Albums 1 and 2 are available on CD!
(We're working on If It's So)
Photo by Ron Tunison
John Vinci: Lead Vocals
Chuck Alder: Bass, Vocals
Rich Cerniglia: Lead Guitar
Mike Maniscalco: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Mike Ricciardella: Drums
The Sixties. So much has been written about this turbulent time.
To many, the 60's represent a search for freedom; whether politically, racially, monetarily or musically speaking. Much
is known about the headline acts and events of that era. The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Jim Morrison and The Doors. Janis Joplin
with Big Brother and the Holding Company . These where the bands of the United States - our country. But closer to home, there
was more music brewing... The Long Island Sound.
Some say the Long Island Sound were The Rascals. The Vagrants. The Vanilla Fudge. But to many, leading the way was a five-
man outfit called Illusion. Known for their sweet harmonies and stellar musicianship, the band drew a large & loyal following
on the East Coast. Lead by John Vinci on vocals, the band featured fine drummer, Mike Ricciardella. Rounding out the rhythm
section was Chuck Alder on bass and background vocals. The most versatile member was Mike Maniscalco who sang occasional lead
but was the voice that stood out in the harmonies. Mike played rhythm guitar, keyboards & sax. Giving Illusion the edge
over all other Long Island bands was a most underrated guitar player - Rich Cerniglia.
Having a top 40 hit on Jeff Barry's Steed label, "Did You See Her Eyes", gave them the opportunity to do their first tour
with Mitch Ryder. Illusion later went on to open for such acts as Chicago, The Who, Savoy Brown, The Allman Brothers and Sly
and the Family Stone just to name a few. Also, along with Cactus, the Illusion were a support act for Jimi Hendrix at the
Boston Garden in 1970, shortly before his tragic death. The Illusion went on to record two more albums for Steed Records-
Together (As A Way Of Life) and perhaps their finest album, If It's So. Shortly after the release of what should have been
Illusion's break through LP, the band disbanded.
- Michael Unold -
special thanks to Lance Folger and Chuck Alder
Dennis Folger & Chuck Alder