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  Jimmy Roselli



 
Jimmy  Roselli has lived in the shadow of Frank Sinatra all his  life. He has what many people consider a better voice,  charming looks and equally good stage energy. Why the  shadow? It goes back to 1969, after Jimmy had made all his great records for United Artists. He and Sinatra had  a disagreement and Sinatra's Mafia admirers made sure his  records weren't played on radio. Torpedo! Jimmy says "to  get a record of mine played on (WNEW) now, the Lord has to intercede."

He has retained the rights to all his records, both his Italian and American classics and we make them available here. The classic When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New is our best seller. The Saloon Songs series is filled  with terrific songs on Volume  #1, Volume  #2 contains the When  Your Old Wedding Ring Was New and Volume  #3 . Other favorites  are The  Italian Album which has  some wonderful Italian tunes on it as does  The  Best Of Volume One and Volume Two. Daddy's Little Girl is filled  with songs parents or grandparents would adore.  They Used To Call Her Mary is a musical journey about growing up.

These are only the most popular  titles, he has 25 other gems which are Italian and  American musical treasures sure to treat you each time  you bring one out to listen. When you listen ... just  imagine if that voice had been allowed on WNEW ... the  musical world we know today might have been Roselli's  world!For singing star Jimmy Roselli, who is currently breaking up audiences at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City,  success did not come easy. It was a rough climb to the  top, from his childhood days in Hoboken, New Jersey to  his present homes, shared with his wife Donna in New  Jersey and Florida.

Jimmy, who missed being a Christmas baby by two hours, was raised by his two aunts and his  grandfather papa Roselli. It was his grandfather's love  for music that instilled the same enthusiasm in Roselli  so that even at the age of ten, Jimmy was earning a few  dollars by singing weekends at a local Hoboken hotel. As  he explained "I used to wear a bellhop's uniform, but I didn't do bellhop's work. I just loved to sing. On  Sundays they sent me home early after the first show  because I had to go to school the next morning."Jimmy worked bars in New Jersey and Staten Island and at the age of thirteen, won first prize in the Major Bowes Amateur Hour. He had to leave school to augment the  family income. Among the jobs that Roselli well remembers  were those of shining shoes, washing dishes and running  errands.

Jimmy recalls that the first real  break in his career came about in 1946 when he worked the  same bill as Jimmy Durante in Boston. Durante was so impressed with Roselli's singing talent that he  invited him to share his suite for the duration of the  engagement. Durante also convinced the management to  double the #300 salary that Roselli was getting and made certain that he phoned his wife every day. After that,  the Roselli career was strictly on the upswing. Jimmy was  in demand everywhere. The results were  gratifying.

A record contract with United Artists was signed and during it's duration produced over 35 best selling albums. Capacity crowds at the 500 Club in Atlantic City, and exciting two week stands at New York's Palace Theatre with SRO signs every evening. Sell out houses each year at the Westbury (LI) Music Fair, followed by three  appearances on the Ed Sullivan television show, seven record breaking years at the Copa in New  York. Jimmy is the only artist to do two engagements in the same year at the Copa. His Carnegie Hall  concert broke all records for a Monday night. Roselli filled the hall for two performances singing in the late  show until two in the morning. Critics  say he could have filled the hall for a third performance  and and claimed "Roselli is the gamest, most thrilling new talent I've heard in months" wrote the New York  World-Telegram and Sun. Roselli recently returned from  London where for the second year in a row he overwhelmed the English audiences with two incredibly stirring sold out performances at the London Palladium.

Jimmy is the parent of a daughter, Ann. Ann in turn has gifted Jimmy with a grandson, Michael Louis Bernstein, the joy of Jimmy's  life.

For the last five years, Roselli fans have packed the house at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. Always a sell out. Jimmy spends the evening chatting and granting their requests to sing more of his famous Italian songs, but he sings them so superbly, and with such a full, rich voice that even if you can't  understand the words, you won't mistake the meaning. Roselli has an easy way with the audience.

In 1991 The Wall Street Journal wrote a front page story about Jimmy and his career headlined "Fans of the other Hoboken singer say  Sinatra is just Roselli's Salieri." Comparisons to  Frank Sinatra are inevitable due to their similar  backgrounds, Italian-Americans from Hoboken, NJ. Roselli is the crooner who was loved and loathed by the mob. They  loved his songs, but were furious that they couldn't  control him. They threatened his life when he wouldn't  kick back money from his club dates and record sales, and they took the records out of jukeboxes. Despite that, and  a life long feud with Sinatra, Roselli's considered by  some to be the most important Italian-American singer of  his generation.

Currently a new book has just been released entitled Making The Wiseguys Weep: The Jimmy Roselli  Story  and a movie is being  produced about his life. The actor to play Jimmy? John  Travolta! The shooting of 'Standing Room Only' starts  April 26th and will feature John Travolta in his first  singing role since 'Grease'. Look for a Christmas 99  release. Stay Tuned.


Last Update:  9/13/2005



Aggio Perduto O''suonno
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1006

3 A.m.
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1015

The Best of Jimmy Roselli Vol.1
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1011

The Best of Jimmy Roselli Vol.2
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1031

The Best of Neopolitan Songs
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1000

The Christmas Album
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1010

Come Into My Life
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Catalog No: 1016

Core Napulitano
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Catalog No: 1022

Core Spezzato
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1004

Daddy''s Little Girl
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1026

The Heart and Soul of
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1034

The Italian Album
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1005

It''s Been Swell
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1017

Jimmy Roselli Super Pak
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Catalog No: 1013

Let Me Sing and I''m Happy
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1018

Love Love Love
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Catalog No: 1002

Love & Naples
2-CDs Set. more ..
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1030

Lullaby of Broadway
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1012

Mala Femmena
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Catalog No: 1021

The More I See You...
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1027

Notte Lucente
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Catalog No: 1028

Rock-a-bye Your Baby
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1009

Saloon Songs Vol.1
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1007

Saloon Songs Vol.2
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1008

Saloon Songs Vol.3
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1001

Sold Out - Carnegie Hall Concert
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1020

Sweet Sounds of Success
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1019

There Must Be a Way
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1014

They Used to Call Her Mary, Now They Call Her Ma
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1032

What Is a Song
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1033

When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New
Probably the most recognizable song that Jimmy Roselli has ever  recorded. This album has set ... more ..
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M & R Records Label
Catalog No: 1035

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