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'Remember When' recalls 'American Bandstand'

The 50s, 60s and Motown oldies band “Remember When” will play Saturday at the 10th Street Station in Ford City for the Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership’s “Rewind to the Good Times” event.

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By Mitch Fryer
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

It will be just like on “American Bandstand” when the crowd starts listening to the 1950s, 1960s and Motown oldies band “Remember When” on Saturday at the 10th Street Station in Ford City for the Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership's “Rewind to the Good Times” event.

They'll all be dancing, and hopping and giving them a 98 — saying the band has a good beat and they can dance to it.

“Slow, fast, they read what the crowd wants to hear,” said Bonnie DelMonico, wife of band leader and saxophone and keyboard player Rick DelMonico, “We have a big dancing following. People like dancing to their music.”

“Their music brings back all the memories,” she added.

Sponsors of the community concert say, “Dance the night away or just sit and listen in at the 10th Street Station starting at 7 p.m.”

“Remember When” is a popular oldies band from Ohio.

“We're anxious to see what Ford City is like,” said Rick DelMonico. “They'll have a good time. We do all the music from back then. There are lyrics and a melody to the music from that time, It's more than the beat.”

“Fifties, 60s and Motown music is the best around,” he added.

“Remember When” is bringing an extensive play list to the concert in Ford City that includes “Little Darlin” and Come Go With Me.”.

DelMonico forgot the name of the group that sang those 50s hits, but only for a second or two, and then he remembered that they were by The Diamonds.

“We've done those songs for so long, I forgot,” he said.

They'll be playing Motown favorites like “My Girl” and “Ain't Too Proud To Beg.”

Throw is some Commodores, Barry White and the O'Jays. And who doesn't want to hear “Unchained Melody”?

“We cover the spectrum of music from those decades,” said DelMonico.

The concert will have food and drink available.

The price of admission is $15 a person.

Advance ticket sales are available through Nellie's on Ford, Young's Interiors, Janny's Hallmark and Marcia's Garden.

The goal of the Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership is to foster a true community renaissance and usher in a new-found era of community pride.

Many of the events sponsored by the group are to help celebrate the 125th anniversary of Ford City.

Mitch Fryer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or

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