Monday, December 1, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 134- "NEW" RONNIE JAMES DIO - 12 INCH VINYL LIMITED EDITION PICTURE DISC RELEASED BY RHINO- NOVEMBER 28, 2014

National Record Store Day- November 28, 2014- Rhino Records releases "New" Dio "This Is Your Life" Limited Edition 12 Inch Vinyl Picture Disc (limited to 5,500 copies). Side B contains live tracks- Neon Knights, Rainbow In The Dark & Straight Through the Heart.  Along with  Dio tribute songs performed by Anthrax, Halestorm, Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Jason Christopher, Christin Martucci & Stachel.

Help support the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up and Shout" Cancer Fund

Sunday, October 26, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - UPDATE- CHAPTER 133 - OCTOBER 21, 2014- - DALE DORMAN FORMER WOLF'S KING OF NIGHTTIME RADIO DIES AT AGE 71

We are sad to reports that former WOLF Radio Nighttime great broadcasters Dale Dorman has died Tuesday October 21, 2014 at age 71 in Tewksbury, Mass. Dale started at Syracuse's WOLF AM-1490 in September 1964, first doing mornings before being shifted to the night show.Then departed WOLF for West Coast Radio in August 1965 (Kresno Ca & San Francisco) before once again gracing the Syracuse airwaves at WOLF in January 28 1966 though Sept 19, 1966,

During that time his creative energy changes what Syracuse Nighttime Radio would be for years to come. He also had the honor of introducing the Rolling Stones at the Syracuse War Memorial Auditorium  in July 1966..

You can read his total updated story in Chapter 16 of this series. Dale would go in to influence so many Syracuse radio great as Jim Sims, Howie Castle, Don Bombard (Bob Shannon), Fred Horton, Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, myself. and so many others.. Dale Dorman was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2010. He will be truly missed.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 132- DINOSAUR RADIO GROUP 93.5, 94.1, 103.7 & 103.9 FM- STARTS HISTORY OF SYRACUSE ROCK and ROLL- ""THEN AND NOW" LIVE BAND REUNION SERIES (UPDATED)..



Dinosaur Radio-  94.1, 95.3, 103.7, 103.9 FM - History of Syracuse Music"Then & Now" Live Reunion Concerts  -  
Dates & performers listed below-"New" Showtime 5-8 PM
                                                          UPDATED

(Note- New location starting- October 19, 2014 held at Pensabene's Casa Grande Rest located at 135 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, NY  13204 (between West Genesee St & Hiawatha Blvd) just down from Syracuse New Times & Sacred Heart Church. 



July 13-   Livin Ennd (Reunion)  & Don Barber & the Dukes  (Reunion) #1

               Livin Ennd- Sandy Bigtree, Al Wolf, Jan Fetterly, Mickey Palumbo
               Adrian Lezotte, Fred Sweet, Bill Cooper
               Special guest- Mike Price (Channel 9's -Baron Daemon)

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

              Maplewood Inn- Liverpool, NY


Aug  17   Campus Walkers (Reunion)   & The Nightcaps (Reunion) #2

                Campus Walkers- Tom Rozzano, Mickey Nicotra, Bill Weiss,
                 Special Guest- Mike Carletta (from Andy & The Classics)
                 Dinosaur Radio interview Wednesday 8:12 AM with Rick Cua

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

                Maplewood Inn- Liverpool, NY

Sept 7      Art Robins & Prestige, Mark Hoffman & Hoffman Family Band #3

                Art "Legs" Robins (vocals) & Prestige Band, members include-
                John Mangicaro (drums), Don Martin (guitar)
                Jerry Brown (horns),  John Capozzolo (bass).
                Special Guest- Chuck Sgroi.

               Mark Hoffmann & Hoffmann Family Band- featuring-
               Mark Hoffmann, (guitar-vocals), Gustav Hoffmann (bass).
               Eva Hoffmann, (vocals), Anna Hoffmann (vocals)  &
               Kenyatta King (drums).
               Dave Solazzo (keyboards)
               Special Guest- Nancy Lorraine Hoffmann

               Maplewood Inn- Liverpool, NY



Oct  19    Carmen Licitra & The Vikings (Reunion) & Ad Ventures #4

                Pensabene's Rest- 135 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse 13204.
                Just off West Genesee Street.
                Time  6-9 PM, Doors opened at 5 PM,
                Admission is free.. Result Packed house

                Carmen Licitra & The Vikings- Dave Novak, Carmen Licitra,
                Chuck Di Cosmo, Chuck Cavallaro, Ed McBarron,

                Ad Ventures- Ed McBarron, Mark Tiejen, Frank Daher,
                Byron Tiejen, Kurt Schmidt

Nov 9     Outcasts- w/ Timeline (Reunion) & Blues Brothers Revue $_#5

                Pensabene's Casa Grande Rest- 135 State Fair Blvd,
                Syracuse 13204 (just off West Genesee St)
                Time 5-8 PM... With doors opened at  4 PM.
                Admission is free...Result standing room only crowd..

                 Outcasts (Reunion)  Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Jack Share, with
                 Shane Storto, Kurt Smith, Tom Glamcevski & others.

                 Blues Brothers Revue

Dec 14      Christmas w/ "The Coachmen" & Coachmen (Reunion) #6
                 and Many Special Guests-Timeline, Dave Porter, Skip Murphy,
                 Sandy Bigtree, Mickey Nicotra, Dave Novak, Mark Hoffmann,
                 Courtney Woods, Steve Schad & Bob Brown.

                  Show also included special guests- Dave Porter & Bob,
                  Skip Murphy, Sandy Bigtree, Mickey Nicotra, Mark Hoffmann,
                  Dave Novak, Bob Brown, Courtney Woods, Timeline Band
                  (Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Curt Smith, Shane Storto  Tom
                  Glamcevski with special guest  Steve Schad)


         Coachmen reunion-- Joe Neri, Mike Davis,  Rick Cappato, Dickey Cappato,
                 Wayne Mueller, Mark Wildrick, Carl Putzer, Bill Willis,  Bob Petta,
                 John Saltamace & Dennis Goettel.
                     
