~ 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 Guitar and Vocals

Born and raised in the City of Newark, NJ, I began my musical career singing bass with the acapella group The Savoys. Our stage was the corner of the main entrance to the Stephen CraneVillage housing project where we lived. After a few years of performing at many events in the Greater Newark area, we became a self-contained vocal group. I started playing the bass guitar,while singing the bass/baritone vocal parts.

It wasn’t long before our newly packaged group was heard by Denny Randell and Charlie Calello, songwriter and music arranger, respectively, for The Four Seasons. They took the group into the recording studios of Columbia Records and Metro Media Entertainment, with Stephen Crane Village, their childhood home, as the group’s new name. Those sessions produced 5 records, one of which, “Hey Summer”, hit the Billboard Magazine charts at #40 with a red bulletin the first week of its release. (The song can be heard on YouTube, along with the other songs)

I attended Jersey City State College as a Music Education major on the double bass, earning a Master of Arts as well as a MA Degree in Urban Education. Some of my most memorable experiences were playing double bass for various symphony orchestras in the Essex/Union County areas, and electric bass in the “pit” for many high school musical theatre revivals. Some of the well-known performers I have accompanied on the bass are the original Duprees, Shirley Alston Reeves of the Shirelles, The Coasters, and The Toys. I also toured with Bobby Valli and Jersey Dreams. The show was a tribute to The Jersey Boys. One of the highlights in my life was when I was a “roadie” for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. During that exciting time, traveling all over the country as well as to England and Canada, I learned so much about what it takes to be a professional entertainer just by watching and listening to “my boys” on and off stage. The responsibilities are enormous, and the demands on the performers are never-ending. It is the true professional who lives up to the high standards required of the performer.

Also in my Performing Arts portfolio is my work as an actor, performing with The Actors Project NYC, as well as a screenplay writer. Working with my partner, Joe Stefanelli, 2nd tenor with the Savoys and Stephen Crane Village, we wrote a feature length script titled, “The Corner Boys”, which is the story of the group’s beginnings on the corner to their almost making it big as recording stars.

In closing, I want to say that I’ve been a fan of The Cameos for a long time now. Their blend of singers and musicians is 2nd to none. I also admire The Cameos for their solid work ethic, their respect for their fans, and their reverence for the music which they love to perform. As I mentioned earlier with regard to living up to the demands and responsibilities of the performer, the Cameos consistently maintain that high standard so necessary to be considered professionals, which they most certainly are. Last but certainly not least, I want to give a special shout-out to my dear friend John Basilone for making it possible for me to be a part of this exciting, dynamic show group.