Like many ideas for a blog post, this one just randomly popped into my head. And while it may not be of much interest to many readers, I found it fascinating to find out who are some of the famous musical artists who attended Villanova.
I’ll start with those individuals who actually graduated from Villanova:
- Jim Croce – known for Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (reached number one) and Time in a Bottle
- Tim Hauser – singer and founder of the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, which had a hit with the song The Boy from New York City
- Ryan Montbleau – a singer-songwriter and guitarist, named the Best Local Male Vocalist in the 2007 Boston Music Awards. He also won second prize for performance in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition. Montbleau was nominated for a 2012 MTV Music Award for Best Concert Experience. The only person on this list who was at Villannova the same time I was.
Here are individuals how briefly attended Villanova:
- Toby Keith – attended for one year from 1979 to 1980, with plans to be a petroleum engineer; received an honorary degree in 1998
- Don McLean – attended for three months and did not receive a degree
I thought I’d include one song from Ryan Montbleau, and one from Jim Croce.
The following video from Ryan has nearly 500,000 view on YouTube:
This next song is an all-time clasic, and it’s a fun animation.
This song also has a special memory for me. I remember my first night in college and for whatever reason as my roommate and I were falling asleep I suggested that we each sing a song out loud in its entirety, so that we would never be embarraeed in front of each other. I have no idea what drove me to suggest such a strange thing, but we ended up being roommates for three years and he was in my wedding several years later. I chose Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, and my roommate chose an Elvis song…
Final fact, a bit of a sad one, is that Jim Croce died in a plane crash at the age of 30 on my 16th birthday.