The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles (August 2013) The 50th anniversary screening of "Captain Newman M.D." Staring :Gregory Peck, Angie Dickinson, Tony Curtis and in his academy award nominated role Bobby Darin.
June 14, 2013:
Jennifer Lee Pryor and Jimmy Scalia at the Aero Theater in Los Angeles which presented a double feature of classic stand-up comedy films by Richard Pryor. Richard Pryor: Life In Concert followed by a discussion between films with Richard Pryor's widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, and producer David Permut, Steve Blauner.
THE NEW BUDDY GRECO "ABSOLUTELY LIVE" CD IS RELEASED!!
COUNTRY FUNK 1969-1975 is a new compilation cd with artists such as Mac Davis, Bobbie Gentry, Bobby Darin, Link Wray and more
2012 RELEASE from SHARKBITE PRODUCTIONS!
Scalia and rocker and actor David Johansen (New York Dolls) "AKA" Buster Poindexter at STATEN ISLAND SOUNDS - "A 500 Year Music Mash-up"
opening May 12, 2012. www.snug-harbor.org Other artists celebrated are Lady Gaga, Galt MacDermot (rock-opera HAIR), Mike Appel (manager, arranger and producer for Bruce Springsteen), Joan Baez, Vito Picone, Bobby Darin, Johnny Maestro, A.J. Pero (drummer of Twisted Sister) and many more.
Doobie Brother and hit making solo artist Michael McDonald with Jimmy Scalia. Any chance that Michael is holding the Bobby Darin "Songs From Big Sur" cd?
A Letter From Dodd Darin:
In a couple of days if my Dad were alive he would have reached his 75th birthday. It's mind boggling to me; where friends have the years gone? Sometimes I reflect on specific vivid memories of him and it seems like yesterday and he is still with us. Yet at other times his passing seems so very long ago. As I think about him today I ponder the road of what might have been had he lived a longer life. What would he have done? With his innate intellect, ambition and courage, who knows what he would have pursued. His respect and admiration for RFK had him thinking about politics and running for office. He might have done that but my feeling is that he would have soon become quite frustrated with that because regardless of one's determination getting things accomplished in our system of politics is very difficult indeed. I have no doubt he would have been concerned today , as he was then, about social justice and the basic idea that everybody should have a fair shot at the American dream. You know, things like some kind of sensible basic health care coverage for all, a chance to receive a good education, and no discrimination based on race, sexual orientation or gender. I know for a fact that seeing the first African American President elected to office would have brought a smile to his face and touched his soul indeed!
I think its safe to say that if his health had permitted he would have continued to perform long into his later years. To anyone who watched him work a nightclub floor there can be no doubt that this was his passion and the thing he enjoyed doing the most. His intimate and amazing interaction with a live audience was something very special indeed. Dare I say that this kind of unique talent is very rare and made him one of the greatest entertainers of his, or any generation. To those who were not there to see him live , simply watch him on video and you can feel the energy and excitement come bursting out of your television! Whenever I would watch Frank, Sammy, Dean or Tony Bennett work in their later years I would always think of my Dad and how much music and performing he still had in him.
I think he also would have continued writing music and producing younger musical talent. He was not a performer who wanted other performers to fail. He was confident of his own talent and not threatened by his peers. This is a very admirable quality and one that is quite rare in the dog eat dog world of show business.
To anyone reading this or thinking of my Dad on his birthday I thank you for remembering him. Over the past few years a wonderful group of friends and admirers have done great things to honor his legacy and do good charitable work in his name. You know who you are and you have my gratitude. You have actually helped me to remember just how incredible he was as both a performer and human being. So on May 14th tip a glass and think of my Dad and what he meant or means to you. By doing this he really is still with us isn't he?
I have a couple of specific exciting things that I'm working on to keep his memory alive so stay tuned. On his birthday Steve is going to join my family and I for dinner. He would have liked that!
At this point in the story they would say to be continued. I hope so….
All the best! Dodd and the Darin family
NYC with ACCESS HOLLYWOOD'S BILLY BUSH
Jimmy Scalia with legendary songwriter and musician Allen Toussant in NYC
Allen will be inducted into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame in June of 2011.
Jimmy Scalia with singer Dennis Tufano in NYC. Dennis performing "I Remember Darin"
Jimmy Scalia with Bobby Caldwell in NYC
I have recently been affiliated with Wayne Newton and his NEW Las Vegas show "Once Before I Go"
Welcome to the web page of Jimmy Scalia.
Let me share some of the things I have done for some very talented and interesting people that I was very fortunate to be associated with in some way. Let me just say music is not just a love but a way of life for me. Life as does music begins with a beat. Along with many styles of music and artists that I have respect
for the one most admired would have to be Bobby Darin.
Just the sheer determination and versatility of one man can be so inspirational to others. Quite a number of years back I met a wonderful women by the name of Linda Johnson.
