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By Spotlight Central, Photos by Love Imagery

originally published: 09/05/2022

The rain stopped and a crowd of music lovers gathered on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ this Monday, August 22, 2022 evening for a concert of classic hits from The Jukebox Legends.

The Jukebox Legends are a New Jersey-based vocal group that performs popular songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Founded by Bill Sagarese and Joe Leo, the group has shared the stage with such well-known artists as Joey Dee and the Starlighters , The Duprees, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, The Brooklyn Bridge, Larry Chance and the Earls, The 1910 Fruitgum Company, Dennis Tufano of the Buckinghams, Emil Stucchio, The Blues Brothers and Huey Lewis.

Co-founder Bill Sagarese greets the audience on the Franklin Avenue stage and introduces the band members – co-founder Joe Leo, vocalist Tommy “Smooth” Siconolfi and vocalist Jodi Josephson – to the crowd.

Opening with “The Love I Lost,” vocal harmonies echo across the boardwalk as the quartet sing “The love I lost/I’ll ​​never do it again/No, no, never/Love again,” on that 1973 jukebox classic by Harold Melvin and the blue notes.

Jukebox Legends LIVE!  on the Seaside Heights boardwalk

Jodi Josephson has audiences clapping on “Makin’ It,” a dynamic hit by David Naughton performed with four-part vocal harmonies that has music lovers dancing to the electronic beat of the band’s pre-recorded backing tracks.

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The crowd on the boardwalk grows exponentially as passersby are drawn to Josephson’s rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and Joe Leo sings lead while Bill Sagarese sings in a high falsetto voice on “Little Darlin” from the Diamonds.

Jukebox Legends LIVE!  on the Seaside Heights boardwalk

Looking dapper in their matching black and white shirts adorned with musical symbols, Leo, Sagarese and Tommy Siconolfi are featured on their smooth rendition of The Vogues’ “Turn Around, Look At Me,” which has audience members singing along. .

Josephson sings along to the funky “Boogie Oogie Oogie” from A Taste of Honey, and Gina, Melissa, Kim and Vittoria — “Supafly Fitness” dancers from local LA Fitness studio in Toms River — perform a choreographed routine to the quartet’s version of Dion and Belmont’s Runaround Sue.

Siconolfi is the lead vocalist on Kool and the Gang’s rhythmic ‘Ladies Night’ and The Jukebox Legends follow up with their renditions of Frankie Valli’s ‘Come Si Bella’ and the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit ‘Uptown Funk’ where the members of the public dance while the crowd of the promenade applauds to the funky rhythm.

Jukebox Legends LIVE!  on the Seaside Heights boardwalk

After “Why Don’t You Believe Me” by the Duprees, the quartet continued their series of jukebox dance hits with “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel” by Tavares and “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire before Josephson be the star soloist of Barbra Streisand’s ballad, “The Way We Were.”

Audience cheers to the beat of Barry Manilow’s Latin-influenced “Copacabana,” and crowd dancers head to the edge of the stage to take the walk accompanied by the doo-wop vocal harmonies of Dion’s “The Wanderer.”

Jodi Josephson handles the lead role in “Turn the Beat Around,” a 1976 disco hit for Vicki Sue Robinson as well as a 1994 No. 1 hit on Billboard‘s Hot Dance Club Chart for Gloria Estefan.

Jukebox Legends LIVE!  on the Seaside Heights boardwalk

Leo sings the lead in Elvis Presley’s ballad, ‘The Wonder of You,’ and after an upbeat rendition of Donna Summer’s ‘Bad Girls,’ Siconolfi is featured on Michael Jackson’s 1979 hit, ‘Rock with You. “.

A highlight of tonight’s show is Joe Leo’s tribute to Louis Armstrong on “What a Wonderful World,” and the entire audience stands on their feet as the band dedicate their final number, “God Bless the USA.” of Lee Greenwood, to members of the military, police, firefighters, etc. While excitedly waving small American flags, the crowd sang along with the singers before rewarding them with cheers and applause, clearly looking forward to Jukebox Legends’ next performance in Seaside Heights.

Jukebox Legends LIVE!  on the Seaside Heights boardwalk

To learn more about The Jukebox Legends, visit For information on future concerts and other events in Seaside Heights, NJ, please click

Photos by Love Imagery

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