...I don’t remember the last time we talked, or saw one another. It was most likely at the hospital. I found out over the weekend my mentor, my friend, George Vahle passed away Thursday morning from Pancreatic Cancer. Here’s a little about Georgie. He was from Green Point, Brooklyn, NY. French/Irish American teen of the 60s, rolled with The Jive Five and Vito & The Salutations. George ran books for some wise guys, and eventually brushed up and put together a group called The Exotic Five. They recorded for Parnaso Records under The Meridians. George sang lead on “Blame My Heart/He Can’t Dance”, a record now worth half a grand. He later joined the Navy and settled in San Diego. While I was in high school I put together my first Acappella Doo Wop group, George was the first to join. I must have been 17/18. He helped me gather up a few more singers and we called ourselves The Romantics. It was short lived but it was some of the best times of my life. He had a lot of personal issues going on and we unfortunately lost touch. Not only my grandparents helped me, but you helped me as well. Thank you for making me who I am today as a singer of Doo Wop music, the music that forever changed my life. You really showed me how to use my voice ...like you always called it “blow harmony”. I’ll be forever grateful for each and every second we shared with one another. This one was my favorite number you sang on by The Students, “My Vow To You”. I’ll miss singing with you, I’ll miss you. Love you Georgie! No more stress, no more pain. See you again one day Vahle!
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