Joe Cerisano Time Line

1951       Born Joseph A. Cerisano III in Fairmont, West Virginia, March 28.

1966        Performs first show with The Distortion at the Town House Motor Lodge for fraternity TBI’s smoker recruitment party then at different pool parties and teen dances.

1966-67    Joe was asked to join The Prophets, one of the top bands in Fairmont. The band was all older, in their 20's. Joe was 15 at the time. The Prophets had a steady weekend gig at The Hampton Club, an over 21 club that sold liquor.

1967 August    Hears through the grapevine that J.B. of J.B. & the Bonnevilles the top group in the state, is leaving the group. Joe calls leader Dave Coombs for an audition. Dave invites Joe to come down to Morgantown for a live audition. The result is Dave gives Joe an open invitation to come down whenever he wants to sing with the band. He tells the guys from The Prophets. They’re surprised and don't believe that he went to Morgantown and sang with the Bonnevilles. Coombs gives Joe an open invitation to come down and sing anytime he wants.

1968 April Joe gets call from Dave Coombs and asks if he wants to join the group. Joe accepts. Sets up a schedule with his high school. Returns in the falls for senior year.

1968 June The band leaves for Somers Point NJ to play the whole summer, seven nights a week with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at The Bayshores Cafe. He sees the ocean for the first time!

1968 September      Back at school, Senior year. Quits The Bonnevilles. Starts a new local band. Joey and the House of Bourbon.

1969 May      Joe takes the House of Bourbon to Gaithersburg, Maryland to play an outdoor concert. There was an amazing group called Grin which featured a guitarist named Nils Lofgren.

1969 June      Joe graduates Fairmont West High School. Wants to go to the Atlantic City Pop Festival but band says no. But Joe goes anyway. They fire him. Joe hitchhikes with friend to Atlantic City. Sees Janis Joplin, Creedence, Little Richard and a ton of other groups. Then hitchhikes to Washington DC. End up at Dupont Circle. He and friend end up crashing with a bunch of hippies for a few weeks then heads back home for some rest and recuperation.

1969 September Joe gets call from Dave Coombs to possibly start a new band.

1969 October    Kaboose is formed.

1970 March    Kaboose becomes Elderberry Jak.

1970 May      Elderberry Jak gets a record deal with Electric Fox Records in Memphis. Electric Fox Records is owned by Leland Rogers, Kenny Roger’s brother.

1970 July      Elderberry Jak goes to Memphis to record album “Long Overdue” at Sounds of Memphis and American Recording Studio where Elvis had just recorded a month earlier.

1970 October “Long Overdue” is released

1971 Elderberry Jak warms up Three Dog Night in front of ten thousand people at Columbus Fairground Colisseum. Then does a two week tour with the original three piece James Gang featuring Joe Walsh.

1972 Janurary Elderberry Jak breaks up.

1972 February Joe joins local group Copper Lake.

1972 March Copper Lake starts to play across the state of Pa.

1972 October Joe plays five days at Captain’s Garter in Neptune NJ. Meets Terry Magovern, the manager of the club. Joe and Terry hit it off and Terry tells Joe he should meet his good friend who just signed a record deal. His name? Bruce.

1973 March Joe leaves Copper Lake and moves to Cleveland, starts three piece power trio “Trick” and starts playing bass.

1974 February Trick breaks up and Joe joins the house band at the Lion’s Den in Akron Ohio. Gets to warm up acts that come to the club, Bob Seger, Rory Gallager. Slade and others.

1974 May      Joins cover band “Magic Bus” in Philadelphia area, Lives on a farm with the band. After three months of rehearsal they decide they don’t want a lead singer and they fire him.

1974 July      Back to parent’s house in West Virginia to regroup.

1974 September   Randy Cutlip roadie friend working in NJ comes home on a break. He says the band he’s working for needs a roadie / light man. Joe who is totally disgusted says he wants the job. On his way to NJ again the next day.

1974-75 Works as roadie / light man for the group “Waterfront”. Pay is $100.00 a week, but he’s in NJ and meeting musicians and collecting names.

