1972 Addrisi Brothers – We’ve Got To Get It On Again
In the early fifties, Dick and Don Addrisi grew up in Massachusetts and performed as part of their family’s acrobatic act, The Flying Addrisis. They felt the call of music too much to continue in that role indefinitely and began singing together. Comedian Lenny Bruce heard them and became a fan, and he helped them find an agent. Their family moved to California so the brothers could audition for Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club, but they weren’t lucky enough to land roles with the show.
They did succeed in signing a recording contract with Bob Keane’s Del-Fi label and began recording singles in 1959. They wrote their third single, Cherrystone, and the song sounded like an Everly Brothers tune and did well enough to get them on television. The record peaked at #62, but they were unable to to follow up with another hit.
The duo recorded more unsuccessful singles for two other labels before signing with Valiant Records. They released a few more singles with Valiant, but they also failed to click. Another group that was signed to the label, The Association, was moved to Warner Brothers Records when the Valiant label closed down, and their second single on the new label was a song the brothers had written. Never My Love went to #2 on the Hot 100 in 1967, becoming the biggest hit the brothers would ever be associated with.
The Association’s hit notched over seven million performances by 1999, according to BMI’s list of the top 100 songs of the century. This was enough to place it ahead of the number three song (Yesterday by Lennon and McCartney) and just behind the number one song (You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ by Barry Mann, Phil Spector, and Cynthia Weil).
The brothers also wrote and sang the theme song for the 1970 television show Nanny And The Professor.
In 1971, the 5th Dimension released a live version of Never My Love. The single reached #12 on the Hot 100. Perhaps that one-two punch gave the brothers the opportunity to sign with Columbia Records, for whom they began recording in 1971.
Their first single on the label was, once again, a song they had written themselves. We’ve Got To Get It On Again peaked at #25 in early 1972.
The pair continued writing and recording music but failed to find the chart again for nearly five years.
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