Tuesday, January 10, 2012


With the world wide release of Alan Freed's classic movie "Rock, Rock, Rock" this brought Jimmy Cavallo new fans from such counties as France. Spain, Germany, Australia, Italy. Sweden and the United Kingdom. Cavallo and the House Rockers followed with six singles on Coral Records between 1956-59.

In the early 1960's Jimmy returned to Syracuse and became the MC at Three Rivers Inn a showcase for national talent.  During this time he recorded one of his all-time classic songs "Fanny Brown" on the Darcy Record label (owned by Dan Leonard). Three years later came the single "Hold Be In Your Arms" on Romar Records hit record stores. .He formed the Jimmy Cavallo Quartet in 1963, that included Syracuse "Hall of Famer" musicians Chuck Sgroi, Tony Licamele and John Latocha (all formerly with the Capitols). This quartet performed at Three Rivers Inn behind such national stars as Nat "King" Cole, Sammy Davis Jr, Bobby Darin and Jayne Mansfield. During her 1967 appearance Miss Mansfield's management signed a long-term contract with Cavallo to become her traveling backup bank, This included her up coming Las Vegas engagement. Sadly she was killed in an auto accident prior to that event. Cavallo, Sgroi, Licamele and Latocha traveled the country for many years including stops in Miami, Atlantic City and Las Vegas sharing the stage with such musical icons as Tony Bennett, The Fifth Dimension, Jimi Hendrix, Joey Dee and the Starliters and the Turtles. Their repertoire included a wide-range of material from "Soda Shoppe Rock" to tunes from West Side Story" and "South Pacific".

In 1968, Jimmy relocated to Pompano Beach, Florida, but still returns to Syracuse yearly. Cavallo called "Syracuse's Father of Rock n' Roll: was inducted into the SAMMYS Hall of Fame in 1993. Jimmy made his first trip to the United Kingdom in the year 2000 and then released his first live album. "Jimmy Cavallo Live at the Persian Terrace, Hotel Syracuse." It was produced by Guy Capone for Petcap Music and backed musically by longtime friend Stan Colella and his Orchestra.

Jimmy returned home again in July 2002, to headline the NYS Rhythm & Blues Festival. Syracuse Mayor- Matt Driscoll, Onondaga County Executive- Nick Pirro and New York State Senators Nancy Larraine Hoffmann and John DeFrancisco proclaimed a "Jimmy Cavallo Day" on the final day of the festival.

For one night at Freddy's in September 2003. Cavallo brought back longtime band mates John Latocha, Chuck Sgroi and new drummer Tom Rozzano.  Rozzano has worked on many musical projects over the years including stints with such bands as The Eternals, Campus Walker, CRAC, Letizia & Z Band. & State Street Band. This special moment was captured as "Jimmy Cavallo Live at Freddy's Bar & Grill" on Petcap Music in late December 2004.

April 2005, Jimmy appeared at the Big Ballroom in Green Bay, Wisconsin for Rockin 50's Festival II. During May & June it was on to tours of Europe and Canada. While in Canada he recorded the album "The 3 Tenor of Sax" with Pat Carey an Johnny Pennino. Then it was back to Syracuse to record  the 14-track Petcap album "Jimmy Cavallo, Then & Now" a 50 year celebration as he re-recorded his biggest tune "Rock, Rock, Rock".

This was followed by his recording with Ron Spencer & Jumpstart and appearances at the NYS Blues Festival. Jimmy then recorded Cd the 13-track "Jimmy Cavallo Sings Broadway" (2009) once again includes the talents of Chuck Sgroi, Tony Licameli & John Tatocha who has work with Jimmy  on and off for the last 46 years.  He returned to the NYS Blues Festival and received the first "Blues Archives Hall of Fame" award in 2012

James Joseph Cavallo born in Syracuse on March 14, 1927 is still rocking, playing to overflow crowds to this day, he is a true Rock n'' Roll Legend.

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