Bobby Curtola Wishing You A Merry Christmas

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Submitted by Don Graham

Canada’s original teen idol has been making records for 6 decades and has charted records from the 60’s to the 90’s. But it’s been a while since Curtola has put something out there for public consumption that wasn’t part of his vast catalogue of hit records. “I was thinking this year at Christmas time how nice it be if I could wish my loyal fans and friends a happy holiday with a song. I was having a production meeting  with my friend and marketing director Sandy Graham (who owns Entertainment Music  Group) and brought up the idea. Sandy said she always enjoyed a song I’d recorded a few years ago but never sent to radio called ‘St. Nicholas Christmas’.  Sandy and her team put together a package that included the song and an autographed Christmas card, all selling for a low price of 10 dollars.”

Thunder Bay native Curtola started his string of hit records in 1962 with ‘Fortune Teller’, a song that catapulted him into the stratosphere of stardom that has been his home for over 50 years. Then there was  ‘Three Rows Over’, ‘Don’t You Sweetheart Me’, ‘Corinna, Corinna’ and others that were all part  of  the Top Ten singles that kept the  Canadian icon riding high on the charts within the 1960’s. He is still performing regularly on the live corporate circuit as well as other business ventures. Bobby Curtola has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, The Coca Cola Hall of Fame, has been given the Queens Jubilee twice, and has been bestowed with the Order of Canada to name a few of his accomplishments.  With 25 Gold Records, and Chart singles galore, it is a testimony to his talent that he is still actively performing and recording, drawing fans old and new.

Curtola has always loved Christmas and the love and goodwill that accompanies the season. “The Christmas season has always been a time that is very special to me. It is a time for family and friends and a special time to cherish the ones who live on in our book of memories. Be kind to one another and remember the greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” Curtola goes on to say, “ I was really hoping with the release of this single that a few people would remember me and be glad to hear I’m still alive and kickin’. But I wasn’t prepared for the media attention we’re getting. Wow, EMG has me on a mini radio an T.V. and print tour promoting the record and meeting the people. It feels a little like the old days and it warms my heart that folks still remember and want hear me and hear from me. Can’t thank you all enough. “

Merry Christmas from Bobby CurtolaMerry Christmas from Bobby CurtolaThe line-up on the CD is all CAN/CON with Vito Rezza – Drums, Matt Horner – Keyboards, Pat Kilbride – Bass, Derek Sharp – Guitar and Alex Dean – Woodwinds.Great band.St. Nicholas Christmas is on Tartan  Records, written by Dave Antonacci and Bobby Curtola.

The net proceeds of the sale of the CD and Christmas card will be donated to the CP 24 Christmas Wish.

“Merry Christmas everyone and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting and listening to a kid from Thunder Bay for all these years. All my dreams came true because of you.”

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