Tuesday, August 30, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- 160,694 HITS, 170 CHAPTERS GOING OUT TO 139 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD (Newest- Grenada (8/30), Gambia (8/25), Cameroon (8/18), Namibia (7/17).


Chapter A    Sending 100's of Thank You's.. out to the following for over 50 Years of
                     helping us tell the History of Syracuse Music Story - Ron Wray

Chapter 1    A Look Back to the 1950's

Chapter 2    WOLF Radio Sandman Serenade & Dick Clark

Chapter 3    The Early Years & Big Bands

Chapter 4    First Syracuse Radio & Television Broadcasts

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

Chapter 6    The Jazz Influence- Mark Murphy, Chris Powell, Anna Marie & Others

Chapter 7    Dixieland, Sal Nistico & Mangione Brothers

Chapter 8   Birth of Syracuse Rock

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

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

Chapter 11   Early 1960's - Part 1

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

Chapter 13   Sam and The Twisters

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

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

Chapter 16   Bud Ballou Leaves, Dale Dorman Arrives

Chapter 17   Three Rivers Inn Nightclub 1934-2001

Chapter 18   Bobby Comstock, Alan Freed, American Bandstand

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

Chapter 20   Jimmy Cavallo - Then & Now

Chapter 21   Howie Wyeth - From Sidewinders to Jam Factory

Chapter 22   50 Year Career of Jazz Great - Mark Murphy (Updated 2/22/2016)

Chapter 23   Sandy Bigtree & Bigtree Sisters

Chapter 24   Don Barber and The Dukes

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

Chapter 26   The Sermon  (1968-71)

Chapter 27   The Livin' Ennd (1967-1975)

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

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

Chapter 30   Suburban Amusement Park- Manlius, NY

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

Chapter 32   Tex Roe- NYS Country Music Hall of Famer

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

Chapter 34   John Kane

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

Chapter 36   Lloyd Baskin
                     (Updated Aug 22, 2016)

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

Chapter 38   The WHO in Syracuse 1969 & 1981

Chapter 39   Jazz Great - Chris Powell and The Blue Flames

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

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

Chapter 42  Jimi Hendrix in Syracuse- May 4, 1969

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

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

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

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

Chapter 47   Jimmy Van Heusen

Chapter 48   Del Shannon's Syracuse Visits

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

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

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

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

Chapter 53   WOLF Radio Super Dances 1975-77

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

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

Chapter 56   Biggest Show of Star 1957 Review

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

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

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

Chapter 60   Buddy Grealy Band

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

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

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

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

Chapter 65   Women in Syracuse Music History 1950's- present.
                    Major listing of Women who contributed to our Syr Music success
                     (Update 8/13/2016)
Chapter 66   Sad to report the death of our friend Jean Gerber (Gerber Music)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 78    Jack Belle- "Mr Concert"  His concerts and professionalism brought
                      us to a new high". His concert list is amazing..(Updated 12/19/ 2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                      Sammys- Music Educator Award to- John Spillett

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

                       MC- Dave Frisina ("The Rebel")

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

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

                          MC- Skip Murphy

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 128    Listing of Syracuse & CNY Record & Music Stores though
                        the years. (Updated- June 30, 2016)

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

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

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

Chapter 131     Career of Charlie Bertini & 30 Years of Apple Jazz Festival
Chapter 132      Dinosaur Radio's History of Syracuse Rock and Roll "Then and
                         Now" live music series at Pensabene's Rest 135 State Fair Blvd.
                          Syracuse, NY 13204 (between West Genesee & Hiawatha Blvd)
                         "New" 2015 updated schedule Feb - October 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 144   Loren Barriger honored by Jordan-Eldbridge High with "Graduate
                      of Distinction" award- May 27, 2015.

Chapter 145   Dio Day Cortland June 20, 2015- Ronnie James Dio Music
                      Scholarship Fund Concert- Saturday at J.M. McDonald Sports
                     Complex... 9 acts. Including The Rods, Cafferty Band, Timeline,
                     Blue Monday, Black & Blue (Austin & Schell), Sons of Sabbath

Chapter 146   Songs that Charted #1 on WOLF, WNDR, BIG 50 surveys on July 4
                       1959- 1988. Also CNY Music happening July 4.

Chapter 147   Say goodbye to Sports O Rama - Opened December 17, 1959

Chapter 148   WOLF-WNDR Radio celebrates 75th Anniversary with huge reunion
                       event on Saturday- August 8, 2015. Many greats return to Syracuse,
                       a total list of those attending provided.

