July 4th Music Extravaganza! (Toys/1910 Fruitgum Co./Buckinghams)

Published July 5, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_5143Me and Barbara Harris

My husband and I had an amazing July 4th!

The town next to ours, Springfield, New Jersey, hosts a wonderful music program every July 4th — featuring Barbara Harris and The Toys, and 1910 Fruitgum Company. It’s been a tradition for us, for the past five years, to go see them and get a spot right in front!

Prior to the show, Barbara Harris actually recognized me (from going to all the shows!) She gave me a big, warm hello and we chatted. That truly made my night. Her hit “A Lover’s Concerto” is one of my favorite love songs of all time. Though it was a hit in the 1960s, I first discovered the song, around 1981, when I was working my first job and I’d hear it on the way to work on AM radio.

And of course it’s always the highlight of their shows when they perform “A Lover’s Concerto” (also known as “How Gentle is the Rain.”) They also did “Open Arms” by Journey, “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner, their other Top 10 hit, “Attack” and a medley of hits from girl groups of the 1960s.

When Barbara Harris was introduced, the announcer said she was “the nicest lady in the world.” I totally agree! Barbara is just full of light and love — a total inspiration! And boy, that lady can dance! According to Wikipedia, she was born 1945 — you’d never know it! She has the energy of a 20-something and is gorgeous too!

Next up was 1910 Fruitgum Company, another band I loved when I was a little girl. They did a string of hits of their own, plus hits by others such as the Beach Boys and the Turtles. My favorite Fruitgum hits are “1-2-3 Red Light” and of course, “Simon Says” which always gets me dancing!

As a bonus, last night, Dennis Tufano, of The Buckinghams, performed with Fruitgum Company. He was a phenomenal show man — funny and charismatic — and belted out tunes like he was on fire! Of his songs, my favorite was “Kind of a Drag.” He also did some Bobby Darin tunes and other numbers.

After the show, there was a fireworks display.

My husband, Dennis, got the Buckinghams CD autographed by Dennis Tufano — and joked with him that they were both Italians named “Dennis.”

I got to meet Frank Jeckell, original Fruitgum Co. member. We all took pictures too. His wife was so nice to take a picture of both me and my husband with him.

A very fun evening. Also got to see our friends Bobby (who once ran a very cool place in Montclair, The Soda Pop Shop),  and Art & Wendy (who we met a few weeks ago at the Lou Christie show).

A perfect summer night, that was actually chilly like September!

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