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Donnie Iris

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Donnie Iris is an American musician best known for his hits “Ah, Leah!” and “Love Is Like A Rock”, both inspired by contemporary and music. Born Dominic Ierace in middle class Pennsylvania, he got his first real start as a member of the group The Jaggerz (the one-hit-wonder responsible for 1970’s #2 hit “The Rapper”). After the Jaggerz broke up, Iris toured with group Wild Cherry, whose 1976 smash “Play That Funky Music” had made them a hot property into the end of the decade.

It was during this period that he became acquainted with his future partner Mark Avsec, a musician then playing keyboards for Wild Cherry. Unfortunately, Wild Cherry ended up being regarded as another one-hit-wonder, and Iris was out of a job by 1980. But Iris and Avsec, and their new band, titled “The Cruisers”, returned to the charts several times in the . Iris particularly scored hits with the songs “Ah, Leah!” (a track from ‘Back to the Streets’ that reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100), “Love Is Like A Rock” (reaching #37 on that Billboard chart), and “My Girl” (reaching #25 on that Billboard chart). “Ah, Leah!” has became known as Iris’ ‘signature song’ and has been included in many multi-artist compilation albums.

Born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, Iris first began singing at weddings at age five, and, by age eight, he was performing on local television and entering talent contests. When his voice changed, he took up the drums but later got back into singing while in high school. A self-taught guitarist, he formed “Donnie & the Donnells” while in college.

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  • AORocker

    Do you compute baby??????

    13 Sep 4:28pm Reply
  • MXB2001

    Youtube vid? All sortsa crap on YT, gotta take the bad with the good I guess.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • remik3_

    whoever loaded that video of Ah Leah, ought to be SHOT!!! And Donnie Iris should sue this company for having it on here; to say that that is him is truely slanderous, not to mention it's in violation of Federal copyright laws, and last but certainly NOT the least it SUCKS!!! (as geeky as he Donnie seems - yeah kinda looks like Buddy Holly, Elvis Costello, the guy from Talking Heads and many others; he's a really good artist... ...not a poser wanna be.)

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • jmd420

    Dawnnie Ahris n' @.

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Hellsbells1993

    I remember this guy would always appear on ads for Armstrong cable.

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • chadderack

    Love will rock you. Never stop you. Ahhhhhh..... Love. Is. Like. A. Rock.

    12 Jun 2009 Reply
  • MasterOfPizza99

    DONNIE AH-RISSS!!!1

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • rjststoner

    good song ah leah from a pa. artist

    25 Dec 2008 Reply
  • willy1time

    Why don't they have a listing for the Elwood City Cd? I have been listening to it off of Donnie's website

    12 Dec 2008 Reply
  • DanAbnrml9

    Ah! Leah! is one of the most perfect power-pop songs ever made.

    16 May 2008 Reply
  • ChadFromCanada

    He's great and King Cool is an awesome album.

    23 Apr 2007 Reply
  • 8thlight

    Are you a Steelers fan?

    8 Apr 2007 Reply
  • mon40

    New event created.....anyone see the show out side three rivers stadium the second to last game the pirates played there? http://www.last.fm/event/89607

    20 Dec 2006 Reply

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