This week, Ira spoke with Chris Ruggiero, performing at the Italian American Club April 18. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Ruggiero talks about growing up and falling in love with Doo-wop instead of the contemporary music of his time; his decision to perform music not of his generation because of the impact he has on an audience when performing music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s; his national PBS television appearance performing with The Duprees; meeting and working with Clint Holmes; and recording his new CD double album.
Ruggiero has been traveling around the country delivering his unique brand of vintage rock and roll and sharing his passion for the classics. He’s shared the stage with artists such as Bobby Rydell, The Duprees, The Drifters, and many many more. An East Coast Music Hall of Fame 2020 Nominee, Ruggiero performed at the Music Hall’s 2019 induction ceremony alongside Tito Puente, Jr. singing the iconic song Tito’s father wrote, “Oye Como Va.”