Soul Fantasy

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

George "Kat" Katsakis

George Katsakis, aka: "Kat" was an original founding member of the Royaltones. The Royaltones had three instrumental hits on the top 100 charts around the world. "Poorboy", "Flamingo Express" and "Our Faded Love". All Royaltone recordings featured George on saxophone.

"Our Faded Love" was the first recording that featured George on the clarinet and has been re-recorded for his most recent CD.
Trivia Fact: "Our Faded Love" was the last instrumental featuring a solo clarinet to appear on the Billboard Top 100 charts.

George was the saxophone soloist who performed on all the Carlton recordings by Jack Scott. The Royaltones were also the back up recording band for Del Shannon.

George has appeared on NBC Today, Dick Clark's American Bandstand and Saturday Night Beechnut Show as well as numerous local television and radio shows around the United States.

Nightclub appearances include Caesar's Palace (Las Vegas, NV), Harrah's (Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV), Fountain Bleau Hotel (Miami, FL) and the Latin Quarter in Tokyo, Japan. Appearances in other countries include China, Thailand, Philippines, Okinawa and Taiwan. George has also appeared at the Howard Theater (Washington, D.C.), The Royal Theater (Baltimore, MD), and The Brooklyn Paramount and Apollo Theater in New York.

George has appeared on the same bill with: Redd Foxx, Connie Francis, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Julius La Rosa, Cozy Cole, Neil Sedaka, Sonny James, Harry James, Sam Butera, Don Cornell, Bobby Rydell, Jack Scott, Jerry Butler, Little Anthony & The Imperials and The Dave Clark 5 and many others.

I chose the instrumental entitled "You'll never find" (originally recorded by Lou Rawls). He told me that this track was recorded about three years ago.

Thank you very much Mr.George.

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