Sunday, February 19, 2017


Where do all great musical artists stories begin, well in there home town. In Vince Falcone case this Nottingham High School graduate went on to continue his education at Syracuse University graduating in 1960. A note- Vince was a boyhood friend of another great SAMMYS Hall of Famer- Sal Nistco who fame spanned the world in the field of jazz. Falcone then joined the Gabe Garland Band making $75 a week after ending his military service in the fall of 1963.

The Vince Falcone Trio was formed with Tony Leonardi, Pete Lulis and Falcone while playing at Syracuse's Coda Restaurant during 1963. It was then on to engagements at Soo-Lins, Luigi's, The Birches and Clef while taking a full-time position at the Clark Music Company. During this time frame Falcone replaced keyboard great Bill Rubenstein backing the amazing jazz singer Anna Marie (Genovese) who performed many-many times at The Casablanca in downtown Syracuse and appeared nationally on the "Tonight Show".

Vince Falcone left Syracuse for the bright lights of Las Vegas in January 1972. His first gig was with Jimmy Hassel at the Thunderbird Hotel (paid $298 a week). The following year Vince became the pianist at the Dunes Hotel for a two year weekly salary of $323 and stayed three years. Also during this period he also started a two-year stint at the Marina Hotel. Playing both lasted some two years. Then it was on to Caesar's Palace fora two-week engagement with a 39-piece orchestra backing Frank Sinatra. This led to Falcone musical engagements with such amazing performers as- Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Tom Jones, Alan King, Buddy Hackett, Ann Margret, Shirley Mac Lane and Sammy Davis Jr.

In the spring of 1977, Vince started his first road trip with Frank Sinatra at Lake Tahoe. Conducting the Sinatra Orchestra landed him a $35,000 contract. Vince returned to Syracuse on August 28, 1978 with Sinatra performing at the New York State Fair. Then it was on to Egypt to perform a charity event for Mrs. Sadat in 1979, Next a major tour of South America visiting Brazil, Argentina and Rio. Another major event happened in Santo Domingo billed as the "Concert of the Americas" on August 20, 1982. The event featured Sinatra with the Buddy Rich Orchestra. Note- Vince Falcone also arranged Frank Sinatra's "Trilogy Lp: (1980), and the singles releases of "Say Hello" (1981) and "To Love a Child " (1982), The all of a sudden everything ended as he was fired after seven year by Sinatra.

He returned to being house pianist at Caesar's Palace and started working with vocalist Pia Zadara in the spring of 1983. With Pia they were invited to perform for George W. Bush's inaugual celebration (note he \had also performed for President Ronald Reagan). Vince then teamed with Andy Williams on his 1st Christmas Tour in late 1984. Finally after three years with Pia Zadora he was rehired by Sinatra and Frank recorded one of his greatest tunes, the "Theme from New York New York; (1985), Needing his independence, this second stint with Sinatra lasted about a year. Between 1995-97, Falcone teamed with songster Eddie Fisher, In 2003, saw Vince in Barcelona, Spain with Jerry Lewis with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.

Vince Falcone- a magnificent conductor, bandleader and performer played shows at some of the world greatest hotels and resorts in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He would then publish a book in late 2005 telling of his fantastic years with Sinatra entitled "Frankly Just Between Us, My Life Conduction Frank Sinatra's Music".

Vince Falcone played as well as conducted for the following national acts during his amazing music career- Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Robert Goulet, Paul Anka, Eddie Fisher, Diahann Carol, Connie Francis, Jerry Lewis, McGuire Sisters, Jack Jones, Al Martino, Frankie Valli, Mike Curb Congregation, and Steve Lawrence & Eyde Gorme to name a few.

Vince conducted and performed with Frank Sinatra at Syracuse's Carrier Dome for New York Gouvenor's Hugh Carey' fundraiser then included Wayne Newton. Falcone returned again to Central New York on October 6, 2012 to play at the AmeriCo Jazz in Caz Festival at Cazenovia College, NY. At that event we caught another great CNY musician Danny D'Imperio.

On the evening of March 2, 2017- Vince Falcone was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame at the Dinosaur Bar B Que by given the SAMMYs "Lifetime Achievement Award" there highest honor.. His induction speech was given by Michael Davis (Syracuse New Times) himself a SAMMYs Hall of Fame member. A truly great story of a great man that all CNY's can cherish.

