Name a street by Erasmus Hall High School Kenny Vance Way
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Naming a street in Kenny Vance's honor is important because "he started off as a Brooklyn Doo Wopper, singing on the corner, and in the subway, looking for that echo! He found it, and we found him! Brooklyn needs to bestow upon this man, who represents his hometown, into eternity, a street named after him......Kenny Vance Way!" (JWG) In addition, while Kenny Vance has had his work recognized in the past, (In 2002, Kenny Vance was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and in 2007 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.) He has yet to be recognized by his hometown Brooklyn, New York.
Here is the story and history of Kenny Vance.
Kenny Vance, born on December 9, 1943 as Kenneth Rosenberg is a Brooklyn native whose many contributions in the music industry as a singer, songwriter and music producer as well as music supervisor for the movie industry have spanned for over 50 years.
Kenny Vance started his first vocal group, The Harbor Lites at the age of 15. Kenny then founded the group Jay and the Americans. Kenny is a multi talented musician. He managed Steely Dan and worked with them from 1967 until 1971.
Kenny was the music supervisor for the movies "Eddie and the Cruisers" and "Animal House" and "American Hot Wax." Kenny also appeared as an Actor in the movies "Hurlyburly", "Billy Bathgate", "American Hot Wax" as Professor La Plano with what was then a fictional group called The Planotones and in Woody Allen's movies, "Manhattan", "Stardust Memories", "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Husbands and Wives." In addition, Kenny Vance has also served as the musical director for Saturday Night Live from 1980-1981. Through all of his many accomplishments his passion has always been singing and no one does it better than Kenny Vance.
In 1992 he created another group when he reformed the once fictional Planotones into what we now know as Kenny Vance and The Planotones. He recorded two albums with the new Planotones "Teenage Jazz" and "LOOKING FOR AN ECHO" the song in which Kenny has forever immortalized Erasmus Hall High School. Looking For An Echo was also the title to a movie starting Armand Assante has become his signature song.
In the years that followed, Kenny Vance and The Planotones went on tour and it was a success. As previously mentioned, in 2002, Kenny Vance was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and in 2007 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. We his loyal fans want his hometown of Brooklyn, New York to honor Kenny Vance for his work and talent. It is long overdue!
On October 29, 2012, Kenny lost his house in Rockaway Queens during Hurricane Sandy, and spent four months living in a hotel in Staten Island. We his fans want to see that Kenny receive something in return for all his work and dedication. Naming a Brooklyn street in his honor would be fitting for all of the joy he has given to his many loyal fans over the years.
In recent years, Kenny's health had prevented him from doing what he loves most, singing, it had kept him off the stage for almost two years! We are happy to announce that Kenny made his triumphant return to the stage on April 1, 2017. Honoring Kenny Vance in this way, is an opportunity, to thank an amazing artist, songwriter, and musical genius, aside from being a major mensch, who is Brooklyn through and through!
A street in his name is "a most deserving honor, for a man who represents Brooklyn as well as Kenny Vance does, as evidenced by the fact that at the close of each and every performance by Kenny Vance & The Planotones, he says, " We are The Planotones", from Brooklyn, New York!!! A street named by Erasmus Hall High School will not only be a great honor for Kenny Vance, it would served as a great example and inspiration to the current students of Erasmus Hall High School that anything they set their minds to is possible.
Kenny Vance's "influence has been monumental and we all feel and believe that a street in his honor would be the perfect "monument" to show him Brooklyn's appreciation in return." This is why we the fans of the Kenny Vance Fan Club are petitioning The City of New York and Kings County (aka Brooklyn) to name a street by Erasmus Hall High School "KENNY VANCE WAY" Several contemporary musicians, one of them being Dion Dimucci of Dion and The Belmonts fame have been given this honor in the past. The time has come to honor to our beloved Kenny Vance.-TC-
We, his loving & loyal fans know that honoring Kenny Vance by naming a street after him, would be a fitting and well earned accomplishment, for this talented and humble guy from Brooklyn, who we are so very fortunate to have had "Looking For An Echo"! -JWG
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