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The stories in Dick Cami’s A Look-Back, speaks of the golden age of the 1960s and ‘’70s. He was born in the Bronx, grandson of an Italian immigrant chef, who worked for the best restaurants in New York City. Through his traditional Italian family, he developed a taste for love, food, and life. His musical interests came from his father, a renowned voice teacher, and his mother a gifted, classically opera soprano. Cami worked at a variety of jobs before an aptitude, opportunity, and fate settled him in the restaurant business. After an initial stint as a record producer, he was one of the founders of the original New York Peppermint Lounge, the first Rock & Roll nightclub and home of the Twist. Following that success, in December 1961 he opened a second Peppermint Lounge in Miami Beach, FL. A short time later he opened Top of the Home, the fine dining rooftop restaurant with a partner, Chef Joe Ezbecki. There, in Hollywood, Florida, they hosted guests for 26 years. During that time, Cami also promoted concerts of classic rock-and-roll groups—legends like Tony Bennett, Engelbert Humperdinck, Dean Martin, Julio Iglesias, and bouts between well-known boxers. Read about this and more within the pages of this book.