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 duo 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 and 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. We’ve Got To Get It On Again peaked at #25 in early 1972.
The next time the brothers hit the charts came when they signed with Buddah Records in 1976 and began recording disco songs. They wrote and sang Slow Dancing Don’t Turn Me On, which became their highest charting single. It reached #20 in 1977. Naturally, they also recorded a longer version of the song for use at discotheques. Late in the year, they also released their own version of Never My Love, but their slow ballad version of the song underperformed and stopped moving up the charts when it reached #62.
The brothers continued writing songs together until 1984, when Don contracted pancreatic cancer and died. Dick apparently left the music industry and moved to Buenos Aires.
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