& Friends. . .
. . . in a nutshell
All of us in "Joe Zisa & Friends grew up together as kids in Paterson, NJ. Paterson produced great singers. Jimmy Charles "A Million to One",and Sammy Turner "Lavender Blue"
in the early 60s. Lou Costello was very proud of his hometown, and so are we.
We sang on street corners and played ball with and against each other. Traveled around the world as soldiers and performers. Sometimes in the same bands, often recording together in the studio on each others projects.
The Happenings included our High School friends, Tommy Giuliano, Dave Libert, Ralph DeVita, and Bernie La Porta on guitar. Our friends had earned a GOLD RECORD. We were all very proud.
Lenny joined Bernie & The The Happenings shortly after.
Bernie was awarded TWO GOLD RECORDS with The Happenings,for "See You in Setember"
and "I Got Rhythm" in 1967.
Sal's group, Sal & The Sinceres came very close to a recording contract with EPIC RECORDS.
Joe's recording of "Bobbie", on the Dunes label in 1963 as Joey & The Lexingtons with
Lenny Conforti, and two more of our friends, Tom Pezzuti and Ray Rocco, is listed as
one the Top 1000 Doo Wop Hits of all time. More friends who made us proud.
All in all, at this time in our lives, we have come full circle from around the globe to perform together as Joe Zisa & Friends.
We love each other as Brothers. We love NEW JERSEY, and we love sharing this great
Jersey music with our audiences. Sal and Joe recently celebrated 50 consecutive years
on stage together.
We are Joe Zisa & Friends ... not just the name of our group. It's who we really are.