MAYOR BOLLWAGE DEDICATES STREET TO FORMER FOUR SEASONS MEMBER JOE LONG

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE DEDICATES STREET TO FORMER FOUR SEASONS MEMBER JOE LONG 
 
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—July 17, 2014 - Mayor J. Christian Bollwage will join other dignitaries, as well as friends, family and the community as they honor Joe Long of the Four Seasons, with an honorary street name. The dedication ceremony will take place on the corner of High Street and Third Avenue Sunday, July 27th at 4:30 p.m.
 
“This street dedication helps recognize Joe Long, as well as his great talents and dedication to his hometown,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “Joe’s leadership, contributions and success are impressive. His role in musical history is noteworthy and continues to serve as an inspiration to all.” 
 
Joe LaBracio (Joe Long), who grew up on High Street in Elizabeth, is a classically trained musician best known for becoming the bass guitarist for the Four Seasons.  Joe studied with Alfonse Strazza, the principal bassist for the New York Philharmonic. However, a severe hand injury forced Joe to give up playing classical bass and switch to the Fender bass-guitar. He then began listening more to rock and roll and played for several local New Jersey bands before joining The Four Seasons, replacing Nick Massi in 1965.
 
Four albums and several hit singles were recorded from albums “Opus 17″ through “Who Loves You.” Through the mid-1970s, Joe continued to record, perform and tour with The Four Seasons. After leaving the group, Long formed the rock 'n roll group LaBracio and later the jazz band Jersey Bounce. 
 
“Joe has had an illustrious career, not only with the Four Seasons, but in all of his endeavors, which has brought so much pride and joy to Elizabeth,” said Councilman-At-Large Frank Cuesta. “I have the pleasure of knowing Joe and the fact that he has not forgotten his roots speak louder than words.”
 
Both the City of Elizabeth and the County of Union will be presenting Mr. Long with a resolution honoring his local ties as well as the legendary part he played in popular music, which continues to be heard on the radio today. The quality arrangements along with seamless harmonies of The Four Seasons continues to be admired and enjoyed by many.
 
Along with Mr. Long, many other notable individuals were born or resided within the City of Elizabeth including Chef and Restaurant owner Tom Colicchio and acclaimed author Judy Bloom.