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ANTHONY RICCIARDI – Knows How to Get the Job Done!

In the fall season of 1968, I had the privilege to be acquainted with Anthony Ricciardi during a meeting that took place at a local business office of Metropolitan Life Insurance located in South Philadelphia. We both were in a similar situation as we discussed marketing strategies with a mutual client to enhance his investments and profit margin as the approaching end of his fiscal period was about to close.

We had many meetings discussing various ideas for an advertising program that included a production of radio and television commercials focused within the Delaware Valley area.                                

While spending time with Anthony during lunch breaks and other meetings I also noticed that his interests were in music, sports and promotions.

As our friendship found a common ground, he mentioned that he enjoyed promoting entertainment events that involved affiliations with various major league baseball players and had a friendship with others from the Philadelphia Phillies organization here in Philadelphia.

It was during that time, his association with Paul Owens, who was Manager of the Phillies, always turned to Anthony to get special events planned for some of the players on the team. These events included radio & TV interviews with local stations, commemorative dinner arrangements plus many other promotional functions, which had to be complete within a short time period. He also reflected upon some of the friendships through the years with pitcher Woody Fryman, catcher, Gene Teance, Hank Aaron, Dallas Green and many others. During a newspaper interview, former Phillies Manager Frank Lucchesi spoke highly about Anthony saying, “He just loves baseball and to me, he’s a friend that you can always count-on to get the job done.”

Not only was he involved with so many players, entertainment was his other interest that gave him the opportunity to act as a liaison with small top forty bands and venues throughout the Delaware Valley. His association and friendship with Mike Arnone the original leader of the famed vocal recording group “The Duprees” recording stars of "You Belong To Me" gave him representation to secure future bookings & events that would be scheduled by our entertainment office.

It was in the mid-1970s when the Philadelphia Phillies was in the pennant race; I approached Anthony with a promotional idea for the Phillies to enhance more fan attendance. The idea consisted of an original song called "Ting-a-Ling Double-Play” that my associate Tommy Monte and I composed for the pennant season. When Anthony heard the demo track – he immediately suggested that he would approach shortstop Larry Bowa and second baseman Dave Cash with the concept. Larry & Dave graciously accepted and we began the pre-production of contracting musicians and a studio facility in order to secure a recording date for this novelty 45 single disk.

During that time, Anthony was very instrumental in securing many radio stations throughout the Delaware Valley for airplay exposure during the summer months of baseball season.

Our association through the years has been successful in planning Gala events and bookings for various entertainment groups, including a Live Recording at The OBL Town Club with a prominent small combo called “The Lyrics” from the South Philadelphia area. In addition, other promotions with well-known DOO-WOP groups from the New York, New Jersey, & Delaware Valley vicinity.

During the latter part of the 1970s, Anthony became friendly with many celebrities that visited and were guests on The Mike Douglas Show which was produced daily at the KYW Studios located at 5th & Market Streets in Philadelphia, PA. Some of the celebrities included TV personalities Ted Knight, Jaclyn Smith and various others and famed drummer - Jazz musician, Louis Bellson & hs wife Pearl Bailey whenever they visited the Philadelphia area.

His acquaintance with western star Roy Rogers who was an avid baseball fan always acknowledged Anthony for providing a collection of autographed Baseballs that were displayed in a showcase at the Roy Rogers Museum located in Victorville, California.

Anthony is now semi-retired and we communicate regularly while planning future fund-raising projects within the surrounding areas of the Delaware Valley.

 

 

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Thanks for the article on "Jazz on the South Side". Your support and dedication to the introduction of JOTSS is priceless.
You are providing your readers with valuable information.
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January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine
That's such an adventurous track record for Anthony Ricciardi.
January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAva

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