                  Location- Pensabene's Casa Grande Rest- 135 State Fair Blvd,
                  Syracuse 13204 (Just off West Genesee Street)
                  Start Time 5-8 PM...With doors opening at 4 PM.
                  Admission is free
                  3 sets of music, fun, and dancing to celebrate the 2014
                  holiday season

                  Xmas Show performance Schedule
                  PA- Paulie Scire, Teddy Boileau,
                  Lighting- Ted Storto

                  Set 1- The Coachmen (reunion band) 14 songs

                  Set 2- Dave Porter & Bob w/ Skip Murphy   3 songs
                                 Not Fade Away
                                 It's Alright
                                 Soul Children

                             Mickey Nicotra (3 songs)
                                  It's Alright
                                  Daddy's Home
                                  Honky Tonk

                             Sandy Bigtree & Dave Novak w/ Timeline & Steve Schad
                                  Sleigh Ride (Novak)
                                  Blue Christmas (Sandy & Dave)
                                  Happy Christmas, The War Is Over

                             Timeline Band with special guest Steve Schad
                                   Disco Inferno
                                   Temptations Eyes
                                   Play That Funky Music
                                   Jesus a Just Alright

                   Set 3   The 2014 Coachmen backed up the following acts

                                Bob Brown
                                     Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

                               Mark Hoffman
                                    Talk is Cheap
                                     I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know

                               Courtney Woods
                                     At Last

                               Coachmen- current 2014 lineup performing
                                      6 songs

                               Finale- Sandy Bigtree w/ Coachmen 2014 joined by
                                       Skip Murphy, Courtney Woods & others
                                       "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home"
                             
                            
Feb 14      WINTERFEST -30th Anniversary Show (Tie In) #7

                  Lawless Brothers
                  ( w/ Scott Trudell, Dave Flans, Dave Truax, Michael Brown)

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

                    Location- Pensabene's Casa Grande 135 State Fair Blvd.
                    February 14th, Time- 5 to 8 PM, Doors open at 4 PM..
                    Admission -FREE.


Mar 15      British Invasion Show -   Fab Cats & Timeline #8

                  Timeline- Mike Ferrrante, Ted Storto, Curt Smith,
                                    Shane Storto, Rance Walters
                                    Special Guests- Courtney Woods.

                   Fab Cats-
                   Gary Frenay, Arty Lenin, Dave Novak, Dave Smith
                   Special Guest- Mike Kallett (keyboards)

                   Location- Pensabene's Casa Grande 135 State Fair Blvd
                   Sunday- March 15, 5 to 8 PM, Doors open at 4 PM
                   Admission is FREE.


April 12    Cross Creek (Special Reunion Event) #9

                  Cross Creek (Reunion)

                  Danny Weiss, Dave Novak, John Cadley,  Fred Lawrence,
                  Jimmy Johns, John Dancks & George Newton
                  Special surprise guest- Tony Trischka
                  Special surprise guests- Peter Asher & Jeff Alan Ross (Badfinger)
                  Note- Trischka, Asher & Ross all performed on stage with band

                  Skip Murphy & Merry Pranksters

                  Skip Murphy, Dave Liddy, Mike Ranger, George Newton,
                  Mark Gibson, Wayne Stevens & Sharon Allen

                  Location- Pensabene's Casa Grande, 135 State Fair Blvd
                  SUNDAY- April 12, 5 to 8 PM, Doors Opens at 4 PM
                  Admission is FREE


May 31     Sandy Bigtree Band & History of Syr Music All-Star Band #10
.
                 Sandy Bigtree Band

                 Sandy Bigtree, Gary LaVancher, Dan "Cato" Eaton,
                Jimmy Johns & Pat Hodson

                 History of Syracuse Music All-Star Band
                 Bill Weiss, Mike Ferrante, Dave Novak, Don Shoudy, Ted Storto,
                 Frank Rhodes, Mark Hoffamnn, Skip Murphy, Scotty Trudell,
                 Ed Mc Barron, Shane Storto, Teddy Boileau, Curt Smith,
                 Buke Babikan, Mark Wildrick, Steve Schad,
         
                 Location- Pensabene's Casa Grande, 135 State Fair Blvd
                 Sunday- May 31, 5 to 8 PM, Doors open at 4 PM
                 Admission is FREE


June 12    Carnage (Reunion) Show w/ The Stranger Show #11

                 Carnage
                Chuck Cavallaro, John Favalo, Bob Lindberg, Chuck Pietra,
                Bob Powell, Bob Stasko, Dave Wellner.

                 The Strangers
                 Joe Di Ciano, John DiLauro,  John Favalo, Bob Lindberg, Mike Ranger,
                 Ronnie Dark.

                  Location- Pensabene's Casa Grande, 135 State Fair Blvd.
                  Sunday- June 12, 5 to 8 PM, Doors open at 4 PM
                  Admission is FREE


Aug 8      WOLF Radio- 75 th Anniversary Reunion & Nighttime Gala at
                Pensabenes with  Musical guest The Nightcaps & more- 2015

                 Some of the great WOLF/WNDR Broadcasters returning will be...
                 Howie Castle,  Rick Snyder, Dusty Rhodes, John Gabriel, Bob Brown
                 Windy Craig, Peter C. Cavanaugh, Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman,
                 Rod Wood, Rick Gary, Ron Wray and many-many more.

Friday, May 30, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 131 - CAREER OF CHARLIE BERTINI & 30- YEARS OF THE APPLEJAZZ FESTIVAL

This Cortland, NY native started playing trumpet at age nine. During his youth Charlie was active in marching bands, concert bands, school chorus and even conducting music classes. Bertini started his own dance band while still in ninth grade. At age 19, he joined the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus Orchestra touring for six years first as trumpeter and then musical director..

Next performances with Al Martino, Patti Page, Mel Torme, Broadway Shows, Dixieland Clubs and live shows in Orlando at both Walt Disney World and Universal Studio. Then came a four-year hitch at the Circus World Theme Park and a year as musical director for Ringling Brothers & Barnum Bailey Circus.

Always in demand as a world-class trumpeter Charlie Bertini has backed up Paul Anka, Bert Bacharach, Ray Charles & Johnny Mathis. He has appeared on network television specials and several music specials aired by PBS.

Charlie Bertini's AppleJazz Band history dates back to a jam session in 1984. His 1990's AppleJazz Band included the talents of John Kane, Larry Arlotta, Dave Hanlon, Dick Chave, Dave Gannett to name a few. His 1995 AppleJazz concert was nominated for a Cable Ace Award for "Best Music Program".

Bertini has released five solo Cd's "Apple Sass" (1995), "Jewels", "Acid Dixie" (recorded live at AppleJazz Festival held at Dwyer Memorial Park in Little York, NY), "Out of the Season" and "Charlie Bertini's AppleJazz Band-Classic Performances". Bertini also recorded two Christmas Cd's " Christmas Cookies" and "Fresh Batch" (1998). If this isn't enough Charlie has recorded 12 albums with Bill Allred's Class Jazz Band. During his amazing career, Bertini has performed in 45 states, China and Europe. Although residing in Florida and performing in jazz trios, Charlie still finds times to serve  executive director of the AppleJazz Festival held through year 2014 in Central New York.

His July 4, 2005 Apple Jazz Festival again at Dwyer Park Pavilion featured a lineup of Ronnie Leigh, Ronnie France, Dave Hanlon, Terry Meyers, Dick Chave, Jeff Phillips, John Allred and Bertini.  In June 2006 Bertini released the two-disc set "Classic Performances" from his 14th through 16th annual summer AppleJazz concerts (1997-99).  This unique three-year Cd package contains performances from some of CNY greatest musical talents including- Joe Whiting, John Kane, David "Rock" Feinstein, and Loren Barrigar.