In a very sad note to this story - the great Vince Falcone passed away of Friday March 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm in Torrance, Ca at age 79. He was a true Syracuse Music Legend who will be deeply missed by many.

Monday, February 13, 2017


I started my Syracuse Music History search on December 10, 1965 over 50 years ago and our History of Syracuse Music album series five years later.  I would like to thank the following who have dedicated hundreds of hours helping me collect information, photos, bios, posters, backstage passes, 331/3, 45, 78 rpm records, cylinders, Cd's, cassettes, 8 track tapes, live recordings, artwork, giving interviews, Video's (DVD's, Beta, VHS, Lazerdiscs) and sending and receiving 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 50+ years, almost every day, my great friend Pete Shedd.

To the great research expert John D'Angelo along with David Rezak, Jessica Amidon, Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, Dave Novak, Bill Weiss, Don Shoudy, Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Frank Rhodes, Randy Kenyon, Greg Spencer, Frank DeFonda and many other

History of Syracuse Music "Official Site" now at 225,277 to 146 different countries around the world. 

PS- Still working on our History of Syracuse Music "Official" Book project now over 6,491 pages and that's not including photos.

Very Special Thanks to:

Jessica Amidon, Chet Andrews, Chris Baker, Don Barber, Loren Barrigar, Jack Belle,  Charlie Bertini, 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, Rick 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), MaryAnn Deming, Pat DeSalvo, Ronnie James Dio, Wendy Dio, Mike Donohue, Mark Doyle, Gary Dunes, Dan Elliott, Bill Elmiger, 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, Joe Gabriel, 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, Randy Kenyon, Sean Kirst, Kate Kolb, Joe LaGuardia, Gary Lavancher, Ronnie Leigh, Joe Leo, "Dandy" Dan Leonard, Bob Lindberg, Sue MacKay, John Mangicaro, Skip Murphy, Dave Murray, Mickey Nicotra, Dave Novak, Rod Novak, Liz Nowak, Jim O'Brien, Patsy & Anna Padavona, Mickey Palumbo, Jim Pantas, Dave Pasternack, Terry Pensabene, "Little Jan" Perolla, Gary Podsiedlik, Dave Porter, David Rezak, Frank Rhodes, Dave Ridgeway, Art Robins, The Rods,  Tom Rozzano, Nick Russo,  Joe Sawmiller, Dean Schachtel, Rick Schell, Chuck Sgroi, Paul Shedd, Pete Shedd, Stephen Shedd, Bob Sherman (Bob Lowry), Don Shoudy, Jim Sims, Mickey Lee Soule, Greg Spencer, Ted Storto, Carol Thoryk-O'Leary, Chris Tso, 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, Dave Alexander, Tommy Allen, Joe Altier, Sam Amato, Andy Anderson, Andy Andrews, Mike Andrews, Mike Angiolilio, Tim Anthony, Larry Arlotta, Paul Armstrong, Frank Arrigo, Jimmy Ashby, Dan Austin, Buke Babikian, Bob Baggett, Barry Baker, Larry Baker, Bill Baldwin, Billy Baldwin, Bud Ballou, Sam Barone, Brain Barrigar, Kevin Barrigar, Rick Barry, Howie Bartolo, Lloyd Baskin, Terry Beacham, John Beardsley,  Jeff W. Beck, "Stereo" Steve Becker, Ron Bee, Greg Belinski, Dick Belle, Dick Belle, 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, Mike Brown, Steve Brown (SubCat), Rolland Brunet, Dominick Bruno, Dave Bullard, Mike Burke, Rolland Burnett, John Cadley, Carl Cafrarelli, Victoria Calandra, Jerry Cali, Mike Campbell,  Rock Carbone, Ron Caruana, Cresenzo Capece Jr, John Capazzolo, Eric Capotto, Dickie Capotto, Rock Carbone, Herm Card,  Bill Carey, Mike Carletta, Brian Carr,  John Carucci, Mike Casale. Paul Case,  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, Donna Colton,  Debbie Condon, T.J. Condon, Dennis Connors,  Bill Cooper, Mark Copani,  Steve Corey, Tom Corradino,  Joe Couch, Tom Coulter, Bob Couse, Ashley Cox, Jimmy Cox,  Windy Craig, Karen Crego, Fred Crittela, Buzzy Cua, Nick Cua, Rick Cua, Ron Curtis,  Frank Cutri

