Monday, April 27, 2015

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" INDEX (by Chapter) REACHED 106,385 HITS TO 120 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" -  INDEX  1 -141

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      Update - Sad to report the passing of Syracuse Legendary
                         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

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


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 3/25/2015
                      Major list of women who contributed to our music history A-Z            ..
         
         
   
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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.
 

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


Friday, March 6, 2015

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC- "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER A - SENDS 100's OF THANK YOU'S FOR 44 YEARS OF DEDICATION


We started this Syracuse Music History search on December 10, 1970 over 44 years ago. I would like to thank the following who have dedicated hundreds of hours helping me collect information, photos, bios, posters, records, Cd's, cassettes,, 8 track tapes, live recordings, artwork, giving interviews and sending items from all over the world. Thanks for making the History of Syracuse Music Story what it is today - Ron Wray.

 
Very special thanks to the one guy who's put up with all the craziness through 44 years, almost every day, my great friend Pete Shedd.

To the great research expert John D'Angelo along with Jack Belle, David Rezak, Don Bombard, Kate Kolb, Jessica Amidon, Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, Dave Novak, Bill Weiss, Don Shoudy, Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto.

History of Syracuse Music "Official Site" now at 106,385 hits to 120 different countries around the world. 


PS- Still working on our History of Syracuse Music "Official" Book project now over 5,755 pages and that's not including photos.

Very Special Thanks to:

Jessica Amidon, Chet Andrews, Chris Baker, Don Barber, Loren Barriger, Jack Belle,  Charlie Bertnii, Mark Bialczak, Sandy Bigtree, Jack O. Bocchino, Don Bombard (Bob Shannon), Garry Bordonaro, Dick Bottoff, Brian Burke, Carl Canedy, Nick Caplan, Guy Capone, John Carapella, Mike Carapella, Howie Castle, Chuck Cavallaro, Jimmy Cavallo, Jeff Chappelle, Dick Clark, Bobby Comstock, Bobby Comstock Jr,  Rick Cua, John D'Angelo, Michael Davis, George Day, Dean Brothers (John, Bob, Peter Dean), Ronnie James Dio, Wendy Dio, Mike Donohue,  Mark Doyle, Gary Dunes, Dan Elliott, Jim Falsey, Mike Featherstone, David "Rock" Feinstein, Denise Feinstein, Mike Ferrante, Jan Fetterly, "Big Mike" Fiss, Debbie Foley, Craig Fox, Tim Fox, Gary Frenay, Dave Frisina, Rick Gary, Bill Gerber III, Jeff Gersbacher, Nancy Gersbacher, Joe Glisson, Lee Goodman, Chris Goss, Bobby Green, Mike Greenstein, Holly Gregg, Dave Hanlon, Todd Hobin, Mark Hoffmann, Tim Huppman (Rick Ryder), Art Judge, John Kane, Jenna Kenyon, T.J. Kenyon. Sean Kirst, Kate Kolb, Joe LaGuardia, Gary Lavancher, Ronnie Leigh, "Dandy" Dan Leonard, Bob Lindberg, Sue MacKay, John Mangicaro, Skip Murphy, Dave Murray, Mickey Nicotra, Dave Novak, Liz Nowak, Jim O'Brien, Patsy & Anna Padavona, Mickey Palumbo, Jim Pantas, Dave Pasternack, "Little Jan" Perolla, Gary Podsiedlik, Dave Porter, David Rezak, Frank Rhodes, Dave Ridgeway, Art Robins, Tom Rozzano, Nick Russo,  Joe Sawmiller, Dean Schachtel, Chuck Sgroi, Paul Shedd, Pete Shedd, Stephen Shedd, Bob Sherman (Bob Lowry), Don Shoudy, Jim Sims, Mickey Lee Soule, Ted Storto, Carol Thoryk-O'Leary, Stacey Waterman, Bill Weiss, Joe Whiting, Jack Wolak, Al Wolf  and the "Official" Ronnie James Dio Fan & Facebook pages & NIJI Entertainment Group.

