Jimmy S. Sparacino
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Born in December 28, 1954 in Monessen, Pennsylvania. Tall, handsome, dark haired, brown eyed, and soulful voiced Singer-Musician Sputzy Sparacino started playing guitar when he was five years old and was hung up on Elvis Presley. He went to Union University in Jackson, Tennessee as a music major and first started out as the lead singer and one of the guitarists in Keyboardist Russ Hall's band, Hand Made Band from 1973-1975. Hand Made Band also had Wes Henley on lead guitar, Paul Doege on bass and trumpet, Butch Gardner on Saxophone, and David Radford on drums and percussions. They had a great song list and were one of the most popular local groups for Jackson, Tennessee. Awarded the best band at Kaintuck Territory. They beat out groups from several different regions. Although the band was based out of Jackson, they had members from Chicago to Texas and Pittsburgh. The band played at the Port Jackson Club (500 seat club) and the Jackson Fairgrounds in 1974. And they would even have Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons for their guests in some of their concerts they played at The Jackson, Tennessee Coliseum in September 1974. After Hand Made Band disbanded in 1975, Sputzy then left Tennessee and went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that Summer to form his next band Artistry, with bassist Jack Daro, singer Debbie DeMola, and the Macaluso brothers Greg (who then would play keyboards and work as the musical director of The Four Coins. Which was a popular R&B/Doo Wop Quartet from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania formed in 1953) and Tony (who then would play drums and percussions for The Four Coins). They first started performing at the Hospitality Inn in Wilkins Township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in June and were working there for four weeks. Then they went on tour of Hospitality Inns in St. Louis, Missouri, Atlanta, Georgia, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio and Hartford, Connecticut. They also played the Encore, the Hyatt House, and the Carousel in Pittsburgh. Then one year later, Artistry had disbanded. And Sputzy left to join The Four Coins in 1976. He was scheduled to appear with The Four Coins on Dec. 21-22 at Tony's Lounge back in Monessen, Pennsylvania where he was born and raised. He sang and played with them in Las Vegas, Tahoe and Reno, Nevada from 1976-1978 in Casinos. Four Coins also included Bo Wagner the lead singer, with Ernie Pontiere (who would then play as Sputzy's trombonist, percussionist, and third keyboardist in Gigolo back in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And who is now the lead singer and trombonist of We Three), and Matt Welch on vocals, Sputzy's longtime great friend, the late Joey Argiro on bass guitar (who would then play as Sputzy's bassist in Gigolo and Modern Man back in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Greg Macaluso on keyboards, Gary Allen on trumpet, John Tompson on trombone, and Tony Macaluso on drums and percussions. After Sputzy's departure from Four Coins, he then joined a band called Robyn & Sputzy which was a Vegas Lounge Act. Performed at the Sahara, Hilton, MGM Grand, Flamingo and Tropicana from 1978-1980. Sputzy then moved to Pittsburgh in 1980. He then became a more popular crooner and guitarist by then. He formed the Pittsburgh R&B/Dance/Cover band called Gigolo from 1980-1990. Gigolo was an opening act for The Whispers,The Jets, and The Weather Girls. Sputzy's band mates in Gigolo were Joey Argiro on bass, Ray DeLisio on keyboards (who also was known for being the keyboardist of TLC and The Allnight Rhythm Band. And who is now known for being the lead singer-keyboardist of Casanova), Armand De Genova on co-keyboards (who also played Keyboards for The Parker Bros.), Ernie Pontiere on trombone, keyboards, and percussion instruments, and Larry McClusky on drums and percussions (who was also known for playing drums for Jazz singer-guitarist George Benson). Larry then left Gigolo in 1983 and was replaced by Ron Orrico (who then played drums and percussions for The All Night Rhythm Band. And who is now known for being the drummer and percussionist of Casanova). Later Mark Matteo would come in to join the band as the lead guitarist while Gary Carolla would come in to join the band and take Armand De Genova's place as the co-keyboardist. The band played at places filled with dance floors including, the VIP clubs in downtown Pittsburgh, The Willows in Industry near The Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, Pennsylvania, in The Ramada Inn Airport ballroom, and at The Video Standard in New Castle, Pennsylvania. They did lots of great covers of music by Rick James, The S.O.S. Band, The Gap Band, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Jeffrey Osborne, The Chi-Lites, Laid Back, D-Train, Cameo, Chaka