Vinny

After months of grueling contract negotiations, TBC is proud to announce the signing of our veteran bass player and vocalist, Vinny Bozzarelli. Polka enthusiasts will recognize Vinny's distinctive bass playing style and vocals from many years with Jimmy Weber & The Sounds and most recently with Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push.

Key Statistics:
Place of birth: Latrobe, PA (Home of that "green death" beer)
Lovelife: Married to Maria (Lucotch) Bozzarelli (married 08/22/81)
Children: Evan, Adam & Alyssa
Instruments: Bass (accoustic and electric, lead guitar, violin, accordian

Beyond the Glory:
How did you get involved with polkas?
"My parents listened to polkas as far back as I can remember and got myself and my brother Andy started in polka music."
When did you start playing an instrument?
"At the age of 5, I started originally on banjo because my dad wanted my brother Andy (who played accordian) and I to play Slovenian style polkas. I played my first job at the age of 7 with a local Pittsburgh group called The Jet Tones. A few years later, Andy & I started a band which included Mike Stapinski on trumpet. Mike's parents introduced us to the music of Marion Lush and that's all it took. I gave up the banjo and started playing bass and polish style polkas."
Of the instruments that you play, which is your favorite?
"Bass guitar, espeically bass violin (stand up bass) because it's the truest sound of all types of basses."
What bands have you played with?
Years
Band
1967 - 1976 The Jolly Hopps
1977 - 1983 Jimmy Weber & The Sounds
1983 - 1984 TBC
1985 - 1990 Jimmy Weber & The Sounds
1991 - 1992 Vinnie & The New Soundz
1994 - 1995 Energy
1996 - 1997 Common Bond
1998 - 2001 Chicago Push
2002 The Trel-Tones
2003 TBC
Also performed with The Dynatones, Marion Lush, Stas Golanka, Lil' Wally, Henny & The Versa J's and Ray Jay & The Carousels.

Discography:
Year
Band
Recording
1977 The Sounds Polka Night Life
1979 The Sounds Polka Music That Sounds Good
1981 The Sounds Open Up Your Heart
1982 The Sounds Sounds Like Old Times
1984 TBC Energy
1985 The Sounds Soundsational Polkas
1987 The Sounds Sounds From a Polka Party
1987 Stas Golanka King of Honky
1988 The Sounds Sounds Alive
1990 The Sounds Sounds From the Heart
???? The Sounds WRS Christmas Recording
1991 Vinnie & The New Sounds Better Times
1995 Rhythym & Sound Feel the Rhythym, Hear the Sound
2000 Chicago Push Mi-Lenny-Um
2003 TBC Polkas For a New Age
2003 Chicago Push The Gift Of Music

What is your favorite recording that you recorded on?
"Soundsational Polkas"
What are your favorite bands and which ones had the greatest influence on you?
"Marion Lush and the 1976 Versatones."
Who are your favorite instrumentalists?
"Stas Mikrut, Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. & Ray Brown (jazz bassist)"
Who are your favorite vocalists?
"Bob Bobin & Eddie Blazonczyk Sr."

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