Jacquie Dacey, Baron Daemon (Mike Price), Phil Dallesandro, Ronnie Dark, Billy Davidson, Jordan Davies, James K. Davis,  Tony "Oscar" Davis, Joe Davoli, Desiree Day, Tommy DeAmbra, Justin DeAmbra, Kevin Dean, Leila Dean, Kal Dee, Kent DeFelice, Joe DeFio,  Bill DeLapp, Dick Deline, Jim Deline, Bob Dell, Joe DeMaso, Joe DeMaio, John Denega, Gary Dennis, Ron DeRollo, Maria DeSantis, Mario DeSantis, , Mike Desnoyers, John Dettrich, 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, Tom Emmi, Bob English, Joe English, Mike Estep, Chris Eves, Paul Fairbanks, Jennifer Falco, Jimmy Falco, Tony Fallico, 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, Charrie Foglio, Jimmy Foran, Don Forbes, Earl V. Ford Jr., Tommy Forrest, Ron France, Alan Frank, Dave Frateshi, Andrew Frazo, Sam Furco, Mick Fury, 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, Garnett Grimm, Mimi Griswold, Kurt Grow. Keith Gruber, Gary & Ed Grudynski.

Isreal Hagan,  Marcia Hagan, Sylvestor Hagan, John Halko, Garry Hall, John T. Hall, Bob Halligan Jr, Bob Halstrom, Ed Hamell, Bobby Hamilton, Earl Hamilton.  Nanci Hammond, B.J. Hayes, Mike & Eileen Heagerty,  Peter Heitzman, Tom Helsher, Maureen Henesey, 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, Nate Horton, Tom Hosmer, Larry Hoyt, Ton Hunter, Harold Hyde, Earl Irons, Carl Irvine, Paul Iskander, Greg Italiano, Mike Jachles, Greg Jackson, Jam Factory, Ron Jarman, Joe Jewell, Joanna Jewett, 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, Jim Kelley,  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, Ron Lauback, Alex Lavon, Freddie Lawrence, Kim Lembo, Arty Lenin, Bev Leonard, Debbie Leonard, Jon Lessels,  Ron Levine, 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, Dave Mance, Vince Mangiamelli, Gap Mangione, Harold Mantor, Steve Marcone, Phil Markert, Syd Marshall,  Don Martell,  Dave Martin, Don Martin, Mike Martineau, Mike Marzullo, Langston Masingale, Dick Mastriano, Elliott Mattice, Todd Mattraw, Mark Mazengarb, Nick Mazza, Ed McBarron, Steve McCord, Gene McCormick, Gael McGear, Fran McGrath, 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, Ted Monto, Larry Monty, Jerry More, Dan Morrison, Brandon Morse, Jack Morse, Sandra Morse, Dave Moziak, Rick Mozzo, Jason J.J. Mudge, Terry Mulhauser, Wayne Mueller, Tip Munger, "Austin" Jimmy Murphy, Ed Murphy, Dick Murphy, Mark Murphy.