Khan, Peabo Bryson and of course the talented King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. Then after Sputzy's departure from Gigolo in 1984, he went on to join Modern Man from 1984-1991 as the lead singer after Gary Hohman the original lead singer of the band had left. Modern Man was another popular Pittsburgh R&B/Dance/Cover band. They performed in bars, dance halls, and at music festivals. They did top 40 music, some original songs, and a lot of R&B at the VIP Clubs, Confetti, The Meadows Race Track, in bars, dance halls, private events, music festivals and lots of other popular Pittsburgh area dance clubs. They even did some great Teddy Pendergrass song covers. The band included Buddy Hall, the lead guitarist, Tommy Bellin, the bassist, Talmadge Pearsall the keyboardist and co-lead singer, and Jim Blazer on co-keyboards. And then one day, Sputzy and his band were then discovered by Filmmaker and Musician John Harrison (who played Bass for the late Blues/Rock Singer-Guitarist Roy Buchanan for several years) who was doing assistant directing and composing the music for George Romero's "Day Of The Dead" (1985) horror movie soundtrack. The band would then help John out by composing the music and songs for the movie soundtrack itself. And that's when Sputzy and Gospel singer Delilah sang a duet to the two songs, "The World Inside Your Eyes" and "If Tomorrow Comes" for the soundtrack. Then in 1988, Mark Matteo would come in to take Buddy Hall's place as the lead guitarist while Joey Argiro would come in to take Tommy Bellin's place as the bassist, Gary Carolla would come in to take Jim Blazer's place as the co-keyboardist, and Tom Tornow would come in to play drums and percussions. Then they still continued playing their gigs together as the band until they finally disbanded by then in 1991. The band released two albums and they had national dance chart success. Then after Modern Man, Sputzy then formed his new R&B/Dance/Cover band, Sputzy & The Soul Providers in 1991. Sputzy & The Soul Providers performed for weddings, corporate events, country clubs, and private parties, and released two albums, and opened for many National Acts: Jeffrey Osborne, Chicago, The Monkees, The Turtles, Hall & Oates, Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Four Tops, Average White Band, Lou Christie, Bo Diddley, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Blood Sweat & Tears, and Ronnie Spector. In 1994 he released his own two albums as a Solo Artist. They were called "Not Just Any Love Song" and "Too Much Too Soon" with lots of great R&B covers. And his original song "If Tomorrow Comes" from Day of the Dead (1985) soundtrack appeared on the two albums. Also his cover of Teddy Pendergrass' "Love T.K.O." he had recorded with Modern Man in 1986 had appeared on the "Too Much Too Soon" album. His previous bassists from Modern Man, Joey Argiro and Tommy Bellin would also join him on The Buckinghams's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On", Bobby Martin's "Not Just Any Love Song", Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Anyone Who Had A Heart", Marvin Gaye and The Marvelettes' "Forever", Edwin Starr's "Agent Double O Soul", Ray Charles' "Smack Dab In The Middle", and Aretha Franklin's "See Saw" on "Too Much Too Soon". In 2009, Sputzy formed his own R&B/Dance/Cover band Sputzy & Jeremy with Jeremy Olsen on Keyboards. They performed together at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania, Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Wright's Seafood Inn in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, and all different kinds of musical events filled with dance halls. And they released their first and only album "Twisted" with lots of music by Santana, The Cascades, Jonny Lang, Timmy Thomas, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, and Johnny Cash. Then in late 2012, Sputzy formed a new R&B/Dance/Cover band with the beautiful Blues singer-guitarist Shari Richards, and singer-guitarist Tony Janflone Jr. called PGH. The other members include George Elliot the bassist, Jeremy Olsen still on the keyboards, Curtis Swift the saxophonist, Mark Custer the trumpeter, Bob Matchett the trombonist, Derrick Edwards the percussionist and Joe Kluchar the drummer and percussionist. They play R&B tunes by Sam Cooke, Aaron Neville & The Neville Brothers, Etta James and The Commodores. They have been playing at The Meadows Race Track & Casino, Jergel's Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, Pennsylvania and other venues. His original influences include Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. At a young age, Sputzy felt their albums were more important that his vocal training, he would take money given him by his parents for voice lessons, and buy the latest albums by these artists. Along with God given talent, these early influences helped to develop his rich vocal style laden with soulful emotion.