continued George also performed regularly at Le Moyne Manor, 629 Old Liverpool Road, owned by the late Frank Montanaro. “Frank ran a world-class club and was a wonderful person to work for. He was like a brother to me.”
George remembers how Frank read the riot act to a young comedian named George Carlin, convincing him to clean up his act. Other big-name entertainers such as Della Reese and Lou Monte also booked gigs at the Manor. Monte had burst onto the music scene with his cover of an old jazz tune, “Darktown Strutters’ Ball,” but became famous in 1962 when he scored
a million-seller with “Pepino the Italian Mouse.”
Tortorelli certainly has plenty of material for the book he’s writing called “From Scars to Stars: From the Ring to the Stage.”
Cops on Top
Customers at Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 57 saw an unusual sight last Friday. Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris and new part-time Officer Tom Bingham stood on the roof of the popular donut shop.
They were there on their own time raising money for the Special Olympics as part of a program called Cops on Top. Dunkin’ Donuts offered guests a coupon for a free cup of coffee as a way to say thanks for donating.
Elks rock out Sunday
The Liverpool Elks are well-experienced at raising money. The Elks’ 26th annual Music Fest will benefit Enable and Cerebral Palsy when four fine bands — Mood Swing, Kat Tale, Dixie Dirt and Soul Mine — take the stage from noon to 6 p.m. outside the lodge at 3730 Cold Springs Road. Admission costs just $5; 622-2348.
DeSantis swings Monday
For 67 years now, pianist Mario DeSantis has been leading his orchestra to entertain Central New Yorkers everywhere from parties to parks. On Monday, Aug. 11, the swingin’ big band returns to Johnson Park in Liverpool as part of the 2014 Liverpool Is The Place Summer Concert Series.