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"Bobby Darin: That's All"


On Saturday January 9,1999, Harriet Wasser and Friends presented "Bobby Darin: That's All, In Words and Music" at the monthly meeting of the New York Sheet Music Society .


Harriet Wasser
This musical tribute included a rare interview with Bobby's friend and confidant Harriet Wasser who was instrumental in Mr. Darin's career. Presented at the Women's National Republican club in New York City, the two hour program featured musical tributes to Mr. Darin, spotlighting his compositions and his other musical contributions in his legendary lifetime.

Performers In The Tribute Included:

Michael Anthony
Michael Anthony
Host/moderator of the program and interviewer of Ms. Wasser was Michael Anthony. Anthony hosts "The Unforgettables",an outstanding radio program on WHPC in Garden City, NY. His three hour program which is broadcasted each Saturday night spotlights classic pop and jazz artists. 26 year old Anthony became interested in rock and roll at a very early age. His eventual love for Bobby Darin led him to seek out the music he prominently features on his show. Michael has interviewed over 100 artists on his radio program.

Stan Edwards
Stan Edwards
Edwards collaborated with Harriet Wasser on a show titled "Bobby Darin: That's All" at the Village Gate in the late 1980's. It ran for 71 performances and received wide critical acclaim. Stan has been reviewed as having "a great voice reminiscent of the song stylists of the mid-50's. His tribute to Bobby Darin is heart felt and authentic." Stan's musical contributions to this program included "As Long As I'm Singing", "That's The Way Love Is", "Artifical Flowers", "Eighteen Yellow Roses" and "You're The Reason I'm Living". He also sang his original composition "Bobby Was", a tribute to Mr. Darin.

Gary Pace
Gary Pace
Pace is a New York City-based piano player. He has been musical director/pianist for the Gaslight Club as well as house pianist at the Village Gate and was recently seen performing his own compostion"Here's Looking At You" in "Hide In Plain Sight", a major motion picture directed by longtime friend, James Caan. He was musical director of the Bobby Darin Tribute at The Village Gate, "Bobby Darin: That's All" during its long run. His piano stylings accompanied all artists at this performance and he also sang "Two Of a Kind" with Stan Edwards.

The Late Matt Sarter
Matt Sarter
Sarter was a member of the American Theatre of Actors and appeared in many of their productions including "The Gandy Dance" and "The Chair And Sunsets". He also appeared in a number of films, co-starring in the 3-D movie "Run For Cover" and as a court clerk in the CBS Television series "Feds". As a singer he appeared at the Village Gate, Cleopatra's Needle and Don't Tell Mama. In this tribute, Mr. Sarter sang "Beyond The Sea", "That's All" and"I'll Be There", as well as joining Edwards and Gary Pace in "Simple Song Of Freedom". Tragically, the world lost Matt Sarter to a fatal heart attack on January 18,1999; just 8 days following this great performance.

Jennifer Pace
Jennifer Pace
A graduate of New York University's Experimental Theater Wing Programs, she appeared in many productions such as Censored, Lucky Seven, The Merchant Of Venice and as Patsy Cline in Patsy. She has performed in various clubs and cabarets including the Village Gate, Eighty Eight's, Judy's and at Don't Tell Mama with On A Cold Winter Night . Other shows include Taking The Wheel, Bewitched and Jennifer Pace:"On Holiday" celebrating the music of Billie Holiday. The latter two were directed by her father, pianist Gary Pace. Ms. Pace, who's contributions to the program included "Some Of These Days" and "Dream Lover", is currently putting together her own Dixieland/swing band.

Harriet and Jim Scalia, who filmed the event
Harriet Wasser
Harriet was working for singers Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawerence when she was introduced to a fledging young singer by the name of Bobby Darin at Hanson's Drug Store on 51st street and 7th Avenue. The year was 1957. Darin was not working at the time (he was between records), and was barely making ends meet by making demos for music publishers. Despite the fact that Harriet would not see Bobby perform until the following year, the two became good friends. This friendship led to Harriet suggesting that Bobby get together with Richard Wess which resulted in Bobby recording Mack The Knife for Darin's That's All album. Harriet introduced Bobby to his manager Steve Blauner, who spearheaded his career in Hollywood. She introduced him to Sammy Davis Jr., who was responsible for introducing him to many of his Las Vegas friends. During his early years as a performer, Harriet acted as Darin's friend, confidant, secretary and publicist.

Thank you Harriet Wasser and Jim Scalia




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