I received my first album when I was three years old, The New Christy Minstrels. I would play the song “Green, Green” on my very own Sears record player.
When I was about five years old, I went to see Elvis Presley in “Frankie and Johnny” at the drive-in movies. I went with my mom and dad, and my cousins, the Petrella’s. I thought he was so cool, so I would eventually collect all I could find on Elvis as well.
At 12 years old I started collecting records at Flea Markets every Sunday. My mom and dad would take me to the Flea Markets and I would get $5.00 to spend. I saw an album with a man wearing a uniform on the front cover that happened to be Glenn Miller. After that purchased I started buying every Glenn Miller record I came across.
The Glenn Miller Collection Begin’s
This album Glenn Miller Album was purchased at a Church Bazaar for twenty-five cents.
At the same time I would listen to Charlie Horner’s Radio Show. He played Rhythm & Blues and Black Vocal Harmony groups which later became known as DOO WOP.
I collected records for 40 years until I opened up my first store in Warminster at the 263 Market Place in 2008 (which has since closed). I set up my store with all the doubles that I owned. After about one year we had to expand, so we moved to where we are now, 21 N. York Road in Hatboro, Pa.
As far as my personal collection, I own every Glenn Miller record: 78 and vinyl ever made. I own thousands of 78’s. My collection also includes, Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, The Dorsey Brothers, Louis Armstrong – Paul Whitman.
Every Elvis Presley movie, including specials, every album and other Elvis memorabilia.
In April 2007 I was given a 2 hour time slot to DJ a radio show live on WRDV 89.3 in Hatboro, for my birthday. There I met the man that would become my mentor and good friend, Rich Lagerman. I would go sit in with him during his show every Thursday until I took the FCC rules class provided by the station. In 2009 I got my own show, Thursdays from 10:00 PM- 1:00 AM following my good friend Rich. I play Swing and Big Band music. My show is now Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 PM. I also do a DooWop Show every Sunday from 3:00-5:00 PM. Both shows, in their entirety, are records from my personal collection and/or borrowed from friends.