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The Sandusky State Theatre Repertory Company Presents
Friday, August 1, 2014 – 8 pm
Saturday, August 2, 2014 – 8 pm
Sunday, August 3, 2014 – 2 pm
Tickets $24 includes fees
An American Music Series presented by Anna Givens
Blues guitarist Travis Haddix was born on November 26, 1938. A native of Walnut, MS, Haddix was inspired in his early years by B.B. King’s broadcasts on WDIA out of Memphis. In Cleveland, OH, where he has lived since 1959, Haddix developed into a fine modern bluesman and songwriter with an original and soulful touch. While he had been developing his chops in front of rowdy audiences at juke joints and blues festivals throughout the ’70s, he didn’t begin his recording career in earnest until he signed with the Ichiban label in 1988.
His stylish and poppy albums Wrong Side Out (1988), Winners Never Quit (1991), and What I Know Right Now (1992), were, incredibly, released while Haddix continued his job as a postal worker in Ohio. As his popularity continued to grow, he began traveling to Europe several times a year and won numerous blues awards in both Europe and the States. Haddix resumed recording in 1994 with Big Ole Goodun’ and also began to develop his interest in other areas of the entertainment business including the formation of his own publishing company and his own record label Wann-Sonn Records. In 2002, Haddix even became an author, releasing Caught in the Middle, a book of his musical memoirs.
A quote Travis Haddix uses to close out many of his performances sums up his positive philosophical attitude: “I am the best that I can be, and since no one else can be me, there’s none better.”
Corey Alexander’s ascent through the comedy world is a testament to his hard work and dedication over many years. Raised in Philadelphia, Corey has taken his act countrywide to a multitude of clubs including Carolines, Comix, Gotham, Jimbo’s Comedy Works (Montreal), Funny Bone, Catch a Rising Star, Comedy Zone, Comedy Works (US), and many more.
Corey was asked to perform as part of Comix’s “Best of New Talent”, was the winner of Comedy Cabaret’s NJ Laugh-off, and recently performed at the famed Palace Theater for 1000 people. He is recognized by his complaints of not being married (you read that correctly) and his ability to interact with the audience.
He’s been featured on MiND TV (Stand-up special), Fox Good Morning, and CBS Sports Zone. Also, Corey has been a guest on morning shows WMMR, WBUS, WIP, WZZO, and Cool 100.
Corey has also won four other stand-up contests throughout three different states. He has been featured in numerous publications, podcasts, and local TV broadcasts.
Corey has performed at colleges, social clubs, country clubs, and large corporate shows. Corey is currently writing several film and TV pilots (3 Heads Productions; Wallach Media; 3 Point Production Group), and just starred in second movie “Bad Dad”, a movie which premieres in 2014. Keep an eye out for him!
Headliner Carol Pennington is from the icy cold glaciers of Alaska – to the steamy hot beaches of Florida, Carol Pennington is a hilarious lesson in contrast. Carol has an untamed and outspoken nature with a soft and elegant appearance – She can tell you to “go to hell” in such a way that you are looking forward to the trip! The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, “Carol is slim, blonde and brash… she is clever, unpredictable and outrageously funny.” Carol’s biting viewpoints on men, women, relationships, sports, and politics are scandalously funny and delightfully entertaining.
Reserved Seating $35 + fees
VIP Seating $45 + fees
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Hosted by Eddie Morelli
Charlie Thomas & the Drifters
Under the Boardwalk, Up On the Roof, On Broadway, This Magic Moment
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER (1988) Charlie Thomas was born in Lynchburg, Virginia on April 7, 1937. He was a member of a group known as the Five Crowns in 1958 along with Ben Earl Nelson (later known as Ben E. King), who were being managed by Lover Patterson.
While the The Five Crowns met with little commercial success, they enjoyed local popularity and that is why they were on the bill at the Apollo Theater in New York City in 1958 when George Treadwell fired his famous group, The Drifters. It was Charlie Thomas’ voice that Treadwell heard and hastily recruited the Crowns to become the new Drifters.
