Bio “Court of Appeal”
Our musical journey started back in the late 50’s, early 60’s. It was just prior to
that magical Sunday night when the Ed Sullivan show, aired the Beatles, the fab 4,
unbelievable we thought!
Before the Beatles came to the US, we performed in every grammar school
minstrel, as they were commonly called back then. I remember my brother’s first
ever saxophone solo. The song Sal played was “Indian Love Call”. This brought
on his first ovation…YEAH!
Our next door neighbor, Frank Marconi, was Sal's mentor and first teacher. He
played with some of the great big bands of his era (Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason,
One of my first musical experiences was singing “Frosty the Snowman” at our
annual school Christmas show. A funny thing happened during this episode,
(which was not funny at the time). I had to dress up like Frosty in a big costume
with my legs tied around my ankles. I could not move, I was carried out and
placed on stage. When I started to sing, Immediately I noticed in the first row, my
mothers girlfriend Kate. She was a big jokester. She started licking a lemon and
making funny faces. When I saw this I couldʼt keep a straight face so I started to
cry. I was glad that everyone in the audience joined in and I got through it.
As time went on, we were both in the school orchestra. Sal played woodwinds
and percussion and I played percussion, Tuba And String Bass . I also started
playing guitar. I took lessons in Paterson, NJ so I was able to take the 4 Signac
bus to Main and Market Street all by myself. I was only 12 yrs old, 7th grade, boy
times have changed!
Sal finally started our first band with a friend Mark; called the Stereos, which
included sax, guitar, keyboards, and drums. We played all the school dances and
were always in the shows. We practiced all the time, over our house, or over
Mark's house across the street from the local 7-Eleven store. Lots of people
gathered there because of the store, and since we rehearsed in the garage, which
got a little stuffy we decided to open the garage door and eventually it became
known as the “Garage-a-tech”, lots of memories!
Once high school days came, we met more musicians. Things changed when we
got a new bass player and drummer. Our drummers father got us an audition for
the Ted Mac Original Amateur hour, a variety talent show on CBS. Five hundred
acts auditioned a week, only 9 made it and we were one of them. It was located at
the Ed Sullivan Theatre, on Broadway in New York City. It was like the American
Idol of today. We were always in band competitions, whether it be with the high
school marching band or with our own band. One band battle took place in the
parking lot of a nearby shopping center and sponsored by Coke a Cola. It was an
8-week competition, which we won and landed a record contract with Cub
Records. We worked on projects with independent record producers every
weekend for months in Harlem, next to the Apollo Theatre. After the project
completion, we moved on to other adventures.
Wanting to play music for a living was our dream. We worked hard all through our
school years. Now it’s the early 70’s, I can remember my mom saying, “He’s
here”, meaning a gentleman that my father met while he was getting his car
serviced at the local garage. Norm was his name, a manager for several NYC acts.
My dad felt he may be able to help us out and he did. We started playing local
clubs 5-6 nights a week. Our career was on its way.
Eventually, Norm got us signed with “ABC", Associated Booking Corporation out
of NYC on Park Avenue. They booked us as an International show group both in
and out of the United States.
We did intricate vocal harmonies, doubled on lots of different musical
instruments, and performed Saturday Night Live type comedy skits.
One night, we were sitting together and decided we wanted to change the
name of our band to something that would fit more of what we portrayed in our
act. Norm (Our Manager) was reading a newspaper and the name Court of
Appeal(s) stuck out. Court, meaning royalty, appealing to everyone, You be the
Judge, being our catch phrase. The band name forever changed to Court Of
appeal, no s.
Bringing us to the current years, 45 years passing, we became prolific
songwriters, becoming members of the Songwriter Hall of Fame and Songwriter
Guild. We went on to win a prestigious songwriters award, the Abe Allman
scholarship Award, presented to us by three very famous song writers, Sammy
Kahn, Bobby Weinstein, and George Weiss.
We still work at our craft every day of our lives. We want to share our passion with
you through our new website http://www.courtofappealmusic.com .
Everyone please enjoy our music!