Pictured: Erie’s Paul Yoculan (Younger) left, and Vinny Frazzini (Younger) right, laugh with Paul McCartney and John Lennon in New York City shortly after the Beatles’ first US performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
by Christine Lorraine – April 3, 2019
Back when Michael Jackson was an adorable child prodigy, Tony Orlando was asking someone to Knock Three Times, and Joplin was lamenting over being broken-hearted by Bobby McGee, something unusual was unfolding in the sleepy, quiet little city of Erie, PA.
Fat Daddy’s Plastic Palace was being born.
It was conveniently located at the high-traffic site near W. 15th Street and Peninsula Drive, on the east side of the street, behind the bottom of the bridge.
Vinny Frazzini, one of the frontmen for Erie’s “The Younger Brothers,” saw a club named Fat Daddy’s while in New York City, and the name stuck with him. According to his older brother and co-organizer Joeseph (Joe) Frazzini, it was Vinny who coordinated the arrival of a high-powered Canadian band into the US to unleash a musical punch on Fat Daddys’ stage.
Other organizers included:
* Robert White Sr.
* Paul Yoculan (Younger)
* Vinny Frazzini (Younger)
“The place was packed on weekends,” states Joe. “It was a great nightclub atmosphere.” He shared his memories of this unique local club in an April 3, 2019 phone interview.
Joe describes this psychedelic disco-esque establishment as “successful,” and speaks fondly of the way everyone involved pulled together to help make Fat Daddy’s the trendy place to be seen.
Local resident William Gruelich chipped in and laid carpeting, someone else donated a large wooden bar, and local businessman Raymond Tubbs also pitched in. “It was something everybody wanted to do. A collaborative effort.” Joe added that he cut, created and hung decorative “icicles” from the ceiling, among a myriad of other tasks.
Marge Frazzini, (the author’s mom and wife of Joe, the author’s dad), was a patron of this dazzling and different nightclub. She describes her time spent there as “fun and memorable.” Both Joe and Marge agree that Fat Daddy’s Plastic Palace was the happening place to be back in its heyday.
From all accounts, the only thing wrong with Fat Daddy’s was its short life span.