Pittsburgh Music History
BBC Hails The Jaggerz new CD "Brilliant"
One of Pittsburgh's most enduring musical acts, The Jaggerz, are releasing their new blue eyed soul album 'The Walk" with a party at Jergels on Sunday June 15.
Originally signed and produced by the legendary soul team of Gamble & Huff, the Jaggerz return to their blue eyed soul roots with an album of ten classic R&B tunes. Produced by 5 time Grammy winner Jay Dudt, Jimmie Ross, and Hermie Granati, The Walk, is being heard on the BBC and other radio stations in the U.K.
BBC host Paul Miller played a cut from the Jaggerz new release "The Walk" on his soul show last Sunday and will play another track next week.
Paul Miller announced the Jaggerz song "(That's Why) Baby I Love You" saying: "This is something I know you're going to like. This is just brilliant..The release "The Walk" is something quite special...if you're anywhere near the volume control turn it right up to the maximum please."
Best known for their gold record smash hit "The Rapper" (No 1 on Record World and No 2 on Billboard), the Jaggerz have been entertaining audiences for almost 50 years. The Rapper continues to be played on stations every day around the world and is found on 60 compilation albums.
On "Thee Walk" singer Jimmie Ross the Jaggerz bring their uplifting five part harmonies to their heartfelt arrangements of eight R&B classics and two updated recordings from their "Introducing the Jaggerz" album: the Gamble & Huff tune "Together " and The Jaggerz original "(That's Why) Baby I Love You".
In the funky break up song "The Walk" Jimmie Ross sings to his fine looking long legged but black hearted cheating woman who has been jagging him around, "So long you did me wrong… You can walk your long legs, baby, right out of my life." Jimmie's passionate soulful voice and the Jaggerz moving harmonies shine on the love ballads "Love Won't Let Me Wait", "The Whole Town's Laughing at Me". and "That's Why Baby I Love You". Donna Groom of the Skyliners guest stars on a duet with Jimmie on the medley arrangement of " It's Gonna Take a Miracle/ I'm On The Outside". The band shows their skillful chops jamming on the uptempo "Move Across the River", "Stagger Lee", and "Having a Party" with great solos from renown piano man Hermie Granati, saxophonist Chris Patarin and guitarists Benny Faiella, Dennis McAbee.