The Pell Brothers were natives of Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York. They were Hank and Sonny Pell, but their real names were Anthony Pellegrino and Michael Pellegrino. Hank was born in 1936. Sonny was the older brother, born in 1929 and died in July of 1994.

Growing up in an Italian family, the Pell Brothers found the roots of their musical careers. Their dad was a land surveyor who also played cornet. An uncle played the piano, xylophone and musical saw. They played mainly for their own family enjoyment. It seemed natural to them that they would end up plyaing music.

When the brothers were very young, of his brother getting a ukelele for Christmas. Both brothers learned to play the ukelele and from that they learned to play the guitar.

Hank tells us that they were influence by radio station WAAT out of Newark, New Jersey. On the air at the time was a show called the “Home Town Frolic”. Their aunt used to listen to the station he says.

During that era or time, Hank recalls they would hear such artists as Roy Acuff, Montana Slim, Elton Britt, Denver Darling and Gene Autry.

They were also musically influence by another legendary station in the east - WWVA out of Wheeling, West Virgina, home of the famed WWVA Original Jamboree.

Edited by JohnnyPell on 18 May 2012, 09:21

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