Page 6 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, October 15, 2021 Malden Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday – Charlie Farren performs By Peter F. Levine C harlie Farren continues to amaze. His recent opening slot for Gary Cherone’s side project SlipKid was another wonderful example of why Charlie still matters. Working solo, center stage at the Blue Ocean Music Hall this night, Charlie charmed the large gathering with stories from the past, the present and future: The beginnings, the reach for stardom, balancing family and career and fi nally understanding that the fi nal SABATINO INSURANCE AGENCY Call for a Quote 617-387-7466 Or email Rocco@sabatino-ins.com We cover: * Auto * Home * Boat * Renter * Condo * Life * Multi-Policy Discounts * Commercial 10% Discounts * Registry Service Also Available http://www.sabatino-ins.com SABATINO 564 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 617-387-7466 Hours of Operation are: Mondays - Fridays 9am to 5pm Saturdays by appointment only act, even if it is opening up for old friend and fellow Maldonian Gary Cherone, ain’t so bad. Realizing that you are still able to sing your songs to an admiring audience with dignity and respect as the wise old(er) sage of music. That’s really good stuff ! Here’s a little bit more background on Charlie. Charlie was born at the Whidden in Everett in 1953. His father was from Belfast and came to the U.S. at nine years old in 1927 via Ellis Island. Charlie once told the All-Media Guide: “Everyone in my family would sing in full voice without hesitation. I later was surprised to learn that people were generally shy to sing out. My dad had a Sears Silvertone guitar that I still share with my three sisters. He was the fi rst one to inspire me to play. [We] grew up in Malden, my older sister has a band that played a mix of Gaelic and Jewish music, and they played professionally, which I thought was extremely cool. I was also very moved by the Beatles and remain so moved today. I dabbled with guitar in eighth through 12th grade before becoming a lead singer, giving up the guitar as a performing instrument.” More on this uber successful Maldonian in the near future. Massachusetts residents will get these... • You remember Jordan Marsh, Filene’s, Raymond’s, Grants, Bradlees, Caldor, Zayre and Ann & Hope. • You refer to Savin Hill as “Stab ‘n Kill.” • You’ve never eaten at DurginPark but recommend it to tourists. • You can’t look at the zip code 02134 without singing it. Charlie Farren is pictured at Blue Ocean Music Hall. (Courtesy Photo) • You voted for a Republican Mormon as Governor just to screw with the rest of the country. • 11 p.m.? Drunk? It means one thing: Kowloon! • 2 a.m.? Drunk? It means one thing: Kelly’s Roast Beef! The one on Revere Beach not the one on Route 1. • 5 a.m.? Drunk? It means one thing: You wish you had a blanket in your back seat. • You know that P-town isn’t the name of a new rap group. Back by popular demand! Here we have the 1968 Beebe Jr. High School (“Beebe Jr. Hive” staff ) off ering up comical takes on fi ctional books on popular students at the time. Lifted from a Beebe Jr. High 1968 Beebe Jr. Hive – “Beebe Books”: “How to Fly” by Tommy Walsh – Tommy did 30 years on the Malden Fire Department and owned “District 7” in Malden Square for a short period before “Mystic Station.” “That’s Life!” by “Mac” Singleton – Mac was a gym teacher at Beebe at that time and went on to become a living legend. Now deceased, still missed every day, by everybody. “Never On Sunday” by Stevie McLean (of the Pine Street McLeans) – Stevie was Bobby and Billy’s oldest brother and was a standup guy. “I Was a Teenage Java Man” by Robert “Rab” Powers – Rab and his sisters Candy and Cheryl as well as brothers Scotty and Keith owned Whitman Street back when Charlie Moreno was inventing the spuckie roll at the corner of Highland and Whitman. “My Three-Year Vacation At Beebe” by Robert “Rab” Powers. Everybody who knows Rab loves him. Everybody who knows Rab knows he marches to the beat of his own drum. “Rough Tough Cream Puff” by Freddie McCarthy – Freddie was a gentle giant (still to this day, actually) as well as a gentleman back when he was hitting moon shots off the Irish American roof as a 12-year-old. His sisMALDEN: TODAY | SEE PAGE 10 Monogram D4 Double siding Cedar impression half rounds Harvey Vinyl 63 Replacement Windows Custom Aluminum Trim work Windows & Doors Top quality Vinyl Siding! •Vinyl Siding •Carpentry Work •Decks •Roofing •Free Estimates •Replacement Windows •Fully Licensed •Fully Insured

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