Atlantic City came through again! This time the Golden Nugget Casino hosted the Golden Boys. If you wish to reminisce about your days during the late fifties and early sixties, you will want to see those memories come alive at the pairing of Fabian, Bobby Rydell and Frankie Avalon. In case you forgot, the one big thing they had in common that everyone envied, even the girls, was their amazing hair. Back in the early days of rock, all you need was gorgeous, long hair. This trio was surly golden, and not just in their hair. They had the good looks, sex appeal and record sales that numbered many millions. What a fun night!
They enter the stage together and sung the American Band Stand theme song that didn’t sound all that great. They weren’t meant to be a trio, but after that introduction, each one came out, alone, to croon the audience. You have to remember, these were the guys who every young girl was in love with and every young boy wanted to emulate. As noted, they had the hair to make them famous, they had the good looks, the one thing they didn’t have was acne. How could anyone be so lucky? Okay, their voices were pretty good, too. Probably the most important item that helped them become stars was incredible music written by people who we, for the most part, do not know their names. Stardom belongs to the person on the stage.
Bobby Rydell started off with his hits that included Forget Him, Volare, Wildwood Days and Sway. None of these songs made number one, but just mentioning these songs has got to bring back memories from your days in love, or not, your days from a better more peaceful time. Much of the crowd, being from the shore, were delighted and sang along to every song. He left out Dream Lover and We Got Love, two all time favorites. When he performs alone, he surly must include all of his hits.
Next up, Fabian. For most teens of the day, he was the ultimate Mr. Cool. They showed old films of young girls throwing themselves on him and actually tearing his shirt off of his back. Of the three teen idols, Fabian had the least number of big hits. As a result, he sang more cover songs to fill his slot, though he did sing Turn Me Loose. The crowd, being in their sixties and seventies, probably didn’t notice when he sang a Buddy Holy song and thought it was one of Fabian’s hits.
Probably the true star of the show is Franky Avalon. His showmanship, voice and his two, number one songs puts him at top of the group. The audience came alive with Venus, Why, and Bobby Socks to Stockings. Frankie really knows how to work an audience. He came off stage to sing, kiss the ladies and shake hands with the guys. He didn’t miss a beat and his voice still resonated well in the room.
Each of the Golden Boys did some cover songs, including great hits of Elvis, Bobby Darin and Bill Haley. A wonderful tribute to The Everly Brothers materialized when Frankie Avalon sang songs with his guitarist, Edan Everly, Don Everly’s son. All told, this was a great evening down on memory lane. Check your listings to see when this show and others like it come to your town.
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