Each song of “In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia,” along with a video, can be downloaded for 99 cents at the In The Pocket website. A portion of In The Pocket’s proceeds will benefit Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School, whose alumni includes some of the city’s most beloved residents including Kevin and Michael Bacon, G. Love, Stanley Clarke and Kevin Eubanks. "There are a number of schools and a total of about 15,000 students" Uosikkinen said. "They’re great people, and they do really good things at Settlement. Since funding for the arts is being cut, we felt this was a worthy cause. When times are tough, the arts make life livable."
|L to R: Eric Bazilian, Graham Alexander, Rob Hyman, Jerry Blavat, |
Tommy Conwell, David Uosikkinen & Jay Davidson
"When it came time to record 'You Can’t Sit Down', I knew the only guy who could pull this off with total command was Tommy Conwell." Uosikkinen said. "He does not disappoint." Also featured on the video is longtime Philadelphia-based DJ and pop oldies historian Jerry Blavat, who has been rocking the airwaves and dance floors for over 50 years. The colorful, loquacious Blavat does his signature "boss with the hot sauce, geator with the heater" radio patter and provides a detailed background to "You Can’t Sit Down", taking it back to before the song even had lyrics. "We just called Jerry and he came down to the studio and said, 'what would you like me to do?'" Uosikkinen says. "He was so gracious. We said go, he did his thing and he was brilliant. It was a gas!"
Since respect is always due to the original artist, I found a bit of info on The Dovells, who had a hit with "You Can't Sit Down" way back in 1963. There's a complete band bio on their official website, so apparently they're still around in one form or another. Here's their original recording of "You Can't Sit Down". It's an instant dance party!
You can find this great tune and their other big smash, "The Bristol Stomp" on this fantastic label compilation, Cameo/Parkway: The Greatest Hits. It's essential early rock 'n roll, it's cheap and it's at Amazon. You can purchase the In The Pocket project songs direct from them at their website or at Amazon Mp3. As the Geator himself might say, "Hey yon teens! Don't be a square, get yer hep self there!"