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Wild Cherry
Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry was a rock band that had a huge hit with the funk song "Play That Funky Music" in 1976. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (814x505, 98 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (814x505, 98 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Play That Funky Music is a song recorded by Wild Cherry. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Rob Parissi formed the band in 1970 in Steubenville, Ohio, getting the name for the band off a box of cough drops while he was in the hospital. They played around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, until they got a record contract with Brown Bag Records. After some time with the label without issuing any albums, the band broke up, and Parissi started managing a steakhouse. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Nickname: The City of Murals Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Jefferson Mayor Dominic Mucci (D) Area    - City (Land) 26. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, P-Burgh, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded 1758 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area    - City 151. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


Soon after, Parissi formed the band again with new people. The new lineup had Mark Avsec on the keyboards, Bryan Bassett on the guitar, Allen Wentz on the bass, and Ronald Beitle on the drums. The band as they started to play sets, being in a disco dominated time, started to be asked by listeners to "play that funky music." Parissi, inspired by this line, wrote a disco song on it, and the band entered a studio to record it. A man at the studio hearing the song brought the band to the attention of Epic Records, which then signed the group, and suggested recording the song as an A-side instead of as the B-side to a cover version of the Commodores' "I Feel Sanctified," as had been planned. This article is becoming very long. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... The Commodores were a highly successful soul / funk band of the 1970s and 1980s. ...

Wild Cherry album cover.
Wild Cherry album cover.

"Play That Funky Music" became a huge hit when released in 1976, peaking at number one on both the Billboard R&B and pop charts, while both the single and Wild Cherry's self-titled debut went platinum. The band was named Best Pop Group of the Year by Billboard, and received an American Music Award for Top R&B Single of the Year, as well as a pair of Grammy nominations for Best New Vocal Group and Best R&B Performance by a Group or Duo that year, adding to their success. Image File history File links Wild_Cherry_album_cover. ... Image File history File links Wild_Cherry_album_cover. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...


Wild Cherry's luck ended with their 1977 album, Electrified Funk, which flopped without producing any hits. Their 1978 album I Love My Music, as well as their 1979 albums Only the Wild Survive and Don't Wait Too Long didn't do better, leading to the band's split. Parissi later became a disk jockey in Wheeling, West Virginia. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Wheeling is the name of some places in the United States of America: Wheeling, Illinois Wheeling, West Virginia Wheeling is also a form of torture: Wheeling Wheeling is also a technique for the cold forming of sheet metal into complex shapes. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ...


A notable talent who played with the band was guitarist/vocalist Donnie Iris (ex-The Jaggerz), who was with Wild Cherry from the mid-1970s through the band's demise in 1980. Donnie partnered up with keyboardist Mark Avsec to form The Cruisers before going solo. Donnie Iris album, Donnie Iris was a former member of the group The Jaggerz (the one-hit wonder from 1970 responsible for the number-two hit The Rapper). After the Jaggerz broke up, Iris toured with Wild Cherry, whose 1976 hit Play That Funky Music had made them a hot... The Jaggerz are a pop/rock band from Pittsburgh, PA, often considered a one-hit wonder because their only major success was the single The Rapper, written by Donnie Iris. ...


Wild Cherry's one hit was covered by The Real Roxanne in 1988, and sampled by Vanilla Ice in 1990 (For which Parissi was not credited as a writer; he later won $500,000 in a copyright infringement lawsuit), and continues to be a hit in dance clubs to this day. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert Matthew Vanilla Ice Rip Van Winkle (born October 31, 1968 in Miami Lakes, Florida) is an American rapper, known for the single Ice Ice Baby, which topped the charts in the early-1990s (see 1990s in music). ... This article is about the year. ...


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