December 15th, 2019

guitar

Goodbye, Baby

He was born Giovanni Domenico Scafone Jr., but in those days Italians in showbiz, like Jews, had to have real Amurrican names (Frank Sinatra was one of the few to resist), so he became Jack Scott. In 1958 he recorded a rocker called “Leroy,” which I loved. It didn’t become a hit, but the deejays flipped it over and made the lugubrious “My True Love” a bestseller. That was the pattern: I liked the up-tempo ones; the ballads sold. He was a star for five years or so and then was forgotten, and now he’s dead.

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