Wild Cherry - Hold On To Your Hiney
Wild Cherry was an American funk rock band best known for their song "Play That Funky Music".
Rob Parissi (lead vocals & guitar) was raised in the steel mill town of Mingo Junction, Ohio. He graduated from Mingo High School in 1968, and formed the band Wild Cherry in 1970 in Steubenville, Ohio. The band's name 'Wild Cherry' was taken from a box of cough drops. The band played the Ohio Valley region, the Northern West Virginia panhandle, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The original lineup included Ben Difabbio (drums and vocals) and Louie Osso (guitar, lead and background vocals) from Steubenville, Larry Brown (bass, lead and background vocals) from Weirton, West Virginia, and Larry Mader (keyboards, lead and background vocals) from East Springfield, Ohio. Over time, the band members changed; Osso, Brown, and Mader leaving the band, and were replaced by Parissi's cousin, Coogie Stoddart (guitar, lead and background vocals) and Joe Buchmelter (bass). Buchmelter was soon replaced by Bucky Lusk.
In the early 1970s, several records were released under their own label including "You Can Be High (But Lay Low)," and "Something Special On Your Mind," in 1971. The music at this stage was pure rock music. Wild Cherry eventually gained a record contract with Brown Bag Records, owned and operated by the late Terry Knight. Brown Bag produced several demos and singles that were later distributed by United Artists including "Get Down" (1973) and "Show Me Your Badge" (1973).
The band broke up and Parissi left the music scene temporarily. He re-formed the band in 1975.
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