I was born in Harlem , New York and I recall my father Frank Nania and his guitar and singing all the songs that he grew up with - The Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra tunes - Plus all the records that my father had bought - Like the Classical music of Verdi , Beethoven , Wagner , Puccini , Brahms , Mozart , Schubert , - the pop recordings of Bing Crosby - Frank Sinatra -Benny Goodman - Jerry Vale - Perry Como - Tony Bennet - The Ink Spots - The Mills Brothers - Django Reinhardt - Dad and Mom bought me a red Mosrite guitar on August 4 1968 from the Sam Ash Music Store in Hempstead , Long Island , New York - It really has not stopped since I was born - December 20 1952 - Joe Nania
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Local bands in Whitestone , New York - what a great feeling to hear the reverb off of the Fender amplifiers - I had a red Mosrite Ventures guitar with silver parts and a Vox Royal Guardsman Amplifier - Joe Nania a.k.a. Hollywood Joe
What gear do you use?
Guild F45CE guitar - Guild G25 guitar - guitars - Bruce Ackerman D - shaped sound hole acoustic guitar - Capponetto 1948 black guitar made in Catania ,Italy - Risto Ivanovski oval hole gypsy guitar - Doug Dreisbach archtop f-hole from Pennsylvania
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
I am looking for nothing from Fandalism - Instead I am going to bring JOY TO THE WORLD - One video after the next - stay tuned - Joe Nania a.k.a. Hollywood Joe
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Frank Nania- Tommy Febbraro- Pat Pulice - Bing Crosby-The Ink Spots-Frank Sinatra-Russ Colombo--Tal Farlow- Chuck Berry -Benny Goodman - Django Reinhardt - Oscar Aleman-John Lennon- George Harrison-
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I am BUT a DREAM - a DREAM that you are in - - - - !
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Elvis Presley - - Charlie Christian - -Jimi Hendrix - - Chuck Berry - - The Beatles - - Django Reinhardt - - Jimmy Raney - - Brian Jones - - Charlie Parker - - Oscar Aleman - -
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
BING CROSBY album - - The Voice Of Bing In The 30s - -