Mid 50's - Nemacolin PA, Soda Grille, The Penguins, Johnny Ace, Hank
Williams, The Crew Cuts, 5 Satins on the jukebox, Porky
Chedwick, Leon Sykes and Sir Walter on the radio, coal miners, 15 cent
movies, 500 families of Italians, Slovenes, Serbians,
Polish, Croatians, Greeks, Black, Czech, all in the same boat working
for the coal companies. Argentina Antonini made the best
spaghetti sauce in the world and loved the fact that when she cooked
spaghetti for the church once a year, I ate more than anyone
in town. I use her sauce recipe to this day and it's still the best!!
The Gaylords were one of the groups on the jukebox at the Soda Grille,
with "From the Vine Came the Grape" "Little Shoemaker" and
"Isle of Capri." Certainly to millions of Italian-Americans these guys
are the greatest! For anyone growing up in the 50's these guys,
like the finest spaghetti sauce recipe, are survivors in an industry
of one hit wonders.
- Steve Popovich