Donnie Iris

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Birthday
28, 1943
Birthplace
Elwood City, PA
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
28, 1943 (age 75)
Birthplace
Elwood City, PA

About

Rock musician known for his hit single "Ah! Leah!" and for performing with many bands, including Wild Cherry on "Play That Funky Music," the No. 1 hit from 1976.

Before Fame

He started playing the drums and guitar when he was twelve years old. He founded doo-wop group the Fabutons while he was in high school.

Trivia

He was a member of The Jaggerz for several years and released three albums with the group.

Family Life

He grew up in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. His mother Carrie Ierace had been a singer in Curly Venezie's orchestra and taught young Donnie the principles of vocal technique.

Associated With

He was inspired by many different artists, including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, and Ray Charles.