Born in Brooklyn with Pride: Bobby Rondinelli
Bobby Rondinelli is a well-known and respected Rock drummer who comes from Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn. He's tough, has attitude and is a powerful player.
He's even better known on Long Island which is his home of many years as well as known internationally for being a drummer for the bands Rainbow and Black Sabbath.
He's played with a long list of other bands on an interim basis such as Aerosmith, Quiet Riot and Blue Oyster Cult to name a few.
In more recent years, he played for a few years with The Lizards. More recently, he's toured with Over the Rainbow and Leslie West
Rondinelli is also often associated with the band that bears his name; Rondinelli. That band consisted of his brother Teddy Rondinelli, a respected rock guitarist and at one point included his talented sister Dorothy on keyboards.
Other Brooklyn born drummers include; the legendary Buddy Rich and Carmine Appice both I know are two musicians he admires.
The Brooklyn-born stars list is long and also includes legendary people in sports and entertainment. To name some include; Vince Lombardi, Vinnie Testaverde, Phil Rizzuto, Tommy Davis, Chris Mullin, Carmelo Anthony and yes, the greatest NBA player ever; Michael Jordan.
Brooklyn was also the birthplace so many well-known comedy stars such as: Moe and Curly Howard of the Three Stooges, Jackie Gleason, Danny Kaye, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Tony Danza, Leah Remini, Joan Rivers, Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy.
The "Honeymooners" a classic sitcom, was set in Brooklyn. Then there was “Welcome Back Kotter” (1975-1979) which helped launch the career of John Travolta. In 1977 came the movie "Saturday Night Fever" filmed in Bensonhurst starring Travolta. In 1991 the Steve Segal movie “Out for Justice” shot entirely in Brooklyn. These are just a few among the many movies filmed in Brooklyn.
Though I was a proud Manhattan resident for 12 years. However, I’ve always said with pride, I was born in Brooklyn. I lived in Brooklyn for the first seven years of my life in the Avenue J section near Brooklyn College and later in the Sunset Park (53rd St. & 6th Avenue).
I attended PS 94 and remember as a kid going to Sunset Park with my mother and little cousins to cool off in their large water sprinkler version of a pool. It was how us city kids survived the hot summers. As a teenager, I spent three summers at my Uncle's house in Gerritsen Beach. As an adult, I worked at the Brooklyn Army Terminal for three years.
Who would have imagined the two family house my grandparents bought in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn for $11,000 in 1940’s is now worth nearly $2,000,000.
Asides from the many well-known people who were Brooklyn born, we can’t forget the other classic and iconic associations of the past and present such as: the Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field, Brooklyn Cyclones, Coney Island, Nathan’s, Peter Luger's Steakhouse and Junior's Cheesecake to name a few.
No matter who I meet or work with, there’s never any hesitation when asked; where I was born. I say Brooklyn with pride.