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3:55AM

TONY ANGELO - A MEMORIAM FOR A FRIEND & COLLEAGUE

 

Born: September 29, 1944

Died: March 30, 2014

Tony Angelo (aka) Angelo Cibotti – was a talented entertainer and musician from the South Philadelphia section of the “City of Brotherly Love.” 

Tony . . . as everyone knew him shared the entertainment stages of many major showrooms & bandstands from the East and West coast throughout the USA in addition to International showrooms of Canada and El San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He was an excellent Saxophonist that played alto, tenor, baritone plus clarinet. His performing career in music of more than 40 years consisted as a sideman, leader of small combos that shared the Las Vegas marquees of Caesars’ Palace, MGM Grand which included "Kirby Stone and Company, Pat Gallo Revue," and various other headline performers throughout the 1950’s to 1980’s. During this time in his career gave him the opportunity to be associated with many other musicians, lounge performers that included Louis Prima and Sam Butera & the Witnesses, Freddie Bell & the Bellboys and others. He also operated a successful talent agency that provided bookings for other musicians and entertainers on the East coast.

My friendship with Tony began in the late 1970’s. Throughout our many conversations, it was brought to my attention that we were basically from the same section of South Philly and had many mutual friends in the music business. We often discussed and reflected upon the many nightclubs in the Philadelphia area such as: Palumbo’s Supper Club owned by Frank Palumbo, the original Latin Casino, Club 13 and The Earle Theater that featured “Live” Big Bands of the decades also The Famous "500 Club" owned by our mutual friend Paul ‘Skinny’ D’Amato plus other venues throughout the Delaware Valley and other major cities.

Searching my archives I was able to locate an unreleased video recording of his last performance with “The Angel & Angelo Revue with Andy Angel, trumpet and Tony Angelo sax. This was a vocal duet tribute segment of their show featuring a Louis Prima Medley, featuring their musical swing arrangement of favorite popular standard songs. “It had to be you” – When Your Smiling” – “Pennies from Heaven” – “Oh Marie.”

Sharing this short video clip in remembrance to his musical talent as a saxophonist,

I believe Tony was a true professional. 

 

A huge part of Tony Angelo’s life was helping others especially children, to learn about music and what the difference it can make in their lives.  I lieu of flowers and mass cards, any donations would be welcomed in Tony Angelo ( a.k.a. ) Angelo Cibotti’s name.

His favorite charity is the Music Department of Assumption Regional Catholic School for the advancement of helping children learn about music.


Address for donations:

ARCS ( Assumption Regional Catholic School ) 

146 South Pitney Road

Galloway, NJ 08205

Attn: Cathy Flammer

*Checks made out to ARCS*

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              The Services will be on:  Sunday May 25th, 2014

1pm to 2 pm Visitation.  2pm to 3pm Services. 

                                             Wimberg Funeral Home  -  Galloway, NJ 08205     

 

4:11PM

TONY TORCASIO - "If Ever Any Man Deserves To Be Honored "

 ...it is Genial, Compassionate Tony Torcasio: He is a man who has touched the lives of all who knew him. He was admired for his earnest and sincere dedication to philanthropic endeavors and community service.

My close relationship with Tony Torcasio began in the early 1980's. We met at a fund-raising board meeting held by The American Cancer Society's New Jersey Chapter. Tony had been an officer of this Chapter for some time and I was invited by two mutual friends, Atlantic City Press columnist Sonny Schwartz and Bud Gundaker, President of the ACS New Jersey Chapter. I was there to generate new fund-raising ideas for the coming fiscal months. The society was considering asking me to produce entertainment shows with some of the top-name performers that were scheduled to work engagements in Atlantic City.  Before the meeting I was able to contact my associate Larry Bennett who represented Dizzy Gillespie and Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton to explain what was being planned for the coming events and find out the feasibility of them clearing their calendar in order to make an appearance. I also contacted drummer Chris Columbo, Vice President of Atlantic City Musicians Union  for his assistance. 

 

During my presentation to the executive board, in which I mentioned the strong possibility that I could deliver the caliber of talent, the society wanted. I happened to glance across the table to where Tony Torcasio was sitting. I felt a penetrating stare that was analyzing and judging everything I was presenting; this was his way of finding out if I was for real or just another promoter with empty promises.

***At this first meeting, he became very impressed with the dedication and belief that I had to offer as a musician, producer and promoter. He saw that I felt it was important to do the right thing for everyone concerned.

I'll never forget that day when he instantly took me aside and said in his gruff voice "Come here kid, I like you." It was that day when he took me under his wing and adopted me as part of family.