Presumably inspired by Bobby Rydell’s 1963 hit “Wildwood Days,” Pittsburgh’s Lefty and the Leadsmen came up with a harder-rocking, Chuck Berry-influenced Wildwood song of their own, “Wildwood Fun.” It came out on the Pittsburgh-based Co and Ce label, which also put out discs by Pittsburgh artists such as Lou Christie and the Vogues. And while it didn’t really become a hit, it did make it onto several compilation albums, and remains a fun relic of the time.
Check it out below.
Lefty, by the way, is Lefty Pedroski, who went on to have a long career as a songwriter and actor. (He’s been in many national commercials you’ve probably seen.) There is more information on him at leftypedroski.com.
New Jersey celebratedits 350th birthday lastyear. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are markingthe occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until late in the summer.
If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.