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  • 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

200-2004 /
Dennis Folger & Chuck Alder

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