Category: Q & A

Latest Quiz Answers (And Winner)

Catherine • May 7, 2012 • Comments (2)

Congratulations to Barbara Gandy!  Barbara had the most correct answers on the latest 60s music quiz.  Enjoy your Midtown Men tote, Barbara!!

Here are the answers:

The Four Seasons hit ‘Sherry’ was #3 for the year 1962, and spent 16 weeks on the charts – five of them at #1.  (“Big Girls Don’t Cry also hit #1 in 1962 and also spent five weeks in the top position, so either answer was acceptable.)

“This kid could be the next (Michael) Bublé.”  Joe Piscopo said this about Michael Longoria.

In 1966, the Beach Boys released the iconic album Good Vibrations.

Four Seasons #1 hit ‘Sherry’ was originally titled ‘Jackie Baby’, in honor of Jackie Kennedy.

In the name “Booker T & The M.G.’s”, the M.G. stands for Memphis Group.

In 2007, Daniel Reichard did a hilarious rendition of the Biz Markie rap song Just A Friend’.

‘Marlena’ was the B-side to ‘Candy Girl’. 

Patti LaBelle sang with the 1960’s girl group ‘The Bluebelles’. 

Christian Hoff was up against, and beat out, Jim Dale for both the “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” Tony award in 2006, and  the world record for “Most Character Voices in an Audio Book” for Tell Me How You Love the Picture.

Billy Fury had hits in the 1960’s with ‘Jealousy’, ‘Halfway to Paradise’, and ‘Like I’ve Never Been Gone’? 

J. Robert Spencer lists Improv Olympic – Stand Up on his resumé.

‘Candy Girl’ was the first Four Seasons single NOT composed by either Bob Gaudio or Bob Crewe.

Category: Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria, Q & A

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60s Music Trivia Quiz

Catherine • April 6, 2012 • Comments (1)

While The Midtown Men are enjoying a short, much deserved break, I thought it might be a good time for a music quiz! Test your knowledge of 60′s music, the Four Seasons, AND The Midtown Men.

Please e-mail your answers to tmmclub@comcast.net. (Do not answer here, or you’ll spoil the fun for everyone.)

The first person to answer all the questions correctly will win a Midtown Men tote bag!  The next three people to answer all the questions correctly will win Midtown Club souvenirs.

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This Four Seasons song was #3 for the year 1962, and spent 16 weeks on the charts – five of them at #1.

“This kid could be the next (Michael) Bublé.” Who said this, and about which Midtown “Man”?

In 1966, the Beach Boys released what iconic album?

Four Seasons #1 hit ‘Sherry’ was originally titled ________________, in honor of __________________________.

What does M.G. stand for in “Booker T & The M.G.’s”?

In 2007, this Midtown “Man” did a hilarious rendition of a Biz Markie rap song. Name the “Man” and the song.

‘Marlena’ was the B-side to what Four Seasons hit?

Which girl band did Patti LaBelle sing with in the 1960’s?

This Midtown “Man” was up against Jim Dale for two honors. Name the “Man” and the two honors.

Who had hits in the 1960’s with ‘Jealousy’, ‘Halfway to Paradise’, and ‘Like I’ve Never Been Gone’?

Which Midtown “Man” can list Improv Olympic – Stand Up on his resumé?

Name the first Four Seasons single NOT composed by either Bob Gaudio or Bob Crewe.

Category: Q & A, The MEN, The MUSIC

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Let’s Get The Midtown Men On The Radio!

Catherine • September 27, 2011 • Comments (7)

In The Midtown Club’s first Fan Q&A, Carolyn asked a great question:    “Now that the CD is available, is  there a chance we will be able to hear any of the songs on the radio?”

The Men responded with:  “Having a song from one of our albums on the radio will be amazing…Is there a particular track from The Midtown Men: Sixties Hits you’re all diggin’?  Tell us and absolutely tell your favorite station, deejay and music editor.”

Let’s do it – let’s get The Men on the air!  Tell us which song YOU think we should campaign for, and why.  If anyone knows the ins and outs of getting a song played on the air, let’s hear from you as well.  If we all work together, we can get this done! 

**click on “Comments” under the title of this post to add your comment.  If you’d like to reply to someone else’s comment, click “Reply” in their comment ‘box’.  It’s easy and fun…I’ve already gotten it started

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Fan Q & A: Part 2

Catherine • September 9, 2011 • Comments (2)

It’s  Fan Q & A, where you pose the questions to The Midtown Men.

 

J. Robert Spencer with wife Jenny Lynn Suckling on the red carpet at the Tony Awards

Q:  This question is mainly for the men with families:    I know that it’s a given that life in show biz isn’t easy on families, but I’m wondering how the touring is working with those of you (Christian and J. Robert) who have small children.  On the one hand, being on Broadway is a set schedule, same time same place every week, but very few full days off; and the tour has you out of town for a week (or more) at a time, but with some full weeks off in between.  Can you share a little about how you make it work? (no name)

A:  J. Robert Spencer - I actually have more time with my children than when I was on a broadway schedule 8 shows a week.  I have to leave for a bit here and there, but I still have plenty of room in my schedule.  I guess we’re also blessed with technology, and Skype has been a big help in staying in touch visually with the kids.  Thanks, stay in touch.  Bobby

e-mail your questions to tmmclub@comcast.net

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Fan Q & A: Part 1

Catherine • September 2, 2011 • Comments (5)

It’s  Fan Q & A, where you pose the questions to The Men.