Thanks also to:

Colin Aberdeen, Jack Abert, Donna Acchione, Glenn "Gomez" Adams, Marc Albert,  Marv Albert, Tommy Allen, Joe Altier, Sam Amato, Andy Anderson, Andy Andrews, Tim Anthony, Larry Arlotta, Paul Armstrong, Frank Arrigo, Jimmy Ashby, Buke Babikian, Bob Baggett, Barry Baker, Bill Baldwin, Billy Baldwin, Bud Ballou, Sam Barone, Kevin Barriger, Rick Barry, Howie Bartolo, Lloyd Baskin, John Beardsley,  Jeff W. Beck, Steve Becker, Ron Bee, Greg Belinski, Tink Bennett, Mary Bigtree, Len Bilotti, Bernie Binnick (Swan Records), Enrique Blanco, Ron Bloom, Teddy Boileau, Gary Branch, Frank Brandon, Alan Braum, Laura Brazak,  Lafayette Breland, Frank Briggs, Julie Briggs, Steve Brodie, Peter Brohl, Brouther Vic, Bill Brown, Bob Brown, Dave Brown,  Don (Ryan) Brown, Jerry Brown,  John Brown, John T. Brown, Rolland Brunet, Dominick Bruno, Dave Bullard, Mike Burke, Rolland Burnett, John Cadley, Carl Cafrarelli, Victoria Calandra, Jerry Cali, Mike Campbell,  Ron Caruana, Cresenzo Capece Jr, John Capazzolo, Eric Capotto, Dickie Capotto, Rock Carbone, Herm Card,  Bill Carey, Mike Carletta, John Carucci, Mike Casale. Felix Cavalierre, Peter C. Cavanaugh, Jon Celi, Chuck Chao, Rick Charles (Yacobush), Rick Chisholm, Dan Christy, Skip Clark, Bernie Clarke, Tim Cleary, Donna (Brohl) Cochran, Len Colella, Stan Colella, Augusto Collacchi, Debbie Condon, T.J. Condon, Dennis Connors,  Bill Cooper, Mark Copani, Dick Cappotto, Rick Cappotto, Steve Corey, Tom Corradino,  Joe Couch, Tom Coulter, Bob Couse, Ashley Cox, Jimmy Cox,  Windy Craig, Fred Crittela, Buzzy Cua, Nick Cua, Rick Cua, Ron Curtis,  Frank Cutri

Baron Daemon (Mike Price), Phil Dallesandro, Billy Davidson, Joe Davoli, James K. Davis,  Tony "Oscar" Davis, Desiree Day, Tom DeAmbra, Kevin Dean, Kal Dee, Kent DeFelice, Joe DeFio, Frank DeFonda, Dick Deline, Jim Deline, Bob Dell, Joe DeMaso, Joe DeMaio, John Denega, Gary Dennis, Ron DeRollo, Pat DeSalvo, Maria DeSantis, Mario DeSantis, , Mike Desnoyers, Scott DeVaul, John Diano, Chuck DiCosmo, Jack DiLauro, Rocco DiMento, Dan Dishaw, John Dittrich, Scott Dixon, Joe Donelan, Mike Donohue, Kat Dooley-Wandersee, Dale Dorman, Kevin Dorsey, Liz Lanza Doyle, Gary Driscoll, Dan Dunn, Bill Dutch, Mike Easterly Dan "Cato" Eaton, Billy Elmiger, Tom Emmi, Bob English, Joe English, Mike Estep, Paul Fairbanks, Jennifer Falco, Tony Falico, Don Familo, Vince Faraoni, Kevin Farrell, Donnie Farrington, Frank Farnsworth, Jeff Favallo, Charlie Featherstone,  Frank Feinstein, Nancy Fetterly, Kim Fetters, Conan Fioramonti, Ben Fiore, Jon Fishman, Don Fitzgerald,  Todd Fitzsimmons, Dave Flansburg, Herb Flower, Jimmy Foran, Don Forbes, Earl Ford, Tommy Forrest, Ron France, Alan Frank, Sam Furco, Mick Fury, John Gabriel, Joe Galuski,  Greg Gannett, Matt Gee, Mike Gentile, Lisa Gentile, Dave Gersony, Howard Gersony, Tom, Giamceuski, Mark Gibson, Dave Gnatowski, Gary Goal, Maury Goldberg, Terry Golden, Mike Goss, Austin Gravelding, Dan Green, Mimi Griswold, Kurt Grow. Gary & Ed Grudynski.

