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"Turn Me Loose"

Take a trip down memory lane with The Golden Boys
Alright Baby Boomers … Seneca Allegany Casino will have your show of all shows when the 50’s & 60’s come alive on Saturday, March 4 at 7pm. That’s when “The Golden Boys” will make a stop in Salamanca and take you back to a time that was simpler and all kinds of fun.
 
Singers Fabian, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell have been taking their fans from over five decades ago, as well as generations of new fans, on a musical journey from the good old days.
 
The trio, known as The Golden Boys, came together over 30 years ago when music producer Dick Fox had a vision of putting together three of the biggest teen idols at the time and sending them out on the road to showcase each member’s biggest hits, as well as paying tribute to other music legends, in a show with some of the most memorable songs of all time.
 
Fast forward 30+ years and they are still filling concert venues all over the country with audiences wanting to hear songs like “Turn Me Loose”, “Tiger”, “Venus”, “De De Dinah”, “Volare” and “Wild One”.
 
“The three of us have a great time on stage,” said Fabian when we talked by phone recently. “We absolutely bring back those eras through videos and song.”
 
While each artist reminisces about their own career, they also combine their talents to bring the hits of some of the other biggest artists of that time alive … artists like Elvis Presley, Rick Nelson and Bobby Darin.
 
Talking with Fabian was a blast. He is very charming and very funny, which you will find out as you read the following interview.
 
We talked about how he got his start in the music business, even when he had no desire to be a part of that scene. You’ll find out what his biggest regret was, which I think he should pursue and make happen, as well as his favorite song of each of his co-stars of The Golden Boys … and read the special message he has for our readers.
 
If you want to take a trip down memory lane, visit www.senecacasinos.com and get your ticket now before they are all gone … this is your chance to let the good times roll.
 
 
A CONVERSATION WITH FABIAN
 
HULICK: It’s good to talk to you. I’ve interviewed both Frankie and Bobby in the past couple years, so I am very glad I now get to talk with you and finish up having interviewed the trio.
FABIAN: I’m sorry you had those experiences.
 
HULICK: (laughs) Now is that the same thing they would have said if I told them I had interviewed you?
FABIAN: Absolutely! (laughs)
 
HULICK: The three of you joined together to create “The Golden Boys”. Who came up with the name?
FABIAN: That was music producer Dick Fox. He put us together and came up with the name.
 
HULICK: How long have you been touring together?
FABIAN: It’s been over 30 years now.
 
HULICK: Wow! It has to be a lot of fun … those decades, the 50’s & 60’s, seemed like a good time.
FABIAN: Oh yeah … for us it was. You are probably too young to have been a part of that.
 
HULICK: Yes, I was, but I know all of your guys’ music and who you are.
FABIAN: You probably think you’re talking to Fabio, the romance guy with the long hair.
 
HULICK: (laughs) You didn’t get hit in the face by a goose while riding a roller coaster did you? (laughs) Did you see that a few years ago where he was riding a roller coaster for some press thing he was doing and when the coaster came back into the starting house his face was all bloody because a goose flew right into him on the ride? I can’t remember if it broke his nose or not.
FABIAN: (laughs) I’m really sorry I missed that.
 
HULICK: You’ve done over 30 films, as well as many, many television appearances in different shows over the years. Do you have any upcoming appearances in film or television?
FABIAN: I don’t think any idiot’s going to hire us now. (laughs)
 
HULICK: Now wait a minute … I don’t know about that. I think you would do well in some guest spots on television with all the choices with HBO, Netflix, etc.
FABIAN: Well maybe. I’ve moved away from California. I bought some farm land in western Pennsylvania, so I’m kind of isolated here and I never get into Los Angeles. Also, I never push to do those kinds of things anymore. Maybe I should, but … my only regret is that I would have loved to do a sitcom. I just love to laugh.
 
HULICK: I can see that you’d be good at that from just talking to you these past few minutes. (laughs) You’ve also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002 and Philadelphia honored you on their Walk of Fame …
FABIAN: They had no choice … I lived there. (laughs)
 
HULICK: (laughs) Being that Frankie and Bobby are both from Philadelphia as well, did they each get a star too?
FABIAN: Yes they did.
 
HULICK: Of all the songs you’ve recorded, which one is your favorite?
FABIAN: Oh, wow … I guess “Turn Me Loose”.
 
HULICK: That’s a great one. What would you say is your favorite Frankie Avalon song?
FABIAN: I don’t like anything he does.
 
HULICK:(laughs) Oh my gosh.
FABIAN:(laughs) I’d have to say “Venus”.
 
HULICK: What is your favorite Bobby Rydell song?
FABIAN: That would be “Wildwood Days”.
 
HULICK: By the age of 18 you already had recorded eight albums and had two gold records. Was music something you were always interested in when you were discovered at age 14?
FABIAN: No. I wasn’t interested in it at all. I would sing along with the radio like everyone else, but the only reason I got in the music business is because my father became very ill and he couldn’t work any longer, and I was the eldest of three sons. This record company guy had a good friend that lived next door to us and as they were taking my dad out in an ambulance he came over to me. There were guys of a certain look making it in those days and I guess I had that look. He came up to me and asked if I would like to get involved in the music business and I told him to go to hell because I was worried about my dad. Then he kept bugging the guy next door about me and when I found out my dad couldn’t go back to work I told him I would try it and that’s how I got started. I am the original “fish out of water”.
 
HULICK: (laughs) Were you, Frankie and Bobby friends or know each other or live near each other?
FABIAN: We didn’t live that far apart, but I didn’t know them. Frankie’s a little older, and Bobby went to a different school. I met Frank because the guy who wanted me to perform owned the record company that Frankie was on and then later on I met Bobby.
 
HULICK: When you are not traveling and performing, what would we find you doing?
FABIAN: My perfect day would be fishing in my pond or being on my tractor or ATV … and taking my wife out … or in. (laughs)
 
HULICK: (laughs) Do you have a message for our readers?
FABIAN: The main thing I would like to say is … now this is not to sound corny, but we appreciate that after all these years … we really do appreciate seeing them at our shows. It’s like a big reunion out there. We all go back a long time with our fans and they are incredible people.
 
HULICK: Before we hang up, I want to wish you a Happy Birthday February 6.
FABIAN: Well thank you very much! I’ll be 74 … but I feel 75.
 
HULICK: (laughs) You really ought to look into doing that sitcom.
FABIAN: (laughs) You’re right!