~ MEET THE CAMEOS ~

Band Leader / Percussionist :

Paul has been playing drums since the age of 9. Born in Scranton Pennsylvania,. Paul was influenced by some of the greatest drummers in history Ed Shaughnessy, Louie Belson and Buddy Rich. Paul studied drums privately with the well regarded Frank Marripodi from Watchung, New Jersey. In addition, Paul continued his musical studies with The Glenn Weber Drum Studios in West Orange, New Jersey and attended Fairleigh Dickenson School of Percussion. Paul has had the opportunity to play with many well known groups including one of New Jersey's Top Show Groups, "The Galahads", Jerry Vale, and the Allan & Rossie band. He has performed at the Garden State Arts Center (PNC) with all three of these groups. He's had vast experience in Studio Work and is very proud to have been chosen to "carry on" The Cameos name at the wishes of it's founder: Mr. Roger "Bassman" DelRusso." The Show must go on and Paul will see to it that Roger's wishes are fulfilled to the extreme!

   
The Cameos Band

Vocals (1st, 2nd tenor; baritone; bass)

I am proud to say that I was born and raised in a Newark, New Jersey Housing Project named “Steven Crane Village”. I started getting involved with music when I was 12 years old, listening to my big brother, Angelo Basilone, the Lead Singer of the great acapella group known as “The Savoys”. My friends and I decided to start our own band, at the age of 15, and we called ourselves “The Five Reasons.” B=elieve it or not, one of our very first gigs was a wedding at a club called “Joey’s” which was located on Bloomfield Avenue in Newark. Not only were we influenced by “The Savoys” but you may have heard of another well known person, who also was born and raised in “Steven Crane Village” (named Frankie Vallie) and that’s why we called ourselves “The Five Reasons”.

   

Vocals (1st, 2nd tenor; baritone; bass)

Chris Cerullo, Lead Vocals/Bass/Baritone/2nd Tenor/1st Tenor/Falsetto, born in Garfield, New Jersey and attended Rutgers University where he founded his first Acapella Group "Vito & The Twilights" in 1990, performing in and around the college campus and around the tri-state area. With The Twilights, Chris recorded 4 songs on 2 Acapella compilation CD’s for Starlight. He later founded the Acapella group, "Remembrance" where he received Ronnie I's "UGHA Rookie Group of The Year” honor in 1995 and recorded two original tunes under the Acousti-Pella label in 1997 which received air play on WCBS FM and later was featured in a major motion picture. He also appeared on Don K Reed's Doo Wop Shop several times as well as other radio stations throughout NJ and NY. Chris performed with all the major Doo-wop acts including The Earls, The Crests, The Drifters, The Teenagers, The Five Satins, The Tokens, The Duprees, The Elegants, The Excellents, The Duprees, The Dubs, The Solitaires, The Harptones, The Jive Five, The Happenings, The Chimes, The Classics, and others. Chris also appeared in a 2-week off-Broadway musical production of Saddamn the Musical where he played the lead part of Saddamn. Chris then moved on to a group called “Goodfellas” before making THE CAMEOS his home!

   

Vocals (Falsetto, 1st, 2nd tenor; baritone; bass)

Danny was born in the South Bronx and started singing at an early age. He sang with a group called The Cordials and recorded “Dawn is Almost Here” on the Seven Arts record label. After moving to New Jersey he started singing with Eric And the Plazas and recorded “I Wish” in 1963. In 1964 he recorded “Danny Boy” with Nicky Addeo and The Plazas on the Revelation label. After doing a lot of background work, with various artists, he joined Sound Investment in the early 1980s and now a dedicated mainstay with The Cameos!

   

Sax / Vocals

Cathy Carbone (née Facchinei) was born and raised in Summit, NJ. From a young age, Cathy, along with her sister and two brothers, was guided by her father and his passion for music. They were known as "The Brothers and Sisters" and performed throughout the tri-state area, including the Pocono and Catskill Mountain Resorts. As teenagers they recorded two original songs under their own record label.They appeared on “The Jerry Blavat” Show in Philadelphia and "Someone New" in New York City.Cathy has had years of experience performing with her family and is very proud to be a member of another "family" group, The Cameos.

