Giuffria

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Giuffria
OriginWashington, D.C., U.S.
GenresAOR
Years active
  • 1983–1987
  • 2015
LabelsMCA
MembersDavid Glen Eisley
Craig Goldy
Alan Krigger
Past membersGregg Giuffria
Chuck Wright
Tom Quinton
Lanny Cordola
Rick Bozzo
David Sikes

Giuffria was an American rock band from Washington, D.C., formed in 1981 by Gregg Giuffria after his departure from the band Angel.

History[edit]

Giuffria was formed as Gregg Giuffria's side project in 1982 after Angel disbanded.[1] 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).[1] 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 2 tracks on Quiet Riot's album, Metal Health,[2] although not an official member at the time.

Giuffria was signed to MCA Records by Irving Azoff in 1984. Their debut album Giuffria soon followed,[1] peaking at No. 26 on the album charts, while spawning two hit singles, "Call to the Heart" (Hot 100 No. 15) and "Lonely in Love" (Hot 100 No. 57).

The band was a special guest act for Deep Purple on the latter's 1984 reformation US tour. Throughout that tour, despite receiving rave reviews as the opening act, the members of Giuffria were subjected to mistreatment by Deep Purple lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who cut the band's set from 45 minutes to 25. They also were forbidden to perform guitar solos and encores, and had to play with the arena lights on.[citation needed]

The band toured as opener on Foreigner's "Agent Provocateur" Tour, enjoying considerable success. The band then toured 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. Gregg also produced several of the album's tracks.

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.[1] The first single "I Must be Dreaming" fell short of the Top 40, peaking at No. 52, with the album peaking at No. 60 on the Billboard 200. The second single "Love You Forever" failed to chart even though the single was promoted with an appearance on American Bandstand.

Giuffria left MCA in 1987; Gregg then teamed up with Gene Simmons, where they reconfigured a new lineup, including James Christian on vocals, the return of bassist Chuck Wright and the debut of drummer Ken Mary, who had replaced Alan Krigger.[1] Some of these demos would eventually appear on David Glen Eisley's album The Lost Tapes while three of the songs ("Pleasure Palace", "Jealous Heart", and "Slip Of The Tongue" were recorded for the House of Lords debut album, released on Gene Simmons's new label Simmons/RCA Records.

Members[edit]

Past:

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

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Catalog Hot 100 Rock
[3]
Album
1984 "Call to the Heart" MCA 52497 15 3 Giuffria
1985 "Do Me Right" (promo) MCA 4360 - 41
"Lonely in Love" MCA 52558 57 43
1986 "I Must Be Dreaming" MCA 52794 52 28 Silk and Steel
"Love You Forever" MCA 52882 - -

Other appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 148. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  2. ^ Saulnier, Jason (June 6, 2008). "Chuck Wright Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "Giuffria US charts".

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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 (January 30, 1985). "Giuffria: an ex-Angel's band on a rapid ascent". Los Angeles Times. Vol. 104. p. 2.

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