The years flew by AppleJazz 25 featured Peter Dean (Dean Brothers) along with mainstays Doyle, Hanlon, Kane, France, Whiting, Bertini and others. Meanwhile AppleJazz Records release Cds by Lauren Jessica Bertini " Can You Hear It" (2009), "Charlie Bertini- "Triology" & "Out of Season" plus the great Ronnie Leigh's first solo Cd Live at AppleJazz (2012).

Charlie also returned to Central New York taking the stage in a salute to a friend Ronnie James Dio during Cortland's "Stand Up and Shout" Dio Tribute Concert & Benefit on July 10, 2011.

After a year layoff Charlie Bertini announced that he would hold his 30th and final AppleJazz Festival on May 31, 2014 at Dwyer Memorial Park. Once again the CNY greats responded to Bertini's invitation to play- Ronnie Leigh, Joe Whiting, Mark Doyle, Dave Hanlon, Ronnie France, Jeff Phillips, John Allred, Terry Meyers, & Lauren- Jessica Bertini. Other music industry notables in attendance included Frank Malfitano, Holly Gregg, "Rock" Feinstein, Laura Brazak & Ron Wray. A great tribute to a great man- Charlie Bertini..

In what I would call a great historic event it was announced by Frank Malfitano that the AppleJazz band would reunite in the summer of 2015 to perform at Syracuse's  M&T Jazz Festival.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 130- CNY WORLD MUSIC NEWS UPDATE - THE RODS BACK FROM SPAIN on to SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL & DIO - "THIS IS YOUR LIFE TRIBUTE LP TO BE ISSUED ON RED VINYL.

The Rods (Rock Feinstein, Carl Canedy, Garry Bordonaro) just returned from performing at both  the 'Heavy Metal Rock Festival  in Madrid, Spain and  'Sweden Rock Festival" This huge event was held June 6-8  had 78 bands taking the stage from all over the world


VINYL NEWS-  It was just announced this week by the Dio Fan Club that the "New" Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your Life" will be released on a  two-album  format on beautiful... RED Vinyl in July. It can be pre-order now though AMAZON.com. The numbers were not announced but I'm sure it was limited.

Other Dio News-  New Dio Cd "Live in London - Live At The Hammersmith Apollo 1993" is now available in the following formats- CD ( 2 cds), DVD Blu-ray....Both just arrived.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC - CHAPTER 129- GREAT BRITISH INVASION GROUPS THAT PLAYED SYRACUSE 1960-66 , W/ RADIO INTERVIEWS WITH BUD BALLOU & DALE DORMAN

UK Groups that performed or spoke in Syracuse including radio interviews with Bud Ballou & Dale Dorman while both on WOLF Radio


June 5, 1962-   Eden Kane  - "Well I Ask Ya"               3 Rivers Inn
                        He appears on same show show with Frankie Lyman

Feb 8, 1964     John Lennon & Ringo speak to Bud Ballou on WOLF
                        day prior to appearing on Ed Sullivan TV Show

June 3, 1964     The Searchers                                      Sports-O-Rama
                         Ronnie Dio & Prophets, Dovells Dick & Dee Dee

Aug 12, 1964     WNDR Radio event "Beatles "A Hard Day's Night"
                           movie opens at Paramount Theater & North Drive Inn
                           Sam & The Twisters play on roof of North Drive In

Aug 26, 1964       Beatles "A Hard Day Night" opens in Cortland, NY
                            Prior to film, Ronnie Dio & Prophets played on stage
                            at the State Theater

Oct 12, 1964     The Animals                                      War Memorial
                          J. Frank Wilson   "Last Kiss:
                         Royalettes   "Gonna Take a Miracles"
                         Elkie Brooks
                         Carman Licitra & The Vikings
                         The Concepts   (Don Martin)
                         WNDR 's Dandy Dan Leonard

April 21, 1965     Freddie & The Dreamers                  War Memorial
                           Wayne Fontana & Mindbenders
                           Sam & The Twisters

April 26, 1965     Gerry & Pacemakers speak with WOLF's Dale Dorman

May 25, 1965      Herman's Hermits                            War Memorial
                             Bobby Vee, Freddy Cannon, Hondells,
                             Billy Stewart, Bobby Freeman, Round Robin,
                             Little Anthony, Brenda Holloway, The Ikettes
                             Repereta & The Del Rons
                             Dick Clark's Cavalcade of Stars Tour

Aug 31, 1965       Peter & Gordon                                 War Memorial
                            Tom Jones
                           Them- Van Morrison  (later canceled did not appear)

                            Turtles, Brian Hyland, Billy Joe Royal, Ronnie Dove,
                            The Executives, George McCannon III, Mel Carter

Sept 1, 1965       Beatle movie "Help" opens at Paramount & North Drive In

Oct 31, 1965        Rolling Stones                                     War Memorial
                             Ed Wool & The Nomads
                             Ramrods
                             Monte Rock III
                             Vibrations, Patti LaBelle & Bluebelles

April 17, 1966      Chad & Jeremy                                   NYS Fair Col.
                             Gene Pitney
                             The Outsiders (Sonny Geraci, Tommy King)
                             McCoys (Rick Derringer), Bobby Goldsboro,
                             B.J. Thomas, Len Barry, Norma Tanaga,

July 6, 1966           Rolling Stones                                    War Memorial
                              Little Rick (Mozzo) & Del-Shays
                             Tradewinds (NY Is a Lonely Town)
                              McCoys   (Come On Let's Go)
                              Standells

Thursday, May 1, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE:" - CHAPTER 128- SYRACUSE RECORD & MUSIC STORES THOUGH THE YEARS - UPDATED 1/25/ 2017

The follow are Syracuse Record & Music stores that have dotted the Central New York area though the years.  We have listed names (a-z), locations, owner & managers and products carried. We know all employees and product lines can never be complete..so if you have any knowledge of other please pass along.....instrument mfg'ers etc. Many Thanks

NOTE THIS IS A VERY LARGE CHAPTER, STILL IN PROGRESS...Updated 1/25/ 2017


ALLEGRO MUSIC CO.

Located at 5663 W. Taft Road in North Syracuse

BEAT STREET MUSIC

Located at 219 E. Seneca Turnpike in Manlius
Instruments, sheet music, lessons. accessories

BE-BOP SHOP

Located on Old Liverpool Road across from Liverpool Drive In Theater
Mickey McMenamin, Terry Vickery
Equipment sales, lessons,
Repairs by- Dave Pasternack


BIG APPLE MUSIC

Location- Old Liverpool Road- Liverpool, NY

BONNE MUSIC    (updated)

Locations- 1421 So, Salina Street just south of Sears Roebuck, later to
3455 Erie Blvd, East
Owners- Bela & Clare Sternberg
Note- Company (on Erie Blvd ) later purchased my DeSantis & Sons Music
Products- Fender, DynaCord, Echocord, Vox, Rickenbacker, Maestro, Moserite,
Sennheiser, drum lines, Shure microphones products and many others popular lines.
Provide musical lessons

BRUCE'S MUSIC BOX

Owner Ohlmstead family. Mgr-  Bruce Ohmstred (Univsersity Music Box)
Location- Northern Lights Shopping Plaza- Rt 11 in North Syracuse.
Products- vinyl, 45, 33 , EPs, Albums mono & stereo, Phonographs, needles, tapes &
accessories. Bought first Lp there- "Buddy Holly Story" then "Ritchie Valens Live at Pacoima"

BUSY BEE

Location- 105 No. Salina Street
Products-  New and used vinyl, Top hits etc.


