Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"This is MacDonald Carey..."

Old cassette tapes from a long time ago...what do you expect? I guess I need to explain this...or maybe I shouldn't...

Back around 1978 or 1979 we had just moved to a new house. New house, new school, new friends...or should I say "no" friends. The summer was spent mostly hanging around the house and watching TV.  Already in my formative years of musical talent, I appreciated the orchestral arrangement of the theme from the afternoon soap opera "Days of Our Lives". And with my love of all things media, I guess I wanted to be a TV announcer like MacDonald Carey?

Anyway, I found a cassette tape from that time that goes on for 20 minutes of me taping this and other soap themes over the span of about a week. I recall trying to get the long theme at the end of "Days" without the announcer talking over it.

Well I finally succeeded on Friday when they roll the extended credits, but this one is a shorter version with the voiceover for some nostalgia.

Looking back at it, maybe I was trying to go back to those days a few years before when I stayed with my grandparents who watched their "stories" every day, and the moving to the new house with new everything at such a young age left me missing the stable past? Who knows? That's a story for another time...for now, enjoy the sound clip...


Penn State - Late 1980's Pennsylvania Pizza radio commercial

Penn State students from the late 1980's might recognize this vintage radio jingle... I wonder if they are still in business?


Wet Dream...vintage 80's audio

Apparently I captured this from Wink 104. Always was a clever track.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lenny Kay - The Man, The Legend

Slideshow tribute to Lenny Kay, lounge band drummer who has called the Harrisburg, PA area his home for more than 50 years, and the many musicians he's played with over the years.

Lenny Kay has been around forever...or so it seems. Lenny started his musical career in ninth grade, working with a 12-piece big band that he started in the coal regions of north central Pennsylvania. When the big band work slowed, he transitioned to small groups working the local club circuit. Several years later while serving in the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany, he played on weekends with a German jazz group.

Shortly after his discharge, he along with four other fine musicians formed "The Nitecappers" and hit the road. They soon became a hot group working the East Coast and Canada, and were a staple in Wildwood, NJ and other eastern shore points. The Nitecappers shared the stage with many top entertainers and musicians of their era.

After years of traveling, Lenny decided to settle down and make his home near Harrisburg, PA - a great city for music. Along with his son, a fine musician aptly named "Lenny Younger", Lenny formed the Lenny Kay Band. The band had a very distinct sound. Using Lenny's road experience and expertise, the Lenny Kay Band soon became very popular with a great following in south central Pennsylvania.

Lenny has performed in many venues from the East Coast to Las Vegas. Ask anyone in the area if they know Lenny Kay..their answer is, "You betcha I know Lenny Kay, doesn't everybody?"

The band took on the name Lenny Kay Revue in the 1980's, and several personnel changes followed throughout he 1980's, 1990's, and 2000's.

Officially. the Lenny Kay Revue played it's final job under that name on 12/31/05-1/1/06 for the New Year's Eve celebration at the Hotel Hershey with personnel of Lenny Kay, Bob Mentzer, Scott Simpson, and Ken Glace. However, one more little-known peformance was played under the band name Lenny Kay Revue in late 2007 with Lenny Kay, Lenny Younger, and Bob Mentzer.

The curator of the linked YouTube account, Bob Mentzer (aka Bobotmedia), was keyboard player and lead singer for the Lenny Kay Revue from 1995 through 2007 and is the creator, producer and editor of this video.