“It’s impossible to
Tell the sun to leave the sky
It is just impossible
It’s impossible to
Ask a baby not to cry
It’s just impossible
Can I hold you closer to me
And not feel you goin’ through me?
Split the second
That I never think of you
Oh, how impossible......”
Bud and I danced to our favorite song made famous by Perry Como many, many times. Back on many a Saturday evening in the very early 70s, along with three or four other couples, we’d dress in our finest and head to the Ember Room at the White Plains Hotel (now long-gone). Featured at the Ember Room was the fabulous “Vince Cardell Trio”--they kept the dance floor crowded playing one song after another, and we seemed to never sit down.
We were regulars—one evening as we walked in, Vince and the trio segued from the song they were playing into “It’s Impossible.” During their breaks, they’d sit at our table and ask us for requests or just talk. We felt like Hollywood royalty!
I often wondered what happened to Vince. He was so talented and brought life to whatever tune he was playing. And, he was a handsome devil with a dynamic smile, too! Recently, I went online to Wikipedia; I was curious about where life had led this bright and talented man. What an eye-opener! As our Mom would say: “Wowee!”
“In the late 70s, Vince Cardell became a protegee of Liberace. He appeared alongside him on stage and became such an integral part of Liberace’s act, they would wear identical outfits. Liberace produced Cardell’s first albums and they toured together until 1981. His playing and flashy costumes were much like his mentor. He was reviewed as having a pleasant musical style but with a tendency to play in an ‘overblown’ manner.”
According to Wikipedia,Vince Cardell was a fixture at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, for the last six years of his professional life. His act featured showy water fountains, lasers and other flashy scenery. In the Michael Douglas movie about Liberace, “Behind the Candelabra,” the character of Billy Leatherwood was based on Vince Cardell. It was definitely an education for me to “see” the different sides of Vince Cardell. Part of me remembers the genuinely charming and very talented handsome young man in a tux. Pictures of him in his flashy costumes, a leopard-print suit, tons of jewelry were a culture shock.
There is no denying that this boy from the Bronx, whether wearing a tuxedo or a sequined ensemble, was talented, had spirit and adventure and made us happy listening and dancing to his magic.
Vince Cardell passed away May 29, 2012. Heaven is filled with his beautiful music for your dancing pleasure!