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Feature Audio Clip: 1960 My Dad, Chuck Vitale Sr. sings the Jerry Vale classic Inamorata, accompanied by cousin Anthony Russo on piano.

IN MEMORY OF MY AUNT VITA
Listen to Vita Vitale Stupiello signing
Some One of These Days,
recorded in February 1958.

Lost for Words Written in 1977, I sang this song with Caress and Vital Signs. This solo version was sequenced and recorded in 1988.

S O M E   A R C H I V E    P H O T O S

 
Crystal Sun
My cousin Pat gave me an old electric guitar and, all of a sudden, I'm in a band. Neighborhood friend, Craig Burdick offered his living room as a rehearsal place. His mother Madeline called up Dana West, who really knew how to play, and Crystal Sun was formed in 1972. Posing for the local newspaper, Crystal Sun performs at a nearby hospital. Left to right: Dana, Craig and Chuck. Front: younger brother, Bret Burdick. Our songs included The Beatles, The Who and Grand Funk.
Haven at the JoJo Room
Haven was originally formed in 1973 with drummer Joe Gould but eventually featured Lee Leffler on guitar, Bob Nesom on keyboard, Jimmy Butts on drums and Chuck Vitale on bass and lead vocals. Lee is not shown in this photo. As I am still searching for a recording from this era, a third generation Haven, featuring Steve Coffill on keyboards after Bob's departure, recorded a studio demo. I plan to add a song from that session soon. Photo: 1974 JoJo Room, Revere Beach, MA
Haven at the JoJo Room

Another generation of Haven were members Steve Coffill, Chuck, Lee and Jimmy. Great thing.....Steve found this website and we have been emailing each other after more than 25 years. Maybe Steve knows the location of this photo that he emailed me? Meanwhile check out his solo on Oh_Girls, one song from our studio session back in the days. (A bit of British glam-rock influence.) Steve can be found at stevecoffillmusic.com. Picture shows Steve, Chuck and Lee circa 1975.

Haven
The final group version of Haven were members: Lee Leffler (guitar), Chuck Vitale (vocals), Louis Selvitella (bass) and Jimmy Butts (drums). During 1976, the band focused on writing and studio recording. Unfortunately, only one session recording is available today. From a damaged cassette tape; I digitized, edited and restored a song that Haven had performed since 1974.
Download Rock and Roll Dream and give a listen.
Vital Signs

Vital Signs formed in 1980. Left to right in photo: Fab James, Chuck Vitale, Paul Shannon and Mike Julius. Radio airplay on all the Boston college stations as well as WBCN and WFNX (then WLYN) brought the band to perform live on TV Channel 5. Click here for a streaming video clip. Local Boston hits were Computer Date and Obsessed with Sex.

Vital Signs recordings are available.
Contact me for info.

Sass

Sass was a band I admired thoughout my years. Friends Dana and Vernon West asked me to join up in 1983, a few years after their hit single Radio went national. Photo shows Dana, Vernon, Chuck and Gary Cioffi. I have many recordings, some to be featured here for mp3 download soon. Photo appears to be after a show with Dana splitting up the night's pay.

Release: 1989 LP and Cassette "Out of the Ashes" Email me for availablity.

Eddie Money

In the Spring of 1991, rocker  Eddie Money flew in from LA for a benefit concert in Worcester, MA. He recruited local musicians John Messina, John Risti, Steve Dion and Chuck Vitale for his band. The sold out show was enjoyed by 5000 fans. Photo: Eddie and Chuck at rehearsal, the night before the show.

A camcorder captured some of the show and I hope to digitize a video clip and post it here soon.

West

West was renamed in 1989 with the release of "Out of the Ashes" and soon added drummer Mark Hylander who had played with Sass for two years during their national success in the late 70s. Photo shows Chuck, Mark, Vernon and Dana.

After performing shows in Los Angeles, New York and Switzerland, West released a 19 track CD titled "Sass to West" in 1994.

After an eight year break, Gary puts together a reunion of Sass. July 2006, a capacity gathering at Bill Ashes on historic Revere Beach..... Sass rocks! This photo was taken at the Paradise at our performance by Kathy Boyce in November '06. Vernon, Chuck, Dana & Gary. Thanks Kathy. Third reunion show was at Taquila's in Danvers in January '07. All fans, friends and family came for a rockin' two sets of our classic songs. More Sass in the future? Check out SassRock.Com for some info, sounds and video clips.

Bob Nesom put together a musical project called "Revere". July 2006 thru April 2007. A five song recording project in the works, features left to right: Tom Fraser (drums), Ernie Mottola (vocals and blues harp), Joe Merullo (vocals and bass), Bob Nesom (song writer, vocals and guitar) and Chuck Vitale (vocals, guitars, keys and production). Recorded at the Sound & Vision Media studio with Aaron Clay as engineer/producer.
Songs to download coming soon.


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