Chuck Mangione? Is he still alive?
You reach a certain age and start to worry every time somebody from
your younger days bites the big one. So it's nice to know that at
least a few of my elders are both breathing and able to do more than
act as spokesmodels for incontinence products. I was introduced to
Chuck Mangione (and later to his brother Gap) by a college friend and
later roommate. The college was (and still is, if all those alumni
letters are any indication) in Rochester. And perhaps in response to
us self-impressed New Yawkers, Rochesterians liked to show off their
hometown successes. People like Chuck, who somehow made the
flugelhorn cool with a hit called
So Good. And who stopped recording for fifteen years, which
may excuse my surprise at discovering that he's both alive and back at
work. And none the worse for the hiatus, if the tracks on offer are
any indication. Unless... do you suppose... maybe my taste has
deteriorated in the interim. Naaahhh!