CAMELOT MUSIC

Many CNY locations including Fayetteville Mall


CAMILLI MUSIC CENTER- '(So Salina St Music Ctr)

Owner by Anthony Camilli & family
Location- J.M. Field Plaza-3518 Brewerton Rd, No Syracuse.
Lessons, Fender, Danelectro


CARISEO'S RECORD & APPLIANCE STORE

Owner- Bob Cariseo
Location- 205 E. Genesee Street- State Tower Bldg.
Downtown Syracuse
All major record label and brand name appliances


CARM'S RECORDS

Owned by Carm & Fred Iaconis and later their son.
First opened Aug 13, 1959 in Auburn, NY, Closed-Sept 1982
69 1/2 Genesee St and later 110 Genesee St in Auburn, NY
Full line record vinyl, cassettes & 8-track store, recording tapes & accessories.
Where I bought- Ronnie Dio and the Prophets LP "Dio at Domino's".
Also TICKET location for all great concert that played in CNY.
A Key CNY Music location...

CASE-SMITH PIANO & ORGAN

Location-  338 So. Salina Street
Lines- Piano, organ, sheet music, lessons


CAVAGES 


Purchased Gerber Music locations- Shoppingtown, Penn Can, Fayetteville Malls etc.
Key Employees- Rob Robbins, Gary Podsiedlik, Karen Michaels


CHAPPELLE'S DEPT STORE

Although they had  many store in CNY. The one location that carried vinyl was in
Northern Light Shopping Center, Top Hits & budget Lp's.


CHARLIE'S CD & #39's

Located on Genesee Street and later State Street in Auburn, NY (1994-2001)
Owned by Jane Stebbins
Employees- Jim Watts, Terry Quill, Michele Prego, Cliff Dyke, Devon Deliostritto


CLARK MUSIC CO.

First opened for business in 1859.
First located at 416 So. Salina Street in downtown Syracuse (100+ years)
Moved in 1967 to 2922 Erie Blvd, East
Note also had a location in Auburn, NY in 1960's
Key employees- Jim Smith (1966-76), Frank DeFonda (1984-2012).
Sold top names in piano & keyboards for over 100 years
Lines carried- Acoustic, Yamaha, Schmer, Baldwin, Steinway, Fender,
Sun Amps, Ampeg Amps, Top names in audio & video products & systems.
Music lessons


CLEAR LIGHT BOUTIQUE'

Another Auburn, NY music store (1970s).

COLE'S MUSIC WORLD

Owned by "Sugar Bear" Cole located on East Fayette Street in late 1970's


DAW DRUG STORES

CNY largest drug store chain in 1950's & early 60's with many area locations.
Carried- Top 45's many with picture sleeves. Visited Mattydale Shopping Plaza store
many tines. Manager- Don Miller (former member of 1927 New York Yankees).

DE SANTIS & SONS MUSIC

Location- 1317 So. Salina Street
Owners- Mario DeSantis Family, Maria DeSantis
Lines- Gretsch, Gibson, Fender guitar,
Lessons-

DE SANTIS SCHOOLHOUSE

Location- 128 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Maria & Mario  DeSantis


DESERTSHORE RECORDS

Location- 730 So. Crouse Ave on University Hill
Alan Baum
Owner Tom Payne
Manager Charlie Robbins

DEY BROTHERS DEPT STORE

400 So. Salina Street in downtown Syracuse

DISCOUNT RECORDS

EASY BARGAIN CENTER


Located on Gifford Street just off Onondaga St. Budget big store discounter in 1960's.
Owned by Debbie Reynolds husband.

E.W. EDWARDS & SONS

Located at 200 So. Salina Street in downtown Syracuse
Note- also had annex behind on Clinton Street.
Products- New vinyl, 45, 33, cassettes, & accessories.

FALSO MUSIC

Owned by the legendary Al Falso
Location- 150 Port Byron Street in Cortland, NY
Gibson guitars
Favorite shop of Ronnie James Dio, Dick Bottoff, Rock Feinstein,
Gary Driscoll, Mickey Lee Soule,  Don Barber, Dave Porter etc.


FINGER LAKE MUSIC (MALL STORE)

Location- Auburn, NY


GEHERIN'S

Location- Auburn, NY

GENESEE TV

Location- Westvalle, Shopping Plaza
Manager- Frank Spinelli
Products- vinyl, Top Hits, Oldies, Albums, phone needles, tapes & accessories


GERBER MUSIC


Owners- Gerber Family (William Gerber II, Jean Gerber, Bill Gerber III,
Terri Gerber, Leonard Gerber). First mini location super store.

Lines- vinyl record, cassette tapes,8-tracks, sheet music, phonograph needles,  posters,
 recording tape, music lessons &  purchase concert tickets- example- WOODSTOCK.
A total full line music store with Fender, Yamaha, Takamine, Peavey, Martin, Gibson,
Drums lines- Ludwig, Pearl, Somar and others, Professional microphones, also
had a complete instrument repair department (DiShaw & Pasternack)

Locations- Shoppington-Dewitt, Fairmount Fair, Northern Light Shopping Ctr (1966)
Penn Cann Mall-Cicero (in 1976) and in Auburn

Music Employees- Dave Novak, Gary Frenay, Dave Pasternack, Terry Vickery
Tom Carr, Gary Podsiedlik, Bob Canastraro,  Tommy Allen, Oz, Dan Dishaw,
 Jimmy Johns, Mark Copani, Gary Jenkins, Phil Owens, Mickey Sage, Gary Zamory,
Peter Heitzman, Arty Lenin, Justin Root, Bruce Tetley, Tom Prowda, Tom Corradino,
Jerry Sorn, Joe Jewel, Mark Hoffmann, Mark Gibson and many many more,

Gerber Music was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame- Feb 2014
They were later sold to Cavages in 1982.

GIARDINELLI BAND INSTRUMENT

Location- 7845 Mactlage Drive, Liverpool, NY

W.T. GRANTS

Location- 300 Block of So. Salina Street in downtown Syracuse
At store around CNY, but downtown store best record dept.
Also carried records in Northern Light Shopping Center location
New 45's Top Hits, Lp's, Budget Lp's  Used 45's (5 for $1.00)

GRECO'S TV- 


Owners- Greco Family (Leo, Len & Tom Greco)
Location- 70 So. First Street, Fulton, later years in Oswego
Lines- record, tapes, RCA TV's and major appliances.
Instruments- Gibson, fender, others
Sold tickets to major concerts

GUITAR CENTER

Location- 3150 Erie Blvd, East, Dewitt, NY

GUITAR SHOP

Location- 100 Woodbine Ave.