Lover Patterson once said that Charlie Thomas’ voice was one that the world would enjoy forever, and he was right!
The new Drifters first release in 1959 was a song called There Goes My Baby. This was the beginning of what is generally acknowledged as the Golden Years of The Drifters.
In 1988, Charlie Thomas, along with other original members, Doc Green, Ben E. King and Elsbery Hobbs were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
Randy & the Rainbows (featuring Randy Safuto)
Denise, Why Do Kids Grow Up, Little Star
This rock ‘n’ roll vocal group came from Queens, New York. The members were brothers Dominick (lead) and Frank Safuto (baritone). Randy and the Rainbows came out of the thriving New York Italian-American vocal group scene and were one of the last to get a national hit before self-contained bands began dominating popular music.
The group can be traced back to 1959 and the formation of the Dialtones, which consisted of the Safuto brothers, a cousin Eddie Scalla, and their lead, Rosalie Calindo. In 1960 they recorded for George Goldner’s Goldisc label. Around 1963 the Safuto brothers joined with the Zero brothers and Arcipowski to form Randy and the Rainbows. They hooked up with the Tokens’ productions company and recorded “Denise”, which when it came out on a Laurie Records subsidiary became a Top 10 hit.
The recording of a classic Oldie by Randy & The Rainbows, featuring Randy Safuto singing lead to, “Denise” was featured in the series finale of “The Sopranos” Sunday, June 10, 2017.
The group Randy and the Rainbows evolved from The Dialtones, which in 1959 included Randy (Dom) Safuto and Frank Safuto, Rosalie Calindo, and Eddie Scalla, the Safutos’ cousin. After recording during the early 60s for Goldisc the Safuto’s hooked up with three other neighborhood singers in 1962 to become Randy & the Rainbows.
Honeycomb, Secretly, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, Bim Bom Bay
It was during the Korean War that Jimmie decided to serve his country and joined the United States Air Force. In 1952, Jimmie was stationed in Korea supporting the front lines of the Korean conflict. It was here that Jimmie discovered his singing ability. At night in the barracks, he moved the spirits and souls of his fellow airmen with his singing and guitar playing.
From Korea he was transferred to Sewart AFB in Smyrna, Tennessee, where in the evening he earned pocket money by singing in local clubs and he first learned the song Honeycomb. Jimmie took the song, added his unique arrangements, singing style and smoother than silk voice, and made it his song and ultimately, his theme song.
Following his military career he returned to his hometown, Camas, Washington and decided to attempt a singing career. Soon he became a local celebrity, singing in various small clubs for even smaller wages. Washington State was good to him. Not only did it give Jimmie confidence, but it also re-united him to his childhood sweetheart and bride to be, Colleen McClatchey.
It was time for Jimmie to reach out for the “brass ring” and attempt to break into the record industry. Jimmie’s first big break came in New York where he auditioned and won a talent contest on the Arthur Godfrey national television show. He sang the song The Fox and the Goose. He also cut his first record demo for Roulette Records. The record demo was Honeycomb and the rest, as they say, is history. Honeycomb went to Number One on the charts and stayed there for seven weeks.
Jimmies career eventually encompassed more than 450 recorded songs (including over 40 top ten hits!), multiple television appearances, his own TV show and 2 motion pictures.
Jimmie’s 2nd marriage was to Trudy Ann Buck (1970-1977). They had two sons, Casey and Logan.
Today Jimmie resides in Southern California with his wife Mary (with whom he has a daughter, Katrine) and lots of Boston Terriers. Jimmie continues to write music, poems and is extensively involved in writing and scoring animated films.
Jimmie penned his autobiography Dancing On The Moon and a screenplay for its motion picture adaptation. His highly charged emotional autobiography, detailing the savagery of the recording business, his brutal beating by an off-duty Los Angeles policemen and many other answers to What Ever Happened To Jimmie Rodgers?! The screen play is currently being circulated within the film community.