   

Keys / Vocals

A born and raised Jersey Boy, and inspired by his father who played drums for over fifty years, most notably with the group The Toppers, Arno began playing piano at the age of 8 years old. He has over 40 years of performance history and sings both lead and harmony vocals. Playing in various bands all over the New Jersey and New York area, from the Jersey Shore to the East Village, he has performed all types of music from Doo-Wop and Acapella to Classic Rock and everything in between. Arno also toured Canada in the late 70’s with a nine piece disco soul band! His inspiration comes from such greats as the Duprees, Johnny Maestro, The Four Seasons, Yes, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles and Elvis. Today, Arno welcomes his role as The Cameos’ Keyboard Player, Vocalist and Musical Arranger. Together with his band mates, he welcomes the challenge to recreate the original sounds of the 50s and 60s for all fans and lovers of this bygone musical era to enjoy.

   

Lead / Rhythm Guitar/Vocals

I started primarily as a vocalist in a local rock band in my hometown of The Bronx, NY as an early teen, circa 1970. I played various instruments early on and then focused on guitar. In the beginning, I played mostly the then contemporary popular rock music of the late sixties and seventies. Thanks to being from a musical family, my influences went back a lot further, especially those of my older brother who exposed me to the music of the fifties and early sixties. This music was becoming known as “Oldies” and was making a major resurgence at the time. In 1972, my rock band and I were invited to back the recently reformed vocal group, The Regents of “Barbara Ann” fame. We went from the local high school dances to travelling the entire USA, playing everything from little clubs to major concert venues. Along the way, starting as The Regents band, we became an in demand backing unit. As a guitarist and vocalist, I was privileged to provide musical support to countless legends and stars of the early rock and roll era. I was fortunate to work with these artists while in their prime, especially the great vocal groups which were often still mostly intact from their golden era. Among them were The Platters, Moonglows, Coasters, Drifters, Cleftones, Duprees, Skyliners, Teenagers, Flamingos, Imperials, Del-Vikings , Belmonts, Diamonds, Five Satins, Jive Five, Cadillacs, Dubs, Juniors, Diamonds, Tokens, Shirelles, Crystals, Marvelettes, Channels, Earls, Delrons, Impalas, Salutations, Elegants, Don & Juan, Starlighters,  Contours and more. Other great artists include Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Lou Christie, Mark Lindsay, Andy Kim, Merrilee Rush, Little Anthony, Gary US Bonds, Bobby Lewis, Del Shannon, Ron Dante, Bobby Vee, Tommy Roe, Mitch Ryder, Pat Upton (Spiral Staircase), Joey Molland (Badfinger), Clem Curtis (Foundations), Freddy Cannon, Martha Reeves, Maxine Nightingale, Eddie Holman, Archie Bell, Dr. Elmo and Billy J. Kramer. I have shared the stage with these greats and have rubbed elbows with many more. As we are well into the 21st Century, many of these artists are not as active as they once were or have left performing completely. To me, The Cameos represent a fresh take on the best of the best of the music that I spent the better part of my life finding a career in. Although I was always pleased to provide an occasional fill in for them over the last few years, I am thrilled to have been asked join the group full time in 2015. I look forward to a new and long chapter sharing this legacy with The Cameos and their fans.

   

Bass/ Vocals / Guitar

Angello Olivieri has been playing the bass in and around New York and Florida since the underground New Wave and Punk Movements of the 1970's. An extremely solid player with a great natural feel for all kinds of "roots" music, Angello has performed with such notables as the Blue Mystics, Stilettoes, Mumps, Pine Top Perkins, World Famous Blue Jays and countless others.

Groups worked with :
Blue Mystics, Dorian (Amerana Records), Stilettoes (With Syl Sylvain-Guitar, Buddy Bowser-Sax, Jerry Nolan-Drums), Mumps (Featuring Lance Loud), Raze (Top 40 rock), Regina Richards (AM Records), Vengeance, Michael Christian United Artists), Luigi & The Wise Guys, Kristie Rose & Charades, Tarot, The Words (With Alan Landon), Alan Landon Band, Prime Rate (Top 40 & Lounge Band), Helen Wheels Band, J. Bones & The New York City Blues Band, Front Page Orchestra, Tony-o Blues Band, World Famous Blue Jays, Little Mike and The Tornadoes, Debbie Davies, Walter Egan Columbia Hit Single, Magnet and Steel, Bobby Lewis Hit Single Tossing and Turning, Lee Andrews and The Hearts Hit Long Lost Lonely Nights, Jon Pousette-Dart, (Capital Records), Robert Ross, Avis Davis and Joy Ryder, Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones Tribute Band), Lucille, Irving Louis Lattin, Joe Taino.