The Five Satins & New Haven, CT

I love that the Five Satins got their start in the basement of a Catholic Church in New Haven, Connecticut. I was reading the latest issue of The Catholic Transcript, which featured a front page article about the church’s role in the recording of the  Five Satins hit, “In The Still of the Night” (St. Bernadette Church takes note of its position in doo-wop history).

This building poster on Chapel Street honors New Haven notables, the Five Satins.


Dion at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena

The free music weekend continues. Today we are invited to attend a private event for free at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena to see Dion, a true legend. I’m excited to hear what selections he will perform. We’ve never seen him live before so this should be a real treat. 🙂

Thank you Mohegan Sun management for extending us this wonderful concert opportunity.

English: Dion DiMucci performing onstage in Ne...
English: Dion DiMucci performing onstage in New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lifting A Glass to Ray Collins

I was saddened to learn of Ray Collin’s passing on Christmas Eve. Ray Collins was instrumental to the creation of Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention by mentioning to Jimmy Carl Black and Roy Estrada when they were part of the Soul Giants he knew a guitarist for their group.

The Soul Giants band consisted of drummer Jimmy Carl Black, bassist Roy Estrada, saxophonist Davy Coronado and guitarist Ray Hunt. Hunt, however, was incompetent or purposely messed up to be spiteful, Collins relates.

“I was new to the band but it was up to me to get rid of him,” Collins says. After the deed was done – no punches were thrown, he insists – he made a fateful suggestion.

“I told them, `I know a guitarist in Cucamonga. His name’s Frank Zappa,”‘ Collins says.

Zappa auditioned and fit in perfectly, but he was a prolific songwriter and a new direction was called for.

“If you will play my music, I will make you rich and famous,” Zappa is said to have told them.


Ray Collins first became known as a vocalist by performing with various doo-wop and pachuco groups in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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My two favorite Ray Collins’s Zappa/Mothers recordings are:

America Drinks and Goes Home” – Absolutely Free (1967)

“Anything” – Cruisin with Reuben and the Jets (1968)

I hope we’ve played your requests…
the songs you like to hear…
Last call for alcohol!…
Drink it up folks…

(c) 1967 Zappa Family Trust


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