The Story of Donnie Iris and the Cruisers by D X FerrisDonnie Iris and the Cruisers are the best-kept secret from the golden age of FM radio. The band of brothers have been gigging continuously since 1979, when they began recording Back on the Streets, the album featuring the Top 40 hit Ah! Leah! This encyclopedic, painstakingly researched oral history captures surprising untold details from the Cruisers rise, fall, and rebirth as an iconic Steel City institution. Before and after the Cruisers seven Billboard Hot 100 singles, the players had distinguished careers in the musical major leagues. Iris wrote the chart-topping single The Rapper with the Jaggerz in 1969. The Cruisers 1980s string of major-label albums represent just one part of their long and varied careers on and off the stage. For the first time, Donnie, bandmates, friends, and fans recount 50 years of life in the show-business middle class. From the 1960s to the 21st century, the epic saga features episodes about collaborations with the Jaggerz, Gamble and Huff, Wild Cherry, Breathless, Kiss, Bon Jovi, The Pulse, Carlos Santana, Cellarful of Noise, Sonny Geraci, Wolfman Jack, LaFlavour, Fair Warning, a young Trent Reznor, B.E. Taylor, the James Gang, and more. This unprecedented look at the life and times of Donnie Iris features a beat-by-beat review of the Cruisers songs, albums, and tours. Other colorful chapters include an inside account of WDVEs influential Dawnie Iris comedy skits and the longest retrospective of the Jaggerz, once billed as Pittsburghs no. 1 band for 10 years.
Donnie Iris & The Cruisers
Tickets available online at LiveNation. The people of Cleveland do not describe Michael Stanley just as a rock star, media personality, or musician— he is a living legend. His career has spanned over 30 years including over 30 record releases and hundreds of concerts! From the mids to the mids, the Michael Stanley Band enjoyed a strong and fiercely loyal following, touring with superstar bands of that period including Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Foreigner and the Doobie Brothers. He resumed his musical pursuits in the s, and since then has maintained an amazing schedule, juggling live performances, brilliant solo records and his radio job. All of this has happened while the veteran musician has dealt with several major health challenges.
Donnie Iris returns to Greensburg for the first time after three sold-out shows in at The Palace Theatre in celebration of his 75 th birthday! Donnie learned how to sing from his mother and then from Tony Bennett and Marvin Gaye. In , as a member of the Jaggerz, Donnie earned a gold record for writing and singing the No. Then again, Mark sees profundity in a good many things. Donnie knew of a terrific bass player named Albritton McClain; he also heard about Marty Lee Hoenes, a hot young guitar player who was playing in a band called The Pulse. Mark brought some songs and sketches of songs, a couple of keyboards, and was eager to produce his first record.
Donnie Iris found fame as the lead singer of the Jaggerz, the hit wonder from responsible for the number-two hit The Rapper, but Donny Iris and The.
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