Jump, Jive, and Wail

After 50 years onstage, vintage rocker Jimmy Cavallo gets his due

"It's inspiring to watch somebody who still loves what he does and is pretty close to the top of his game," says Spencer. "He doesn't sound like a 79-year-old guy. He sounds like he's 55. A lot of guys you see like that, like Jerry Lee Lewis, he looked frail in that [Rock and Roll] Hall of Fame induction ceremony."

"I'm in very good shape, and I keep [playing two nights a week], week after week," Cavallo enthuses. "Whenever my name is mentioned now, it's mentioned along with Bill Haley and Elvis and Buddy Holly." After all, you don't spend more than 50 years chasing stardom without thinking big.

"I think they overlooked me at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame too!" he adds. If there's any justice in rock and roll -- and Cavallo's tale suggests there just might be -- that oversight won't last long.

Jimmy be good: Cavallo rocks the house at Doogie's
Colby Katz
Jimmy be good: Cavallo rocks the house at Doogie's

Details

Jimmy Cavallo performs at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:00 p.m. Saturdays at Doogie's Jazz and Blues Café, 1025 E Hillsborough Blvd, Deerfield Beach. Tickets cost $5. Call 954-428-6438.

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