Monday, 15 August 2011

Death of Mary Rita BUSALACCHI (nee SMIDDY),of Saugus, August 15, 2011,

 BUSALACCHI, Mary Rita (SMIDDY) of Saugus, August 15, 2011, age 90, passed away at home surrounded by her family.

Beloved wife of the late Andrea (Andrew) G. Busalacchi.
Devoted mother of Janet Walters of Port Charlotte, FL, Nancy Comardo of Chula Vista, CA, Susan Campbell of Saugus, Anthony Busalacchi, the late William Busalacchi and David Busalacchi. Mimi to twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Beloved daughter of the late William and Margaret (Corbett) SMIDDY of Weymouth.
Sister of the late Helen O'Brien, Kathleen McCarthy, William Smiddy, Jr., and Joseph Smiddy.
Mrs. Busalacchi graduated from East Boston High School with the class of 1940. 
She enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 at the age of 22 and served as a Ship Service Man L First Class. 
As a Naval Procurement Officer she was stationed in Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL and the Territory of Hawaii. 
She was Honorably Discharged in 1946. 
Mrs. Busalacchi was the Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2346 in Saugus, MA. 
She felt privileged to provide community service for our area. Visiting the nursing homes, annual Vetro Night, summer fishing derby, placing flags on our Veteran graves as well as giving her time to local elementary schools providing flags for each student and addressing them on the importance of honoring our service men and women. 
Her family always came first, she loved spending time at the beach and she will be missed every day. Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 178 Savin St, Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148. Arrangements by Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus.For condolences

Monday, 8 August 2011

The Teardrops (Girl Group) - past member Hazel "Tinker" Smiddy (1965–1967)

The Teardrops were formed around 1961 by two friends, Dorothy Dyer and Linda Schroeder, (both girls were 14 years of age at the time) in Cincinnati, Ohio. They later recruited Hughes High School student and school friend Pat Strunk as the third voice. During 1962-63 the trio were performing at local teen tenues in Cincinnati until they were spotted by musician/arranger George Bud Reneau, who then introduced them to his partner, songwriter, Paul Trefzger. The trio signed with Bud and Paul's Saxony Records in 1964 along with the deal came fourth member, Wanda Sheriff. the now quartet recorded "Tonight I'm Gonna Fall In Love" / "That's Why I'll Get By" in the fall of 1964, It received local airplay in Cincinnati, and in other cities across the US. The Teardrop's local success had them opening for The Beach Boys and Sonny and Cher.
In early 1965, they followed up with "Call Me and I'll Be Happy", which featured Schroeder on lead. After the single's release, founding member Dyer decide to leave the group, and was replaced by Tinker Smiddy. Their third single "Tears Come Tumbling" was granted national distribution by Musicor Records, who also issued their final single, "I Will Love You Dear Forever", in 1966.
By late 1966, other founding members, Sheriff and Strunk both left with Smiddy departing the group the following year. Dyer later returned to the group, rejoining Schroder along with two new members, Bobbie Frost and Susie Leight, for the final incarnation, until marriage and career changes caused the group to break up in 1969.
By the 1980s, all of the Teardrops recordings resurfaced on vinyl in the United Kingdom, including the unreleased track "Here Comes Loneliness" which went on to become a Northern soul favorite along with the B-sides, "Bubblegummer", You Won't Be There, and "I'm Gonna Steal Your Boyfriend". In 2001, Saxony Records released a compact disc of all the Teardrops material.
Today, all members of the Teardrops (with the exception of Linda Schroeder-Milazzo, who died in 2003) still reside in Cincinnati, and reunite to perform on special occasions.