Through My Eyes...

Memories: Ed Ames and Carmine D’Amico


Carmine was working with many different performers as a guitarist at Westbury Music Fair in Westbury Long Island, New York. It had a beautiful stage that turned very slowly in a circle so that everyone would get a chance to see the performer facing them. Carmine was very lucky and priviledged to meet Ed Ames at this very famous theatre.

Ed Ames then very busy with his television show, “Daniel Boone” where he played Mingo the Indian.

Ed Ames was offered a contract to appear at the Theater in the Round, which was the Westbury Music Fair. During this time Ed had returned to singing. Before his Daniel Boone show he used to perform with his brothers “The Ames Brothers”. His first solo major hit was “Try to Remember”. Ed gives his appearance on the “Johnny Carson Show” singing this song which gave him much of the credit for helping in its popularity. Ed’s singing and the song was such a hit Ed came back every night for the rest of the week to sing another song. This naturally leads to the legendary performance on “the Carson Show” of April 29, 1965. Ed showing of his expertise with a tomahawk, threw it at a silhouette of a man. The tomahawk landed squarely in the outlined crotch. After much laughter (still considered by many as the longest in TV history). Carson turned to Ed and said, “I didn’t even know you were Jewish.”

Carmine was called to play guitar for Ames at the Theatre In The Round. After Ed Ames had completed his concert obligations he personally asked Carmine if he would perform live through out the United States as his personal guitarist, then Carmine answered of course, he was honored. Carmine performed with him in Las Vegas, Reno, San Francisco, Denver Colorado, Seattle Washington, Portland Oregan and Van Couver B.C., After all of these performances Ed asked Carmine to perform with him and reside in Los Angeles,California. Carmine did move to Los Angeles and worked with Ed at the Hollywood Bowl.

They played the Joey Bishop Show (co-host Regis Philbin)

and that started Carmine receiving phone calls to play on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In and movie dates.

Carmine remained in Los Angeles for about a year. Ed Ames got called to co-host the Mike Douglas Show in Philadelphia PA. The musical director for the Mike Douglas show was Joe Harnell (composer of Fly Me To The Moon) Carmine did the week with Ed and asked to continue on the show as staff guitarist. Carmine accepted the offer and remained there for 10 years.

Ed asked Carmine to go back to New York with him and record on two of his albums. “Try To Remember” and “My Cup Runneth Over” at RCA Studios stand out in Carmine’s memories to this day. Recording both albums took 3 days for Carmine to accomplish and then Carmine returned to Philadelphia for the Mike Douglas show. Carmine would take off time from the Mike Douglas Show as a staff guitarist, in order to play in Los Angeles with Ed. Both Albums became Million sellers! Ed received Two Grammys for each album, in which Carmine also received Two Grammys for performing on both of Ed’s albums. What a wonderful year that was, these were Carmine’s very first Grammys and only the beginning for him. This was in the year of 1966. I love blogging about Carmine’s experiences, he has so many and I, myself find them so fascinating so stay tuned for more updates as I get them straight from the man himself, my husband Carmine D’Amico as he remembers them. =)

17 May 2009


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The Top 60 Ghetto Names

My friend has been very busy lately, she hardly has enough time for herself.

Yet, she was trying to help me find an answer to my question of “What Are The Top 60 Ghetto Names?” Well, being the good friend that she is, she searched and found the answer for me. What a friend, what a pal! So here’s a heads up from us to you! Now you can go and place bets with your friends and see if they can guess the Top 60 Ghetto Names! This video has two young men that take the time to even pronounce each of the names for you…How cool is that? Great job guys! And many thank you’s to my friend for sending this to me.

I’m so loved!

kisses to you sweetheart!

This was found somewhere on that long stretched out highway of the internet! Ohhhh, the education we receive for free!! Only in AMERICA!!

16 May 2009


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Can you count how many people??

I found a great way to keep a child, (husbands included) while you try to finish getting ready before you leave for a party, appointment, whatever! Be aware that you might hear a lot of arghs! lol

And by the way there are 13 people.

If anyone says to you

Here is how you figure it all out:

Everyone who didn’t say 13 are wrong.

There are:

5 on the top row.

2 falling

5 on the bottom row

1 sitting down.

