I don't know if you caught on as to why they were joking about Jesse singing the 99 Year waltz. Jesse was playing on Danny Poullard's old Acadian "D" accordion that night. The accordion now belongs to Edward. that was the other joke that night. Jesse "bet" Barry Ancolet that accordion ( belonging to Ed ) that he could sing the 99 Year Waltz on the "D" . For those who don't know, there aren't very many male vocalist who can sing that song in the key of "D". Jesse did that night, with no problem
Jude, thanks for the background information! If I remember correctly, Jesse also bet Drew his money that he could sing 99, and won the bet!
On another note, I have Jerry Devillier's blessings to post Liberty Theater performances on my Web site, provided that I get the artist's permission. Jerry Devillier is the engineer at the Liberty. Do you think Jesse would agree?
Could you e-mail me offline with your thoughts? Not sure I still have contact info for Jesse.