Sunday, May 13, 2007
Many of you knew Joe as the old drunk guy who used to ride his bike, after a few cocktails, singing and swerving up and down White St. Well the world knew Joe as a famous lounge singer, going by the stage name Eddie Sabitini. His best selling album was "Eddie Sabaitini Live at the Breezy Point Lodge 1958", this was his most famous performance. The Breezy Point Lodge was located outside Kennedy Airport and was a frequently visited place by travelers. During his performance "Eddie" spotted Rosemary Clooney. "Eddie" proceeded to do a flawless drawn-out rendition of Clooney's song "Hey There". It was rumored that they later entered into a love affair, Clooney would divorce her husband, Jose Ferrer, in 1961. "Eddie's" career never reached these heights ever again, he continued singing in dive bars and was a frequent guest act at Siro's in Saratoga Springs, NY. Although he did have a bit part in the movie Tony Rome starring Frank Sinatra in 1967, playing a lounge singer. "Eddie's" career hit cult status when Bill Murray's character on Saturday Night Live "Nick the Lounge Singer" was solely based on "Eddie's" career. Murray even did a parody of the Clooney episode but with Murray singing to Linda Ronstadt. Bobby Darin was quoted as saying, "When I go I want Eddie Sabitini to sing don't Rain On My Parade at my funeral" in 1971. Unfortunately "Eddie" would fulfill this request not 2 years later. "Eddie" was inducted into the Crooners Hall Of Fame, located in Skokie, Illinois, in 1976. Joe was a great performer and a fine member of the White St. fraternity.