1975 December   Moves to Highlands, NJ permanently.
1976  Febuary      Starts trio "Denim". Begins playing small clubs doing cover material mostly from the 60’s. 

1977 May  Lands a gig playing seven nights a week at the Headliner in Neptune NJ. Big sound from a trio.

1977 November   Denim breaks up.

1978 March     Meets Lee Fink and starts playing bass and singing lead with R-Band.

1978 April    Plays first gig with R-Band at The Riverview in Raritan NJ, First song? “Sweet Home Alabama”

1978            Playing the north central rock and roll NJ club circuit 5 nights a week.

1978 September     Starts to integrate original songs into the cover song list. As a way to introduce original songs Joe says “Here something brand new by Bob Seger, even though the songs were written by Joe” Within six months R-Band is playing a whole set of Joe songs.

1979 May     R-Band starts to go into NYC to play Monday nights at Great Gildersleeves in the Bowery.

1979           Audiences are showing up just for the third set which is now all original songs. Club owners see what’s happening and love it.

1979 November     Having a hard time securing a record deal, playing five, six nights a week, four sets a night is wearing the group down.

1979 December     Joe gets call from Earl Slick. Joe sends Slick demos of his songs. Slick hears the songs and asks when can he head out. Joe tells the band he’s leaving for California. Arrives in Van Nuys Dec. 14 1979.

1980 Febuary     R-Band comes in second in the state in the The Aquarian, NJ’s top rock weekly newspaper for best original band contest. Joe had already left the state.

1980 March        Meets Tudy Green says she'll help Joe and Slick get a record deal and begins to manage them.

1980 April         Records demos at Pasha Studio with Duane Baron behind the board. Got an offers from David Geffen who was starting a new label when he came to a rehearsal. 

1980 August     Joe and the group sign a $350,000.00 deal with Columbia Records. They start recording album Oct. 18th with Mike Flicker (Heart) producing.

1981 Silver Condor is released in the Spring. Columbia Records release “You Could Take My Heart Away” as first single which is the kiss of death. It’s the only song Joe didn’t write. Joe put it on the record as a favor for keyboardist John Corey. The song wasn’t responsible for getting the deal but they used all of Joe’s advance money to promote it.

1981 Summer       Silver Condor tours across America in an extended Dodge van.

1981 “You Could Take My Heart Away” only makes it to #32 and all the promotion money is gone. No second single.

1981 Late August    Joe finds out that it's costing him $10,000 a week to be on tour and the money is being charged to his future songwriting royalties. At the time the group was warming up Peter Frampton. Joe calls LA and promptly ends the tour.

1981 September Earl Slick, John Corey, Claude Pepper all leave the group leaving Joe holding the bag to the tune of $350,000.00 dollars owed to Columbia Records plus the cost of the tour.

1982 Joe IS Silver CondorColumbia Records won’t let Joe change the name of the group. Arthur Spivak formerly Trudy Green’s assistant is now helping Joe to regroup.

1982 Joe begins to write songs for the second Silver Condor album which is really a Joe Cerisano solo record.

1982 July     Joe chooses Eddie Kramer to produce second Silver Condor record. Joe hires top LA musicians to record tracks for “Trouble At Home”

1982 August     Starts recording the tracks for second album “Trouble At Home”

1982 October    Joe has to fire Eddie Kramer because he’s not doing his job. All he does is spend time on the phone talking to his wife about horses.

1983 January    Joe records Clarence Clemons on six songs at Electric Lady Studio NYC.

1983 January     Joe records Rick Derringer on “Thank God For Rock and Roll” Electric Lady Studio NYC

1983 August      Joe finishes “Trouble At Home”. He calls for a flatbed truck then backs his VW into a Ryder truck, packs up his stuff around the VW and leaves Los Angeles. Heads back to his parents house in West Virginia. He stays there for a month for some R&R then heads to NYC.

1983 October     “Trouble At Home” is released. Joe puts together an east coast version of Silver Condor which include Glenn Burtnik, Ed Manion, Dave LeRue, Jack Scarangella, Lee Fink and Copa (Dennis Antonacci).