Chapter 149   Passing of Walt's Record Shop GM/Operator Eddie Grudynski at 92

Chapter 150   Howie Wyeth Story- SU to the national music scene.

Chapter 151   Otis & The All Night Workers- Otis Smith, Lloyd Baskin, others

Chapter 152    "RESPECT"- CNY Celebrates Women in Music at "Sold Out"
                          Palace Theater- November 13, 2015

                          Also see Chapter 65- Women in Syracuse Music History-update

Chapter 153   Syracuse's Palace Theater Hosts - 'That Metal Show" w/ Eddie Trunk,
                      Jim Florentine & Don Jamieson- Saturday Night-  November 14, 2015

Chapter 154   Greg Spencer's Blue Wave Records Celebrates 30 years of great music
                      releases on December 27, 2015 at the Palace Theater.

Chapter 155 - Passing of FIVE more rock figures- Glenn Frey,  David Bowie,
                     Gary Loizzo, Dale Griffin & Troy Shondell.

Chapter 156    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY -1980

Chapter 157    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY- 1981

Chapter 158   Syracuse Area Music Awards this week at Dinosaur Bar B Que (Hall
                      of Fame Inductions) also Awards Show at the Palace Theater- Mar 3-4.
                      (Updated) For Sammys Award winners see Chapter `162) 

Chapter 159   Syracuse Musicians win Top Awards- Hanlon, Nanni, Lyons Jr

Chapter 160    The Rods (Feinstein, Canedy, Bordonaro) hit the road touring
                       The Netherlands & Germany during April 2016

Chapter 161   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY-1982

Chapter 162    Syracuse Area Music Award Winners at Palace Theater- 3/4

Chapter 163   Rockin the Redhouse Benefit event  hits the Landmark Theater on
                       Friday March 11, 2016 as 8 Bands perform- Results included..

Chapter 164   Sad loss of singer, actor, entertainer Franke Michaels 3/30/2016

Chapter 165    John Lennon's Sister & Mersey Beatles visits Syracuse  May 5th
Chapter 166   Another Beatles Visits & Performs in CNY- June 3, 2016-
                       Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band play new Lakeview Amphitheater.

Chapter 167    Two Great New Ronnie James Dio Box Sets to be released by Rhino.
                        The first a 6-Cd remastered Box (July 22, 2016), then a vinyl version
                        6 LP's Box w/ special 45 RPM included (October 3, 2016).

Chapter 168   Paul McCartney's "One on One" Tour rocks Washington's Verizon
                       Center , Aug 9, 2016 with Syracuse Music contingent watching.
                       Plus Joe English's tracks on new "Pure McCartney" 4 Cd package.

Chapter 169   More Famous People Who Have Performed or Spoke in CNY- 1983

Chapter 170    Brain Wilson along with  Herman's Hermits w/ Peter Noone rock the
                        New York  State Fair Aug 29, 2016
                        (Coming Soon)

Update          Chapter 65-Women in Syracuse Music History- Update 8/13/2016
                      Major list of women who contributed to our music history A-Z            ..


Coming Soon.

Monday, August 22, 2016


More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY- 1983

Jan 7, 1983     The Monterays                                                 Beginnings Club

Jan 8, 1983     Out of The Blue w/ Skip Murphy                    Beginnings Club

Jan 18, 1983   Kiss                                                                   War Memorial
                        Night Ranger

Jan 23, 1983   805                                                                    Lost Horizon

Jan 23, 1983   Kingston Trio                                                   Civic Center
                        Tom Paxton

Feb 3, 1983     New York Flyers                                              Lost Horizon

Feb 6, 1983    Johnny Cash                                                      Landmark Theater

Feb 11, 1983   Ozzy Osbourne                                                War Memorial

Feb 12, 1983   Phil Collins                                                      War Memorial

Feb 19, 2016   Grassroots                                                        Beginnings Club

Feb 24, 2016    Aerosmith                                                       Carrier Dome
                         Ted Nugent

Mar 3-5            Bill Doggett Trio                                            Dinkler Moter

Mar 12, 1983   Chubby Checker                                             Beginnings Club

Apr 12, 1983    Rush                                                               Carrier Dome

Apr 17, 1983    SU Dance Marathon w/ 805                          Manley Fieldhouse

Apr 21, 1983    Impression w/ C. Mayfield & J. Butler         Landmark Theater

Apr 22, 1983    Rich Little                                                      Landmark Theater

May 11, 1983   Triumpf w/ Rik Emmett                                War Memorial

June 4, 1983      Three Dog Night                                          NYS Fair-Miller Ct
                           Mark Doyle & Joe Whiting

