Wiggy Bits

Wiggy Bits were an American rock quintet active during the mid-1970s. Comprised of alumni from psych-rockers The Illusion and ex-Blues Magoos/Barnaby Bye vocalist Peppy Castro, Wiggy Bits released a self-titled album on Polydor in 1976. Members: Peppy Castro [aka Emil Thielheim] (vocals), Richie Cerniglia (guitar), Mike Ricciardella (drums), Dennis Santiago (bass) Mike Maniscalco (keyboards) Harnessing […]

Blues Magoos

The Blues Magoos were an American garage-rock/psych band from the Bronx that released three albums on Mercury between 1966 and 1968. After a four-fifths lineup overhaul, two further albums appeared on ABC in 1969/70. Guitarist/singer Peppy Castro later surfaced in the bands Barnaby Bye, Wiggy Bits, and Balance. Original drummer Geoff Daking became an engineer, […]

Balance ‎– Balance (1981)

Balance is the first of two albums by the namesake American melodic-rock band, released in 1981 on Epic/Portrait. Tracklist: A1. “(Looking For The) Magic” (3:57) A2. “I’m Through Loving You” (3:04) A3. “Breaking Away” (3:15) A4. “No Getting Around My Love” (3:52) A5. “Fly Through The Night” (3:58) B1. “American Dream” (4:18) B2. “Haunting” (3:50) B3. […]

Barnaby Bye

Barnaby Bye were an American pop-rock band from NYC that released two albums on Atlantic in 1973/74. Peppy Castro hailed from the Blues Magoos and subsequently surfaced in hard-rockers Wiggy Bits and Balance. Twin brothers Bobby and Billy Alessi continued as a singing/songwriting duo. Drummer Mike Ricciardella came from psych-rockers The Illusion and later recorded […]