1983 October        “When a Man Loves A Woman” with Clarence on sax starts being played heavy on WNEW NYC getting tremendous response.

1983 October        East Coast Silver Condor east plays a series of shows. The Capital Theater where former R-Band drummer Tico Torres bring an unknown John Bongiovi backstage to meet Joe, The Ritz where Ed Manion brings Little Steven Van Zandt backstage to meet Joe. At The Brandywine they play with Nazareth.

1983 late October    Joe has lunch with Paul Rappaport, head of A&R Columbia Records. Rappaport tells Joe that “When A Man Loves A Woman” is being pulled off the radio. Columbia executives decided not to support the record.

1983 November. Joe is wanting to get dropped from Columbia Records. He owes them over $700,000.00. Then Joe gets a phone call to audition for a Miller Beer commercial. He thinks he might make a quick $150.00 and goes to the audition.

1983 December    Joe receives a phone call that he won the Miller Beer commercial and that it will be airing Super Bowl Sunday Jan 1984

1984 February Joe starts getting calls to do commercials. Little did he know that he was embarking on a new career as a session singer.

1984 August    Flown out to LA to audition at SIR with Black Sabbath. Had a great audition. Got the gig. Went back to hotel in the valley on Ventura Blvd. Thought about it and decided he really didn't want to do it, didn't want to move back to LA, was beat up from the Silver Condor deal and studio work in NYC was starting to really pay off. Next day had a meeting with Mr. Don Arden, Sharon Arden's dad in Century City and respectfully declined the job.Link to Black Sabbath Forum to Joe Cerisano Audtion

1985   Starts to become top call for session work and meeting the top musicians in America, guys from the Letterman Band, Saturday Night Live Band and eveyone you could think off. For the first time in his life he was getting paid fairly for singing.

1986 March    More studio work. Sings lead for "Hands Across America" written by friend Marc Blatte and John Carney for Ken Kragan from "We Are The World".

1986 December 29 First child Joseph A. Cerisano IV was born at New York Hospital.

1987 Doing up to 20 recording sessions a week.

1988 Doing up to 20 recording sessions a week enjoying my family and singing for a living.

1989 September   Joe noticed that recording sessions were being conducted more and more in small boutique studios and apartments. Also he saw major studios were shutting down in addition to the number of sessions slowing down. There was a paradigm shift happening in the world of recording commercials which involved the computer.

1990 July 30 Second child Michael J Cerisano was born at New York Hospital.

1990 May Joe heads to Nashville to dovetail his session career into his songwriting, singing career that he put on hold while doing the session work. He meets Chuck Cannon. At the time Chuck was a struggling songwriter. They become friends.

1991-93 Joe still doing commercials but still travels to Nashville every few months to write and establish himself.

1993 May Asylum Records show interest in what Joe is writing. Joe continues to do sessions and travel to Nashville.

1993 June Joe and Marie travel to Nashville to look for a small house.

1993 July Joe receives a call from Asylum Records asking when will he be back in town. They’re ready to talk record deal.

1993 August 2 Joe and Marie were waiting at Newark Airport to be picked up by Marie’s sister Marlene. Three miles from the airport she was forced into the back of a tracker trailer that was parked on the shoulder without it’s triangles. Marlene is in a coma for three months. Joe and Marie lose their six and a half year old Joseph Cerisano IV in the crash.

1993 August  2 to 1998 total grief and saddness, grief consullors for joe and Marie and Michael who was in back seat and wasn't phycially injurned. He needed help too because he saw his brother die. 
1996 April 4 Matthew J Cerisano is born at New York Hospital. 

1998 December Joe gets a call from Paul O’neill creator of Trans Siberian Orchestra to sing on The Christmas Attic CD.

1999  Joe records with Trans Siberian Orchestra.(The Christmas Attic)

2000 April Joe performs on nationally broadcasted show NPR's Mountain Stage accompanied by Eric Weissberg. 

2000-2003 Nov- Joe tours with TSO for four seasons

2006 to present Joe starts traveling to Nashville and starts writing again.



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