Tuesday, February 26, 2019

"Three's Company, Four's A Jerk" (Songs 'n' The Hoods Part 15)




October, 1992, I went to see Frank Sinatra at Radio City Music Hall with two friends, and my boss at the time, a miserable human being who was also a somewhat legendary record store owner. By this time, I had seen Sinatra over a dozen or so times, in small venues and large, casinos and arenas, with the first time being The Main Event at Madison Square Garden in 1974, courtesy of my Uncle. He's often been outstanding, but there have been bad nights, where he was either lost, drunk or a little of both and simply did not bring it. (Sinatra, not my Uncle.) And while my boss could be hilarious at times, he was mostly a terrible person. He disliked most things, thought the greatest band in the world were The Chambers Brothers, who til' this day, "never got a boxed set," and truly hated himself, and he took it all out on anyone who got in his way, anyone who didn't like The Chambers Brothers, and especially, mostly, his employees. Sinatra, by the way, was incredible that October night in 1992, and delivered a Hall Of Fame set list---look it up---as well as a classic monologue to rival The Sands, 1966. Not bad for a guy who lived hard for sixty years and would die less than five years later. After the encore and one final standing ovation, we exited to 5th Avenue, three out of four of us, ecstatic. But not my boss. He was sporting a Scrooge-like puss, and was stamping the pavement like a scolded child. "What? You didn't like it?," I asked. "No. He didn't do High Hopes."










PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS

PART ONE
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2010/07/people-and-things-that-went-before.html

PART TWO
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2010/07/they-drove-you-or-you-drove-them-crazy.html

PART THREE
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2010/08/east-19th-street-brooklyn-it-goes-into.html

PART FOUR
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-saw-led-zeppelin-twice-they-sucked.html

PART FIVE
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2010/08/hear-my-song-people-wont-you-listen-now.html

PART SIX
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2010/08/theres-something-wrong-here-there-can.html

PART SEVEN
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2010/09/all-things-must-pass-songs-n-hoods-part.html

PART EIGHT
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2010/10/tim-vega-songs-n-hoods-part-8.html

PART NINE
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2010/11/all-accessfor-some-songs-n-hoods-part-9.html 

PART TEN
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2011/03/scuse-me-while-idisappear-songs-n-hoods.html 

PART ELEVEN
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2011/10/old-records-die-hard-songs-n-hoods-part.html

PART TWELVE
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2012/01/he-wasnt-friend-of-mine-songs-n-hoods.html

PART THIRTEEN
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2012/04/bless-me-father-for-i-have-sinnedi.html 

PART FOURTEEN
https://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2012/05/you-either-get-it-or-you-dont-songs-n.html

7 comments:

JAYESSEMM said...

Sal, there are more horses asses in this world than there are horses (and I'm not talking about Sinatra or your uncle)!

Anonymous said...

I just spent the better part of the morning reading the entire catalog of Songs 'n' The Hoods though being a 'regular' I had read several before. When I was finished I thought "Man, Sal needs to write a book."

Then I realized that he already has.

Thanks for that.

Randy

P.S. Have you read the new Todd book?

Sal Nunziato said...

Thanks Randy.

I did read the Todd book, in one straight sitting. I enjoyed a lot of it, but could not fathom how no one in his camp, not even the publisher, bothered to fix typos. There are hundreds! Just lazy. Good read, though.

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly, his "three best bands ever" were the Beatles, the Sex PIstols, and the Stranglers. But the Chambers Brothers were definitely top ten.

Pete

dogbreath said...

Thanks for posting those older links. Excellent thoughtful,funny, poignant stuff, much enjoyed. Cheers!

dogbreath said...

Meant to mention, Mr N, that part 9 "All access for some songs n hoods" is not, somewhat ironically, accessible. "Page does not exist" is what I get, which is a pity as I've truly enjoyed the other tales. Cheers anyway!

Sal Nunziato said...

Dogbreath,
I never liked Part 9, and after I posted it, a few comments agreed with me. I never rewrote it, so it remains in draft. Thanks for noticing.