Mark Nanni, Tommy Nast, Peter Naughton, Joe Neri, Peg Newell, Joey Nigro-Nilson, David Northrup, Jamie Notarthomas, Jon Notarthomas, Jess Novak, John Nucifora, Brandan O'Connor, Dan O'Neil, Charley Orlando, Harold Osborne "Oz", Beth Owens, Phil Owens, Tom Owens, Dan Padavona,  Bob Papaleoni, Donald D. Park, Lonnie Park, Claude "Red" Parton, Dusty Pascal, Warren Paschetto, Tom Payne, Mike Peden, Alex Periales, John Periales, Dave Perkins, Tony Perolla, Joanne Troy Perry, Bob Perry, Bobby Petrella, Al Petroff, Mike Petroff, Phil Petroffm Sam Petrolli, 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, Joe Rao, Danielle Rausa, Leo Rayhill, Dave Read, Jim Reagan, Dusty Rhodes, Hanna Richardson, Dave Ridgeway, Joe Riposo, Mike Riposo,  Charlie Robbins, Rob Robbins, Art "Legs" Robins, Hal Robinson, Tim Robinson, Tex Roe, Amanda Rogers, 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, John Saltamach, Billy Sanders, Brian Sanders, Tom "T.W." Saunders,  Bob Scarlota, Steve Schad, John Schrack, Paulie Scire, The Seven, Wendy Shoen, Cecile Scott, Fred Sears, Lou Segreti, Larry Serifini, Skip Seyerle, Frank Sgroi, "Duke" Shanahan, Jack Share, Chris Shaw, Mike Shaw, Dick Sheridan. Rob Sherwood, Tom Shine, Wendy Shoen, Tamaralee Shutt, Dennis Sick, Kim Simmonds, 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, Ted, 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, Billy Strong, Mark Sukornig, Fred Sweet,  Gael Sweeney, Ian Taddeo, Russ Tarby, Jim Tate, Chris Taylor, Greg Tearney, Gerry Testa, Bruce Tetley, Doug Thaler, Ron Thompson, Eric Thorgren, Lee Tiffault, Mark Tiffault, Sox Tiffault, Joe Toscano, Tom Townsley, Tony Trischka, Dave Truax, Scotty Trudell, Chris Tso, Mike Tucker, Sheila Tucker, Alan Tyler, Gary Vann, Andrew VanNorstrand, Dennis Veator, Mickey Vendetti, Floyd Otis Vincent, Meegan Voss, Mick Walker, Maddy Walsh, Kat Walters, Rance Walters, Stacey Waterman, Richard Webb, Gary Weeks, Phil Wells,  Randy Wenner, John West, Chuck Wheeler, John Whipple, Mark Wildrick, Eric Will, Eddie Williamson, Scott Wilson, John Wisniewski, Billy Cathers Wolf, Meg Wolf, Billy Wolfe, Rod Wood, Courtney Woods, Dr. Rick Wright, 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, Roland Sweet, Mike Davis, Bill DeLapp , 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 Grudynski, Mark Kalsuga, Gary Podsiedlik, Dave Ridgeway, Larry Liberman), 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, Terri Gerber, Mr & Mrs William Gerber Jr.), 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 (Terry Pensabene), Palace Theater.

To the many bands I've worked directly with though the years- Sam & The Twisters, Monterays, Livin Ennd, Sermon, Headstone II.  The Seven, Jam Factory, ELF (Dio, Feinstein, Soule, Driscoll), Joe Whiting & Mark Doyle, Dean Brothers, Nanci Hammond, Mickey Rat, Alligators, Mickey Rat, Sandy Bigtree Band, Cross Creek, Dave Porter,  Jimmy Cavallo & House Rockers, The Rods, New York Flyers,  Nightcaps, Timeline, Wilkesbury Brigade, Loren Barrigar and all those Cortland acts to name a few.

2014-16,  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, Dr. 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 Saltamach),

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),

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  Kallet).

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, Jimmy Johns, Pat Hodson

History of Syracuse Music All-Star Band-  Buke Babikian, Ted Boileau, Mike Ferrante, Mark Hoffmann, Ed McBarron, Skip Murphy, Dave Novak, Frank Rhodes, Steve Schad, Don Shoudy, Curt Smith, Shane Storto, Ted Storto, Scotty Trudell, Bill Weiss, Mark Wildrick.

Carnege (Reunion band)- Bob Lindberg, Chuck Cavallaro, John Favalo. Chuck Pietra, Bob Powell,  Bob Stasko, Dave Wellner

The Strangers-   Joe DiCiano, John DiLauro, Mike Ranger, Ronnie Dark

New York Flyers-   Chris Tso, Phil Dalessandro, Mike Marzullo, Earl Hamilton

Timeline, Outcasts (Reunion) & Nightcaps- Christmas Show- December 6, 2015 with Bruce Tetley & Jack Share joining the Outcasts while Bob Papaleoni, Buke Babikian & Al McNeal performed with the Nightcaps. Traveled in from San Francisco, Cleveland & Boston to be there.

Sermon (Reunion) & Timeline- June 12, 2016 - 
Sermon- Bill Weiss, Dave Novak, Jimmy Cox, Bob Stasko, Bob Papaleoni, Jimmy Johns......

Timeline Band- Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Curt Smith, Shane Storto, Rance Walters.

