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|Birth name||Joe Spampinato|
August 16, 1948 |
The Bronx, New York, United States
|Genres||Rock, power pop, jazz rock, rockabilly, garage rock, alternative country|
|Associated acts||NRBQ, The Seven of Us, The Spampinato Brothers, The Rip-It-Ups, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Skeeter Davis, Kami Lyle|
Joseph Nicholas "Joey" Spampinato (born August 16, 1948, Bronx, New York) is a multi-instrumentalist and was a founding member and bass player of NRBQ. He was also one of the band's lead singers and chief songwriters. Before NRBQ he played in several bands, including The Seven of Us, which in 1967 while in Miami, Florida, met another band, The Merseybeats USA. The bands merged to form NRBQ. On the group's first two albums, NRBQ (Columbia, 1969) and Boppin' the Blues (With Carl Perkins, Columbia, 1970) Spampinato is credited as "Jody St. Nicholas."
Spampinato is also known for his bass playing on numerous albums including Keith Richards' album “Talk Is Cheap”, Bonnie Raitt's “Fundamental”, and was one of the bassists on Eric Clapton's “24 Nights: Live From Albert Hall” in 1991. He appeared in the film “Hail, Hail Rock N’ Roll”, with rock legends Chuck Berry and Keith Richards. Spampinato's songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Shakin' Stevens, Los Lobos, Dave Edmunds and others.
Spampinato lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts with his wife, Kami Lyle, a singer, songwriter and trumpeter. Spampinato previously was married to country star and rockabilly icon Skeeter Davis. Spampinato is an outspoken follower of a macrobiotic diet, which revolves around organic foods and an overall healthy lifestyle combining nutrition and exercise with spirituality. Spampinato also serves on an anti-aging panel working to educate and inform the general public. Spampinato currently plays in the Spampinato Brothers with his guitarist brother, Johnny Spampinato, who from 1994 to 2008 was a member of NRBQ. The two also play in the Cape Cod band the Rip-It-Ups. In February 2011, the Spampinato Brothers released a CD, Pie in the Sky, on Revolvo Records. The Spampinato Brothers are currently a four-piece group composed of singer/bassist Joey Spampinato, lead guitarist/singer Johnny Spampinato, rhythm guitarist/singer Aaron Spade and drummer J. Cournoyer.
Spampinato is a widely admired bass player known to get an acoustic, stand-up bass sound out of his instrument. In 1986, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones invited Spampinato to play in the band Richards put together to back up Chuck Berry for the rock legend's 60th birthday party concert, which was recorded for the 1987 documentary Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll. Spampinato also played on Richards' first solo album Talk Is Cheap. In 1991 Spampinato was one of the bass players for Eric Clapton's 24 Nights live album (Reprise, 1991).
NRBQ bandmate and co-founder Terry Adams wrote the song "Spampinato" in celebration of his friend's family name; the song appeared on the band's 1994 album Message for the Mess Age. Spampinato's songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Shakin' Stevens and others.
Spampinato appeared with NRBQ in several feature films and television shows including The Simpsons. During their tenure with NRBQ, bandmates Joey Spampinato, Johnny Spampinato, Terry Adams and Tom Ardolino were featured in animated form on an episode of The Simpsons. The group served as the unofficial "house band" for The Simpsons for the season 10-12 period in which longtime NRBQ fan Mike Scully was head writer and executive producer. Several of NRBQ's songs were featured on The Simpsons, including "Mayonnaise and Marmalade", which was written specifically for the show. The band also appeared in non-animated form on camera during the end credits to perform the show's theme song during the episode "Take My Wife, Sleaze". NRBQ also recorded a song entitled "Birdman" for an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast entitled "Pilot". The same lineup also appeared in motion pictures, including Day of the Dead, Shakes the Clown, and 28 Days.
In 2008, Spampinato formed a new group called The Spampinato Brothers with his younger brother Johnny Spampinato, who toured, recorded and played lead guitar with NRBQ from 1994 until 2008. Johnny replaced NRBQ's previous guitarist Al Anderson, who left the group in 1994 to pursue a fruitful musical career as a respected songwriter, producer and session player in Nashville.
In 2011, The Spampinato Brothers announced the release of their new full-length album, entitled "Pie In The Sky," which features eleven songs written by Joey and Johnny. The same year, NRBQ founding member and keyboardist Terry Adams began touring and recording under the name NRBQ, using a group of musicians from his solo projects. Currently, neither Joey nor Johnny are included in the reconstituted version of NRBQ.
During 2012, The Spampinato Brothers embarked on a tour in Japan, showcasing their new material in addition to fan favorites from their years with NRBQ. In 2013, The Spampinato Brothers announced that they are finishing a new full-length studio album scheduled to be released in 2014.
Spampinato continues to perform hundreds of concerts each year with the Spampinato Brothers, touring USA, Japan, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Norway, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, UK and throughout Europe.
- Official Website - Joey Spampinato
- Interview with Spampinato - July 2009
- Blog by Spampinato - December 2011
- Official Facebook page
- Joey Spampinato Videos on YouTube