The Jaggerz - 2017 Legacy Nominee
• The Jaggerz is a blue-eyed soul band from Beaver County
known for its rich vocals and soulful grooves. In 1968,
the Jaggerz’ “(That’s Why) Baby I Love You,” was a top-five
hit on KQV, Pittsburgh’s leading Top 40 radio station at the time. Their follow-up up, “Gotta Find My Way Back Home” was a top-10 hit on the station.
• Their first album, “Introducing The Jaggerz,” came out in
1969. In 1970, “The Rapper,” written by Donnie Iris, who sang
lead on the record, was a national #1 single on Cash Box and
#2 on Billboard. It was certified a million-seller by the RIAA,
earning them a gold record and was featured on American
Bandstand. That same year, the group also charted nationally
with “I Call My Baby Candy,” and “What a Bummer.”
• Every song on “We Went to Different Schools Together,”
which contained “The Rapper,” was written by members of
the group and their manager, Joe Rock, with the exception
of the Beatles’ “With A Little Help from My Friends.”
• The group on these hits consisted of Bill Maybray, Jimmie
Ross, Jim Pugliano, Benny Faiella, Thom Davies and Donnie
Iris. Jimmie and Benny keep the group alive today, and the
Jaggerz released a new CD, "The Walk," in 2014.
• The band has been featured in “People Magazine,”
“They Came to Play,” “Escort Magazine,” "Cigar Lifestyles”
and 'In-Tyme Magazine.”
• They’ve produced and recorded Bobby Rydell and James
Darren for their publishing company, Sixuvus Revival Music.
Also recorded an album "Through the Ages" with the late
legendary radio/TV/movie personality, Wolfman Jack.
NOTE: We’ve made every effort to provide accurate information about each nominee, but apologize if there are any inaccuracies or inconsistencies. Biography information provided courtesy of the artists, Pittsburgh Music History website, Wikipedia and the artists’ websites.
Top row: Thom Davies, Jim Pugliano
Center: Bill Maybray
Bottom row: Donnie Iris, Jimmie Ross, Benny Faiella