Fodor turned family tradition into ‘Beachtime’ successWritten by Katherine Timpf | | email@example.com
The son of famous Toledo musician Jerry Fodor, Ernie Fodor, was born into a musical family.
“He played all over the country and he played with a lot of big stars,” Ernie Fodor said.
Fodor, who lives in Allen Township, got started when a disc jockey from Toledo included him in a band he put together called the Three Reasons. The band’s first success came quickly, when “Beachtime,” a single from the band’s first record released in 1963, reached No. 1 in Toledo.
Afterward, The Three Reasons began playing in clubs all over the city.
“Toledo was a great place to play in because there were a lot of little local clubs,” Fodor said. “It was party time … rock ‘n’ roll seemed to be a good way for everybody to let off energy … It was fun times. I wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world.”
Fodor said he often longed for the “happy-go-lucky” music of the ’50s and ’60s — particularly when rap hit the musical scene.
“The music got worse with the vulgar or violent rap. During that period of music, someone very, very close to me was shot and killed, and music took a big change for me at that time, and I quit playing music for a while,” he said, his eyes welling up with tears.
Fodor said he believes violence such as this is the reason there aren’t as many concert venues in the Toledo area anymore.
“The decline is one or two idiots carrying concealed weapons and are intent on causing hurt and trouble make the crowd weary of attending certain places,” Fodor said.
Fodor said he believes music is getting better, with happier themes and more talented musicians.
“The musicians are the heartbeat of Toledo,” Fodor said “I want to see the riverfront come back.”