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Keeping the oldies alive!


Text and photos by Patricia Abbate

Cover photo of the Yardbirds in concert.

Peter Rivera of Rare Earth sings Get Ready.

Tom Foye and I recently returned from our first “Concerts at Sea” experience. As owners of the South Shore Senior News and producers and hosts of My Generation, the radio show broadcast every Sunday night from 7-8 p.m. on 95.9 WATD, we were thrilled to be a part of this great musical adventure at sea.

Over the past year our friend and WATD colleague,  DJ of the Stars Jimmy Jay, arranged for some of his legendary friends to join us as radio guests.  Perhaps you were lucky enough to hear us speak with some of these classic performers including Gary Puckett, Peter Rivera, Tom Garrett, Ron Foos, Dusty Hanvey, Ron Dante, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Terry Johnson.  We also had the pleasure of speaking with Tammy Selee, who has produced these great events for the past 28 years.

Jimmy Jay and Donovan Tea of the Lettermen during Jimmy’s Feud.

Tom and I thank Jimmy Jay for introducing us to this great group of performers and fans with whom we sailed onboard the Regal Princess for a week at sea. Not only did the stars entertain us with songs we fondly remember, the cruise was also a great time to get to know the artists on a personal level, meet and become friends with other travelers, and all while cruising the beautiful waters of the Caribbean and visiting St. Thomas, St. Maarten and a private island in the Bahamas along the way.

Paul Revere’s Raiders rocked the hall with their high-energy performance (Ron Foos, Dave Huizenga, and Doug Heath. Not pictured are Danny Krause and Tommy Scheckel).

Next year’s cruise is already filling up. It will be held January 30-February 6, 2021, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and will make stops at Grand Cayman; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Roatan, Honduras. The star-filled lined up includes Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, BJ Thomas, Paul Revere’s Raiders,  and The 5th Dimension…along with Tom Garrett (lead singer of The Classics IV), Jackson Haney (former member of Bill Haley’s Original Comets), J.R. & The Stingrays (a great house band), Master of Ceremonies Jay Michaels, and of course, Jimmy Jay. This year Jimmy’s Sock Hop was a huge hit and Jimmy Jay’s Feud (a version of the popular tv show), brought the stars and fans together for a morning of good-natured fun and lots of laughs.

For more information about next year’s cruise, please visit www.ConcertsatSea.com. We hope to see you there!






Fun at Jimmy Jay’s Fued.

Tom Garrett of the Classics IV sings Spooky.

The Lettermen’s harmonies wowed the crowd (Bobby Poynton, Donovan Tea,Rob Gulak).

The Grass Roots (Dusty Hanvey, Mark Dawson, Tommy Sheckel, Larry Nelson) brought the house down






Stan Prinston of the Flamingos engages with a fan during the autograph session as fellow group members Terry Johnson, an original member of the Flamingos (to Stan’s right) with Theresa Triggs, and Starling Newsome Jr., to his left, look on. It was a treat experiencing the Flamingos in concert

Kenny Aaronson and  Godfrey Townsend of the Yardbirds share a laugh during the autograph session.