Oct 2018

Jimmy Roselli: The Other Kid from Hoboken





Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St.

Oct 07, 20184pm Oct 07, 2018530pm Jimmy Roselli: The Other Kid from Hoboken America/New_York Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St. Health and Human Services
Event Description:

Celebrating The Life & Music of Jimmy Roselli.
Born in West New York in 1925, Roselli was one of the most significant Italian-American pop singers of his time, during an era of competition from such performers as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Vic Damone & Jerry Vale.

The event will feature lecture, slide presentation, footage of interviews, concert & TV appearances, live performance by singer Theodore Chletsos & more.
Admission is $10.00. Seating is limited, so but tickets in advance. www.hobokennj.gov/register
For more info: gfallo@hobokennj.gov or 201-420-2000 ex. 5100

There will be sign language interpretation. If you are in need of this service, please contact us at the email above so we can arrange seating for you.

Sponsored by The City of Hoboken with a grant from the Hudson County History Partnership Program.

This program is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey State Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County County Executive and Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

He was known as the other crooner from Hoboken. Michael John Roselli was born in West New York on December 26, 1925. His mother died and his dad split town, so young Mickey, as he was known, was raised by his Italian longshoreman grandfather in the Mile Square City. In his 20s, an agent rechristened the budding singer Jimmy -- Jimmy Roselli.

As a performer, he was self-taught and sang with passion. Before long he was a regular at nightclubs such as a Copacabana in Manhattan. He had successful recordings in English and Italian, in a perfect Neapolitan accent, and showed up on television. But Roselli never reached the heights of Italian-American singers of the day, such as Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Perry Como and his forever rival, that other skinny kid from Hoboken.

Why wasn’t he more successful? Some blame the mob; Roselli had many fans in the mafia, but also refused to share his club earnings, which earned him some enemies. Self-sabotage may have hurt Roselli the most. He had a seven-show commitment on Ed Sullivan, but quit after three shows. Roselli also passed up appearances on The Tonight Show and in The Godfather II.

Still, Roselli had his moments. He appeared on Broadway and sang at Carnegie Hall. Martin Scorsese featured Roselli’s signature tune, “Mala Femmina,” in his classic Mean Streets. He continued to perform until nearly the age of 80. And for many devoted fans, Jimmy Roselli will always be their favorite singer from Hoboken.

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