June 19, 1983    Papa John Creach                                       Long Branch Park
                           Jonathan Edwards & David Bromberg

July 2, 1983      Texas Woodstock                                         Carrier Dome
                          Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings,
                          Linda Ronstead, Emmylou Harris
                          Merle Haggard, others

July 24, 1983    Roger McGuinn                                            Long Branch Park

Aug 1983         Quiet Riot                                                      Lost Horizon

Aug 23, 1983    Stray Cats w/ Brian Setzer                        

Aug 23, 1983    Def Leppard                                                 War Memorial
                          Uriah Heep

Aug 24, 1983    Iron Madden                                                 War Memorial

Aug 28, 1983    James Taylor                                                 NYS Fair

Aug 28, 1983    Richard Naders Rock Revival                      NYS Fair- Miller Ct
                          Del Shannon
                          Bobby Comstock Band

Aug 29               Loverboy                                                      NYS Fair

Aug 30, 1983    Neil Young                                                     NYS Fair

Aug 31, 1983    Santana                                                           NYS Fair

Sept 1, 1983     Bobby Rydell                                                  NYS Fair

Sept 2, 1983     Beach Boys                                                     NYS Fair

Sept 6, 1983     David Bowie                                                   Carrier Dome

Oct 22, 1983    Grateful Dead                                                  War Memorial

Oct 26, 1983    Oak Ridge Boys                                              War Memorial

Nov 16, 1983   Huey Lewis & News                                    

Nov 18, 1983   Twisted Sister                                                  Uncle Sams

Nov 25, 1983   Righteous Brothers                                          Carrier Dome
                         Kenny Rogers
                         Helen Ready

Dec 12, 1983    Genesis- w/ Phil Collins                                 Carrier Dome

Dec 22, 1983    New York Flyers                                             Lost Horizon

Dec 24, 1983    Bill Doggett Trio                                            Dinkler Motor Inn

Dec 29, 1983    805                                                                  Hotel Syracuse


Wednesday, August 10, 2016


May 9, 2016 - Setting here in Washington, DC with my wife Nancy awaiting tonight Paul McCartney live show at the Verizon Center when she reminded me that it was 40 years since the late time I had seen Paul in concert. That being on May 9, 1976 at Maple Leaf Garden in Toronto, Canada. That day will always sticks in my mind as our good friend Wings drummer Joe English arranged for six of us Syracuseans to attended the "Wings Over America" Toronto show. The six- David Rezak, Jack Belle, Bob Perry, Rick Barry, Sid Marshall and myself drove straight thought arriving at 4:00 PM. We had backstage VIP passes from Joe hoping to catch McCartney & Wings soundcheck at 5 PM. To our dismay no one was allowed in the building when the soundcheck happened. So dinner it was then back for one amazing show sitting with Paul's aunt & uncle from Detroit. A Wings Over America tour program was bought and we hoped to catch up with Joe English after the show but they were late  for there scheduled flight to Cleveland for the next days show. So Jack & I drove all night back to Syracuse to working the next morning.

Well back to today 2016. After checking into our hotel Nancy & I met up with longtime Syracuse friends Mike & Nancy Ferrante along with Ted & Shane Storto (who were all seeing Paul for the very first time) for dinner at the DC Chop House and then drown the street to the Paul McCartney "One On One" concert at the Verizon Center scheduled to start at 8 PM. After a half hour of Paul tunes and visuals he took the stage with his great band. Listed below the entire set list from the August 9, 2016 McCartney show for your enjoyment...

Hard Days Night, Save Us, Can't Buy Me Love, Letting Go, Temporary Secretary, Let Me Roll It, I Got A Feeling, My Valentine, 1985, Here There and Everywhere, Maybe I'm Amazed, We Can Work It Out, In Spite of All The Danger, You Won't See Me, Love Me Do, And I Love Her, Blackbird, Here Today, Queenie Eye, New, The Fool On The Hill, Lady MaDonna, 45 Seconds, Eleanor Rigby, Brought to You For Benefit of Mr. Kite, Something (George Harrison tribute), Ob-La-Di, Ob-La- Da, Band on the Run, Back in the USSR, Let It Be, Live and Let Die, Hey Jude....

6 Song Encore- Yesterday, Hi Hi Hi, Birthday, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End.

Paul really blended with the packed Verizon Center crowd telling some history of how songs were named and ideas behind them. The show lasted well over 2+ hours with the crowd singing along with many of the 38 songs performed. PS- With over 22+ being Beatle tunes.