Wilkesbury Brigade (Reunion) & Dave Novak's & PartyNuts,  September 25, 2016-
Wilkesbury Brigade -Joe Rao, Tommy Forest, Mike Campbell, Tim Cleary, Wayne Paschetto
Dave Novak's PartyNuts - Dave Novak, Mike Kallet, John Dancks, Ed McBarron, Tom Link., J.T. Hall and special guest Dave Hanlon.

April 23, 2017 Show #18 at Liverpool Holiday Inn-Electronics Parkway
The FabCats- Gary Feenay, Arty Lenin, Dave Novak, Dave Miller

Timeline Band (2017) included new vocalist- Dennis Veator with Mike Ferrant, Ted Storto, Shane Storo and Rance Walter.

2016 Christmas Extraviganza- December 4, 2016

Loren Barrigar, Mark Mazengarb

The Coachmen- Mike Davis, Joe Neri, Rock Carbone, John Saltamach, Dave Frateshi, Dickie Cappitto, Rob Sherwood. With special guests- Sheela Tucker & Dinosaur Radio's Bob Brown.

History of Syracuse All-Star Band- Dave Novak. Bill Weiss, Dave Hanlon, Mark Hoffmann, Don Shoudy, Mike Ferrante, Ed McBarron, Ted Storto, Steve Schad, Shane Storto & Sheila Tucker

Note- 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, WCIP, WHEN AM-620 (Pete McKelvin). WNDR AM-1260 (Jim O'Brien, Dave Laird, Dan Leonard, Fran McGrath, Big George, Dick Mastriano), WOLF 92.1 FM Country (Skip Clark), WSEN FM (Gary Dunes, John Carucci, Rick Ryder ) 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-WSEN) 93.5/ 94.1/ 97.1/ 103.7/ 103.9 FM (Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, Bob Brown, Tony Fallico, Melissa Midgely,  Peter Naughton, John Schrect, Gary Michaels, Dan Elliott, 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),


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, Bill Carey, Hal Casey, Jeff Chappelle, Dick Clark, Stan Colella, Leon Cominsky, Bob Couse, Freddie Critella,  Buz Cua, Jimmy Culkin, Ron Curtis (Izzo), Jeff Davis,  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, Vincent Falcone, Frank Farsworth, Charlie Featherstone, Frank Feinstein, Stephen Fishman, Bob Fleming, Don Forbes, "Jolly Rolly" Fowler, Jim Fricano, Joe Galuski, Sly Germano, Dave Gersony, Pat Gillings, Gary Goal, Terry Golden, Art Goodwin, Dave Goodwin, Monroe Gordon, Mike Goss, Ray Green, Paul Grillo, Gary Grogran, Kurt Grow, Craig Gruber, Eddie Grudynski (Walt's Record Shop), Dick Haggett, Sue Harrington, Fred Hart, Tom Haskell, Pete Hennessey, Larry Hoppen, Fred Horton, Tim Hubbard, Carl Irving, Greg Italiano, Kelly James, Mark Kalsuga, Phil Lambrinos, Dave Langham, Gordon Lavancher, Dick Lawrence, 'Dandy Dan" Leonard, Myron Levy, Carman Liberatore, Jim Lucas, Gordon MacRae, Carl Mano, T. Sherman Marshall, Marty Martens, Norm Mattice, Dave Mazzoli, Chuck Mellone, Frankie Michaels, Bernie Milton, Mike Money, Spencer Montague, Larry Monty, Steve Moosburger (Holly Rock), Rick Mozzo, Tip Munger, Mark Murphy, Joe Nappi, Al Nathan, Sal Nistico, Wayne Nugent, Jim O'Brien, Dave Olsen, Patsy & Anne Padavona, Nick Pantas, Dave Pasternack, Marty Patten. John Periales, Rick Plante, George Plavocos, Chris Powell, Dave Read, Lou Reed, Dave Ridgeway, Mike Riposo, Tex Roe, Tom Royal, Nick Russo, Rick Ryder (Tim Huppman), Rick Scapicchio, Scott Secaur, Mike Secreti, Stephen Shedd, Kyle Shirley, Anthony "Tex" Simone, Kenny Simpson, Jim Sims, George "Bebo" Singleton. Jimmy Singleton, Otis Smith, Junior Stevens, Chris Sweet, "Sox" Tiffault,  Pat  Turk, Steve Uehlin, Bruce Van Brocklin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Dave Vermilya,  Jay Walker (Joe Waston), Art Wentzel, Johnny Whipple, Limey Wickwire, Eddie Williamson, Rick Wilson,  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, Badfinger, (Joey & Tom), Julia Baird, Billy Baldwin, Loren Barrigar, Pete Bennett (Apple Records Ex), 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, Jim Capaldi (Traffic), Carl Canedy, (The Rods), Canned Heat (Bob Hite, Richard Hite, Henry Vestine, Fito De LaPadda), Freddy Cannon,  Felix Cavaliere, Peter C. Cavanaugh, Eric Clapton, Dick Clark, Joe Cocker, Bobby Comstock, Gene Cornish, Windy Craig, Rick Cua, Derek & The Dominoes, John Dettrich (Restless Heart),   Neil Diamond,  Ronnie James Dio, Wendy Dio, Dion, Dale Dorman, Gary Driscoll (ELF, Rainbow), Keith Emerson, Joe English (Jam Factory, Wings), David "Rock" Feinstein (ELF, The Rods), Flaming Ember, Earl V. Ford Jr, (Jam Factory, Tall Doggs), 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, Nancy Kelly, Al Kooper, Alvin Lee (10 Years After), Led Zeppelin,  John Lennon, Ron Levine (Grammy Winner), Johnny Maestro (Brooklyn Bridge, The Crests), Paul McCartney, Roger McGuinn, ,Mersey Beatles Band, Moody Blues, Bruce Morrow ("Cousin Brucie"), Cliff Nobles, Peter Noone (Hermans Hermits), Dave Northrup (Oak Ridge Boys), Rod Novak (King Harvest), 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), Dusty Rhodes, Smokey Robinson (Miracles), Rolling Stones,  Jeff Alan Ross (Badfinger), Mitch Ryder, Dean Schachtel, Rick Schell, John  Sebastian,  Bob Seger, Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown), Rick Snyder, 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).