Linda decided to make a Bobby Darin Page. Well, years later Bobbydarin.com is considered one of the finest sites on the internet. In comes Harriet Wasser. Harriet was a close personal friend and business partner to Bobby Darin. Harriet Wasser was very instrumental in teaming up Bobby Darin with Richard Wess to do the an Lp by the title of "That's All". On that Lp was a song titled "Mack The Knife". Need I say more?
Harriet also was involved with such artists as
The 4 Seasons, Steve Lawrence, Lou Christie and singer, songwriter and producer Bob Crewe. Bob Crewe wrote hit songs as "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and Patty LaBelle's hit song "Lady Marmalade just to name a few. Harry Belefonte would refer to Harriet as "Hesh" and which I affectionately call her. She also was very, very good friends with Sammy Davis Jr. and the late Tito Puente.
Now at this point I started providing a service for Hesh by putting some of her old accetates on to CD of her friends such as Julius La Rosa and even Bob Crewe. And I also starting providing some rare material to Dj's when they were doing Darin Radio Specials. Especialy when Harriet was guest speaker on the shows. (Which she has done very often.) I also was fortunate to supply the very talented Mr. Buddy Greco with a CD copy of his Italian Lp titled " My Last Night In Rome" which in my opinion is one of the finest Italian records I've heard. I am now scheduled to provide more of services for Buddy.
A man steps into my life by the name of Steve Blauner. Now, if you don't know who who Steve Blauner is, you should!
Steve Blauner was not only manager to Bobby Darin but to Dick Haymes as well. Steve Blauner was very close to Sammy Davis Jr. also. Not only did Steve Blauner work at Screen Gems but his production company was responsable with the film "Easy Rider" with Peter Fonda and "The Last Picture Show"
Steve also was affiliated with "The MONKEES"
In Steve I found a great collector. And so now I have a wonderful partner when it comes to collecting. The generosity he shows to my family and myself is staggering.
Speaking of staggering when Bobby Darin was inducted into "The Song Writers Hall Of Fame" June of 1999. Steve Blauner and Dodd
Darin (Bobby's son) presented my wife Dina and I with two tickets to sit at table number one. (which was the Bobby Darin table)
Harriet Wasser was present and so was Bobby's brother Gary. I was fortunate enough to video tape the event which had such celebrities as Judy Collins, Tony Bennett, Jose Feliciano, Billy Joel, Kenny Rogers, Tim Rice and so many more. And the highlight for me was in the acceptance speech for Bobby's induction, Bobby's son's letter thanked everyone from Wayne Newton to Steve, Harriet, Sammy Davis Jr., Dick Clark and Linda Johnson and Jimmy Scalia. http://www.bobbydarin.net/ddshofspeech.html
I also was fortunate that evening to meet Ahmet Ertegun
who is the founder and president of Atlantic records. I was pleased to be able to present him with a video of the Bobby Darin induction for his personal collection.
I have also received credit in the liner notes of several Bobby Darin CD's. Titled "Swingin' The Standards" and "The Best Of Bobby Darin 1966-1969" both on the Varese Sarabande label and the recently 2 CD set titled "The Very Best Of Bobby Darin" from YESTERYEAR MUSIC.
I have provided material to academy award winning actor Kevin Spacey for the major motion picture on Darin tiled "Beyond The Sea".
I have worked with Grammy award winner JOEL DORN on a Darin CD/DVD titled "Aces Back To Back"
Recently produced the Dain DVD tiled "Seeings Believing"
At present I am working on a Live Buddy Greco cd from the Sands titled Absolutely! Ultimately! LIVE
I have recently been affiliated with Wayne Newton and his NEW Las Vegas show pertaining to Bobby Dain material with the concent of THE BOBBY DARIN ESTATE
I was involved with the biography on Bobby Darin which was aired on the A&E network.
I am also an active member in the "Society Of Singers" and "The Songwriters Hall Of Fame"
I may be reached at: JimmyScalia@msn.com
"Where Sight And Sound Meet"
Scalia with singer Tommy James at BB KINGS in NYC
L to R
DAVE KOVNAT ( Rydell's drummer & Musical Arranger ) Scalia & Bobby Rydell
SOUTHPOINT CASINO in LAS VEGAS May 17, 2009 " TEAM SCALIA with the Bobby Darin Band"
( L to R) Anthony Scalia, TK Kellman, Billy McCubbin, TJ
( Front ) Jimmy Scalia Sr. & Jr.
Jimmy Scalia with father Tony Scalia at the BBC studios in NYC for a 4 part series. Hosted by Sir Tim Rice
Three of the members of the Bobby Darin band in Las Vegas May 2008
Left to Right:
Bobby Rossario (Keyboard), Anthony Scalia, TK Kellman (Guitar), Jimmy Scalia. Billy McCubbin (Bass) and front Jimmy Scalia Jr.
Jimmy Scalia on the set with legendary artist Dion DiMucci (The Wanderer, Runaround Sue, Donna The Primadona ) for aTIME/LIFE MUSIC commercial titled "It All Started With Doo-Wop".