You Belong to Me, Have Your Heard, My Own True Love, Gone With the Wind
The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written. They have made a career out of giving new life to old hits. Starting out in the early sixties, in Jersey City, New Jersey, The Duprees were discovered by George Paxton of Coed Records and former big band leader. Impressed with their smooth vocal quality, he had them record Jo Stafford’s 1950′s ballad You Belong To Me with Big Band arrangements. It was an instant national hit and the group’s first Million Seller. The unmistakable sound was born and the hits kept coming:
1962 You Belong To Me • 1962 My Own True Love • 1963 Gone With The Wind • 1963 Take Me As I Am • 1963 Why Don’t You Believe Me • 1963 Have You Heard • 1963 Love Eyes • 1963 It’s No Sin • 1963 The Sand and The Sea • 1964 It Isn’t Fair • 1966 Let Them Talk • 1966 Exodus
Tony Testa – As leader and emcee for The Duprees – Tony’s charismatic personality lights up every performance.
Tommy Petillo – Tommy’s dynamic vocals are the true essence of what has always been the “heart, soul, and voice” of The Duprees.
Jimmy Spinelli – Jimmy, the consummate professional, brings an energetic presence to the stage that is unsurpassed.
Phil Granito – Phil has one of the most unique voices in the business. His Jackie Wilson Medley is always a show-stopper.
Along with their unique sound and outstanding vocal harmonies, The Duprees perform with showmanship that is individually and collectively, second to none. Thousands of fans around the globe are captivated with their wonderful mixture of romance, energy, and fun. When The Duprees take the stage, be prepared to be thoroughly entertained.
Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners
Since I Don’t Have You, This I Swear is True
December 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the all-time hit songs of Rock and Roll, Since I Don’t’ Have You. Recorded by the Skyliners in New York City at the Capitol Studio, the song was released as a 45 rpm record on Pittsburgh’s own “Calico” label and went on to become a million-seller.
The hit-producing team of The Skyliners manager, Joe Rock, who wrote the lyrics, and legendary lead vocalist, Jimmy Beaumont, who composed the music, led to the creation of this quintessential ’50s ballad. Since I Don’t Have You is heard on radio, even today. The Skyliners soulful and dynamic delivery, balanced by the lush, string-filled arrangement of Pittsburgh’s Lenny Martin, created a recording that went straight to the top of the national charts.
The original Skyliners, comprised of Jimmy Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Wally Lester, Joe Verscharen, and Jack Taylor – all from the Steel City – performed their hit composition at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York as well as the Brooklyn Fox Theater for producer Alan Freed, and Dick Clark’s television show “American Bandstand” (Philadelphia, Pa.). Since I Don’t Have You has made its way onto the soundtracks of major motion pictures such as American Graffiti and Lethal Weapon 2. Throughout five decades other nationally known artists recorded their own arrangements of this golden masterpiece.
In recent years Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners have been a substantial part of the PBS Specials (DooWop50, Moments to Remember, Cavalcade of Music, My Music). Today, members Donna Groom, Nick Pociask, Rick Morris, drummer/conductor Mark Groom and legendary leader, Jimmy Beaumont, continue to thrill live audiences in the United States and Canada each time they perform Since I Don’t Have You.
A Little Bit of Soap, I’ll Follow You
Once you heard these five talented young men sing, Ray, Earl, Tom, Paul, and Muffin, you became instantly aware that these gifted vocalists were destined to do more than just street corner harmonizing. In 1960 the group met Ben E. King at the Richmond Arena. He introduced them to the owners of Laurie Records. The Jarmels became the first black artist to sing on the Laurie label. The first song they recorded was Little Lonely One. The next song they recorded was called A Little Bit Of Soap, that song topped the music charts at number nine (9) here in America, number one (1) in Germany and at number one (1) in England. Soap was written by Bert Burns who also wrote Twist and Shout for the Isley Brothers.
In 2009 Ray Smith decided to carry on the legacy of The Jarmels. Audiences are amazed at the harmony and smooth sound that remind them of the good old days. They have performed with Little Anthony and the Imperials, Charlie Thomas Drifters, John Bowzer and many other artists.