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Interview With Jerry Riopelle – The Valley’s New Years Eve King

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Jerry Riopelle

Jerry Riopelle

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Jerry Riopelle has played The Celebrity Theatre every New Year’s eve for the past 38 years with only two exceptions.  He played drums with The Hollywood Argyles who had scored a #1 hit with ‘Alley Oop’, he worked with Phil Spector (wait ’till you hear the stories he has to tell), his group the Parade had a top 20 hit with ‘Sunshine Girl’, Beamz, and so much more.  His love affair with the Celebrity Theatre and the audience that has frown up with him through the last 38 years is unprecedented.  You have an opportunity to join in another historic event when Jerry takes the Celebrity stage tonight at 9:00pm.  It’s the best New Years Eve show in Phoenix year after year after year.

Jerry and I spoke a few days ago about his history, his music, his invention Beamz, and local legends like Bill Compton and Danny Zelesko.

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