Q:  Congratulations Men, on the release of your CD.  We all look forward  to finally bringing your sound home.  Now that the CD is available, is  there a chance we will be able to hear any of the songs on the radio?  Is there a way the fans can initiate airtime, by putting in a song  request at the radio stations?  Is there a particular song that is a  favorite, that you would like to see stand out as a single hit?   (from Carolyn)

A:  Having a song from one of our albums on the radio will be amazing. For this album, we set out to capture the energy and flow of the live show.  That plan didn’t include a targeted radio single.  But you never know what can happen with this incredible ride we’re on.  We are so proud of our collaboration and growth in the studio.  None of us had ever produced a record and it was a blast.  We know how we would attack the next one.

Is there a particular track from The Midtown Men: Sixties Hits you’re all diggin’?  Tell us and absolutely tell your favorite station, deejay and music editor.

Are the times of making something great happen yourself, a thing of the past?…evidently not! Enjoy the music, spread the love!

 

e-mail your questions to tmmclub@comcast.net

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Fan Q&A: You Ask The Questions!

Catherine • August 29, 2011 • Comments (1)

Now for something totally new and exciting…

…Q&A is now open to the FANS! 

Have a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask one of the Men?  Well, now you can. 

E-mail your questions to tmmclub@comcast.net and I will forward them on to the MEN.   I’ll post them here as the answers come in. 

Should be fun!!

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Random Q & A: J. Robert Spencer, Part 2

Catherine • August 14, 2011 • Comments (1)

Q:  With the mounting excitement over the release of The Midtown Men’s first CD, can  you share your thoughts on producing your own record over the past 6 months?

A:  J. Robert – Well, we are less than two weeks away from the release of THE MIDTOWN MEN’s first CD recording SIXTIE’S HITS!  For the last year and a half we’ve had audiences from all across the country, including Canada,asking, “When’s the CD gonna come out?”  Well, we’re pleased to say that after spending months recording, playing, mixing and adding all the final touches, it’s just moments away.   And I can honestly say that we’re all so proud of our work!  And I know that our audiences that got to know us and love our sound and chemistry from the Broadway Stage, will experience that magic all over again. 

But the wonderful thing about this CD is it was done our way!  Our way as Producers, Musicians, Artists, Arrangers, Engineers, and the fact that it’s completely Independent is so rewarding!  With our incredible 7 piece band from the road joining us on this album, we’ve done more than just record our favorite hits of the 60’s, we’ve recorded THE MIDTOWN MEN experience!  The sound and electricity of what our audiences hear live at a MIDTOWN MEN concert!  To journey with us on this CD through our production and arrangements of The Beatles, The Mama’s and the Papa’s, The Zombies, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, and the Four Seasons is exciting for all of us to share with audiences everywhere!  

The wonderful thing I encountered personally in the creating of our CD was to add my talents as a drummer.  Throughout the album, on certain tracks, when you hear any percussion….whether it’s tambourine, hand claps, cymbals swelling, vibraslap slapping, or bongo’s “bonging”….it’s fun for me to say, “Hey, That’s me!  I added that!”  And that’s what we all added to this project.  Layer after layer of our own individuality but still bringing it together as a group!  Daniel, Christian, Michael and I have delivered the music that we love.  The way we love to hear it….and the way we love to perform it….on all 11 tracks! 

We want to thank you ahead of time for your support and we’ll see you on the road as THE MIDTOWN MEN!  Love J. Robert Spencer

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Random Q & A: Christian Hoff, Part 2

Catherine • August 3, 2011 • Comments (1)

Q:  With the mounting excitement over the release of The Midtown Men’s first CD, can  you share your thoughts on producing your own record over the past 6 months?

A:  Christian – Producing our own record while maintaining a tour schedule has been six months of hard work and an absolute labor of love. We grew even closer as artists and producers and are stronger than ever. This collection of favorite 60s songs from our current tour, captured in the studio, demonstrates our individual and kinetic musical perspectives in a very exciting way. Get to know us a bit better and share our love of the great 60s hits. Stay tuned for the release by the end of August!

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Random Q & A: Michael Longoria, Part I

Catherine • July 12, 2011 • Comments (0)

Q: Out of the whole set of songs that you do for The Midtown Men, what are your favorites to perform?…..

A:  Michael - I love it when we tell the audience that we’re going to do our version of Motown, and then we bust out with the moves of the Jackson 5. I just like that when we sing it, I feel like we’re kind of bringing Michael Jackson and all that sound back. And even though we don’t sound exactly like them, and we’re doing it our own way, it‘s beautiful because when Michael Jackson was a child, the entire nation identified with this kid and fell in love with this kid. And I grew up seeing his journey, so to kind of bring it back to that pure and innocent time in his life is so special for me, for us to do. As a group, I love that song.

And you know, I don’t’ know why I love this song so much, but I just love “Bye, Bye Baby”. But then you listen to the lyrics and it’s so shady and sad….he’s talking about this girl he can’t be with because he has somebody already … but I love singing it. It’s something about where it fits in all of our voices, and where it is in the show, it’s just a really cool song.

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Random Q & A: Christian Hoff, Part I

Catherine • June 20, 2011 • Comments (1)

Q: Out of the whole set of songs that you do for The Midtown Men, what are your favorites to perform?…..

A: Christian – My favorite group song to perform is ‘Dawn’. It is such a great storytelling hit, as many of the Four Seasons tunes are, because it has so much heart and conflict in it. The great thing about the 60’s music that we identify with as a group, is that this music is about something: relationships and social and class topics that you don’t really get to sing about as a guy, so that is very cool.

But now, as we’re touring and influenced by other regions and perspectives, I have to admit that the Motown Medley is my new favorite. I love the diversity of our show. These 1960’s songs cover the gamut of musical expression. This is defining The Midtown Men and is becoming a lifestyle for us and for our audiences.

Category: Christian Hoff, Q & A, The MUSIC

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