Isreal Hagan,  Marcia Hagan, Sylvestor Hagan, Garry Hall, John T. Hall, Bob Halligan Jr, Ed Hamell, Bobby Hamilton, Earl Hamilton.  Nanci Hammond, B.J. Hayes, Mike & Eileen Heagerty,  Peter Heitzman, Tom Helsher, Pete Hennessy, Tim Herron, Duane Hitchings, Jerry Hludzik (The Buoys),  Shawn Hobin, Bob Hodge, Anna Hoffmann, Eva Hoffmann, Gustav Hoffmann, Nancy Lorraine Hoffmann, Jack Holton, Bob Holz, Tom Honan, Fred Horton, Tom Hosmer, Larry Hoyt, Ton Hunter, Harold Hyde, Earl Irons, Carl Irvine, Paul Iskander, Greg Italiano, Mike Jachles, Greg Jackson Ron Jarman, Joe Jewell, Jimmy Johns, Jeff Jones, W. Jeffrey Jones, Mike Julian, Juan Junco, Mark Kalsuga, Joel Kane, Lou Kaplan,  Ron Kaussner, Irving Kaufman, Ron Keck (SubCat Studio), Tapio Keihanen, Kathy Kellish, Nancy Kelly, Pete Kennedy, Tom Kenny, George Kilpatrick, Phil Kline, Evan Knight, Bill Knolton, Keith Kobland, John Kokot, Kate Kolb, Jack Kreischner, Jeff Kulikowsky (WSYR TV9), Dave Laird, Phil Lambrinos, Arthur Lane, John Latocha, Jeff Laurence, Freddie Lawrence, Kim Lembo, Arty Lenin, Joe Leo, Carman Liberatone, Tony Licameli, Carmen Licatra, Dave Liddy, Jack Lipton, Rocky Lockhart, Ted Long, Bob Lorenz, Wilma Lung, Larry Luttinger

Gordon MacRae, Joel Mackey, George Madigan, Jack Maheu, Frank Malfitano, Doug Mancabelli, Vince Mangiamelli, Harold Mantor, Steve Marcone, Phil Markert, Syd Marshall,  Don Martell,  Dave Martin, Don Martin, Mike Martineau, Dick Mastriano, Elliott Mattice, Todd Mattraw, Nick Mazza, Ed McBarron, Steve McCord, Gael McGear, Pete Mckay, Mike McKay, John McKenna, Pete McMahon, Dave McQuillan, Chuck Mellone, Karen Michaels, Melissa Midgeley, Brian Miles, Dave Miller, Brian Mingle, Terry Mingle, Bob Mitchell, Bernie Milton, Miss E, Liz & Tony Modafferi, Jeff Moleski, Doug Moncrief, Kim Monroe, Spencer Montague, Larry Monty, Jerry More, Dan Morrison, Brandon Morse. Jack Morse, Sandra Morse, Dave Moziak, Rick Mozzo, Terry Mulhauser, Wayne Mueller, Tip Munger, "Austin" Jimmy Murphy, Ed Murphy, Dick Murphy, Mark Murphy,

Mark Nanni, Tommy Nast, Peter Naughton, Joe Neri, Jamie Notarthomas, Jon Notarthomas, Jess Novak, Charley Orlando, Harold Osborne "Oz", Beth Owens, Phil Owens, Dan Padavona,  Bob Papaleoni, Lonnie Park, Claude "Red" Parton, Dusty Pascal, Tom Payne, Mike Peden, Alex Periales, John Periales, Dave Perkins, Tony Perolla, Joanne Troy Perry, Bob Perry, Bobby Petrella, Mike Petroff, Bill Pfohl, Chynna Phillips, Kaaren Pierce, Dave Priola, George Plavocos, Jody Pucello, Penny Jo Pullus, Carl Pynn, Terry Quill,  Missy Ragonese (Miss E), Mike Ranger, Larry Rand, Danielle Rausa, Leo Rayhill, Dave Read, Dusty Rhodes, Hanna Richardson, Dave Ridgeway, Joe Riposo, Mike Riposo,  Charlie Robbins, Rob Robbins, Art "Legs" Robins, Hal Robinson, Tim Robinson, Tex Roe, Tommy Rogers "George Rossi, Kimberley Rossi, Kathy Rowe,  Alan Rowoth, Susan Royal, Andy Rudy, Al Ruscito, John Russo, Ron Russo, Michael P. Ryan,  Rick Ryder (Tim Huppman),

