Giuffria

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Giuffria
Origin United States
Genres AOR, Hard rock
Years active 1983–1987
Labels MCA
Associated acts Rough Cutt, Dio, Angel, Quiet Riot, House of Lords
Past members Gregg Giuffria
David Glen Eisley
Craig Goldy
Chuck Wright
Tom Quinton
Alan Krigger
Lanny Cordola
Rick Bozzo
David Sikes

Giuffria was an American rock band that was formed in 1983 by Gregg Giuffria after his departure from the band Angel, a glam rock/heavy metal band from Washington, D.C.

History[edit]

Giuffria was formed as Gregg Giuffria's side project in 1982 after his departure from Angel. At the onset, Giuffria had intended to forge this project under the 'Angel' moniker, until several members of the now-defunct band took suit. The band's classic line-up consisted of Gregg Giuffria on keyboards, David Glen Eisley (lead vocalist), Craig Goldy (guitar), Chuck Wright (bass), and Alan Krigger (drums). Eisley had recently been vocalist for Los Angeles-based band Sorcery. Goldy had briefly been a member of hard rock/glam metal band Rough Cutt, while Wright had guested on several tracks on Quiet Riot's album, Mental Health,[1] although not an official member at the time. Tom Quinton played drums for several months in 1983-84 but was dumped in favor of long time session drummer Alan Krigger, who was deemed to have a better image than Quinton.

Giuffria were signed to MCA Records in 1984. Their self-titled debut album Giuffria, soon followed, peaking at #26 on the album charts, while spawning two hit singles, "Call To The Heart" (Hot 100 #15) and "Lonely In Love" (Hot 100 #57).

The band was the opening act for Deep Purple on the latter's 1984 reformation US tour. Throughout this tour, despite receiving rave reviews as the opening act, the members of Giuffria were subjected to poor treatment by Deep Purple lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who cut the band's set from 45 minutes to 25 minutes, also with no guitar solo and no encores.[citation needed]

The band toured as opener on Foreigner's "Agent Provocateur" Tour, and enjoyed considerable success. The band played a few shows in Japan in June 1985 and a live video was released as "Giuffria Japan Tour '85". Giuffria was also featured on the Gotcha! soundtrack, with "Never Too Late" and "Say It Ain't True." A third track "What's Your Name?" featured Gregg Giuffria and David Glen Eisley, but was listed under the name Camelflage.

Giuffria's next album Silk and Steel, was released in 1986, following some lineup changes. Goldy had joined Dio and was replaced by guitarist Lanny Cordola while Wright returned to Quiet Riot (this time joining the band as an official member) and was replaced by Rick Bozzo and later David Sikes. First single "I Must be Dreaming" failed to hit the Top 40, peaking at #52, with the album peaking at #60 on the Billboard 200. A second single, "Love You Forever" was released, but label promotion was poor and aside from an American Bandstand performance of the single it quickly disappeared, failing to make the Hot 100.

Giuffria were dropped by MCA and disbanded after recording demos for a third album. Some of these demos would eventually appear on the House of Lords debut album, and nine tracks from the Giuffria III sessions were included on David Glen Eisley's Lost Tapes release.

On an episode of That Metal Show in 2010, guitarist Craig Goldy claims there is talk of a reunion of the band.

Members[edit]

  • Gregg Giuffria - keyboards, synthesizers, piano, backing vocals (1983–1987)
  • David Glen Eisley - lead vocals, keyboards, harmonica (1983–1987)
  • Craig Goldy - guitars, backing vocals (1983–1985)
  • Chuck Wright - bass, backing vocals (1983–1985)
  • Tom Quinton - drums, percussion (1983–1984)
  • Alan Krigger - drums, percussion (1984–1987)
  • Lanny Cordola - guitars (1985–1987)
  • Rick Bozzo - bass (1985–1986)
  • David Sikes - bass (1986–1987)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Catalog Hot 100 Album
1984 "Call to Your Heart" / "Out of the Blue (Too Far Gone)" MCA 52497 15 Giuffria
"Call to Your Heart" (extended version) / "Out of the Blue (Too Far Gone)" MCA T935 -
"Do Me Right" MCA 4360 -
1985 "Lonely in Love" / "Do Me Right" MCA 52558 57
1986 "I Must Be Dreaming" / "Tell It Like It Is" MCA 52794 52 Silk and Steel
"Love You Forever" / "Heartache" MCA 52882 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saulnier, Jason (6 June 2008). "Chuck Wright Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  • Hale, Mark (1993). "1162 Guiffria". Headbangers (First edition, second printing ed.). Ann Arbor, Michigan: Popular Culture, Ink. pp. 162–163. ISBN 1-56075-029-4. 
  • Turman, Katherine (1985-01-30). "Giuffria: an ex-Angel's band on a rapid ascent" 104. Los Angeles Times. p. 2. 

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