Donnie Iris

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: rock 80s power pop classic rock new wave pittsburgh american Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Dominic Ierace, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, USA. Iris is an accomplished singer and possibly one of the leading perfectionists in the American hard rock idiom - his first hit record, 1981’s ‘Ah! Leah!’ was completed only after 80 vocal overdubs. Iris, a child prodigy, was formerly the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for Pittsburgh rock group the Jaggerz, and had also toured with the R&B band Wild Cherry. He formed the Cruisers at the turn of the 80s with co-songwriter and producer Mark Avsec (keyboards; ex-Wild Cherry), Marty Lee (guitar), Albritton McClain (bass) and Kevin Valentine (drums). ‘Ah! Leah!’ was included on the band’s debut, Back On The Streets, which was originally released on the small Midwest Records label in 1980. In 1982 Iris charted in the US Top 40 once more with ‘Love Is Like A Rock’ and for a final time later that year with ‘My Girl’. Despite a reduced commercial profile, Iris’...

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