Joe Pizzulo

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Joe Pizzulo
Birth nameJoe Pizzulo
Born (1951-06-15) June 15, 1951 (age 67)
Youngstown, Ohio, United States
GenresR&B, soul, pop, soft rock, dance-pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Years active1969–present
Associated actsSérgio Mendes, Giorgio Moroder

Joe Pizzulo is an American vocalist best known as one of the lead singers on 1980s hit singles credited to Sérgio Mendes, including "Never Gonna Let You Go"[1] (from Mendes' self-titled 1983 album) and "Alibis" (from the 1984 album Confetti). Pizzulo has had several singles and soundtrack appearances, but he is also a prominent background singer for many artists.

Joe Pizzulo started his music career with a band called Roadshow in 1969 after attending Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio. His singing partners in that band were Buddy Cattafa and Debbie Komara. He later became a member of Brainchild. He eventually moved to California in 1974 and started a new band called White Licorice. By the time 1979 came around, he was touring with Alice Cooper as a background singer. His career quickly took off after that with his recording of "Never Gonna Let You Go" for Sérgio Mendes.

Pizzulo's daughter auditioned in the seventh season of The Voice under the name of Sugar Joans and earned a spot in coach Gwen Stefani's team.[2]



His albums include (known album appearances are in parentheses):

All the Best[edit]

All the Best
Studio album by
Joe Pizzulo
GenrePop, adult contemporary

All the Best - by Joe Pizzulo (re-recordings of his best-known songs were re-done by Pizzulo himself). Pizzulo's voice tracks were done in the United States but the mixing and re-arranging was done in the Philippines through Alkemi Productions and Frederick Garcia, with recording artist, Nina. Along with the members of the Passage band, these songs were reproduced late 2005. During his stay in the Philippines, he had a concert along with Teri DeSario, Nina and Passage.

  1. "I'm Never Gonna Give You Up" (duet with Nina)
  2. "What Do We Mean to Each Other" (duet with Lisa Bevill)
  3. "Take This Love"
  4. "Let's Give a Little More This Time"
  5. "Never Gonna Let You Go" (duet with Kate Yanai)
  6. "What Do We Mean to Each Other" (non-duet version)
  7. "Rainbow's End"
  8. "The Prayer" (duet with his daughter)
  9. "Where are the Stars"
  10. "Somewhere in Time"

Memories of Love: Live[edit]

Memories of Love: Live - by Joe Pizzulo, Lou Pardini and Kevyn Lettau.

  1. "Let's Give a Little More This Time"
  2. "Take This Love"
  3. "What Do We Mean to Each Other" (duet with Kevyn Lettau)
  4. "Never Gonna Let You Go" (duet with Kevyn Lettau)
  5. "Yesterday" (duet with Lou Pardini)
  6. "I'm Better at Hello" (duet with Kevyn Lettau)


Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Background singer and album appearances[edit]

Artists that Joe Pizzulo has been a background singer for. His album appearances are in parentheses.

Pizzulo has also worked with Heart, Spandau Ballet, Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rankin, Dionne Warwick, Roger Daltrey, Engelbert Humperdinck, Melissa Manchester, Bette Midler, Graham Nash, and many other music artists.

Hit singles[edit]

  • "Let's Give a Little More This Time"
  • "Take This Love"
  • "What Do We Mean to Each Other"
  • "Never Gonna Let You Go"
  • "Rainbow's End"
  • "Alibis"


  1. ^ Arar, Yardena. "Sergio Mendes hits it real big". The Free Lance-Star, August 27, 1983, p. 14. Retrieved on June 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Parker, Lyndsey (September 14, 2014). "'The Voice' Season 7 Blind Auditions, Pt. 2: Pharrell Gets Lucky, Gwen's Chances Are in Doubt". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved October 6, 2014.

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