Thursday, April 17, 2008

Born in Bevier -- Arthur "Jack" Fascinato

Bevier has produced many, many talented musical artists, and perhaps the one most celebrated is Jack Fascinato, born in Bevier in 1915. Best known as the creative musical director of the children’s TV series “Kukla, Fran & Ollie,” Fascinato received great acclaim for his complex productions — including a performance of “St. George and the Dragon” featuring Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, as well as his annual staging of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “The Mikado.” Later he joined Capitol Records to collaborate with rising country crossover star Tennessee Ernie Ford. The partnership was hugely successful, and in the years to come Fascinato arranged and conducted close to two dozen Ford LPs, scoring a number of hits including “Sixteen Tons.” One of his Fascinato’s own albums, “Music from a Surplus Store” — is a highly collectible “Holy Grail” for space-age pop collectors.

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