• The Villanaires

    The Villanaires
    The Villanaires  (New Bedford, Massachusetts)


    Personnel :

    Leo Perry (Bass / Guitar)

    Babe Perry (First Tenor / Guitar)

    Lenny Thompson (Second Tenor)

    Billy Perry (Soprano)

    Edwin Gonsalves (First Baritone)

    Henry Duarte (Second Baritone)

    Adelino Pete Paulo (Drums)


    Discography :



    Biography :

    The Villanaires was originated by two brothers, Virgillio "Babe" Perry and the late Leo Perry. They first started performing on their front porch, to an audience that grew to the whole neighborhood. The original Villanaires were Leo Perry, bass and guitar player. Babe Perry, first tenor and rhythm guitar player. Lenny Thompson, second tenor. Billy Perry, soprano. Edwin Gonsalves, first baritone. Henry Duarte, second baratone and Adelino Pete Paulo played drums.

    The Villanaires

    When Lenny left for Military Duty, Kenny Alves joined the group. It was late in the career of the Villanaires when Jerry Alves, Ron Vieira and Eddy Lopes joined the group. Other notable musicians that backed the group were Gene Dias organ/key board. George Andrade, saxaphone. Joe Lewis, multiple instruments. Kenny Pimental, tenor Sax. Phil Riley, lead guitar. Bob Santos, lead/rhythm guitar. Manny Silva, saxaphone. Paul Peterson, multiple instruments. Jimmy Silva, drummer. Donnie Pine, drummer. There were also many more notable musicians.

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