That was one of the few covers on The Seven's 1970 LP, "The song is SONG - The Album is ALBUM" on Thunderbird Records. Others included the Holland-Dozier-Holland composition "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave" and Horace Silver's "Song for My Father," which spotlighted Mellone's keyboard. Originals on the record included "Girl, Girl," "Take It (the Way You Want It)" and "Searchin' for Sunshine."
Syracuse Hammond B3 player Michael Davis remembers Mellone as a magician with the organ.
"He was the one who told me the secret of how to take my mellow-sounding stock B-3 and unleash the screaming, soulful sound that was locked in the instrument." Davis said. "It was a simple modification done with just a screwdriver adjusting a trim capacitor on the organ's pre-amp. Chuck Mellone knew all the tricks. His B-3 and Leslie cabinets sounded better than anybody else's."
As an audio engineer, Mellone helped WCNY-FM make its debut on Dec. 4, 1971. A few years later, Mellone moved to Los Angeles to become a studio engineer for A&M Records. In California, he worked with artists such as Hoyt Axton, Glen Campbell and New Riders and the Purple Sage.
"Chuck was a master sound technician and a master musician," Davis said.
Music and meat man
Syracuse bandleader Jack Kreischer, whose orchestra was a mainstay at Hotel Syracuse for decades, died here March 30. He was 91. Kreischer also ran a successful meat market on South Salina Street.
He began his professional career in the 1930s, and - for more than a half-century - his orchestras entertained thousands of CNYers. In his last years as a resident of The Nottingham he enjoyed playing requests on his saxophone for his fellow residents.
Former Hotel Syracuse food and beverage manager Van Sterio recalls hiring Kreischer's combos and buying his meat.
"We shared many fond memories with Jack as a purveyor and musician while working with him at the Hotel Syracuse and our restaurant," Sterio remembered.
Drummer Larry Luttinger, now executive director of downtown's CNY Jazz Central, once played in Kreischer's orchestra, and he also reflected on the man's dual vocations.
"Jack was a great bandleader and friend," Luttinger said. "I remember the dates I played with his great combo, including the great Mack McKaig on piano. There was always a roast beef sandwich for the band in the kitchen of every club he played. What a coincidence!"