Wild Cherry

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Wild Cherry – Biography

Wild Cherry an American rock band made famous by their giant hit song “Play That Funky Music”. Formed in 1970, the original members of the band included Ben Difabbio on the drums and vocals, Louie Osso from Steubenville, Ohio playing guitar, lead and background vocals, Larry Brown from Weirton, West Virginia, on the bass, lead and background vocals, Larry Mader from East Springfield, Ohio, playing the keyboards, lead and background vocals and Rob Parissi playing lead vocals and guitar.

Members of the band changed after sometime with Osso, Brown, and Mader leaving the band, and Rob’s cousin, Coogie Stoddart, Joe Buchmelter and Buckie Lusk joining in as replacements. Buchmelter left again in the 1970s.

Though Wild Cherry attained worldwide fame, they were only a moderately successful band. Their fame was based almost solely on one single hit in 1976, Play That Funky Music, which topped the US Hot 100 and US R&B charts and number 7 at the UK Singles chart. The rest of their singles did not fare very well.

Wild Cherry’s studio albums was not much better either. Among the 4 albums to their credit the only album to make it was “Wild Cherry” and that was because it contained that hugely popular singles hit.

The band eventually disbanded with members going their own way and pursuing their own individual careers.


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