Jim ‘The Rocket’ Durkin is the founder and leader of Memories Music.
Jim grew up surrounded with the sounds of beautiful music. He was always a music lover, playing in school bands from as far back as the 1960s through High School. Unlike most young teens, Jim preferred to listen to music on the radio rather than television. He attended as many music performances, by various artists, as possible.
Jim would often attended the Richard Nadar concerts in the Meadowlands watching and listening to the great music we all listened to growing up. He and his friends and family would meet up with Murray Weinstock, a professional musician, go backstage, and meet the big name performers of the time such as The Late Great Johnny Maestro, Mel Carter, Lou Christie and the Spaniels. Jim would gather with good friends Murray and Angel Rissoff, another professional musician, and share their love of music.
Jim is a Past President of the New Jersey Police Honor Legion. As such, he was the organizer of the Annual President’s Ball. True to his roots, his chosen theme for his first outing was ‘The Paterson Guy’. Held at the Brownstone in Paterson with none other than Paterson’s own Bob Miranda and the Happenings as the headliners. The second year, he served as President, he booked the famous Charlie Thomas and the Drifters heading the bill. On both occasions, good buds, Murray and Angel along with fellow musicians, were the opening act.
Jim and members of his group, Memories Music, got into the act sharing the stage with these great musicians for a few songs. An opportunity that grew out of working hard with GREAT people and sharing an overwhelming love of music with each other.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Cindy was considered a natural and exceptional talented as a young child. By her teens she captured the leads in local musicals. This lead to several seasons with the Bristol Valley Playhouse, a professional road company, performing musicals throughout the metropolitan area. The next fifteen years found Cindy composing music, as she raised her family, and performed on weekends with “Young and Wright:, a duo who showcased their material at many Gate, and Bottom Line, to name a few. This lead to radio spots and recording sessions, including many jingles and commercials. This was followed by 8 years as a lead singer of “Pleasure Child”, a top metro are disco and top 40’s act. With her family grown, the performing show band called, “J T. Carter and the Crests” (formally the late 50’s group, “The Crest”, fronted by Johnny Maestro_. Performing on most major stages in New York metro area, and recording several full CDs, these were busy years, indeed!
Several years after, she became a key member of the now well-known recoding group, “Twilight”. She performed with this group for twelve years in metropolitan area and was key performer in the start-studded album, “Digital Doo Wop” (considered one of the best oldies “reunion album” of all time).
Since 2007, Cindy has, and is, performing with a great society band called Tapestry, who play for large venues in Country Clubs, Hotels, Yacht Clubs and shows.
Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Tom started playing in local bands in his early teen, gained his musicians union card and job in Palasades Amusement Park by age 15, and played behind most of today’s classic rock stars when their records were in the top ten. While gaining a bachelor’s degree in music, he continued playing in local bands while making his way into studio recording, working in New York City, and laying on many commercials, records, and T.V. and movie themes in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. During that same period, he traveled from the Catskills to California performing a wide variety of music styles, including “The Classics IV”, Del Shannon, the “Dovels”, Lionel Hampton, Vicki Carr and Issac Perlman…just to name a few. Stints as a member of the “Crescents”, the “Hilary Street Bridge” , “Nice and Easy” and the “Bobby Lewis Band”, filled the 1970s. in 1978, Tom performed a solo on the Emmy-nominated soundtrack of the “Amityville Horror” and also made a brief appearance in that award-winning movie!
In the early 1980’s a local hit turned his group, “The Jitterz”, into a popular opening act for the “Ramones” at Cabbie Jeebees in New York City. The 1990’s saw an ever-growing amound of recording work, and a long run with the well-known recording and perfoming group, “Twilight”. Three members of the group, Cindy Young, Bobby “K” Knechtel and Tom Joined forces with a former member of the “Crescents”, Manfred Saul, to create “The Post War Baby Band”. Tom says “It’s unique sound is a blend of yesterday, today and tomorrow”.
Jim has played & recorded with Bo Diddley, Mick Taylor, Sam & Dave, Ben E. King, Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Spector, and the Temptations.
Jim’s working relationship with Bo Diddley began in 1982 and spanned over a 10 year period. The Diddley Years brought Jim to stages in Australia, Greexe, Italy, Japan, and New Zeladn. In 1986 Bo teamed up with Ronnie Wood (of the Rolling Stones), and toured the world as “The Gunslingers” with the Jim Satten Band, in 1987 a live album “Live at the Ritz” was recorded at the Ritz Theater in New York.
A tribute concert to John Lee Hooker at Madison Square Garden in 1990 was another highlight of the Diddley years, It was here that Jim performed with the Legends Mick Fleetwood, Albert Collins and Al Kooper.
The year 2000 brought about the inception of Intermix Studios, an in-house digital recording facility where Jim offers his services as a producer, arranger, engineer, and guitarist. Clients have included featured music from the NBC sitcom, “Sister’s”, HANES, Mercedes-Benz and the Nickelodeon Network.
Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Gordon Muth is the band's rhythm guitarist. Gordon's passion for music and the guitar began on February 16,1964 after watching the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. He was captivated by the magic that was created by the Fab Four that night and he was particularly drawn to the distinctive jangly sound of John Lennon's Rickenbacker 325.
Gordon's parents bought him his first guitar later that year, a 1964 Sears Silvertone Acoustic for $19.95. After trying to learn on his own and failing miserably, Gordon began taking lessons in early 1965. A year later he bought his first electric guitar, a 1964 Danelectro electric guitar. Gordon played in numerous "garage" bands through his high school and college years.
Gordon's musical interests include classic rock, Motown, doo wop, the blues, jazz and pop. Throughout the years Gordon has attended hundreds of live performances all of which have helped to shape his guitar playing style.
Gordon currently plays a Fender American Standard Fat Strat, an Ibanez Artcore AG75 Hollow-body, a Takamine EF-381 Acoustic-electric, and a RS Muth Model S15 Custom Acoustic built by his luthier brother Randy Muth (www.rsmuthguitars.com).
It's WMTR’s 65th Anniversary and we’re celebrating with a SOCK HOP!
Join WMTR on Friday, November 1st at The Birchwood
Manor in Whippany for our 65th Anniversary Sock Hop!
WMTR’s own Bob “T-Bone” Williams will be spinning GREAT classic
oldies and there will be live music from Memories.
Tickets are just $50 (includes dinner) and available for purchase
at WMTR studios: 55 Horsehill Road in Cedar Knolls
(CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE!)
You can also purchase tickets via Credit Card by calling
WMTR's Promotions Director Scott at 973-538-1250 x 1355.
Join WMTR for a night of Classic Oldies and great memories at our
65th Anniversary Sock Hop, November 1st at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.
T-Bone. Williams on WMTR radio.
Memories Music annoucement on WMTR radio.