Dave Salce, Billy Sanders, Brian Sanders, Tom "T.W." Saunders,  Bob Scarlota, Steve Schad, Paulie Scire, Wendy Shoen, Cecile Scott, Lou Segreti, Larry Serifini, Frank Sgroi, "Duke" Shanahan, Jack Share, Chris Shaw, Dick Sheridan. Tom Shine, Wendy Shoen, Tamaralee Shutt, Dennis Sick, Freddie Simmons, John Simone, Tex Simone, Mike Sims, George "Bebo" Singleton, Jimmy Singleton, Mike Skowron, Curt Smith, Otis Smith, Taylor Smith, Dennis Snow, Dick "Rick" Snyder, Jerry Sorn, David Soule, Rob Stagnoletti, Ron Spencer, Dan Sperato, Steve Starmer, Rick Starmer, Scott Sterling, Dave Stevenson, Bill Storm, Shane Storto, Liz Stroedel, Fred Sweet,  Gael Sweeney, Ian Taddeo, Russ Tarby, Jim Tate, Chris Taylor, Greg Tearney, Bruce Tetley, Doug Thaler, Ron Thompson, Lee Tiffault, Mark Tiffault, Sox Tiffault, Joe Toscano, Tom Townsley, Tony Trischka, Dave Truax, Scotty Trudell, Chris Tso, Alan Tyler, Andrew VanNorstrand, Floyd Otis Vincent, Meegan Voss, Mick Walker, Kat Walters, Rance Walters, Stacey Waterman, Richard Webb, Gary Weeks, Mickey Vendetti, Randy Wenner, John West, Chuck Wheeler, John Whipple, Mark Wildrick,  Eric Will, Eddie Williamson, Scott Wilson, John Wisniewski, Billy Cathers Wolf, Billy Wolfe, Rod Wood, Courtney Woods, Howie Wyeth, Dave Yawman, Gregg Yeti, Bob Volk, Mark Zane, Bob Zenter, Phil Zeppetello, Roger Zinszer.


Also To-
Syracuse New Times past & present (Mike Greenstein, Bob Lorenz, Mike Davis, Art Zimmer, Joe Glisson,  Bill Broad, Jessica Novak, Russ Tarby), Onondaga Historical Association (Tom Hunter, Dennis Connors), Syracuse Area Music Awards (Liz Nowak, Debbie Foley,  Carol Thoryk-O'Leary), Walts Record Shop (Eddie & Gary, Mark Kalsuga, ), Jack Wolak's Rare Necessities,  Rise n' Shine Dinner, Blue Wave Productions (Greg Spencer), D.M.R. Enterprises (Stacey Waterman), Hollywood Restaurant- Cortland (Rock & Denise Feinstein), Landmark Theater, PetCap Music (Guy Capone), Syracuse M&T Jazz Festival (Frank Malifitano), Dayson Studio (George Day), Gerber Music Company (Bill Gerber III), Syracuse Blue Print (Rocky Lockhart), Post Standard Newspaper past & present (Brian Burke, Mark Bialczak, Sean Kirst, Chris Baker), Maplewood Inn/ Carnegie CafĂ©- Liverpool, NY,  Pensabene's Casa Grande Restaurant.


2014-15,  Live Show Reunion Bands-

Don Barber & The Dukes (Don Barber, Joe Sawmiller, Joe Leo, Brian Miles, Chuck Cavallaro,  Skip Seyerle, Dave Read).