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Sadly we report the passing of the great drummer and friend Dave Read. Dave  performed in such Syracuse & CNY bands as Public Eye, Reckless Driving, The Works (Sammys Hall of Fame), Fabulous Ripcords, Viceroys, Don Barber & The Dukes (reunion) and many others. He will be deeply missed.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Jan 4, 1985        Ronnie Leigh and Alliance                     Lost Horizon

Jan 5, 1985        Roger McGuinn                                      Jabberwocky

Jan 24, 1985      Soda Ash Six                                          Dinkler

Jan 26-27          Bruce Sprinsteen                                     Carrier
                          "Born in the USA Tour"

Feb 6-7              Peanuts Hucko                                        Dinkler

Feb 16, 1985     Lee Greenwood                                       Landmark Theater

Feb 21, 1985     805                                                           USA Sams

Feb 22-23          Mitch Miller & SSO                                Civic Center

Feb 23-24          Bobby Hamilton                                      SU Sheraton Inn

Feb 23, 1985      REO                                                        War Memorial

Feb 24, 1985      Ricky Scaggs                                           Landmark Theater

Feb 26- Mar 3    Martin Landau as Dracula                       Landmark Theater

Mar 12, 1985     Roger Whittiker                                       Civic Center

Mar 14-17          The Coasters                                            Marriott

Mar 15-17          Jack Holton's Blues Band                        Tiffany Lounge

Mar 16, 1985     John Hall Band                                         The North

Mar 16, 1985     Kingsnakes                                                Nappi's

Mar 16, 1985      Stroke Rn B                                              Rolling Stone

Mar 30, 1985      Prince & Revolution                                 Carrier Dome '

Apr 10, 1985      Sammy Hagar                                           War Memorial
\                          Dokkan

Apr 17, 1985      B.T.O                                                        Landmark Theater

Apr 20, 1985      Julian Lennon                                           Landmark Theater

Apr 20, 1985      Solid Gold Show                                      War Memorial
                           MC- Wolfman Jack
                           Belmonts, Tokens, Danny & Juniors.
                           Shirley Austin Reeves (of Shirelles)
                            Dan Elliott & Montearys

