Petula and Frankie

As in Clark and Valli.

My wife and I enjoyed a rare weekend in New York City that turned out to be a Sixties weekend.

We started Saturday night by seeing Petula Clark at “Feinstein’s at the Loew’s Regency.”

(You:  “She’s still alive?”)

(Me:  “Yes, she is, and she still brings it.”)

Petula Clark is now 79.  And she wears her years exceptionally well.  (No Dolly Parton botox, no Cher facelift.)  We sat five feet from the stage, and in 75-minutes, with wit, charm and humor,  she guided us through a career that was much fuller than just “Downtown.” 

Watching her sing, the thought crossed my mind that a 13-year-old boy listening to top-40 radio in 1965 couldn’t possibly comprehend he’d be seeing the same performer in a New York City nightclub 47 years later.  (And to avoid any accusation of plagiarism, the exact  same thought apparently occurred to a writer from the New York Times.)

Sunday, it was on to the August Wilson Theater to see “Jersey Boys,” the musical based on the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.   The sentimental attachment was that the first single I ever bought was their first hit, “Sherry.”  (For the record [no pun intended], purchased at Patruno’s Variety Store, next to Saxonville School in Framingham, MA.)

The show was much fun.  And I chose to ignore that “Sherry” is 50 years old.

I look back on the Sixties fondly.  It was a great time to grow up.  And looking back, it was then I developed most of the bad habits and personality defects that make me so damn lovable today.  (Right?)

Would I like to go back?  No way!  I’m having entirely too much fun now.

Besides, we still have the music.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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7 Responses to Petula and Frankie

  1. Martha says:

    Oh yes, so damn lovable today. And the sixties were a great time to grow up. For those of us that did actually grow up.

  2. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun. To resuscitate a popular locution of the ’60s, “Color me jealous.”

    While Sherry was the Four Seasons’ first hit, Frankie hit the semi-big time in 1956 with a group called The Four Lovers (a name that these days might be subject to an unsavory interpretation). I saw them on the Ed Sullivan Show and I was truly wowed. Enjoy the appended presentation, which is realy too cute by half, and listen as Frankie flirts with but never fully embraces the glottal stop later popularized by Buddy Holly.

  3. Graham says:

    And for another “blast from the past” ………I believe The Beachboys will be playing at the Melody Tent in Hyannis this summer. Mike Love and one of the other “originals” are still touring with a great sound. We’ve heard them there for the last 5 or 6 years and it’s always a super show. Nice to go back to the sixties……for a hour or two.
    But how come all the other patrons look so old? Last year one guy in the row in front of us fell asleep! (must have been his nap time).
    See you all there!

  4. amyparmenter says:

    I’ve seen Jersey Boys 3 times… loved it every time. Especially during the power outages in October — saw it at the Bushnell, where they had heat …instead of going home…where we didn’t.

    sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeerry….., sherry baby, sheee-eery……


  5. Cat says:

    Yayyyyyyy, she not only belts out a good story, the lady can sing! : D
    Love the 50’s & 60’s,,,, at least I understood the lyrics.

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