If I ever had a new aria to learn I would listen to Gedda first in order to make sure I was “doing it right.”
Garrett Harris 4 p.m., Feb. 27
Genre: Covers | Standards
Sound description: Dancing, rock & roll, show, humor, doo-wop, swing, and R&B.
Inception: Del Mar, 1988
Take a large pinch of nostalgia, that feeling that makes you tingle inside and brings you face-to-face with the tastes, smells, and feelings of your past. Combine it with the best well-known hits of the fifties and sixties. Stir until totally danceable. Arrange the music on a platter exactly as people remember it. Embellish with glitter, add a helping of wild-and-crazy, and sprinkle with a generous portion of laughs. Serves thousands.
This is the magic recipe for the Corvettes Show Band oldies revue.
The Corvettes know nostalgia. Their keyboard player, Joe Witkin, performed at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 as an original member of Sha Na Na. Credited with being the first group to introduce the idea of bringing back the oldies, Sha Na Na is best known for their syndicated TV show in the late seventies and their appearance in the movie Grease.
Witkin sang "Teenager in Love" on the first Sha Na Na album, though he left the group in 1970 to attend medical school. He moved to San Diego in 1975 to serve an internship and residency at UCSD, later becoming an ER physician at Scripps Hospital East County (1978 - 2000) and Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa (2001 to present). His son son Brian Witkin founded Pacific Records.