Hiring ’50’s and ’60’s Acts Can Be Hazardous: Another New Jersey Performer is Replaced.

This is post is from  Ocean Grove, New Jersey where summertime concerts are held in the 6,500 seat Great Auditorium. This article is from the Blogfinger web site. I am sharing these articles because many of you are familiar with these great performers from an era long long ago.  (Remember?)

The Golden Boys Show for August 4 will undergo a cast change due to the illness of Bobby Rydell.

The Golden Boys from S. Philly: Fabian  (L), Frankie Avalon (C)  and Bobby Rydell (R)

On August 4, the Golden Boys (Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Fabian)  are scheduled to appear in the Great Auditorium.  Unfortunately, Bobby Rydell is very ill, having had  liver and kidney transplant surgery two days ago.

Taking his place will be Lou Christie.   Mr. Christie is  69 years old and had some hits back in the ’60′s including “Lightnin’ Strikes,”  ”The Gypsy Cried,” and “Two Faces Have I.”  He is especially well known for his vocal range including a falsetto that has been compared to Frankie Valli’s.  He has played as part of the Golden Boys show in Atlantic City, so this change should not be significant.   

This is the second GA show to have issues.  Johnny Mathis was cancelled for August 11 due to his hip surgery.  Ironically, Lou Christie’s big hit is Lightnin” Strikes” and it certainly has done so again for the August shows in the GA.

Here is Lou Christie singing his big hit “Lightnin’ Strikes”