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The Jaggerz
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    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Original line-up: Donnie Iris, guitar and vocals
    Jimmie Ross, bass guitar and vocals
    Benny Faiella, guitar
    Billy Maybray, bass guitar
    Thom Davies, keyboards
    Jim Pugliano, drums
    Recorded the single 'The Rapper' (1970)
    Re-united (without Iris) in 1989
    They were originally the 'Jaggers,' discovered another group using the same name, and changed an 's' to a 'z' to avoid confusion.
    They allegedly got their name from a Pittsburgh area slang term, 'jagger bush,' meaning a thorny bush.
    They were a one-hit wonder.
    If you bought their one hit back in 1970 thinking, based on the band's name, that it was some solo project by Mick, you were in for a surprise.
    For that matter, if you download their hit today thinking, based on the song name, that it was some early hip-hop number, you are in for an even bigger surprise.
    Before the success of 'The Rapper,' they were a blue-eyed soul band who recorded for Gamble and Huff.
    'The Rapper' hit #2 on the Billboard chart, sold over a million copies and earned a gold record.
    Iris went on to solo success in the 80s.
    Asked if he was upset when people call the band one-hit wonders, Jimmie Ross replied, 'That really doesn't bother me. Better to have one than none. That's how I look at it.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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