GUITAR STUDIO


HARRINGTON BROS. MUSIC

Company in business since 1929 (Stephan Harrington, Thomas O'Donnell)
Located at 14 Central Ave.in  Cortland, NY
Other locations- Ithaca, Syracuse, Binghamton, Cortland, NY
Products & Services- Pro Band & Orchestra Equipment,
Home audio & video, Repair service, Piano tuning,
Guitar, Bass & Amp repairs..to name a few.



HI FI MUSIC SHOP

Location- 323 So. Salina Street', Syracuse, NY

HOSAK JEWELERS

Owner- Fred Hosak  (1960-70)
Location- So Geddes Street near Shonnard St, Westside
Lines- Jewelry, used guitars, amps and used record

TOM HOSMER VIOLINS

Tom Hosmer, 120 Julian Place
Violin instruction & repair

JOHNNY'S COLLECTABLES

Owner- John Diano
Location- 3007 James Street, Eastwood, NY
Used 45's, Lps, Cassette, magazine, yearbooks, movie posters

JUNIOR'S RECORD SHOP 

Owner- Junior Stevens
Located at the corner of So. Geddes Street & Burnet Park Dr, westside.
Carried used recorded, many 1950's collectables on 45 & Lp

KLOBBY'S RADIO & TV

Location- 300 Block of James Street near corner of State St.
Owner- Bill Klobby

KNUCKLEHEAD'S

Owner- Jack Wolak
Location- 201 So. Main Street, No. Syracuse (1989-2000)

KOSS MUSIC

Location- James Street at Marlboro Road in Eastwood

S.S. KRESEGE'S

National mass merchant located on So Salina Street acroos
from Walt's Record Shop
Top 45 RPM Hits, Albums, Budget Lps,

LIVERPOOL MUSIC & ARTS SHOPPE

Location- Carl's Shopping Plaza on Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool
Owners- Clint & Mary Barter
Lines- Fender, Premier, Haystrom, Banjo,Traynor Amps,
Wilder Amps
Key employees & lessons- Mickey Palumbo, Dave Pasternack


LOBLAW'S SUPER MARKETS

Many CNY grocers stores- Eastwood, Mattydale & others
Had rack of 45 RPM Top Hits for sale

MC NEIL MUSIC CO

Location- Ithaca, NY (5 locations),  Binghamton & Cortland, NY)
Owner- McNeil family since 1951
Locations, Tioga Street, Triphammer Mall, 110 W. Genesee St, Bing
 Lines-only drums dist in Ithaca, had pro guitars & bass, PA Amps
& systems, Repairs.Keyboards,  Lessons, many others.

MORRIS DIST CO

Owner- Morris Horowich & Family
Key Mgt- Jerry & Rich Horowitz, David & Sheldon Horowitch
Location- 1153 West Fayette St, Syracuse, NY 13204
RCA Appliances, TV and RCA Records label & One Stop
Mgr- RCA Records Division - Oscar Docks
Music- Ron Wray, Gary Podsiedlik, Mickey Palumbo, Pete Shedd,
Dan Sperato, Tom DiAmbra, Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Oz,
Tom Rozzano, Gerry More, Dan Elliott


MUSIC & ART CENTER'

Location- 4106 Route 31, Clay, NY


MUSIC CENTER & DRUM STUDIO

Location- 4277 James Street, Eastwood
Former Location- 2451 James Street
Buke Babikian
Howard Gersony, Mark Copani, Mike Waite (Drum Inst)
Lines- Guitasr, Amps, Mics & Accessories
Fender, G&L, Yamaha, Ovation, Boss, MXR, Korg, Stagg,
Peavey, Ampeg, DiPinto, Takamine and many others


MUSIC CORNER

Located for many years at the corner of Burnett Ave & Teall Ave.
Peter Scott & Mickey Stage
Music lessions

MUSIC LOVERS

Location- 3218 Erie Blvd, E, Dewitt, NY

MUSIC MART

Location- East Hill, Auburn, NY (1966-67)
Music Instructors- Frank Borza, Mark Doyle, Dick Howard

MUSIC GO ROUND

Location- 3179 Erie Blvd, E..Dewitt, NY (old Hechinger Plaza)

NO. SYRACUSE MUSIC

Piano & Organ sales & lessons- Bob Popek

OLIVER'S

Location-107 Marshall Street, later East Adams St & Crouse Ave
Charlie Robbins

ONONDAGA MUSIC CO.

Business started in 1935.
Owners Dave Gersney,  Howard Gersney
Location- 119 So. Jefferson, later moved to So. Clinton Street.
Lines- Gretsch, Martin, Fender, Haystrom, Yamaha, Ampeg,
Marshall Amps, Peavey, Polytone, Korg, Crown, JBL,
Malatchi, various sax, trombone lines, Vinyl Records (45's, Lp, 78, EP's)
Recording tape & accessories, Vinyl Records (45's. Lp, EP, 78 RPM)
Musical Instrument sales & lessons, a full serve music store.
Huge selection of Jazz Recordings
Sadly our good friend Dave Gersony passed away Aug 31, 1997

ONONDAGA SUPPLY CO.

Location- West Genesee Street
Dist of Zenith Products
Music Mgr- William Gerber Jr
Records lines- London & others
Key- Dist of  45 rpm single Transylvania Twist by Baron Daemon


PAT'S RECORD SHOP

Location- No Syracuse Strip Plaza, just north of Taft Road.
Owners- Bud & Pat
Vinyl Records esp country music, 45's, EP, Lps, Cassettes, accessories

PETTA MUSIC

Located at 301 Montgomery Street.
Owner- Joe Petta
Lessons-

RECORD CITY RADIO

Location- 612 Townsend Street
Owner- Dave Wilkins

RECORD GIANT

Located in Auburn Plaza and managed by Marie Scruderi


RECORD KINGDOM

Located off of East Fayette Street in the mid-late 1970's by Arthur Lane


RECORD RUNNER

Located at 121 & 177 Marshall Street on University Hill.. Bob Mears owner
Later sold to Record Theater.

RECORD SHED

Location- Route 11, Cicero, NY
Owner- Bob Rawls

RECORD THEATER

Many locations including Marshall Street (1970's) & Erie Blvd, East
Jim Dombrowski,  Karen Michael, Dave Ridgeway, Robert Robbins
Full line record, recording tape & accessories.
Concert ticket location
Headquarters based out of Buffalo, NY

RECORD TOWN & TAPE WORLD

Both Record Town & Tape World locations were owned by Transworld Music Co.


