Artist: Wild Cherry
Title: Wild Cherry
Label: Epic Records
Catalog# EPC 81630
Rob Parissi (lead vocals & guitar) was raised in the steel mill town of Mingo Junction, Ohio. Parissi graduated from Mingo High School in 1968. Rob formed the band Wild Cherry in 1970 in Steubenville, Ohio, one mile (1.6 km) north of Mingo Junction along the Ohio River. The band’s name “Wild Cherry” was taken from a box of cough drops while Rob was recuperating from a brief hospital stay.
The debut album from the foursome from Pennsylvania. It featured the ferocious single “Play That Funky Music.” Robert Parissi’s animated vocals were complemented by the soulful chimes of the guitar, a smokin’ bassline, and some hyped backing vocals. It peaked on the Billboard R&B and pop charts at number one. They received rave reviews considering that the band was all white conveying such a funky message. (The arrangement and lyrical phrasing are very similar to that of Stevie Wonder‘s “You Haven’t Done Nothing” found on his Fulfillingness’ First Finale album that was released two years prior.) No other singles came from this album. However, there were funk jams and smokin’ numbers including remakes of “No Where to Run” and “99 1/2.” Still, nothing compares to the featured single.
1. Play That Funky Music (5:01)
2. The Lady Wants Your Money (4:13)
3. 99 1/2 (3:00)
4. Don’t Go Near the Water (3:16)
1. Nowhere to Run (3:05)
2. I Feel Sanctified (3:53)
3. Hold On (4:12)
4. Get It Up (2:59)
5. What in the Funk Do You See (3:26)