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Published on Jun 15, 2012
My brother, Richard, asked me to make this video for our Dad as his gift to him this Father's Day, June 17, 2012. The fact that Dad is still with us is nothing short of a miracle and the grace of God given his almost 3 year battle with AML. Every day is truly a blessed gift from Heaven. We love you, Dad! XOXO (Below is Richard's tribute to Dad-read on.....)
What most of you do not know about my DAD (Anthony F.Rossi; aka Tony Rossi) and why he is such a major influence in my life as a musician and basically the BEST DAD IN THE WORLD!!
My father attended the Julliard School of music on full Opera Scholarship performing lead roles in several opera productions including: Igor Stravinsky's Mavra, Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte. He also performed the lead in Falstaff with his opera classmate the famous Metropolitan Opera Diva, Leontyne Price. My dad also won many vocal contests which led him to perform on many occasions with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Buffalo Summer Pops Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony. Dad also made it to the semi-finals at the Metropolian Opera, twice!
My Dad then made his way to Broadway by auditioning for Rodgers & Hammerstein THEMSELVES, they hired him on the stage, and then he was off for the Broadway touring production of South Pacific. During the tour he met my mom, Barbara Winfield, who also was in the same production, one of several shows the two sang together on Broadway. They also toured together in Kismet during which they were married while on tour in Cincinnati. My father also performed in many On-Broadway original cast productions including: Oh Captain! with Tony Randall, Once Upon A Mattress with Carol Burnett, he had the tenor lead in Most Happy Fella with Robert Weede which also performed a scene "Abbondanza Trio" for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dad also sang Toselli's Serenade for Eisenhower, which he later found out was Eisenhower's favorite aria! Another Broadway credit was Mr. Wonderful with Sammy Davis Jr., but there were others! He has appeared on TV, in particular the Jack Parr Show.
BUT, the greatest thing my dad ever did was to marry my mom, raise 5 children and instill in all of us the values he holds so dear: humility, compassion, love for God & neighbor, a passion for music and the greatest value he instilled in all of is the importance of family! Another reason my parents are still happily married for 57 years now. All of this is why my dad is the BEST DAD IN THE WORLD. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY DAD!!!!!
Here are some recordings of my dad singing in competition starting with one when he was only 22 years old. Pardon the little bit of static, but they were recorded on LP78's.....for those who are too young to understand.....those are records, thick and rotate FAST! ENJOY!!