Joey Spampinato

Joey Spampinato

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Joey Spampinato (born August 15, 1950, Bronx, New York) was a founding member and bass player of NRBQ. He was also one of the band's lead singers and chief songwriters. Before NRBQ he played in several bands, including The Seven of Us, which in 1967 while in Miami, Florida, met another band, The Merseybeats USA. The bands merged to form NRBQ. On the group's first two albums, NRBQ (Columbia, 1969) and Boppin' the Blues (With Carl Perkins, Columbia, 1970) Spampinato is credited as "Jody St. Nicholas."

Spampinato lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts with his wife, Kami Lyle, a singer, songwriter and trumpeter. Spampinato previously was married to country star Skeeter Davis. Spampinato currently plays in the Spampinato Brothers with his guitarist brother, Johnny Spampinato, who from 1994 to 2004 was a member of NRBQ. The two also play in the Cape Cod band the Rip-It-Ups. In February 2011, the Spampinato Brothers released a CD, Pie in the Sky, on Revolvo Records.

Spampinato is a widely admired bass player known to get an acoustic, stand-up bass sound out of his instrument. In 1986,Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones invited Spampinato to play in the band Richards put together to back up Chuck Berry for the rock legend's 60th birthday party concert, which was recorded for the 1987 documentary Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll. Spampinato also played on Richards' first solo album Talk Is Cheap. In 1991 Spampinato was one of the bass players for Eric Clapton's 24 Nights live album...
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