ROWE MUSIC

Location- Auburn, NY
Owner- Paul Rowe
Note- After his death later became Speco Music for three generations
Lines- Gibson
Music Teachers- Frank Borza, Mick Howard


SACRED MELODY SHOP

Location- 3501 James Street in Eastwood
Lines- Vinyl, Cds, DVD, Cassettes, Books
Speciality- Religious Music- Rick Cua, Joe English recordings

SALINA DISCOUNT


Located 200 block of No. Salina Street at train overpass (now Rt 81)
Carried thousands of used 45's...5 for $1.00 variety


SEARS ROEBUCK

Locations- Main Store- 1300 So. Salina Street
Carried- record, instruments many purchased their Silvertone Guitars there

SHOPPERS FAIR

Mass merchant - Key location- Erie Blvd, East in Dewitt
Carried new vinyl, Top hits and budget product lines.


SIBLEY'S DEPT STORE

Location- 401 So. Salina Street, downtown Syracuse across from Dey Brothers.
Note= Property location used was former site of Paramount & Keiths Theaters

SOUND CITY CD & TAPE

Location- 37 Main Street, Cortland, NY

SOUND SHACK RECORDS

Location- on South Salina Street near Sear & Roebuck Bldg.

SPECTRUM RECORDS

Locations- University Ave, Walnut Street & Schine Student Center
Key Management- Beth Owns, Desiree Day

SPENO MUSIC

Owner Nick Speno, Mike Speno
Location- 3 East Genesee Street, Auburn, NY
Note- Three generations of Speno family own this business
2014- Celebrating their 65th Anniversary in business.
Lines- Instruments & amps, lessons, Records, Recording Tape, accessories

STAGNITTA MUSIC

Location- 754 No. Salina Street & 907 Townsend Streets
Owner- Joe Stagnitta & Family
Lines- Goya Guitars, Buescher, Saxophones, Supro guitars
Accordions, others.
Lessons- Bill Dundee, Joe Stagnitta, Stan Colella


SYNTHESPIDER ELECTRONICS

SYRACUSE ONE STOP - WHOLESALE DIST

Locataion 333 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13205
Employees- Ralph LaRosa, Chet Andrews, Mike Easterly,
Largest Jukebox supplier in CNY

TOPS DIST CO.

In late 1960's-70 had a record  Wholesaler One-Stop
Manager Bob Ricks
One-Stop- Gary Podsiedlik


UNIVERSITY MUSIC BOX /  OHMSTED'S / VARSITY VICTORLA
754 South Crouse Ave on University Hill for many years..
Owner- Mrs Olmsted and her family
Full line music business, records, tapes, phonographs, phone needles etc.

WALT'S RECORD SHOP

Opened March 1951, closed July 1980
Owner Walt Kandziela
Managers- Ed Grudynski
Sales- Gary Grundynski, Dave Ridgeway, Gary Podsiedlik, Larry Lieberman,
Don Bombard, Lou Everding, Dan Elliott Don Libensky, Mark Kalsuga, Guy Capone,
Kevin Adams, Steve Wasnick, others
Products- New vinyl 45's EP's, Albums, 78 rpm, Recording tape, Concert Tickets, accessories
Locations- 114 W. Jefferson Street' (as "The Record Store"), then in 1959 moved to
352 So. Salina Street, Syracuse

Many nationals recording stars visted Walt's- Johnny Caah, Gene Pitney, The Lettermen,
Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Johnny Mathis, Buck Owens, Young Rascals, Tony Bennett.
Notes- Syracuse's last great record store where customers could listen to vinyl before
buying them. These great music salesmen influenced many additional new sale.

DAVE WILKINS TV & RECORDS

Owned by Dave Wilkens
Location. So. State Street just south of Central Tech High School
Repaired Radio, TVS, Phonographs etc
Carried 45 rpm records for black community, local & national hits


WILSON JEWELERS

330 So Salina Street in downtown Syracuse
Products- 45's EP's Albums, Concert Tickets
Purchased 1965 Rolling Stones & Herman's Hermits tickets there

JACK WOLAK's RARE NECESSORIES

Owned and operated by Jack Wolak. Maybe the area's great imported of vinyl & Cds.
First opened as a mail order record business in Massena. NY in 1976.
Relocated to Syracuse. Later operated at 201 So. Main Street in No Syracuse then
shifted to Mattydale Shopping Plaza.


F.W. WOOLWORTH

Dept store located at 300 So. Salina Street in downtown Syracuse.
Products- Vinyl, 45's albums and record accessories

Saturday, April 26, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 127 - "ROCKIN THE REDHOUSE" BENEFIT AT LANDMARK THEATER - April 25, 2014

Friday evening April 25, 2014 we spent at Syracuse's Landmark Theater enjoying the 2004 "Rockin The Redhouse" (Benefit for the Redhouse Art Center). Its host 93Q's Ted Long & Amy Robbins.  Band Lineup included the following- Six Rack (Anheuser-Busch), The Actuators (Young & Franklin), Anonymous Sources (Syracuse Media Group), The Side Shifters (Raymond Corp), The Chillerz (Carrier Corp), Old School (Manlius Pebble Hit), Defense Mechanism (Lockheed Martin), Take The Stairs (Redhouse Rock Campers) and  last years winner and event judges were "The Dinosaurs" (CXtec) that included Ashley Cox, Mike Featherstone, Shawn Sullivan & Josh Taylor.

2014 Best Band Award- went to- The Chillerz from Carrier (Amy Hebert, David Dufresne, Ralph Vito, John Kowalewski, Woosuk Chong & David Marr). Congrats to all bands..the "Big Winner" was The Redhouse and the Syracuse Music Scene.

Event sponsors- Julie's, Guitar Center, 93 Q Radio, Asti & Syracuse New Times.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 126 - JIM O'BRIEN "34 YEAR SYRACUSE RADIO LEGEND"

James L. O' Brien or "OB" as he was known was born on March 26, 1943.  He graduated from St Anthony of Padua High School in Syracuse in 1961. Jim without question was one of the great guys ever involved in the CNY music scene. Jim was first heard on WNDR Radio AM-1260 as the "Boy Owl" back in 1961, but through the years was also known as "King of the DJ's" and "Dean of the Dawn". With a year off to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard (1965) Jim returned staying at WNDR AM 1260 along with its sister station WNTQ FM for career totaling 34 years until his departure from WNTQ FM in October 1995. During his radio career "OB' played Rock & Roll, Golden Oldies and later country music formats.

Jim O'Brien's air shift times though the years included All-Nights, 2-6 PM (1963) and later  7- 11 PM and some morning while also holding the title of WNDR's music director. The popular Syracuse band Sam & The Twisters recording the Jim O'Brien theme song to the music track of "Wild Weekend"..It went something like- It's the Jim O'Brien show, 1260 radio on your dial...etc.

WNDR highlights- Jim boarded a bus filled with WNDR listeners and headed to Shea Stadium to see The Beatles perform back on August 15, 1965. And how about OB & "Dandy Dan"  Leonard sleeping a week in the front window of Walt's Record Shop on So. Salina Street to raise money to help the M.D.A. There are many-many more..