Livin Ennd-- (Jan Fetterly, Mickey Palumbo, Al Wolf, Adrian Lezotte, Sandy Bigtree w/ special guest Mike Price aka Baron Daemon)

The Nightcaps (Dave Novak, Bill Weiss, Don Shoudy, Al McNeil, Tom Rozzano).

Campus Walkers (Mickey Nicotra, Tom Rozzano, Mike Carletta, Bill Weiss),

Art "Legs" Robins & Prestige, (Art Robins, Don Martin, John Mangicaro, Jerry Brown, John Cappozzolo and guest Chuck Sgroi ),

Mark Hoffmann Family Band, (Mark, Eva, Anna & Gustav Hoffmann, Dave Solazzo, Kenyatta King and special guest former NYS Senator- Nancy Lorraine Hoffmann),

The Outcasts (Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Jack Share, Shane Storto, Tommy G, Curt Smith).

The Coachmen  (Mike Davis, Joe Neri, Mark Wildrick, Dickie Cappotto, Rick Cappotto, Carl Putzer, Wayne Mueller, Bob Petta, Bill Willis, Dennis Goettel, John Saltamace),

Timeline- Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Curt Smith, Shane Storto, Rance Walters, Tommy G, Steve Schad,

AdVentures- (Ed McBarron, Byron Tiejen, Frank Dehner, Mark Tiejen, Kurt Schmidt),

Dave Porter & Bob, 
Skip Murphy,
Bob Brown, 
Courtney Woods, 

Kat Tale-  (Kate Kolb, Kat Dooley-Wandersee, Mike Featherstone, Eric Wilson, William Blanchard, Steve Robinson) 

Lawless Brothers- (Scotty Trudell, Dave Flans, Michael Brown, Dave Truax).

Fab Cats- (Gary Freany, Arty Lenin, Dave Novak, Dave Miller, Mike  Kallett).

Cross Creek- Danny Weiss, John Cadley, Dave Novak, Fred Lawrence, John Dancks,
Jimmy Johns, George Newton and Tony Trischka

Skip Murphy's Merry Pranksters- Dave Liddy, Mark Gibson, Mike Ranger, Sharon Allen,
Wayne Stevens, Dave "Big D" Schneider, George Newton & Skip Murphy..

Sandy Bigtree Band-  Sandy Bigtree, Gary LaVancher, Dan "Cato" Eaton, Bob Holz, Pat Hodson

Special December 14, 2014- Xmas Show special guests- Sandy Bigtree, Dave Novak, Dave Porter, Skip Murphy, Mark Hoffmann, Courtney Woods, Bob Brown, Mickey Nicotra & Steve Schad.

Syracuse Radio Stations- WAQX- 95X, WFBL AM-1390, WHEN AM-620 (Pete McKelvin). WNDR AM-1260 (Jim O'Brien, Dave Laird, Dan Leonard, Fran McGrath, Big George, Dick Mastriano), WOLF Country (Skip Clark, Taylor Smith), WSEN 92.1 FM (Gary Dunes, Dick Mastriano, John Carucci, Diane Wade, Dan Elliott) WSYR AM 570 (Joe Galiski), WSYR Y-94 FM (Howie Castle, Tommy Nast), WZUN-Sunny 102 FM (Rick Gary, Mike Fiss), WXTL 105.9 "The Rebel" (Dave Frisina),  WYYY 94.5 FM (Kathy Rowe), The Dinosaur (WOLF-WNDR) 93.5/ 94.1/ /103.7/ 103.9 FM (Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, Bob Brown, Tony Fallico, Melissa Midgely,  Peter Naughton, Gary Michaels, Sam Furco, Craig Fox).

Syracuse Television Stations folks past & present- WCNY TV-24 (Pete MacKay, Bill Pfohl, George Kilpatrick), WSYR TV-9 & Bridge Street (Tim Fox, Rod Wood, Dave Bullard, Jim Campagnia, Carrie Lazarus, Chris Brandolino, Kaylea Nixon, Jeff Kulkowsky, Jim Teske), WSYT TV-3 (Don Edwards), WTVH TV-5 (Ron Curtis, Dick Deline), Time Warner Cable News 10 (Bill Carey, Tom Blandin) & Time Warner Cable (Bob Papaleoni),



DEDICATED TO OUR FALLEN CNY MUSICAL COMRADES.

