1960s

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  • A news clipping from a late sixties gig in Jacksonville, Florida.
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  • After the Countdowns broke up, Danny Rapp, of Danny And The Juniors was forming a road band. That singing group had the late fifties hit "At The Hop." Conti was asked to join the band on several road gigs including another trip to the famous Dream Bar in New Orleans. The Playboy Club Celebrity Key and napkin, are fond mementos of that gig.
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  • Conti and saxophone player Joe Monte, taken in South Philly a few days before Conti went on his first road gig at 16 years old. That early road and included: Joe Monte, Robert Conti, Freddy Latella and Eddie Strano.
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  • Conti and saxophone player Joe Monte, taken in South Philly a few days before Conti went on his first road gig at 16 years old. That early road and included: Joe Monte, Robert Conti, Freddy Latella and Eddie Strano.
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  • Circa 1963, Joe Capp And The Countdowns, A Philly Show Group L To R Standing: Pat Napoleon, Tony Carr, Ronnie Primo. L To R Seated: Joe Capp, Robert Conti
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  • Circa 1966, Cookin' at the Edgewood Lounge in Jacksonville, Florida
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  • Circa 1966, Same music store in Jacksonville, Florida. The pictures in the music store were taken by Ray Holmes, a longtime Jacksonville resident who was also a fine guitarist.
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  • When asked to describe the Atlantic City scene in those days, Conti emphatically said, "the energy of the music was beyond any verbal description - you had to live it and experience it to really understand!" "When you turned the corner on to Kentucky Avenue, the hair on your neck almost stood straight up from the musical energy coming out of the clubs on that street, as you could hear that big Hammond B-3 sound coming out of every club! It was an unbelievable era!"
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  • After the Countdowns broke up, Danny Rapp, of Danny And The Juniors was forming a road band. That singing group had the late fifties hit "At The Hop." Conti was asked to join the band on several road gigs including another trip to the famous Dream Bar in New Orleans. The Playboy Club Celebrity Key and napkin, are fond mementos of that gig.
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  • A promotional brochure for Joe Capp And The Countdowns.
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  • A promotional brochure for Joe Capp And The Countdowns.
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  • Newspaper ad for The Dardenelles
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  • As with all road bands, the Charms broke up. Tony Carr, who was Conti's longtime friend and former bandmate in the Countdowns, called with an offer to join a group called the "Dardenelles." Barely off the road for three days, Conti accepted and made several road gigs with that band, including Las Vegas, Denver, Canada, Wildwood New Jersey, etc. This band was in strong demand because of their hard edged blues sound with the Hammond B-3, and one of the front men, Bo, was a phenomenal 400 pounds of dancer, singer, and showman.
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  • The review pictured here and those that follow were from a three month gig in Wildwood, New Jersey in the summer of 1964. In those days, nearly every club on the Jersey shore had two bands cranking from 9 PM to 3PM! Commercial music didn\'t get any better than this, as all the Philly show groups had a unique sound. Wildwood was considered a tough gig, as the clubs required 7 nights and 2 weekend matinees! In spite of the endless summer gig, Conti said they were great days of endless fun!
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  • Circa 1966, Cookin' at the Edgewood Lounge in Jacksonville, Florida
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  • Shortly after settling into the Jacksonville area, Conti certainly did not waste any time finding his kind of musical action at a place called the Edgewood Lounge, where he frequently sat in with his pals including jazz organist Gene White.
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  • After the Wildwood gig in the summer of 1964, the Dardenelles disbanded. Conti chose to gig around Philly for a few months. In the early part of 1965, Conti formed the Jokers with close friends Tony Twist and Al Leonetti. In no time they were off to several gigs in Miami and Key West, Florida in the winter of \'65. This was Conti\'s last road band before he settled in Florida. L To R: Robert Conti, Tony Twist, Al Leonetti, Jimmy King
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  • Circa 1966, taken at Marvin Kays Music Center in Jacksonville, Florida. Wouldn't you like to have all those Fender Strats from the sixties?
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  • A review in the Key West Citizen in late June of 1965. This was Conti's last road gig. On the way back to Philly, he stopped briefly to visit a relative in Jacksonville, Florida. The appeal of the Florida lifestyle caused that visit to last for nearly twenty-three years, where he resided in the Ponte Vedra beach area until the early summer of 1988.
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  • Circa 1963 The band shown above was appearing at the Dream Bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans when this picture of Robert Conti and Pat Napoleon was taken.
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  • After the road stint with Danny And The Juniors, Conti took the guitar spot with another crew of fun loving South Philly Italians in a group called the "Charms." All of the Philly groups generally worked through Norman Joyce of the Jolly Joyce Agency. Since the Dream Bar in New Orleans was a top venue, Norman always booked his best groups in that room. So the Charms made yet another trip to New Orleans! There was another famous night spot across from the Dream Bar in New Orleans called "Papa Joes." One night after the gig, Conti and Johnny Riggi went to visit some musicians playing at that club. A huge fight erupted amongst the crowd and Riggi was stabbed. Fortunately, he survived the ordeal! L to R: Johnny Ciurlino, Joe Ponzio, Johnny Riggi, Angelo Cibotti, Robert Conti
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  • Conti and Pat Brown at Marvin Kay's music shop in 1966
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  • Conti and Pat Brown at Marvin Kay's music shop in 1966