Alessi

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Guest on The Midnight Special

Born:

7/12/1950, Long Island, NY

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  • Biography
  • Identical twins who enjoyed success with Barnaby Bye in the early 70s and then as solo artists in the mid/late 70s and early 80s as solo artists. Prior to their stint with Barnaby Bye, they spent two years of study in the theatre department at Nassau Community College on Long Island. From there they went on to audition and win roles on the Broadway musical, "Hair." It was there that they worked with and met future Barnaby Bye bandmate, Peppy Castro. Billy and Bobby are responsible for the music behind thousands of television commercial/jingles. Also they have worked as back up musicians/vocalists for such artists as Christopher Cross and Deborah (Debbie Gibson). In 2006-2007 they've enjoyed rekindled popularity in Europe and have reunited with Barnaby Bye for select appearances in the NYC area.moreless

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    Long Island, NY

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Billy Alessi: (giving advice on moving on after a relationship has ended) Breaking up can be the most difficult thing on earth, and you may feel that you no longer have reason to live, but that's not true; there's always love in everyone's future, if you give yourself the chance you can really love someone else.

    • Bobby Alessi (laughing as he discussed their early career in writing commercial jingles): We'd just go in once in a while and do a couple to get some checks in the mail, but we never took the jingles work too seriously.

    • Billy Alessi (discussing their performance in the Broadway musical Hair): It gave us our first real 'city' experience and enabled us to meet some very talented and creative people.

    Trivia (21)

    • Barnaby Bye originally broke up because the other members were wanting to go in the direction of Led Zeppelin and Billy & Bobby weren't sure that was the direction they wanted to go in.

    • Billy and Bobby were the first twins to be in the Alessi family.

    • The Alessi Brothers have an older sister named Lyn, who is an interior decorator.

    • Billy & Bobby provided the background vocals for John Lennon on what would be his last album Milk & Honey.

    • Bobby is part of the acapella Do-wop group called The Fabulous Elktones. Their February 23, 2008 appearance was completely sold out!

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