RADIO'S HISTORY OF SYRACUSE- ROCK N ROLL "THEN & NOW" LIVE CROSS CREEK REUNION SHOW APRIL 12, 2015 AT PENSABENE'S (UPDATED)

When your involved in music every once in a while something wonderful happens when you least expect it. Well we can put Sunday April 12th, 2015 (5-8 PM) on that list. That evening Dinosaur Radio's History of Syracuse Rock n Roll "Then and Now" live events showcased Creek Creek (reunion) along with Skip Murphy's Merry Pranksters at Pensabene's Casa Grande in Syracuse, NY

As the afternoon progressed wonderful things happened even before band soundchecks- first world famous musician Tony Trischka (banjo great) arrived unexpectedly. Tony had just performed in London, England took a flight to New York City and then drove to Syracuse. His first words to me "Ron I just had to be here". He referred to joining on stage his former Cross Creek band mates in a very rare reunion performance.

As the show started Skip Murphy's Merry Pranksters filled the room with hot danceable music as always with veterans Dave Liddy, Mark  Gibson. Mike Ranger. Sharon Allen, Dave Schneider, Wayne Stevens, George Newton & Sammy Hall of Famer-Skip Murphy.

Then it was time for one of Syracuse's greatest all-time groups Cross Creek to take the stage. Dave Novak, John Cadley, Danny Weiss, John Dancks, Fred Lawrence, George Newton, Jimmy Johns and the great Tony Trischka. A great performance with great voices, and superb musicians. As we took in  I remember thinking this is one events that we'll talk about for a long while.

As the evening worn down in walked Sammy hall of Famer David Rezak with friends Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon) along with Jeff Alan Ross (of Badfinger) who were in town speaking at Syracuse University classes. Well I thought this was great they came to say hello. Well that was not the case, Peter Asher & Jeff Allen Ross came on stage and preformed many of their hits with Cross Creek.- I Go To Pieces, World Without Love, No Matter What, Take It Easy, 6 Days of the Road and more.

All in attendance were shocked and amazed that these superstars came unannounced and performed with Cross Creek . The full home, stood, danced, and applauded. At the end I stood their amazed at what had just happened, three of the greats (Trischka, Asher & Ross) all came and performed right here in Syracuse. Now that a great piece of Syracuse Music History.
 
Attending from Dinosaur Radio group were- Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, Craig Fox, Melissa Midgely, Tony Fallico and Ron Wray.
 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 139 - CNY BROADCASTING LEGEND RON BEE PASSES AWAY- MARCH 18, 2015



It is with deep sadness that we report the passing (March 18, 2015)  of CNY Broadcast legend Ron Bee after a long bout with Leukemia

A native of North Syracuse, NY,  Ron would go on to graduate from the University of Maryland and a Vietnam War veteran to joining the staff as new director at WOLF Radio AM-1490 in Syracuse (1972-81). He was half of the legendary morning show teaming with Rick Gary as "Rick & Ron".

Ron shift to WRRB FM (1981-84), WSYR (1984-85), WSEN (1985-90). WEZG (1990) and finally a number of years on WBBS- B-104FM teaming as morning host with Becky Palmer.  On November 9, 2004, they received the Country Music Associations award as "Best Country Music Radio Personality". That Ron always spoke of as the greatest broadcasting honor of his life.

Ron retired from broadcasting in 2007 after a auto accident had damaged his vocal cords. Ron & his family would relocate to Phoenix, Arizona

In mid 2014 Ron was diagnosed with leukemia and fought by opting for a stem cell transplant. Sadly our good friend Ron Bee passes away March 18, 2015. Ron Bee was a true CNY Broadcasting Giant that will be long remembered. I was proud to have worked with him and to have called him my friend....

Sunday, March 8, 2015

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 137- SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS- MARCH 5, 2015 - BOBBY COMSTOCK's HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SPEECH BY RON WRAY

Bobby Comstock was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame at the Dinosaur Bar B Que- Syracuse, NY the evening on Thursday March 5, 2015- The following is his induction speech given by Syracuse Music Historian- Ron Wray.


When talking to Bobby Comstock this morning I remembered back to receiving my best Christmas present- my first transistor radio with a earplug so I could listen to music into the night.  That's when I first heard Ithaca's "Bobby Comstock and the Counts". After two local releases Bobby was signed by Herb Abramson of Atlantic Records. His first major release "Tennessee Waltz" was played in over 17 countries around the world. This led to a week of TV appearances with America's greatest disc jockey Alan Freed. The same man who coined the term "Rock & Roll". Plus a spot on Alan Freed's 5th Anniversary Labor Day Shows at the Brooklyn Fox Theater- September 1959.
 
He later signed with Swan Records, Bobby's song "Let's Stomp" was performed by none other than the Beatles during their early days in Hamburg, Germany and the records flip side "I Want To Do It" was so popular that it was played by every band and heard on every college campus in Central New York and maybe in all the Northeast.
 
This led to a number of appearances on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" & Clark's "Saturday Night Beechnut" Television Shows. Clark also added Bobby to his famed "Caravan of Stars" traveling tours. He also  performed on shows with the Rolling Stones and Dave Clark 5. Next came a performance on Shindig with Chubby Checker and working with producer Don Kirschner known by all for his late night "Rock Concert" national television shows.
 
And finally asked by Richard Nader to become music director of his "Rock Revival Tours" for 20+ years (1969-90). This included stops in every major city including Los Angeles, Boston, Washington and New York's Madison Square Garden (over 50 times). He backed up the likes of Chuck Berry (over 300 times), Bo Diddley, the Shirelles, Gary "U.S." Bonds and many more Rock & Roll greats. Then on to motion pictures, in 1973 in Richard Nader's "Let The Good Times Roll".
 
What an amazing career with thousands of concert appearances. recording 20+ singles, his own album, a producer, conductor, and arranger and final in a feature film. Bobby Comstock by the way is also heard playing on national hits by- The Angel's "My Boyfriends Back", Freddy Cannon (Patti Baby), & The Strangeloves "I Want Candy". to name a few.
 
Bobby Comstock has become a true Central New York musical legend. It is truly a great honor for me to welcome Bobby Comstock into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame -    Ron Wray