Jack Abert, Fred Aboud, Sam Amato, Andy Anderson,  Larry Arlotta, Bud Ballou, Sam Barone, Tom Bean, Ron Bee, Jack Belle, Mary Bigtree, Len Blanchard,  Brian Bourke, Lafayette Breland, George Brewer, Dominick Bruno, Ron Bruno, Hal Casey, Jeff Chappelle, Dick Clark, Stan Colella, Bob Couse, Freddie Critella,  Buz Cua, Ron Curtis (Izzo), Tom DeAmbra, Roosevelt Dean, Tom Dean, Kent DeFelice, Ray Delaney, Dick Deline, Jim Deline, John Diano, Ronnie James Dio, Dale Dorman, Bobby Doyle, Gary Driscoll, Nancy Duffy, Rev. Larry Ellis, Frank Farsworth, Charlie Featherstone, Frank Feinstein, Don Forbes, "Jolly Rolly" Fowler, Jim Fricano, Sly Germano, Dave Gersony, Gary Goal, Terry Golden, Art Goodwin, Dave Goodwin, Mike Goss, Ray Green, Paul Grillo, Kurt Grow, Dick Haggett, Fred Hart, Tom Haskell, Pete Hennessey, Larry Hoppen, Fred Horton, Carl Irving, Greg Italiano, Kelly James, Mark Kalsuga, Phil Lambrinos, Gordon Lavancher, 'Dandy Dan" Leonard, Myron Levy, Carman Liberatore, Jim Lucas, Gordon MacRae, Carl Mano, T. Sherman Marshall, Dave Mazzoli, Chuck Mellone, Bernie Milton, Mike Money, Larry Monty, Steve Moosburger (Holly Rock), Mozzo, Tip Munger, Al Nathan, Sal Nistico, Wayne Nugent, Jim O'Brien, Patsy & Anne Padavona, Nick Pantas, Dave Pasternack, Marty Patten. John Periales, Rick Plante, George Plavocos, Chris Powell, Lou Reed, Dave Ridgeway, Mike Riposo, Tex Roe, Tom Royal, Nick Russo, Rick Ryder (Tim Huppman), Stephen Shedd, Kyle Shirley, Anthony "Tex" Simone, Jim Sims, George "Bebo" Singleton. Jimmy Singleton, Otis Smith, "Sox" Tiffault,  Pat  Turk, Steve Uehlin, Bruce Van Brocklin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Jay Walker (Joe Waston), Johnny Whipple, Limey Wickwire, Eddie Williamson, Billy Wolfe, Bob Yeager and the so many more.

Though the years there have been so many national artists & groups that have given time to help us with memorabilia, interviews, photos and just great stories to enhance our Syracuse Music history, here is a list of just a few.