If you right click the picture and go to save image it will pause. Sometimes all of the people will be completely in the picture but if they aren’t then you have to look at it as if the image repeats itself like the top edge is a continuation of the bottom edge and same with the side edges. and you can see that when one person is half way off the picture on the right or bottom edge the missing half appears on the top or left edges. (Deep Breath) SO, You would count those two halves as one. That’s why there are only 13 people. =P

Anyway, I was wondering what Mona Lisa would look like after one week being in the USA. After the culture shock, she would probably end up like this:

That’s just my opinion, and I’m sticking to it!

15 May 2009


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Men’s Guide: Nine Words Women Use

Here is a guide made up for men to follow and understand what woman are really saying. Copy this, then put it in your wallet and refer to it OFTEN. This just might save you many many arguments.

1. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2. Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, she needs a half hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before you help around the house.

3. Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something and you better be on your toes! Arguments that end with nothing usually end up with Fine.

4. Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5. Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks your an idiot and wondering what she is doing wasting her time standing there arguing with you about nothing. (refer back to # 3 about the meaning of nothing)

6. That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you’ll pay for your mistake.

7: Thanks: A women is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say your welcome. (I want to add in a clause here, this is true, unless she says “Thanks a lot” - that is PURE sarcasm and she is NOT thanking you at all. Do Not say “your welcome” …that will bring on a “whatever”.

8. Whatever: Is a women’s way of saying “F**k You!”

9. Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in the man asking “whats wrong?” For the woman’s response refer to # 3.

15 May 2009


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~Gina Lollobrigida Rhumba ~ Carmine D’Amico

Gina Lollobrigida was born in Subiaco, Italy. The young Gina did some modeling, and As her film roles and national popularity increased, Gina was tagged “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World”, after her signature movie, _Donna più bella del mondo, La (1955)_. Gina was nicknamed la “Lollo,” as she embodied the prototype of Italian beauty. Her earthy looks and short “tossed salad” hairdo were especially influential, and in fact there’s a type of curly lettuce named “lollo” in honor of her cute hairdo. Her film Come September (1961) co-starring Rock Hudson won the Golden Globe as the World’s Film Favorite. In the 1970s Gina was seen in only a few films, as she took a break from acting and concentrated on another career: photography. Among her subjects were Paul Newman, Salvador Dalí and the German national soccer team. A skilled photographer, Gina had a collection of her work, “Italia Mia, ” published in 1973. Immersed in her other passions (sculpting and photography), it would be 1984 before Gina would grace American TV on “Falcon Crest” (1981). Although Gina was always active, she only appeared in a few films in the 1990s. In June, 1999, she turned to politics and ran, unsuccessfully, for one of Italy’s 87 European Parliament seats, from her hometown of Subiaco. Gina was also a corporate executive for fashion and cosmetics companies. As she told “Parade” magazine in April, 2000: “I studied painting and sculpting at school and became an actress by mistake.” (We’re glad she made that “mistake.”) Gina went on to say: “I’ve had many lovers and still have romances. I am very spoiled. All my life, I’ve had too many admirers.”

Gina’s Measurements: 35 1/2-20-35 1/2 (competing in Miss Italy pagaent - 1947), 36- 22- 35 (self-described- 1955), 37-21-35 1/2 (studio fittings 1956-57), 34-23 1/2-34 (measured in 1985), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) (wow, 20” waist!)

One of those admirers was a man named Jack Covais who owned Tin Pan Alley Records. Carmine at the age of 8 years old was approached by his uncle Jack Covais and asked if he would play guitar to a song named Gina Lollobrigida Rhumba. This song was written for Carmine to play, at that time he was still being called by his birth name which is Carmen D’Amico. He changed his name many years later because he would repeatedly get mistaken for a woman when making appointments and such to Carmine’s embarrassed disappointment. Carmine also tried to get his uncle to change the title of the song to Gina Lollobrigida Rock because he felt it was a rock/blues song and not a Rhumba, but his uncle didn’t want to change it. Carmine went ahead and recorded a guitar instrumental to the music sheet that was given to him. This became Carmine’s actual first professional recording session. Carmine went to the studio for the first time and played with NYC finest studio musicans. Although he loved every moment of being in the studio, he was also very scared. He didn’t want to make any mistakes and of course he didn’t. His uncle was very proud of him. Jack Covais later produced some of Carmine’s orginals which landed him as the guitarist in the group The Royal Teens. The only thing that Leo Rogers said after listening to this recording on a 45 single was “Who was playing on this record?”. Carmine answered, “It was me.” Then Leo Rogers asked him if he would join the Royal Teens as their guitar player. His parents were then called since Carmine was a minor, they needed their written permission to allow Carmine to join and play with the group.

