Mobsters, Movie Stars, & Musicians

Mobsters, Movie Stars, & Musicians

by Roger Rossi


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QUESTION: What do President Donald Trump, Liberace, Princess Diana, Jack Nicklaus, and Johnny Mathis have in common?

ANSWER: An encounter with piano-vocalist, Roger Rossi!

Take a tour down memory lane with an unabashed fan and master musician. Roger Rossi, who for more than 60 years has been a fulltime musician/bandleader, recalls his experiences with celebrities and notorious people, often under bizarre and embarrassing circumstances.

This classic collection of true stories is sure to take you back in time with delight from 1957 to the present. It features humorous, sad, and enlightening stories, all unique and true, about such celebrated stars as Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Whitey Ford, Jerry Lewis, Shelley Winters, Rocky Graziano, Evel Knievel, Jimmy Hoffa, Chuck Mangione, Robin Leach, Joe Louis, Rodney Dangerfield, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997153064
Publisher: La Maison Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 12/03/2016
Pages: 490
Sales rank: 745,095
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Roger Rossi is a professional musician, a reconteur, a golfer, a bandleader, a piano player, and an entertainer through song and story. He lives in Florida with his wife Sal, lead singer in his band and still entertains people with his music.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: The Personalities
Rodney Dangerfield 1
Lindsey Nelson 8
The Flame 12
Tip O'Neill 22
Ray Bolger 26
Shelley Winters 32
Cornel Wilde 36
Gabe Kaplan 40
Princess Diana & Prince Charles 48
Robin Leach 51
Jerry Lewis 60
Alexander Haig 64
John Kennedy, Jr. 67
John Patrick 71
Donald Trump 72
PART TWO: The Vocalists
Dorothy Collins 81
Tommy Desmond 84
Johnny Mathis 96
Gene Stridel 105
Tennessee Ernie Ford 113
Vaughn Monroe 119
Tony Bennett 124
The Shangri-Las 127
Julius La Rosa 136
Perry Como 142
Vic Damone 151
Mel Tillis 157
The Ink Spots 160
Melissa Manchester 166
PART THREE: The Tough Guys
A Tough Guy? Not Really! 176
George Raft 188
Joe Louis 191
Rocky Graziano 194
Tami Mauriello 197
Jimmy Hoffa 202
The Palumbos 205
PART FOUR: The Gangsters
The Patriarca Crime Family 216
Joseph "Joe Dogs" Iannuzzi 222
Tommy Agro 241
Joe Dogs, Maitre D' Joint 252
Golf Games with a Gangster 255
Dominick "Little Dom" Cataldo 271
Brother, Can You Spare . . . A Thousand? 275
All in The Family 282

PART FIVE: The Athletes
Whitey Ford 292
Gardner Dickinson 297
Tom Fazio 303
Evel Knievel 308
The PGA Champion is a Nine Handicap 312
Surprise, Surprise 317
Fred Couples 319
Joanne Carner 332
Parcells 338
Jack Nicklaus is The Best Man 346
PART SIX: The Musicians
Woody Herman 352
Erroll Garner 358
Cy Coleman 361
Liberace 366
Itzhak Perlman 374
Chuck Mangione 380
Vladimir Bakk 386
PART SEVEN: Looking Back
"The Russians Are Coming" 413
My Biggest Compliment 418
My Biggest Thrill 420
My Greatest Embarrassment 423
Now That's a Little Too Personal 428
That Was My Joke 430
The Most Difficult Music 434
The Piano Player Is a "Sicko" 438
I'm on "Leader of the Pack," Not Billy Joel! 442
I Was Mauled by Marilyn Monroe 447
A Few Snafus 459
A Final Word 465

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Mobsters, Movie Stars, & Musicians 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Mobsters, Movie Stars & Musicians by Roger Rossi takes you into the life and world of piano player and vocalist Roger Rossi. Spending over 60 years of his life being a band leader and a musician has left Mr. Rossi with a wealth of stories to share with the world. You will encounter such names as Princess Diana, Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett and so many more you can hardly believe it. The stories start in 1957 and bring the reader all the way to the present day, offering a look at the embarrassing as well as the entertaining stuff for the reader's enjoyment. The first thing I can say about this book is what an incredible life Roger Rossi has lived to date. He has met an amazing array of people, gone to amazing places, and I truly feel honored as a reader to learn about this bandleader's incredible life. When I picked up this book to review, I will admit I did not know who Mr. Rossi was, but by the end of the book I truly felt as if in many ways I do know him now. I love a good memoir because, to me, life is a story and the more we share the more the story will be remembered. This was such a fun book that really was easy to read and the flow made it very entertaining for me. My only complaint? I really wish this book was longer because I want more stories! That is not a bad complaint to have overall, I would say. I don't want to give any of these amazing stories away, but I will say that if you don't read this book you will be missing out. Life is an adventure and I thank Mr. Rossi for giving me, and anyone else who reads this book, a peek into his fantastic life adventure. If only we could all tell our stories in such a great way...