Alessi were identical twin brothers who were born in West Hempstead, New York this week in 1953.
The pair began their career in 1970 when they were appearing in the Broadway cast of Hair. Within a few months Peppy Castro, a former guitarist with a psychedelic band called The Blue Magoos joined the cast. They teamed up with a drummer called Mike Ricciardella and formed Barnaby Bye where they were spotted and signed a deal with Atlantic Records. In the mid-seventies they split and the brothers continued as a duo.
They wrote and recorded their only UK hit, Oh Lori which became a hit on over 20 countries. By the early eighties they moved into production and wrote, produced and/or arranged songs for the like of Christopher Cross, Frankie Valli, Paul McCartney and Olivia Newton-John.
In 1979 they provided backing vocals for Art Garfunkel on his Fate for Breakfast album and the following year did likewise for John Lennon and Yoko Ono on their album Milk and Honey which was eventually released in 1984. In 1984 they contributed the song Savin’ the Day to the Ghostbusters soundtrack and throughout the eighties they provided many jingles for the David Lucas advertising agency.
In 2002 they hit the road and continued touring as a duo and over the course of 10 years (2003 – 2013) they released the albums Hello Everyone, Just Like That, Live! All Our Life, Two of Us and Marathon Day. In 2018 they are working on a new album which is, as yet, untitled.
Let’s enjoy their sole UK top 10 hit from 1977.