By Lou Pinto with contributions By Danny Vanore
In the mid-nineties I had the pleasure of meeting Danny Vanore at the Iron Workers Union Health Fair. Danny hosted as the DJ and I performed as Bubbles Louie for the kids attending the fair. Danny is the grandson of Danny Cedrone, (best known for his work with Bill Haley & His Comets on their epochal “Rock Around the Clock“). His namesake had started a new band in the late eighties called The Business. Currently, The Business is a unique 11 member Philadelphia cover band that has been dazzling audiences on national TV and at concerts, weddings, parties and nightclubs for over three decades.
They have appeared in and contributed music production work on ABC’s national TV special Brides, A Tale of Two Weddings which was watched in over 10 million households. The Business was also featured on Ed McMahon’s Star Search and again seen by millions of viewers all over the world. They wrote, recorded and performed the official fight song for both the 1993 National League Champion & 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. In 1994, “Those Phillies Thrill Me” was voted by Out on The Town Magazine as one of the top five songs of 1993.
The Business is the only band in the tri-state area that has been voted one of the top five wedding & corporate bands in the Delaware Valley 13 years running by the Philly Hot List Contest and took the #1 spot in 2014, 2015 and 2020. They have also performed at The Apollo, Veteran’s Stadium, Citizen’s Bank Park, The Wachovia Center and The Kimmel Center, various local festivals, and a long list of country clubs, hotels, catering halls and clubs.
Voted Philly’s Best Band 20 times by 70,000 local readers, this award-winning group delivers a quality performance that you can count on. They have shared the stage with Tony Williams & The Platters, Shirley Alston & The Shirelles, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, Charlie Gracie, Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ce Ce Peniston, Crystal Waters, Human League, Solomon Burke, The Jordanaires, Bill Haley’s Original Comets, Eddie Holman, The Trammps, Kool & The Gang, KC & The Sunshine Band, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Tymes, G Love & Special Sauce, The Violent Femmes, Taylor Dayne, Rick Springfield, Pat Benatar, Sublime, Christina Parry, Journey and Natalie Cole. And so many more.
I decided to talk to Danny a bit more about the band’s history…
Q: How did The Business get its start?
A: Back in ‘87…I called keyboard player Greg Carrozza to join my band.
Q: What was the name of the band you had then?
A: At that time, we were called the “Esquire Boys”
Q: How long did you have that band?
A: A few years. Greg said he couldn’t join because he was playing with another couple of friends of mine, Bobby Jackson and Wayne DeCastro. I spoke to Bobby and Wayne, and they coaxed me to play a gig with their band. The band didn’t even have a name yet. The four of us got together and were joined by a member of the Esquire Boys, Paul D’Ambra (bass guitar). We were all friends and liked each other so that’s how we started the band.
Q: So, the five of you were the originals?
A: Yes, but Paul only stayed about a month and was replaced with Manny Capizzi. We consider Manny our original bass player.
Q: When were other people added to the band?
A: We added Tommy Nataloni, and Andrew Carrozza (Greg’s brother) first. We then added members gradually, adding the girls in the mid-nineties.
Q: What is your most memorable gig that you ever did?
A: Every Labor Day weekend, the Yo’ Philly Festival at Penn’s Landing. [One year], KC and the Sunshine Band went on first, then us and The Trammps followed us. Growing up, KC and the Sunshine Band and The Trammps were my two favorite groups, so to being sandwiched between them was very cool.
Q: Have you always been the band leader?
A: Musically, no, we were all equal. Early on I relied on Greg and I still rely on Tommy and Andrew, who aren’t kids anymore. They are ten years younger than me and I would look to them on what was hot and what to play. I trusted them and did what they recommended to be done. They opened my mind up to newer things too. I was always the leader of the band, but it has always been a democracy.
Q: How did The Business get its name?
A: It has always been called The Business. It was one of Greg’s old band names and they were no more, so we used that name. I felt that we would make the name, the name wouldn’t make us, so I said ‘let’s use it’.
Current lineup of the Business: Tom Nataloni – Lead Vocals, Andrew Carrozza – Saxophone, Manny Capizzi – Bass, Erica Gagliardi – Lead Vocals, Antonia Brunetti – Lead Vocals, Greg D’Agostino – Guitar, Sean Finn – Keyboards, Steve Tabilio – Drums, Barry McCommon – Trombone, Jimmy Boyle – Trumpet, Dan Vanore – Lead Vocals
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