12 Songs, 44 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
68 Ratings
68 Ratings

Midwest rock at it's best!

If you came of age in NE Ohio in the early 80's, Donnie along with MSB are mandatory listening. Thanks for making this available, I forgot how much these songs bring back memories of great summers, especially Ah! Leah!, Agnes and Sweet Merilee.


A "MUST-HAVE" for your Classic Rock album collection

I must admit, I'm a little biased, since I'm from Donnie's hometown of Pittsburgh. However, EVERY one of my friends from outside the Tri-State Area who I've had listen to Donnie absolutely love him.

Download this album, since it has all of his "Hits" (at least they were in Pittsburgh!), then move to some of his other stuff.

Great Music - I promise it'll be worth it!!....

BK #23

This guy was my first concert at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh in Jr. High!

This guy was my first concert in Junior High. If you grew up in the early 80's Ah Leah and Sweet Merrilee were staples. A lot of great memories and songs you forgot about. If you've never heard him give those 2 and My Girl and that's the way love ought to be a try. They will become favorites.

About Donnie Iris

He found fame as the lead singer of the Jaggerz (the one-hit wonder from 1970 responsible for the number two hit "The Rapper"), but Donny Iris returned to the pop charts in the early '80s several times as a solo act. Born Dominic Ierace in Beaver Falls, PA, Iris began singing at weddings at age five, and by eight was performing on local television and entering talent contests. When his voice changed, he took up the drums but later got back into singing while in high school. A self-taught guitarist, he formed Donnie & the Donnells while in college.

The Jaggerz, Iris' next band, were formed from the remains of several local bands. Though the band's big hit was "The Rapper," in actuality, the band began as an R&B revue. Outside of Pittsburgh, where songs like "Gotta Find My Way Back Home" and "(That's Why) Baby I Love You" (on Gambel Records) were radio favorites, this period did not bring much success to Iris or the band. Their next move was to Kama Sutra, where Iris' "The Rapper" was the first in a series of three hits the band enjoyed.

After the Jaggerz broke up, Iris toured with Wild Cherry, whose 1976 hit "Play That Funky Music" made them a hot property into the end of the decade. Unfortunately, Wild Cherry was another one-hit wonder, and Iris was out of a job by 1980.

That same year, Iris teamed up with keyboard player Mark Avsec (ex-Wild Cherry & Breathless) for the first in a series of good albums for MCA; the single "Ah! Leah!" hit number 29 that year, and six second-rank singles charted during the next five years. Avsec and Iris' collaboration proved to be a good thing in both the songwriting and artist/producer department during this time. By the time of 1993's Footsoldier in the Moonlight, though, Iris' talent as a songwriter had apparently dried up and he was relying entirely on Avsec originals. ~ Jim Worbois

Beaver Falls, PA
February 28, 1943


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