Apr 23, 1985      George Thorogood                                   Landmark Theater

Apr 25, 1985      Los Lobos                                                USA Sams

Apr 27, 1985      Masters of Reality (Chris Goss)              RollingStone
                           Unholy Wives

May 1, 1985       Roger McGuinn                                      Jabberwocky

May 2, 2985       James Brown                                          Jabberwocky

May 5, 1985       Del Shannon                                           Gordys Doubleplay

May 5, 1985       Triumph                                                  War Memorial

May 9, 1985        Southside Johnny                                   USA Sams

May 26, 1985      Todd Rundgren & Utopia                      Jamesville Beach

May 28- June 2    Mickey Rooney in Sugar Babbies        Landmark Theater

June 14, 1985       Janet Jackson                                        NYS Special Olympics
                             Donny & Marie Osmond

June 17, 1985       Santana                                                  Weedsport Fairgrounds

June 30, 1985       Pat Methany                                          Long Branch Park

July 4, 1985         Alligators                                               Beginnings Club

July 9, 1985         Air Supply                                              War Memorial

July 10, 1985       Huey Lewis & News                              Weedsports Fairgrounds

July 11, 1985       James Montgomery Blues Band             Landmark Theater

July 12, 1985       Paul Case Band                                       Mad Hatter

July 12, 1985       Too Loose                                                Beginnings Club

July 13, 1985       Doyle- Whiting Band                               Lost Horizon

July 14, 1985       Kris Kristofferson                                     Long Branch Bark

July 16, 1985       Robyn Trower                                          Lost Horizon

July 18, 1985       David Sanborn                                         Landmark Theater

July 26, 1985       Waylon Jennings                                     Weedsport Fairgrounds
                             Jesse Colter
                             Chuck Berry

July 28, 1985        George Carlin                                           Civic Center

Aug 2, 1985          Etta James                                              

Aug 4, 1985         George Thorogood                                     MacArthur Stadium

Aug 9, 1985         Benny Mardones                                         Weedsport Fairgrounds

Aug 23-24            Four Topps                                                  NYS Fair

Aug 24, 1985        Pointer Sisters                                             NYS Fair

Aug 26, 1985        Bryan Adams                                              NYS Fair

Aug 26, 1985        Crosby Stills & Nash                                  NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1985        Captain & Tennille                                      NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1985        Chuck Mangione                                          Landmark Theater

Aug 28, 1985        Charlie Daniels Band                                  NYS Fair

Aug 30, 1985        Rick Springfield                                           NYS Fair

Aug 30-31            Helen Reddy                                                 NYS Fair

Sept 1, 1985         Johnny Rivers                                               NYS Fair

Sept 2, 1985         Spinners                                                        NYS Fair

Sept 13, 1985       Heart                                                              War Memorial
                             Cheap Trick

Sept 17, 1985        Dio- Scared Heart Tour                                 War Memorial

Sept 20, 1985       Wynton Marsalis                                            Civic Center

Sept 27, 1985        Cab Calloway                                                Civic Center

Oct 2, 1985            B.B. King                                                      Landmark Theater

Oct 3, 1985            Ratt                                                                War Memorial
                               Bon Jovi

Oct 10, 1985          Jean Luc Ponty                                              Civic Center

Oct 16, 1985         Barry Manilow                                               War Memorial

Oct 24, 1985          Sha Na Na                                                     USA Sams

Oct 27, 1985          John Lee Hooker                                           Lost Horizon

Nov 1, 1985           New York Flyers                                           Lost Horizon

Nov 4-5                  Shirley Jones                                                 Civic Center

Nov 9, 1985           Doyle-Whiting Band                                     Copperfields

Nov 18, 1985         Red Hot Chili Peppers                                   Lost Horizon
                               Robyn Fear

Nov 13, 1985         David Copperfield- Magic Show                  Landmark Theater

Nov 18, 1985         Henry Mancini                                              Landmark Theater

Nov 20, 1985         Jefferson Starship                                          War Memorial
                               Night Ranger

Nov 24, 1985         Stevie Ray Vaughn                                         Landmark Theater

Dec 29, 1985          Benny Mardones                                            Landmark Theater

Dec 31, 1985          The Works                                                      Rolling Stone
                                Zip Digit
                                Moving Targets..