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July 17, 2011


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John P. Cooper

Jimmy Roselli was for real, down home Italians. This thing I learned while working in a record store in NY.

RIP Signor Roselli!

John P. Cooper

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Dick Carr



Hi Marc, once again I arrive at the dance too late :)

Jimmy Roselli was a huge favorite of my late father's as well. I inherited my dad's love of his music. Roselli's appeal is along the lines you describe, the old fashioned way with equal parts sentimentality and emotion. My father took mom and us "older" kids to see Roselli every year at the West Chester County Center back in the late 1960s. It was like a high school reunion for my parents who bumped into friends from the old neighborhood at these affairs.

Did you know that Roselli grew up on Monroe St. in Hoboken? Monroe St. was also home to Frank Sinatra. And I've read that Dolly Sinatra loved his voice.

One difference between our fathers is that my dad loved Sinatra first and foremost among singers. In addition to the annual treks from CT to WCC to hear Roselli my dad took us to see Sinatra 3 times during his infamous booking at the Westchester Premier Theater in Tarrytown in the 1970s.

But back to Roselli for a moment. He was an Italian singer who pretty much was appreciated by Italians. Sinatra of course had a much wider audience and appeal. Once as our family was buying tickets for one of our Roselli affairs I asked my first sweetheart who was not Italian if she would like to accompany us. I remember asking her if she knew Jimmy Roselli. She thought for a moment and said that he was a race car drive. She dumped me not long after that conversation.


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