November 2, 2014 |
Al C. Rinaldi, 77, who rose from poverty to head Jacobs Music, a leading piano retailer with locations around the region, died of gastrointestinal cancer Thursday, Oct. 30, at his home in Mount Laurel. Born Aug. 27, 1937, in Scranton, Mr. Rinaldi grew up believing his name was Freddie Nolan - the name given him by the alcoholic woman down the hall who took him in when his father and mother abandoned him. It was a life of extreme poverty: "Freddie" learned to beg for food at a local deli by asking for scraps for a nonexistent family dog, to use sugar to mask the mold growing on bread taken from others' trash, to cut holes in his shoes to fit his feet, according to a detailed biography prepared for the family.
May 28, 2014 |
Anthony A. Lorraine, 87, of Williamstown, an artist at the former Philadelphia calendar maker Joseph Hoover & Sons for 40 years, died Wednesday, May 21, of heart disease at home. The Hoover firm, at 49th and Market Streets, was founded in 1856 and produced illustrated business wall calendars from the 1920s until it was sold in 1985. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Lorraine grew up near the Ninth Street Italian Market in the same house where his father, Dominic, was born, said his wife, Nancy.
October 23, 2013
WHEN Jerry Ross is inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame on Thursday, he tells me, his mind will be on the stars. Not the stars whose music he has produced over a long career - Jay & the Techniques, Spanky & Our Gang, Jerry Butler, Dee Dee Warwick, the Duprees, the Dreamlovers, the Sapphires - but an astronaut named Jerry Ross (no relation). But more on that later. The earthbound Jerry was born in Philadelphia, in 1933, in time to be positioned for the musical explosion that would change America and the body of world music.
July 10, 2013 |
Pitman knows Madeline Brewer as a golden girl with a silvery soprano. The cozy, conservative, church-steepled Gloucester County community has applauded her in upbeat local productions like Bye Bye Birdie and cheered her victory in the Miss Pitman pageant of 2010. Some folks even drove up to Connecticut last summer to see Brewer sing the title role in Liberty , a musical about the statue that inspired the world. But little "Maddie" Brewer as a jailbird with a girlfriend, a neck tattoo, and a heroin habit?
February 3, 2013
Pianist and vocalist Ann Rabson, 67, cofounder of the trio Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, died Wednesday in Virginia after a battle with cancer, her label announced. A barrelhouse blues pianist, Ms. Rabson was also a songwriter and guitarist. She recorded eight albums with Saffire and one solo CD for Alligator Records. She made three solo albums for other labels. Ms. Rabson was best known for her work with Saffire, which she formed with one of her guitar students, Gaye Adegbalola.
October 19, 2012 |
He's James Wiener, D.D.S., by day, his hours filled with crowns, bridges, and treatment plans. But by night, he's country crooner Jimmie Lee, rockin' a "bad-ass attitude" with a lovely in Daisy Dukes on each arm. "Dentistry is a vocation," says Wiener, who owns practices in Audubon, Haddonfield, and Marlton. But "the magic is performing in front of people. " Have I mentioned that Jimmie's stage persona is "the Jersey Outlaw," and that one of his CDs is titled Kid Vegas ?
October 8, 2012 |
Generations of Moorestown children have found things to do at the Community House. It's where they go for swimming lessons, music lessons, dance lessons, even etiquette lessons. Then there are the birthday parties and recitals. And after they're grown, residents still gravitate to the mansion on Main Street - for meetings of the garden club and Rotary and scores of other groups. It's a "home away from home," says board of trustees president George Schulmann. That kind of fondness for the Community House prompted an apt gift from a former Moorestown resident, the sculptor Chad Fisher - a life-size bronze of five children playing while holding hands.
August 24, 2012 |
FLORENCE JONES knew from childhood that she was meant for a career in music. As a student at Barratt Junior High School, she wrote in the yearbook that she wanted to be a music directress. In her 70-year career in music, she did just that, directing choirs and playing the organ at a number of local churches. Florencia Maylee Mack - as she became after marrying William Kenneth Mack - a talented woman whose career also included giving private music lessons and comforting the bereaved with organ music at local funeral homes, died Aug. 16. She was 84 and lived in Kensington.
February 17, 2012 |
WHEN the commercial real estate market collapsed in 2008, tax attorney John Fowler's job went with it. He, of course, was just one of the millions of Americans left unemployed by the financial crisis. Getting back into the market wouldn't have been easy. "Literally hundreds of attorneys in Philadelphia alone were laid off, so finding a new position at that time was next to impossible. " So instead of filling out job applications, Fowler used the layoff as an opportunity to explore a long-held passion.
January 27, 2012 |
HACKENSACK, N.J. - Robert Hegyes, the New Jersey-born actor who played Jewish Puerto-Rican wheeler-dealer Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the 1970s classic "Welcome Back Kotter," died after an apparent heart attack in his Metuchen, N.J., home yesterday morning. He was 60. Hegyes, who also co-starred on "Cagney and Lacey" and taught occasional master classes at his alma mater, Rowan University, was best known for his work on "Kotter," in which he performed alongside a young John Travolta as one of the tough remedial students known at the Sweathogs.