Isley Brothers ‘twist and shout’

Apr 23, 2001 6:16 AM

It’s been almost 40 years since The Isley Brothers first hit the music scene and they are still rocking the charts with their classic R&B tunes. The trio heads to the stage at Sam’s Town Live!, on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Since their first R&B flavored song, "Twist and Shout" hit the streets back in 1962, The Isley Brothers have continued to climb the ladder of success.

The original members included brothers O’Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald. After several short stints with various record companies, the sensational trio launched their own record label in the mid-sixties, T-Neck Records.

Moving and grooving their way to Motown, The Isley Brothers produced popular tunes like, "This Old Heart Of Mine," "It’s Your Thing," "Love The One You’re With," and "Pop That Thang."

Tickets for The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley, are available now at the Sam’s Town Live! Box Office and most outlets, including select Mail Boxes Etc. locations, all Mr. Bills Pipe and Tobacco locations, and The Galleria at Sunset. Tickets are also available online at or by calling (888) 464-2468.

Country sensation Clay Walker sings

Country star Clay Walker will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, April 27, at Sunset Station’s outdoor amphitheater. Tickets are $22.50, $28.50, and $37.50 and are available through or at the Boarding Pass Rewards Center.

Concertgoers who purchase a Clay Walker ticket will receive free admission to the KWNR New Country Fest on April 28 at Sunset Station. Admission to the Country Fest, which features Darryl Worley and Chris Cagle, is $9.50.

Walker recently released his fifth studio album, Live, Laugh, Love. The new record consists of songs of "cowboy rock ’n roll," raucous fun, and love songs. "If you go into a bar in Texas, you see people dancing to George Strait, but you’ll see the same cowboys dancing to ”˜Old Time Rock & Roll,’" he said. During the past six years, Walker’s "devil-may-care" stage performances have boosted him into the industry’s top 10 acts.

Jerry Vale returns to Boulder’s Railhead

Jerry Vale, widely known as "The Silver Fox" for his romantic, velvety voice, will return to Boulder Station’s newly remodeled and expanded Railhead for concerts at 8 p.m., Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. Tickets are $24.50, $32.50, $39.50 and $45.50, plus tax, and are available through or the Boarding Pass Rewards Center.

Vale was christened Genaro Louis Vitaliano in a rough and tumble section of the Bronx. At 12, he was singing and shining shoes at a local barbershop to supplement the family income. From those humble beginnings he became "The Ambassador of Song" for contemporary music, performing more than 30 weeks a year in resorts, theaters and cabarets worldwide.

Vale is a versatile performer who has been a frequent guest on the Late Nite With David Letterman Show, with special appearances on its broadcasts from Las Vegas and Chicago. He has also appeared in several motion pictures including the Academy Award-winning film, Goodfellas.

Vale recently teamed up with celebrity profiler Richard Grudens to write Jerry Vale: A Singer’s Life. In addition to the details of his 50-year-plus show business career, the book includes reflections on life-long friendships with Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Don Rickles, Dean Martin, and many others.

At the Railhead, Vale will perform his signature songs which have become American standards, such as "And This is My Beloved," "Have You Looked Into Your Heart," "Al-Di-La," "Camelot," "Pretend You Don’t See Her," and "You Don’t Know Me."

Frankie and Bobby return to Orleans Showroom

The Dynamic Duo of Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell return Thursday-Sunday, to The Showroom at The Orleans Hotel & Casino; show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.95, $44.95, $49.95 plus tax.

This show unites two exciting performers who emerged from the same South Philadelphia neighborhood. Featuring two of the most popular teen idols of the late ’50’s and ’60’s, Frankie and Bobby have proved to be an overwhelming live concert success.

Frankie’s success came early with his song "De De Dinah." The song became a smash hit and his recording of "Venus" was one of the biggest selling hits of the era. Frankie had many follow-up hits such as "Bobbysocks to Stockings," "Gingerbread," "Just Ask Your Heart" and "A Boy Without A Girl." He is also credited with having the last number one record of the ’50’s with "Why" reaching that status in December 1959.

Frankie also became a motion picture star, appearing in over 30 movies. His most popular role was starring opposite Annette Funicello in such movies as "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Bikini Beach."

Bobby Rydell’s career spans several decades and encompasses every area of the entertainment world. Through his debut in the late ’50’s as a rock & roll teen idol to starring roles in such hit films as Bye, Bye Birdie and plays such as West Side Story and countless appearances on the American Bandstand television show.

His recording career has earned him 34 top 40 records, which puts him in the top 5 of all single artists from his era. His hits include the million selling singles, "Volare," "Wild One," "We Get Love," "Kissin’ Time" and "Forget Him," selling a combined total of over 25 million records.