Alice Cooper, Duane Allman, Sam Andrew (Big Brother), Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Rod Argent (Zombies), Peter Asher, Billy Baldwin, Pete Bennett (Apple Records), Black Oak Arkansas (Jim Dandy), Garry Bordonaro (The Rods, Savoy Brown), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), James Brown, Brownsville Station (Cub Koda), The Buoys (Bill Kelly, Jerry Hludzik), David Byron (Uriah Heep), Cactus, Carl Canedy, (The Rods), Canned Heat (Bob Hite, Henry Vestine), Freddy Cannon,  Felix Cavaliere, Eric Clapton, Dick Clark, Joe Cocker, Bobby Comstock, Gene Cornish, Rick Cua, Derek & The Dominoes  Neil Diamond,  Ronnie James Dio, Wendy Dio, Dion, Dale Dorman, Gary Driscoll (ELF, Rainbow), Joe English (Jam Factory, Wings), David "Rock" Feinstein (ELF, The Rods), Flaming Ember, Melvin Franklin (Temptations), Frijid Pink, Danny Goldberg, Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality, Queens of the Stone Age & famed Producer), Guess Who (Jim Kolb),  Jimi Hendrix, Herman's Hermits,  Duane Hitchings, Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night), Iron Butterfly (Lee Dorman, Doug Ingle), James Gang (Dale Peters, Joe Walsh, Jim Fox),  Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson), Elton John (w/ Nigel Olsson & Dee Murray), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Janis Joplin, Al Kooper, Alvin Lee (10 Years After), Led Zeppelin,  John Lennon, Johnny Maestro (Brooklyn Bridge, The Crests), Paul McCartney, Moody Blues, Bruce Morrow ("Cousin Brucie"), Cliff Nobles, Yoko Ono, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Norman Petty, Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips),, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), The Presidents, Rascals (Gene Cornish, Felix Cavaliere), Smokey Robinson (Miracles), Rolling Stones,  Jeff Alan Ross (Badfinger), Mitch Ryder, Dean Schachtel, John  Sebastian,  Bob Seger, Mickey Lee Soule, (ELF, Rainbow, Ian Gillan Band, Deep Purple),  Phil Spector, Steppenwolf (John Kay), Kate Taylor, Three Dog Night (Danny Hutton, Norm Sneed), Johnny Tillotson,  Tiny Tim, Tony Trischka, Turtles (Mark Volman),  Joe Walsh (James Gang, Eagles), John West, Leslie West (Mountain),  The Who (Peter Townshend, Roger Daltry, John Entwistle, Keith Moon), Carl Wilson (Beach Boys), Stevie Winwood (Traffic, Blind Faith).


Thursday, March 5, 2015

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 136 - SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS 2015 - HALL OF FAME CLASS AND AWARD WINNERS (Updated)

The Syracuse Area Music Awards held their 2015 Press Conference at the Palace Theater. MC- Joe Whiting announced the 2015 SAMMYS Hall of Fame Class- Loren Barriger, Bobby Comstock, Chris Goss and the band The Works. The Sammys Music Educator Award to- David Rezak and Sammys Lifetime Achievement Award to- Jon Fishman. Whiting also announced the finalist in the many music categories that will be presented at the Sammy Award Show at the Palace Theater on the evening of March 6, 2015


The Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame Induction was  held upstairs at the Dinosaur Bar B Que Thursday evening March 5th starting at 7 PM....Sammys Hall of Fame MC- Dave Frisina.  Tickets for this historic event were SOLD OUT in advance.. The 2015 Sammys Hall of Fame Class included- Loren Barriger (presenter- Austin Gravelding), Bobby Comstock (presenter- Ron Wray), Chris Goss, (presenter- John Mangicaro), The Works (presenter Dave Frisina). Sammys Music Educator Award- Dave Rezak (presented by Stacey Waterman), Sammys Lifetime Achievement Award- Jon Fishman (presented by his father Len Fishman). Note all were in attendance.


Friday March 6, 2015- Sammy Award Show was held at The Palace Theater (Eastwood) starting at 7 PM. Tickets $20. Performing acts that evening are as follow- Joanne Shenandoah, Grupo Pagan, Ruddy Well Band, Scars and Stripes and The Works. Sammy Award Show MC -Skip Murphy


2015 SAMMY Award Winner's-

Best Alterative                    -  Leah Shenandoah

Best Americana                  -  Jeffrey Pepper Rogers

Best Blues                            -  Castle Creek

Best Country                       -  Megan Lee

Best Hard Rock                  -  Nineball

Best Hip Hop                      -  Nick Case a.k.a. Decoy

Best Jam Band                   -  Joe Driscoll & Selou Kouyate

Best Jazz                             -  Nick Ziobro

Best Pop                              -  Nick & Noah

Best Other Styles               -  Samba  Larania

Best R & B                          -  Brownskin Band

Best Rock                            -  William Grutt

Best Singer- Songwriter    -  Alanna-Marie Boudreau

Brian Bourke Award        -  Spring Street Band
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Peoples Choice- Best Artist -              Briana Jessie

People Choice Award- Best Venue     Keys Canal Side

People Choice Award- Best Festival   Fox Fest