Joey Spampinato

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Joey Spampinato
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Background information
Birth nameJoseph Nicholas Spampinato
Born (1948-08-16) August 16, 1948 (age 71)
The Bronx, New York, United States
OriginItalian-American
GenresRock, power pop, jazz rock, rockabilly, garage rock, alternative country
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Bass guitar
Years active1967-present
LabelsRevolvo Records
Associated actsNRBQ, The Seven of Us, The Spampinato Brothers, The Rip-It-Ups, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Skeeter Davis, Kami Lyle
Websitewww.spampinatobrothers.com

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 Mersey-Beats USA.[1] 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."[2]

Spampinato, known for getting an acoustic, stand-up bass sound out of his instrument; played bass on many albums including Keith Richards' album Talk Is Cheap, Bonnie Raitt's Fundamental, and was one of the bassists on Eric Clapton's 24 Nights in 1991. His songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Shakin' Stevens, Los Lobos, Dave Edmunds and others.[3]

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.[4][5] 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 appeared with NRBQ in several feature films and television shows. During his tenure with NRBQ, he and bandmates Johnny Spampinato, 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 during which time longtime NRBQ fan Mike Scully was head writer and executive producer of the show. 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".[6] 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.

When the NRBQ stopped touring and recording in 2004 due to Adams diagnosis of throat cancer, Spaminato and his brother, Johnny, continued for a short while with Tom Ardolino in the band Baby Macaroni.[5] In 2008, Spampinato formed a new group called The Spampinato Brothers with his younger brother Johnny Spampinato, who himself 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 career as a songwriter, producer and session player in Nashville.[7][5]

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 the brothers.

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, it was announced that they were finishing a new EP, Smiles, which was released later that year under the label Revolve Records.

In October 2015, Spampinato was diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing a long term treatment.[8] In 2016, Cape Cod musician Sarah Burrell created a YouCaring fundraiser page to help with the anticipated expenses.[9] While its intended goal was $50,000,[8] it quickly surpassed that raising, as of February 2016, $90,830.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Spampinato lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts with his wife, Kami Lyle, a singer, songwriter and trumpeter. He was previously married to country star and rockabilly icon Skeeter Davis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Demming, Mark. "NRBQ". AllMusic. Rythmn One Group. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  2. ^ Boehm, Mike (24 May 1994). "You Can't Call Him Al : That's Because He's Johnny Spampinato, Who's Taking the Big Guy's Place in NRBQ". Los Angeles Times. Tronc. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ Goodman, Frank (December 2000). "Interview with Joey Spampinato". Pure Music. puremusic.com. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ Freedman, Sam. "N.R.B.Q. R.S.V.P." Rolling Stone. Penske Business Media LLC. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Shanahan, Mark. "Tom Ardolino, 56; drummer kept mighty beat for NRBQ". The Boston Globe. Boston Globe Media Partners LLC. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  6. ^ Edelstein, Art. "NRBQ: 50 Years of Rock History". The Barre Montpelier Times Argus. Brunswick Publishing LLC. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  7. ^ Shanahan, Mark (5 June 2011). "NRBQ returns without Joey Spampinato, leaving fans to wonder". Boston.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b Shanahan, Mark (4 November 2015). "NRBQ bass player Joey Spampinato battling cancer". The Boston Globe. Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  9. ^ a b Myers, K. C. (4 February 2016). "Spampinato, Lyle share music amid cancer fight". Cape Cod Times. GateHouse Media. Retrieved 15 November 2017.

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