January 24, 2008

The Pawling Heritage Society of Georgetown College has a new twist for their annual open-to-the-public “Valentine’s event” – The Peppermint Twist – on Sunday, February 10.

Those “young” enough to remember the 1961 chart-topping song by Joey Dee and The Starliters will be twisting every which-way to hear the new version of the group following a delectable dinner in the College’s Hall of Fame Room in the Cralle Student Center. Dinner and fellowship starts at 6 p.m., followed by the show next door in John L. Hill Chapel at 8 p.m.

The New Joey Dee and The Starliters Show is part of the College’s Foust Artist Series. For those interested in just the concert, tickets may be purchased at the door for $10 (or $8 for seniors; $5 for non-Georgetown students).

But, your best deal is the $20 package for dinner and show. Make reservations online at or call (502) 863-8041. You may also reserve concert-only tickets at that phone number as well.

Joey, born Joseph DiNicola in Passaic, NY (1940), and the original group shot to stardom after what was supposed to be just a weekend gig in 1960 at New York City’s Peppermint Lounge. But, it went so well they became the house band for more than a year.

Also in 1961, Joey and the band filmed the Paramount Pictures movie, “Hey, Let’s Twist,” a tribute to the by-then famous lounge. In ’62, they starred in a second film, “Two Tickets to Paris.” The following year, Joey Dee recorded the album Dance, Dance, Dance featuring The nettes as his backup group.

Now, Joey Dee and The tarliters play venues from Florida to Las Vegas, presenting over 100 concerts a year. In 2001, the group was featured on a PBS special – “Rock, Rhythm and Doo-Wop.”

For more information on all arts events at the College, visit our master calendar.