Scalia with Brian May from "QUEEN" in NYC
Scalia with Mickey Dolenz of the pop group "The MONKEES"
Jimmy Scalia with Grammy award wining producer (Tony Bennett's Duets cd) Phil Ramone at Legacy Recording Studios in NYC
Jimmy Scalia with Wayne Newton at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas
Jimmy Scalia with Greg "Fingers" Taylor ( One of the original band members of JIMMY BUFFETT's Coral Refer Band)
Pioneering founder of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun died in New York on December 14, 2006 . The 83-year-old native of Turkey had a music career that spanned four decades and crossed several genres.
The roster of artists who worked with Ertegun at Atlantic Records ranged from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett to Led Zeppelin, Bobby Darin and the Rolling Stones.
In his later years, Ertegun remained a strong presence in the music business. He slipped into a coma after falling backstage at a Rolling Stones concert in October.
Scalia with actor Frank Sivero (Goodfellas, The Godfather PT 2) November 2006
(L to R) Actor JAMES RITZ ( Cocoon, Apollo 13, Cinderella Man)
STEVE BLAUNER and Scalia CA 2006
Jimmy Scalia with Bucky June 2006
Jimmy Scalia with Matthew (L) and Gunner(R) Nelson at XM Studios in NYC February 2006
Author David Evanier (L) Ken Smith (dj on channel 5 on XM Satalitte Radio) and Jimmy Scalia (R) disussing Louie Prima in NYC February 2006
Jimmy Scalia backstage with Frankie Avalon at the Hilton in Atlantic City.
(Left to Right)
Jimmy Scalia, Jimmy Scalia Jr. and Eddie Brigati (from the 60's group "The Young Rascals")
Jimmy Scalia with Donny Most (ABC TV SHOW "Happy Days")
Jmmy Scalia discussing Bobby Darin with Steve Blauner in CA 2005
Jimmy Scalia with Buddy Greco (left) and actor John Russo (The Godfather, Seabiscut) in New York July 2005
Kevin Spacey & Jimmy Scalia at the New York Premiere of the Darin Biopic BEYOND THE SEA at the Ziegfeld Theater (December 2004)
Guests: Joel Dorn, David Evanier author of ROMAN CANDLE "The Life Of Bobby Darin", Harriet Wasser and Jimmy Scalia
BOBBY DARIN "Songs From Big Sur": Now available in stores and online.
Produced by Jimmy Scalia this CD presents 11 songs for the first time on CD anywhere, including four previously unreleased songs. The collection also features four never before released performances from the fall of 1969, when Bobby Darin played the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
with Jimmy Scalia at the Waldorf in NYC
Now available in stores:
CD/DVD produced by grammy award winner JOEL DORN and co-produced by JIMMY SCALIA with STEVE BLAUNER as executive producer in conjunction with the Bobby Darin Estate.
For more information click below:
Jimmy Scalia with songwriter Jack Lawrence (composer of "Beyond The Sea") at the NYC Sheet Music Society event honoring Jack and discussing his new book "They All Sang My Songs"
Joel Dorn (back left) with Jimmy Scalia (back right) in New York (July 2004) at a session for an up coming Darin CD/DVD.
Jimmy Scalia with Regis & Joy Philbin in NYC 2004
Jimmy Scalia with Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers at the 2004 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductions
Guests Joel Dorn and Jimmy Scalia on PBS Bobby Darin special "Mack Is Back"
Jimmy Scalia with singer, songwriter Neil Sedaka
Scalia and Greco at The Hilton in Atlantic City, November 2003
Jimmy Scalia with Clive Davis ( Founder of Arista records & J records) at the 2003 Song Writers Hall Of Fame Awards
June, 2002, NYC
Jimmy Scalia with:
(Starting from upper left to right)
Phil Ramone, Trisha Yearwood, Paul Schaeffer, Garth Brooks and Joan Osborne
New York City, May 2002
Sheryl Crow & Jimmy Scalia having a very brief discussion on Bobby Darin and the CD I compiled of Darin rock tunes titled "The Lost Big Sur Masters"
Jimmy Scalia (Guest) on
WOR 710 AM (February 2002)
Tony Bennett & Jimmy Scalia at the Society Of Singers "Tribute To Frank Military" In New York's ASCAP Building February 2002
Jimmy Scalia being interviewed at the BBC Studios in New York City for the Bobby Darin radio special presently being broadcast in the UK on BBC2 radio.
Jimmy Scalia and Harriet Wasser
A LETTER TO SCALIA FROM HARRIET WASSER June 13, 2002 :
Thank you for a friendship made in heaven.
Thanks to you, I can relive Steve Kaiser's tribute to me at the Chez Suzette this past March whenever I want. Your recording of this event on CD is awsome.
It is a night I will never forget with so many of my friends there. Your words touched my heart and made me realize who it was that brought us together.....BOBBY DARIN.