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Episode 23:

Rick Falkowski

Released: August 20, 2022

About This Episode:

Author, historian and Founder of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Rick Falkowski joined RockabillyGreg “In the Flamingo Lounge” on August 4, 2022.

Rick with his first band, The Wildcats, in 1968 when he was 16 or 17.

Rick Falkowski has been involved in all aspects of WNY entertainment during the past 55 years. He is the founder of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and Buffalo Music Awards, former publisher of Buffalo Backstage Magazine, entertainment coordinator of Tonawanda’s Gateway Harbor Concerts, former representative of the American Society of Authors Composers & Publishers (ASCAP), USAF veteran and a Time Warner retiree. He presents classes on the History of Buffalo Music & Entertainment and Buffalo History at libraries, community centers, schools, senior living centers and for various organizations. In addition, Rick is the author of History of Buffalo Music & Entertainment (2017), Profiles Volume I: Historic & Influential People from Buffalo & WNY – the 1800s (2019), Profiles Volume II: Historic & Influential People from Buffalo and WNY – the Early 1900s (2021) and he is currently writing two additional books. For more information on Rick, or to purchase his books, go to his website: buffalomusichistory.com

Rick’s 2022 Presentations:

Early 1900s Society & Culture. Individuals involved in education, politics, entertainment, sports, religion, social welfare and white-collar companies of the WNY area, including retail, newspapers, hospitality, and other businesses, along with the philanthropists that benefitted our community.

Early 1900s Industry & Manufacturing. Information and photos highlighting the individuals that created the steel, automotive, airplane and other factories that shaped the Blue-Collar backbone of WNY during the early 20th Century. Includes philanthropists that continue to benefit the WNY community.

Historic & Influential People from Buffalo & WNY – the Early 1800s. Information and photos of people who influenced the history, commerce and culture of WNY in the early 1800s. The presentation will discuss noteworthy politicians, businessmen, inventors and others, including information on the building of Buffalo Harbor, the War of 1812 and the Erie Canal.

Late 1800s Industry, Businesses & Culture. Info and photos of the people who made Buffalo & WNY a manufacturing center, built the mansions of the city and influenced the society and culture of the late 1800s, including the social activists, religious leaders, medical pioneers and writers of the era, along with the achievements of females during the late 19th Century.

Early Buffalo Music & Entertainment. A look back to the beginning of Buffalo’s entertainment history, starting at Canal Street to early theaters, concert halls, vaudeville houses, big band nightclubs and music prior to the advent of Rock N Roll. Includes information on area radio stations, songwriters, musicians and entertainers, along with many historic photos of Buffalo’s entertainment heritage.

Rock N Roll Buffalo. A review of the musicians, bands, DJ’s, clubs, concert halls and personalities that brought rock music to the Buffalo area. Starting with the beginning of Rock N Roll in the 50’s, the presentation will focus on rock music, but will include all styles of music performed in WNY through the mid 80’s, along with photos of the bands and venues.

Influential Buffalo Women in the 19th & 20th Century. A review of historic and influential women from Buffalo and WNY who influenced area society and culture, while working in education, law, social welfare, entertainment, business, manufacturing and philanthropy during the 1800s and 1900s.

Historic & Influential Niagara County Residents during the 19th & 20th Century. A review of the accomplishments by people from Niagara County during the 1800s and 1900s.