New England Blues Society
Volume 2 / Issue 3
A Night to Remember for Black Rose Records
By Art Simas
Congratulations to Al Cocorochio and Black Rose Records, for their 20th anniversary celebration at Johnny D’s in Somerville June 28. To put it simply, everyone – performers, the audience and even Al, who got up to sing a few tunes, had a great time. To top it off, Ted Harvey, the drummer for the original Housebreakers of Hound Dog Taylor and Brewer Phillips, was on hand and played with a few of the bands.
Also, the Black Rose 20th Anniversary CD, “20 Years of Black Rose (Vol. 1),” was on sale for $10 –a retrospective of music that Al has produced including: Bert Paquette and the New Gamblers, the Boston Rockabilly Music Conspiracy, Brenda Francis and the New Hawks, Cub Koda, Apache, Cold Cold Heart, Bobby Fosmire, Eric and the Hawks, Preacher Jack, Alabama Frank, Brewer Phillips, T.H. and the Wreckage, Maynard Silva, Liz Lannon Band, Big Bill’s Band, Kenny Krumbholz and Silvertone Steve Coveney.
Holly harris of Blues on Sunday (9 p.m. to midnight) on WBOS 92.9-FM was the emcee for the evening and was showered with a bouquet of flowers from Al midway through the evening. It was the second honorary bouquet that Holly received during the week, having been honored at the City of Presidents Blues Fest in Quincy on Sunday June 25.
Lots of people got a change to reunite with their old bandmates and tear it up one more time. It was truly a special evening for a special guy who took it upon himself to record an eclectic array of local musicians for the love of music. Al says he would do it all over again just because of all the people he’s gotten to know in the music industry over the years. Money was never the motivation. It was the music for the artists and for the people who appreciated the music.
Thanks to Al Cocorochio, many musicians got to live out their dream of making a record. And there’s no money in the world that can measure the satisfaction that has brought to so many people in the New England area. So here’s to another 20 years of Black Rose Records and may ye never lose your youthful energy and vitality, Al.