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The Jaggerz

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Aliquippa, Pittsburgh PA, United States (1965 – present)

The Jaggerz was a band playing a mix of and , being best known for their 1970 RIAA Gold record certified and number #2 Billboard Hot 100 hit “The Rapper”. Becoming an iconic New England group, they released three albums in their first line-up: ‘Introducing The Jaggerz’ through Gamble Records (1969), ‘We Went to Different Schools Together’ through Kama Sutra (1970), and ‘Come Again’ on Wooden Nickel through 1975.

Musicians Jimmy Ross and Dominic Ierace aka Donnie Iris, the latter of which has had a popular solo career as a artist, formed the Jaggerz in 1965 in Aliquippa , Pennsylvania. As stated before, the 1970 breakthrough album featured the 1970 RIAA Gold record certified and number #2 Billboard Hot 100 hit “The Rapper”, a satire of lounge lizards / pick-up artists that has been their ‘’. They were Pittsburgh’s most popular band until they broke up in 1975, playing to numerous enthusiastic live crowds for years. They reunited in 1989 in a new incarnation led again by Jimmie Ross; the line-up released the albums ‘And the Band Played On’ (1998) and ‘Re-Rapped’ (2001).

In 1967 Philadelphia sound producers Gamble and Huff came to Pittsburgh the hear the Jaggerz perform at the Staircase lounge and signed them to a record contract. The Jaggerz released their first album, Introducing The Jaggerz 1969 on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s label Gamble Records.

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