He was inducted into the "Syracuse Area Music Awards" (SAMMYs) Hall of Fame in 1997. Jim became ill in 2003 and a huge benefit was held in this honor on November 15 at the Onondaga Valley American Legion Post. Bands playing this great benefit included Gary Dunes & The Del-tunes, Carman Licitra & The Vikings with Dave Novak, The Fab Five (Novak, Gary Frenay & Arty Lenin), The Cobblerockers (Jan Fetterly, Al Wolf, Tim Cleary), Dan Elliott & The Monterays (Dan Elliott, Dave Moziak, George Day, Jack Abert, John Wisnewski, others ) and Ted & Amy from WNTQ..

Sadly our friend Jim O' Brien a true Syracuse music & radio legend and a great guy passed away on Saturday April 30, 2005 at age 62. Jim is buried in Syracuse's Onondaga Valley Cemetery.

PS- Jim was also a great help in our quest to obtain information when we started the "History of Syracuse Music" album series and  book projects. "OB" was also an avid golfer (Liverpool C.C and Bellevue Country Club) and a true NY Yankee baseball fan...His favorite music artists included Neil Diamond & Emilou Harris.

Friday, April 4, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 125 - MORE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO PERFORMED OR SPOKE IN CNY (1979)

Jan 2, 1979            Sparrow (Rick Cua)                               Poorhouse North

Jan 5-6                   Alligators                                                Stage East

Jan 7, 1979             805 (Dave Porter)                                 Grape & Grog

Jan 12, 1979           Out of the Blue (Skip Murphy)              South Gate Inn

Jan 19, 1979           George Thorogood                              Stage East

Jan 25, 1979           Sandy Bigtree Band                             Mohawk C.C.

Jan 25, 1979           Moss Back Mule Band                         OCC

Jan 26, 1979           The Outlaws                                         Landmark Theater

Jan 26, 1979            Romantics                                           Firebarn Tavern
                                Flashcubes

Jan 27, 1979            Paul Anka                                            Landmark Theater

Feb 3, 1979             Southside Johnny                                 Landmark Theater

Feb 9, 1979             Kentucky Moon                                 LeMoyne College

Feb 15, 1979           Johnny Winter                                     Uncle Sam's
                                Alec Star

Feb 22, 1979           805                                                     Uncle Sam's

Feb 23, 1979           Good Rats                                          Stage East
                                The Rage

Feb 27, 1979           C.R.A.C.                                           Space Odyssey

Feb 27, 1979           The Kinks                                          LeMoyne College

Mar 1, 1979             Styx                                                   War Memorial
                                 Angel

Mar 9, 1979            Wolfman Jack                                     Drumlins
                                Easter Seals Disco

Mar 15, 1979          Alec Star                                             OCC

Mar 16-17               Alligators                                             Stage East

Mar 27, 1979           The Police                                          Uncle sams
                                 Flashcubes

Apr 2, 1979              Rush                                                  Rush

Apr 6, 1979              Kid Slick                                           Poorhouse North

Apr 16, 1979            Dead Ducks                                       Firebarn Tavern
                                 Pop Tarts

May 2, 1979             Harry James Band                             Castaways

May 17, 1979           Beach Boys                                       War Memorial

May 23, 1979            Kinks                                               Landmark Theater

May 24, 1979            Joe Jackson                                     Uncle Sam's

May 29, 1979            Eric Clapton                                     War Memorial
                                  Muddy Waters

June 8, 1979              John Mooney                                    Jabberwocky

June 14, 1979            Link Wray & Spiders                        Landmark Theater

June 17, 1979            New York Flyers                              Poorhouse North

June 30, 1979            Bad Company                                  War Memorial

July 4, 1979              Ramones                                          Uncle Sams
                                 Flashcubes

July 6, 1979              Doug Henning- Magic Show             Landmark Theater

July 13, 1979            Marshall Tucker Band                       War Memorial
                                 Orleans

July 15, 1979             Ferlin Husky                                    NYS Fair Grand
                                  Tommy Cash
                                  Moss Back Mule Band

July 20, 1979             Melba Moore                                  Landmark Theater
                                  Lou Rawls

Aug 17, 1979             George Carlin                                   Landmark Theater

Aug 25, 1979             KC & Sunshine Band                       NYS Fair

Aug 26, 1979             Steve Martin                                     NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1979             Kenny Rogers                                   NYS Fair

Aug 28, 1979             Bob Hope                                         NYS Fair

Aug 29, 1979             Charlie Daniels Band                         NYS Fair
                                   Tanya Tucker

Aug 31, 1979              The Rods (Rock Feinstein)                Slide Inn

Sept 12, 1979             Ethal Merman                                    Civic Center

Sept 17, 1979             Edgar Winter                                      Stage East

Sept 21, 1979            The Rods                                           Poorhouse North

Oct 21, 1979              Penn & Teller                                    Landmark Thaeter

Oct 25, 1979              Bonny Raitt                                       Landmark Theater

Oct 26, 1979              The Jackson World Tour                   War Memorial
                                   (Michael Jackson)

Nov 1, 1979               Pat Benetar                                       Stage East
                                   David Werner, Mark Doyle

Nov 8, 1979               David Brumberg                               Stage East
                                   Out of the Blue

Nov 9, 1979                Tall Dogs (Earl Ford)                       Firebarn Tav

Nov 9, 1979                The Rods                                        Country Tavern

Nov 15, 1979              Parliament / Funkadelic                      Landmark Theater
'                                   (George Clinton)

Nov 16, 1979              Todd Rundgren & Utopia                 Landmark Theater

Nov 18, 1979              Steve Morris & Dixie Dreggs            Jabberowocky

Nov 24, 1979              Cab Calloway                                   Landmark Theater

Nov 27, 1979             Meatloaf                                            Landmark Theater

Nov 30, 1979              George Thorogood                            Landmark Theater

Dec 2, 1979                Gordon MacRae                               War Memorial
                                    Syr Symphony Orchestra

'Dec 15, 1979              Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow           Landmark Theater
                                     Ronnie Montross

Dec 27, 1979              The Works                                     Poorhouse North

Dec 31, 1979               Pat Benetar                                    USA Sams
                                    Flashcubes.


                                 s

Monday, March 10, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 124 - RONNIE JAMES DIO - "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD" INDUCTION SPEECH GIVEN BY RON WRAY AT SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS - MARCH 6, 2014

SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS - HALL OF FAME EVENT HELD MARCH 6, 2014 AT THE DINOSAUR BAR B QUE, SYRACUSE, NY.



2014 -Syracuse Area Music Awards - Syracuse New Times  "Lifetime Achievement Award". Note- this award is the highest honor one can received from our CNY Music Community.

Present to - RONNIE JAMES DIO


SAMMY's MC- Dave Frisina intros Bill Brod Syracuse New Times owner-publisher who sponsored  this award.  Bill says a few words about the long relationship the New Times has had with the Sammys Awards and that shortly the New Times would be going to a new publishing format..part newspaper part magazine. Bill then announced that Ronnie James Dio's family and friends have requested that Syracuse Music Historian Ron Wray make this presentation and induction this evening  (Ron Wray enters stage to podium)

RON WRAY's  RONNIE JAMES DIO's  INDUCTION SPEECH...

