Doc and Chou Chou Scantlin | Doc Scantlin & His Imperial Palms Orchestra | Richard Zampella

Richard Zampella was born and raised as the son of a physician that ran a medical facility located in Northwest, NJ. He first crossed paths with Doc and Chou Chou (pronounced Shoo Shoo) Scantlin in 1993 when they briefly met at Alexandra Millers’s 21st birthday party at the Rainbow Room in New York City. They would sporadically see one another around New York City including a chance meeting outside the service entrance of the Waldorf Astoria in 1999. That night, Doc and Chou Chou were performing at the Christopher Reeves Foundation Gala at the hotel. Brief pleasantries were exchanged that evening and ten years would pass before it would be reveal that they had something more in common.  In 2014, Zampella would read an article in the Huffington Post that included details about Chou Chou’s upbringing in Northwest, NJ – which also happened to mention that her mother worked as an administrator at the same medical facility in Northwest, NJ. The article went on to reveal that Zampella’s father was Chou Chou’s childhood pediatrician.  Zampella spoke with Chou Chou in the summer of 2013 and both were able to share common memories of both Dr. Arthur Zampella and Idylease located at 124 Union Valley Road in Newfoundland.


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