Smokin's Sammy Hall of Famers
As members of Sam & The Twisters, both Al Wolf and Jan Fetterly -- Smokin's rhythm section -- were inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame in 1994. In the early 1960s, Sam & The Twisters issued two now-rare 45 rpm records Fooba Wooba John and Baron Daemon's Transylvania Twist, to this day Central New York's best-selling records ever. Later that decade, The Twisters evolved into The Livin' Ennd. Shortly thereafter Wolf dropped out of music for some years to pursue a career in education. But he never buried his music roots.
"I participate in Smokin' on a higher level than ever before," he said.
Fetterly continued on with the Livin' Ennd and later formed The Cobblerockers. From 1993 through early 2006, The Cobblerockers appeared at nightclubs, casinos and resorts throughout New York and played scores of Thursday night parties at its namesake Cobblestone Tavern in Liverpool.
In March 2006 Fetterly joined Smokin.' Now Fetterly has yet another new band, the Ol' Rollers, actually comprised of the three original members of The Cobblerockers. Anyhow, the Ol' Rollers make their debut Feb. 21 at what may become a regular mid-week gig from 6 to 9 p.m. at Scheibl's Lounge (a.k.a. The Bar at 105), at Sertinos Caf (c), 105 First St., in Liverpool. Smokin' also has a date scheduled in Liverpool, on April 27 at the historic Le Moyne Manor. For band information, visit smokintheband.com.