## First I would like to thanks Ronnie James Dio's family and friends for allowing me to make this historic presentation this evening.

To everyone of us Ronnie James Dio's career may mean something different. To some of us, Ronnie was family, other a friend, a bandmate, a neighbor, lead singer of The Redcaps, Prophets, Electric Elves, Elves, ELF, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and of course DIO.

I first met Ronnie back in 1963 and his musical relationship with Syracuse lasted close to 50 years. From 3 Rivers Inn, Sports O Rama, Yellow Balloon, Brookside, War Memorial, Landmark Theater to the largest stages and arenas in the world as he performed in over 41 different countries.

A truly amazing singer who easily could have been performing in Las Vegas, but lucky for us, he chose the Rock & Roll path.

A fantastic recording career with many awards, gold & platinum albums and selling over 41+ million recording. Ironically a new Ronnie James Dio Cd tribute will be released by Rhino Records on April 1, 2014, featuring Metallica, Motorhead & some of the biggest names in the music industry.

I've invited some of Ronnie's family and special bandmates to join me on stage this evening..

 I'd like to introduce- his son, a good friend to the Syracuse Music community- Dan Padavona

David "Rock" Feinstein- SAMMY'S Hall of Famer and Ronnie's cousin who teamed with Ronnie in the Elves, ELF and played on Ronnie's final recording "Metal Will Never Die" and is currently still tours the World with The Rods.

Mickey Lee Soule - great keyboardist and member of ELF & Rainbow and is still touring the World with Deep Purple.

Dick Bottoff - longtime Dio guitarist with both Ronnie Dio & The Redcaps & Prophets..

Jim Pantas - famed Dio & The RedCaps & Prophets manager and brother of the guitar great Nick Pantas who was Ronnie's best friend and started there very first band together in 1958.

Also would also like to mention some of Ronnie's special friends who are with us this evening- Harold Hyde, Carl Canedy, Ron Kaussner & "Mr 805" Dave Porter.

If I have any regrets in my music career, one would be that Ronnie is not here this evening to enjoy this great Central New York salute.

We will end this great evening with Ronnie's own words that he spoke to me in one of our last interviews- "Ron it was a pleasant surprise for me knowing I was going to speak to you and to Syracuse."

"The best to everybody there. Gold bless for being as nice to me as they have been and in a great way making all this possible for me" (Ronnie James Dio).

It is my great honor to welcome the great Ronnie James Dio into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame by honoring him with our highest honor- the Syracuse NewTimes "Lifetime Achievement Award"

(Ron Wray then presents the SAMMY to David "Rock" Feinstein & Dan Padavona, who both say a few words)

Ron then intro's longtime manager Jim Pantas who managed Ronnie's first band back in 1958. (Jim says a few words and tell a very quick story about become Ronnie first band manager)...

Ron then  invites back SAMMY's MC- Dan Frisina who ends this historic evening....

Many photos are taken of all on stage. Pantas, Bottoff, Soule, Feinstein, Padavaona & Wray.


Friday, March 7, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 123 - SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS RESULTS FROM PALACE THEATER- MARCH 7

Results of the Syracuse Area Music Awards presented March 8 at the Palace Theater

Best Pop-    Sir Magnus

Best Country-   Mike Fury & Midnight Moonshine

Best Jazz-     Jesse Collins Band

Best Hip-Hop-   Tall Bucks

Best Blues-    Mark Doyle & Maniacs  "Pushin"

Best R&B-    Erika Lovette

Best Metal-    Era

Best Americana (Tie)  Ruddy Wells Band
                                      Loren Barriger & Mark Mazengarb

Best Alternative-   4 Point 0

Best Rock-   Elephant Mountain

Best Recording Other Styles-  Duo L'Adour

People's Choice - Best Artist-   Buddy Well Band

People Choice- Best Venue -    Shifty's

Brian Bourke Award- Best New Artist -  Rabbit in the Rye

Founder Award  -    The Madisons

Live Music Performances
          Mike McKay Band
          Brownskin Band
          The Goonies
          Pale Green Stars
          Flashcubes (Reunion w/ special guest Tom Kenny)

2014 Sammys Hall of Fame Class
                       
         The Flashcubes (Freany, Lenin, Armstrong, Allen)
         Gerber Music
         Homel-Alaniz Band
        Art "Legs" Robins
        Tiffault Family (Sox, Mark, Lee & Suzanne)

2014- Sammys "Music Educator Award"-

         John Spillett

2014 Sammys "Lifetime Achievement Award

         Ronnie James Dio


MC-  Sammys Hall of Fame 3/6   - Dave Frisina

MC-  Sammys Awards Show 3/7  - Skip Murphy

Sunday, February 16, 2014

SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC UPDATES- FEBRUARY 16, 2014... Passing of our friend Mike Casale

Very sad to report the passing of longtime CNY musician Mike Casale on Sunday February 16, 2014...We first remember Mike & Gary Sprague teaming in the duo "Neighborhoods Friends" for many-many years (18). Gary later shared the stage with Bobby Green & A Cut Above and most recently with Irv Lyons.  He was served as Office Manager at Beat Street Music. Mike Casale was a great friend and  will be missed by all of us in the Central New York Music Community.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 122- SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS - HALL OF FAME & AWARD SHOW DATES, TIMES AND GENERAL INFORMATION - SAMMYS 2014 "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD" TO MUSIC LEGEND - RONNIE JAMES DIO. (UPDATE).

SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS -  INFORMATION & DATES TO REMEMBER

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SAMMYS- Hall of Fame Induction & Awards presented Thursday- March 6, 2014 
Upstairs at Dinosaur Bar B Que, Syracuse, NY, 

                  Hall of Fame Induction of -   
                              The Flashcubes (Frenay, Lenin, Allen, Armstrong)
                              Gerber Music
                              Homel-Alaniz Band
                              Art "Legs" Robins
                              Tiffault Family  (Sox, Mark, Lee, Suzanne)

                     Music Educator Award- presented to John Spillett

                     Lifetime Achievement Award presented to -  Ronnie James Dio

                    Hall of Fame Event MC- Dave Frisina

                     Tickets $20   (dfoley442@aol.com)
                                           Debbie Foley 315-247-1718


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SAMMYS Award Show- March 7, 2014, 7 PM at The Palace Theater, Syracuse, NY
                                     

                     SAMMY Awards presented in  various musical categories

                     SAMMYS "People Choice Awards" presented to
                     Favorite Artist / Band & Favorite Venue.

                     Brian Bourke Award- "Best New Artist"                

                      Founder Award Presented to-  The Madisons

                      Many celebrity presenters...

                      Live musical performances by-

                      The Flashcubes (Reunion),
                      Mike McKay Band
                      Pale Green Stars
                      The Goonies
                      Brownskin Band.

                      MC- Skip Murphy

                      For Tickets- $20      (dfoley442@aol.com)
                                                       Debbie Foley 315-247-1718
                       Tickets on line- www.palaceonjames.com