The Jaggerz

Introducing the Jaggerz

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The Jaggerz from Pittsburgh are rarely noted as a top-notched blue-eyed soul group because most are only aware of their one big hit "The Rapper," which isn't soul music. But before cutting that one on Kama Sutra Records they did an album and dropped four singles for Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff's Gamble Records. Steeped in R&B, the Jaggerz are absolutely thrilling rehashing the Intruders' "Together," the Temptations' "Ain't No Sun (Since You Been Gone)," Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher," and the Diplomats' "Here's a Heart." They also shine on originals "(That's Why) Baby I Love You," "Bring It Back," and Philly sounds like "Gotta Find My Way Back Home," a Melvin & Mervin Steals a.k.a. Mystro & Lyric composition -- the same brothers who later did "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" for the Spinners. The players and singers are Thom Davies (organ), Benny Faiella (guitar), Donnie Iris (guitar & vocals), Bill Maybray (bass & vocals), Jim Pugliano (drums), and Jim Ross (bass & vocals).