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15 May 2009


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The Early Years Of Carmine D’Amico

Carmine’s brother, Chris, was four years younger than he. Chris started on guitar, then changed, first to the upright bass (it was taller than he was), and then switched to one of the first Fender Precision electric basses. They formed a band with 2 horns, a drummer and a girl singer. They called themselves “The Glens”.

They worked at local parties, bars and weddings. They even joined the musician’s union before they even reached their teens! When Carmine was 9 years old, he and his brother Chris decided to ditch school to go to the Brill Building, the mecca of music in NYC, and recorded a demo.

There, they met Teddy Randazzo, composer of “Goin’ Out Of My Head.” That was a very exciting time for them!

Now imagine Carmine being 9 years old and his little brother Chris being 5 1/2 years old and seeing the inside of the Brill Building and not letting that overwhelm them at all. They were not scared at all to go and knock on composers, producers and very well known celebrities doors and ask them to listen to their demo! All along this had been Chris’ idea and Carmine was the one that they ended up choosing to join the Royal Teens. It upset Chris that he was not asked to join but then you have to remember he was practically still a baby by age. It had nothing to do with his musicianship, in fact Chris became one of the tops studio Bassist in NYC. Now Chris would go to all of the rehearsals with Carmine that would last 3 to 4 hours at a time and he would eventually fall sleep on the chair. Carmine’s mother Rose would send little Chris with him because she didn’t want him going alone on the subway train. At that time, Teddy Randazzo suggested that Carmine and Chris go and see a man down the hall, named Leo Rogers, who listened to some songs that Carmine had composed. He told Carmine that he was putting together a band, called The Royal Teens. That’s how Carmine came to record “Short Shorts,” and it became a big hit! He was then signed to Capitol Records and then The Teens went on tour. They did American Bandstand with Dick Clark, The Allen Fried Show, Soul Train, as well as concerts. Leo then called Carmine’s parents and asked for permission for Carmine to travel to Europe with the group. His mother Rose said, “No.” Leo even offered to hire a tutor to travel with Carmine so that he didn’t miss school, but the answer was still no. Carmine wound up doing “50’s” hit records at ages 9, 10, 11 with the Shirelles, Connie Francis, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, etc. Carmine and Teddy remained good friends and they continued corresponding. Teddy was the one who arranged for Carmine to be called for the movie Saturday Night Fever and Walter Murphy’s Fifth of Beethoven.

While Carmine was in school, he won scholarships to both high school and college. He graduated valedictorian of Trinity High School with a 99.9 average. He found himself pre-med because his dad, not confident that anyone could make a living in the music business, wanted him to be a doctor. However, when the professors found Carmine composing songs during their classes, they suggested that he do what really made him the happiest, which was arranging, composing, and performing. Carmine’s dad never anticipated that he and Chris would become two of the top studio musicians in NYC.

13 May 2009


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Who Wears Short Shorts?

Before you ask, yes, that is Carmine D’Amico playing guitar with the Royal Teens in this clip. He was just a kid, yet he performed such great guitar solo’s! The shot of the audience is hysterical! Carmine was nine years old when he joined the Royal Teens and that career was cut short due to his mother refusing to let him go on tour to Europe with the Royal Teens. Regardless of their promises of having a tutor for him and that they would take good care of him or regardless how much money they offered, she kept firm and said “NO” to all of their requests. Here’s some trivia for you: Carmine was replaced with the one and only Alice Cooper as guitarist. In this particular video Carmine is around 12-13 years old. Bob Gaudio is on piano, Tommy Austin on Drums. No bass player. Joey Francovilla later became the vocalist, with Frank Coppola tenor sax and Leo Rogers as Manager. Back in the day, when you want out to the local soda shop you could hear your favorite 45 single’s on a jukebox similar to this one:

You might of drove up with your sweetheart in an automobile similar to one of these:

If you were young, maybe you wore one of these hair styles:

You might of went to your local drive in to see the latest move:

Or maybe you went to your local soda shop to share your favorite drink:

Maybe you were lucky enough to get chosen to appear on the American Bandstand show:

When a young lady was picked up for a date, she might of wore this:

She might of wore shoes similar to these:

If you stayed home, and your home work was done, mom and dad would let you listen to your collection of 45’s on a record player (33’s rpm albums didn’t come out until later):

You would talk on the phone while wearing your favorite dungarees, but you had to be careful of what you said because more then likely you had a party line, private lines were very rare. It was difficult to tell if someone was listening to your conversation!

Shorts of that time, were capri’s or if you were a starlet you might were the shorter versions. But NEVER did you show your belly button!

And last but not least, the swimwear!

12 May 2009


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I thought this was appropriate for saying TGIF and thank you for being a friend!

8 May 2009


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Friday’s Funnies!

One thing that I’m known for and love to do is LAUGH! I find humor in everything. I just think life shouldn’t be so darn serious and we need to loosen up a little and find things that will give us a tickle, a chuckle or smile for goodness sakes! Well, thanks to the internet I’ve learned to find pictures and stories that will satisfy my need for laughter. I will share some that I’ve come across during my quest of the need to rattle my tickle bone… lol…I hope you enjoy my funnies because I think they are

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Personally, I can think of a lot of places that I would love to post this!

My comments: woof, woof, bark, pant, pant

Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn if the cockroaches get cancer…

Well, how are they suppose to fit in their exercise routine while keeping a full day of appointments?

Did you ever just want to win one and say “Ha Ha in your face!”

Hummm, so that’s why the long line of commuters in that particular spot.

Come on guys, give these crawling patrons a break!

What ever the reason, a sale is a sale!!

Come on guys, I have to agree, we shouldn’t be making our animals sick!

This is just wrong!!!

I suppose this is a new way to carry your cell? I hope this doesn’t catch on! Well, that’s it for now! I hope you enjoyed, I did!

Have a great weekend!

8 May 2009


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Carmine D’Amico News Paper Coverage

Carmine and I had only been in Arizona a few months when Carmine was asked for an interview from our local newspaper. The interview covered Carmine’s career and how we met and married and the article was featured on Father’s day of 2008. The article ran on the front page and 3/4 of the back page. After being interviewed by Susan Randall in our home, the Dispatch sent a photographer Steven King to Carmine’s concert that was held for the Tucson Jazz Rock Society at the Old Publeo Grill in Tucson. It was an outside concert and the night was breezy and beautiful music filled the air. The picture they featured on the front page was the one where Carmine blew me a kiss before he started playing with the band. I attend every one of his performances and he makes sure that he can see me through out the concert. We have a mutual admiration and adoration for each other and I’m very proud of how multi-talented Carmine is. But even though he has been honored to play with many famous actors and music artists, Carmine remains a humble man and is very easy to talk to and very approachable. Those are some of the wonderful qualities that I love about him. It’s very difficult to scan a newspaper article and still be able to read properly. So I decided to copy the article from the internet to make it easier to read.

Hear clips from Carmine D’Amico’s latest jazz/rock/Latin/blues/funk album, “You Speak to Me in My Dreams, Collectors Edition” and read reviews at http://cdbaby.com/cd/cde. Carmine is on 60 download sites including Itunes. You can visit and talk to Carmine through some of his favorite sites: Official Websites: www.carminedamico.com http://www.myspace.com/carminedamicoquartet http://www.facebook.com/people/Carmine-C-DAmico/716157302 http://twitter.com/carminedamico To Book Carmine D’Amico for Festivals, Clubs, and that “Special Affair”, or to Study Guwww.carminedamico.com http://www.myspace.com/carminedamicoquartet http://www.facebook.com/people/Carmine-C-DAmico/716157302 http://twitter.com/carminedamico To Book Carmine D’Amico for Festivals, Clubs, and that “Special Affair”, or to Study Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Arranging, Sight Singing,and Compostion, “LIVE”, and “ON LINE” with Carmine D’Amico Email: carminedamico@wild4music.com

6 May 2009


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