No matter if you've seen Paul perform once or many times those the years you'll always remember that day as we have. I've been very luck to have seen all four Beatles during my 50+ year music career, but sadly not together. If you get that lucky chance to see Paul in your area or have to travel to catch his show do your self a favor and do so. 

PS- Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band also made a stop here in Syracuse to play the new Lakeshore Amphitheater.... TWO BEATLES IN ONE YEAR HOW GREAT.

Also on Paul McCartney's 2016 New 4 Cd release "Pure McCartney" our friend Joe English is included on eight of the tracks..they being- Warm and Beautiful, Listen to What The Man Said, Silly Love Songs, Let Em In, Girlfriend, With A Little Luck, Don't Let It Bring You Down and Venus and Mars/ Rock Show.

Friday, July 22, 2016


Rhino  Entertainment  Company, a Warner Brothers Music Company and marketed by Rhino is releasing two great new "DIO" Box set products. The first product will be released on July 22, 2016 a Box Set named "A Decade of Dio: 1983-1993" contain the first six Dio albums remastered & packaged in mini LP replica jackets- Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart, Dream Evil, Lock Uo The Wolves and Strange Highways.

The second Rhino Dio product will be a six album vinyl box set that contains a special bonus 45 rpm single. The release date will be October 6, 2016.

To great addition for your collection of music by our great friend Ronnie James Dio. Both available to order through Amazon and others.

Friday, June 3, 2016


We once again welcome the great "Beatle" Ringo Starr back to Central New York on Friday evening June 3, 2016 as he brought his All-Star Band to the "New" Lakeside Amphitheater at 8 PM. Ringo first visited the Syracuse Area back on Saturday October 9, 1971 for John Lennon's 31st birthday celebration at the Hotel Syracuse and viewed Yoko Ono's Art Exhibition at the Everson Museum.

That memorable day Ringo arrived in Syracuse at Hancock Field in the morning on American Airlines from New York City on a flight that included his former wife Maureen, Phil Spector, Klaus Voormann and others. And partied into the evening as VIP guests sang and present John with a special 31st Birthday Cake. People are still talking about this event some 45 years later.

Ringo also visited Syracuse and performed at the Landmark Theater on June 10, 2000 with his All-Stars that included Jack Bruce, Eric Carmen, Dave Edmunds, Mark Rivera & Simon Kirke.  Many years later Ringo also brought his All-Star Band to the Turning Stone Casino back on June 24, 2014.

But this years band (his 12th addition) consisted of the great Todd Rundgren, along with Gregg Rolie (Santana), Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page ( Mr. Mister), drummer Gregg Bissonette and famed sax man Warren Ham. This lineup starts its fifth year together. This is only the second concert ever held at the "New" Lakeview Amphitheater and the first in 2016.

On a beautiful sunny day the famed Beatle drummer filled a packed grandstand of loving fans. They opened their set with "Matchbox" followed by "It Don't Come Easy" and finishing the night with "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Give Peace A Chance".  Fans could purchase many varieties of Ringo T-Shirts along with a special 2016 Ringo Starr & All-Star Band Tour Photo Book.

Fans of all ages and some for the very first time got to see there first "Beatle". For myself the first time seeing Ringo since the memorable Saturday October 9, 1971 at John's 31st Birthday.

Friday, April 29, 2016


More great Beatles News for the Syracuse Area this week. John Lennon's sister Julia Baird visited Syracuse on Thursday May 5th at the Palace Theater along with the band The Mersey Beatles-  A tribute band all Liverpool, UK born members the "Four Lads from Liverpool" who were the house band for over a decade at the world-famous Cavern Club in London, England. They have played sell-out shows in more than 20 countries, recreating the Beatles most popular hits. The show spanned the Beatles entire music catalog. A meet and greet was also held prior to the live shop.

John's sister Julia Baird was present May 5th at The Palace selling & signing copies of her great book "Imagine This" Growing up with my brother John Lennon and Cd with Paul McCartney & Julia talking about John's early years. Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman & I had the pleasure of speaking to Julia who bought many of her memories of John to us reaching back to his youth and the years of rehearsing in there family home. We hope you didn't miss this rare chance to meet this amazing lady.

Just in case you couldn't make the event and still wanted to purchase Julia's book or Cd. Here's her website address to do so juliabaird.eu. I highly suggest you do so and Julia speak of the early life and career of her brother John Lennon. And if you ask she many sign it for you.

Dinosaur Radio- Syracuse  also aired a great interview on Wednesday morning May 4th at 8:12 AM EST as Nick Caplan & Ron Wray spoke to both Julia Baird and bassist Steve Howard who plays Paul McCartney in the Mersey Beatles. As our music history rolls on...