Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Al Martino, Buddy Greco….Ed Hurst, Cozy Morley, Len Barry….Phil Jaye, Guy Marks, Al Fisher and Lou Marks….Joey Giardello, the Day Brothers….
(“Wildwood Days” and East Passyunk nights: It must be Bobby Rydell…)
Fifty years ago, you couldn’t walk down a South Philadelphia street – or enter a club – without encountering one or several of them.
And now, for the month of January, they’ll be smiling back down on the neighborhood.
(Native sons Al Martino & Fabian Forte)
THE STARS SHINE ON PASSYUNK AVENUE
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, our South Philadelphia holiday windows glowed with photos of the many great neighbors we’ve met since moving here in 2012.
And now, through January 31, we’re heading back to “South Philly Past” with portraits of local 1960s celebrities.
(The stars shine again on Tasker Street.)
So, if you’re dining or playing on Passyunk Avenue’s famed restaurant row this month, we hope you’ll check out our 1960s celebrity windows at East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street, across from the Singing Fountain.
ABOUT THE PHOTOS
As we’ve described in past blog posts, the photos came from a magical mid-century album compiled by Arthur Tavani, a writer and photographer for the long-gone South Phila. American and Philadelphia Exclusive newspapers.
For the past three years, we’ve attempted to identify the hundreds of entertainers, sports figures, local dignitaries and “just plain folks” in its pages, with the idea of donating it to Temple University’s Urban Archives.
(That’s “Bristol Stomp” and “1-2-3” singer Len Barry at left. South Phila.’s Buddy Greco is at right, with two other natives – singer Palma Jo Solari and comedian Guy Marks – at center.)
SEE EVEN MORE CELEBRITY PHOTOS ONLINE
Want to see dozens more celebrity photos? Check out the “South Philadelphia Past” section of Unexpected Philadelphia, our new website, and let us know if you recognize anyone we haven’t identified…
(Just some of the people waiting for you at “Unexpected Philadelphia”.)
And, yes, we’ll be adding many more photos in coming months.
(Comedian and musician Cozy Morley of Wildwood’s Club Avalon, left, with the long-time TV host of “Al Albert’s Showcase”.)
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(Even our Christmas tree is loaded with stars – the South Philly kind…)
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL…
…and we hope to see you on the avenue!
Kate & Dave