Alive N Kickin'
Alive N Kickin’ (known originally as Alive and Kicking, and sometimes spelled Alive 'N Kickin’) is a Brooklyn band, led by singers Pepe Cardona and Sandy Toder, known mainly for their 1970 hit single "Tighter, Tighter" which reached #7 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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The band originally formed in 1968 in the basement of the original bassist Rich Luisi, when they were teenagers. The original members of the band included Bruce Sudano, Woody Wilson (bass guitar), John Parisio (guitar), Ron Pell (drums) and Vito Albano on (drums). They gained some popularity when they began recording for Tommy James on the label he was signed to, Roulette Records.
In early 1970 the band began recording sessions. A song written and produced by Tommy James, Bob King and arranged by Jimmy Wisner was to be recorded, and although James originally considered having his friends record the song - now known as "Crystal Blue Persuasion" - but he liked it so much he decided to record it himself. As a gesture of friendship to the group he wrote "Tighter, Tighter" for them.
Two singles were almost immediately released to ride on the good fortune of the hit song, but after a lack of success with "Just Let It Come" and "London Bridge," and after increasing difficulties with their producer Morris Levy and the label's insistence on trying to make more singles so quickly, the band quietly broke up in the fall of 1971.
Most of the group reunited in 1976 and is still active, specializing in parties and weddings, although Woody Wilson is no longer a member of the band. Other newer members have included Richard Incorvaia (bass), Steve Spragis (guitar) and Dave Shear (guitar).
|1970||"Tighter, Tighter"||7||Roulette Records||"Sunday Morning"||Alive N Kickin|
|"Just Let It Come"||69||Roulette Records||"Mother Carey's Chicken"|
|1971||"Good Ole Lovin' Back Home"||—||Roulette Records||"Junction Creek"|
|"London Bridge"||—||Roulette Records||"You Gave Me Something"|
|1970||Alive N Kickin||129||Roulette Records|
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