Joe Pesci, Pop Singer

Mob guys don’t “sing” – but Cousin Vinny did

“The Irishman’s” standout performer – or one of them – releases an LP

He’s funny. “I’m funny how? I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you?”

I was concerned Joe Pesci might shoot me in the foot. He was making a record store appearance in 1998 and I was covering it for CNN. I didn’t want to end up like Spider in “Goodfellas.”

“I’m gonna smack you in the head with a bat!”

I don’t know, is that better than a bullet in the foot? The question that night was would his album, Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You, enter the charts at # 1 with a bullet?


But the record’s release was an excuse for a lighthearted Showbiz Today piece. It’s just 2:22 and has been bleeped by CNN so it’s SFW. I’d hate for something to happen to you if you don’t watch it, if you know what I mean. . .

A year after that, Pesci announced his retirement from acting, to instead pursue a music career. Lucky for us, and Marty Scorsese, he’s back, as mob boss Russell Bufalino in “The Irishman.” And he kills. He would own the movie, were it not for Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.  

He got no Grammy for his record album, but another Oscar might be on its way for his understated but compelling turn in “The Irishman.”

He’d probably take it in stride, like Tommy in “Goodfellas.”

“Alright, he got shot in the foot. What is it, a big f**king deal?”


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