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Reviews and News

The latest review of SWING is by Yahoo! Contributor Mary Beth Magee.

If you have Amazon Prime you can now 'borrow' the Kindle version of SWING for FREE!

Here's another book review, by Scott Eyman of the Palm Beach Post.  

The list of positive reviews for SWING continues:

I highly recommend this book. I usually listen to audio books, but this is one book in print that I couldn't put down. Don't even think about it. Just read it! This is a good one.  

"SWING" is a great read, and a more than impressive, heartfelt, first novel from this author. Bravo!  

A great read about perseverance and acceptance and a trip to the world of Swing.

Here is my recommendation...buy it for your IPad or eReader, download some Louis Prima songs, put your earphones in, turn up the volume and enjoy it.

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The Rascals

What a treat!!!  A performance by the 60's group... The Rascals!!!   My wife, Ronni, and I headed to the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida for an evening of exciting musical nostalgia.

Founding member Eddie Brigati's wife, Susan Lovell-Brigati, has been a friend for three decades.  In fact, she sang a song, written especially for Ronni and me, at our wedding 36 years ago.  It's called "Just Like You See in the Movies."  We haven't seen Susan since we moved to Florida almost 25 years ago, but Ronni's Facebook friendship with Susan led us to see the show.

And oddly enough, Ronni and I had attended a Passover Seder at the home of one of our friends more than 30 years ago.  Susan and Eddie Brigati were there too as invited guests.  And Ronni remembers sitting next to Eddie, the performer she had a teenage crush on.

The Hard Rock show... billed "Once Upon a Dream"... played a limited, though wildly successful Broadway run before going on tour.  It's the first time The Rascals have played together since 1970.  And they certainly didn't disappoint.  Highlights were their huge hits like "Good Lovin"... "Lonely Too Long"... and "It's a Beautiful Morning."

Due to the temendous response from fans... the show will be on tour for months.  All this from a group of self-described "Italian kids from New Jersey" who haven't performed together in more than 40 years!!!

Of course, I too was an "Italian kid from New Jersey" though I didn't know it until I learned that Louis Prima was my birth father.  I left Susan and Eddie a copy of my book:  "SWING - the search for my father, Louis Prima."

Take a look at Eddie singing his classic hit "How Can I Be Sure".......