From The Jaggerz
The Jaggerz are a blue-eye soul band best known for their 1970 number 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit "The Rapper". Their first album "Introducing the Jaggerz" released on Gamble Records in 1969 was produced by the legendary Philadelphia International Soul team of Gamble and Huff. Andrew Hamilton of the All Music Guide calls it an R&B classic “Steeped in R&B, The Jaggerz are absolutely thrilling rehashing the Intruders' "Together," the Temptations' "Ain't No Sun (Since You Been Gone)," Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher," and the Diplomats' "Here's a Heart." They also shine on originals "(That's Why) Baby I Love You," "Bring It Back," and Philly sounds like "Gotta Find My Way Back Home," a Melvin & Mervin Steals a.k.a. Mystro & Lyric composition -- the same brothers who later did "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" for the Spinners.”
In 1970 the Jaggerz were signed by Neil Bogart to his Buddah/Kama Sutra label and released the album "We Went to Different Schools Together". It featured the smash hit "The Rapper" written and sung by Donnie Iris. The song went Gold selling 2.5 million copies and rising to No. 2 on Billboard and No. 1 on the Record World charts. The Jaggerz toured the country and appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Two additional tracks “What A Bummer” and “I Call My Baby Candy” reached the Billboard Hot 100 and the album went to 62 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album’s classic R&B tune "Memoirs of a Traveler" written by the Jaggerz was sampled by Wiz Khalifa, The Game, Slum Village and other hip hop artists. Their 1975 album “Come Again” was release on Wooden Nickel Records. The Jaggerz also appear on recordings with Bobby Rydell, James Darren, and Wolfman Jack
Formed by Donnie Iris and Jimmy Ross in 1965 the Jaggerz were Pittsburgh’s most popular band before they went to national success. They broke up in 1975. Jimmie Ross went on to record and perform with the Skyliners and the duo Cooper and Ross. Donnie Iris and his band the Cruisers landed 10 singles in the Billboard top 100 including the hits “Ah Leah”, “Love Is Like A Rock” and “I Can’t Hear You”.
The Jaggerz reunited in 1989 led by singer Jimmie Ross and released the albums "And the Band Played On" (1998) and "Re-Rapped" in 2001. They continue to perform their heartfelt soulful sounds and rich vocal harmonies with founding members Jimmie Ross and Benny Faiella along with Hermie Granati (of the Granati Bros. and B.E. Taylor), Dennis McAbee, and Paul Martello.