The Addrisi Brothers Biography

Don (14 December 1938, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA, d. 13 November 1984) and Dick Addrisi (b. 4 July 1941, Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA) were a Californian-based pop duo that recorded for over two decades, but are best remembered as songwriters for their gentle ballad, ‘Never My Love’, which was a US number 2 in August 1967 for the Association. (Over 20 years later, ‘Never My Love’ was confirmed as the second most performed song of the twentieth-century after the Righteous Brothers’ ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’.) As singers, the Addrisi Brothers first charted in the USA in 1959 with ‘Cherrystone’ on Del-Fi Records, the west coast label that also recorded Ritchie Valens. They later recorded without success for various labels, and it was not until 1972, signed to Columbia Records, that they reappeared in the US chart and had their first Top 30 hit with ‘We’ve Got To Get It On Again’. Five years later, at the height of the disco craze, they enjoyed their third and biggest hit with ‘Slow Dancin’ Don’t Turn Me On’ on Buddah Records, the label on which they also had a minor hit with their own version of their classic composition ‘Never My Love’. They also recorded less successfully on Bell, Private Stock, Elektra Records and Scotti Brothers. Many of their singles were released in the UK but only one achieved chart status, ‘Ghost Dance’ reaching number 57 in October 1979. Don Addrisi died from cancer in 1984 aged 45.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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