Last week, we told you about the planned dedication for the new “South Philly Musicians Remix” mural by Mural Arts Philadelphia.
There’s a new crew hanging out at Broad and Tasker Streets.
And, yes, it features local luminaries (from left) Eddie Fisher, Fabian Forte, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, Jerry Blavat, Al Martino, Chubby Checker, Charlie Gracie and James Darren, along with tributes to Bob Horn’s and Dick Clark’s Bandstand shows. (Click here to see our close-up photos of the mural.)
PAINT AROUND THE CLOCK
But Philadelphia mural artist Eric Okdeh had another surprise up his paint-covered sleeve last week when he revealed the final honoree….
Guitar virtuoso Danny Cedrone
When Mural Arts Philadelphia announced it would retire “Sounds of Philadelphia”, its crumbling homage to South Philadelphia’s mid-century music legends at 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, the opposition was….well, spirited.
The painted clock is running down for Peter Pagast’s beloved 2005 mural honoring Fabian Forte, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, Jerry Blavat, Al Martino and Eddie Fisher.
The building behind it had deteriorated, and developers planned a four-story structure in front of it.
The cost of re-creating it elsewhere was prohibitive, and there were hundreds of other mural projects already in line.
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)