A Salute to Veterans Oldies Night, featuring headliners Bobby Rydell, Lou Christie and The First Ladies of Soul, plus a nine-piece band, will take place on Oct. 7 at 7 pm at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA.
The show will be hosted by radio personality Lou Costello of “Cruisin’ 92.1, WVLT FM” and Mayor Tom Micozzie will recognize local Veterans to kick off the show.
“This is an incredible night of music that will take people back to the late ‘50s and early ‘60s when early Rock ‘n Roll, Doo-Wop, and Teen Idol Crooners was all the rage and the music we listened to on our transistor radios,” said Harry Dietzler, Executive Director of UD Performing Arts Center.
“To have three headliners of this caliber at this affordable price is a treat for the members of the community and beyond. Part of the ticket proceeds will help to jump start a Veterans Memorial within Upper Darby Township,” added Lou Ballezzi who is producing the show and who produces and performs with The First Ladies of Rock ‘n Soul.
Bobby Rydell came onto the scene in 1959 at the age of 17 with the smash hit “Kissin’ Time” followed by “Volare” in 1960. Other million selling singles include “Wild One,” “We Got Love,” “ Swingin’ School,” “Wildwood Days,” and “Forget Him,” selling a combined total of over 25 million records. In 1963, Bobby starred with Ann-Margret in the iconic movie “Bye Bye Birdie.” Ann-Margaret once said of Rydell, “He’s a triple threat. He’s an actor, singer, and a dancer.”
Lou Christie’s falsetto was among the most distinctive voices in all of pop music, he was also one of the first solo performers of the rock era to compose his own material, generating several memorable hits of the mid-’60s including “Two Faces Have I,” “Lightnin’ Strikes,” “Rhapsody in the Rain,” and “I’m Gonna Make You Mine.”
The First Ladies of Rock and Soul will start off the evening by turning the clock back to a time and place in music history that only comes around once. Their performance includes hits from the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Shirelles, The Marvelletes, and Mary Wells. With a musical line-up that includes “Da Do Ron Ron,” “Going to the Chapel,” “Be My Baby,” “Too Many Fish in the Sea,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “The Locomotion,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” audience members will enjoy an electrifying performance by this “girl group.”