•   The Visions (2)
    Clockwise from top : Arnie Immerman, Jimmy Randazzo, Robert DiPasquale & Sonny Peters

    The Visions (2) (Cleveland, OH.)


    Personnel :

    Robert DiPasquale "Bocky Boo" (Lead)

    Sonny Peters

    Arnie Immerman

    Jimmy Randazzo


    Discography :

    The Visions (2)
    1961 - Marlene / Darling dear (Warwick 108)

    1961 - There'll Be No Next Time / So Close (Brunswick 55206)
    1962 - Tell Me You're Mine / All Through The Night (Big Top 3092 )

    1962 - Swingin'Wedding / Secret World (Of Tears) (Big Top 3119)
    1963 - Tommy's girl / Oh boy what a girl (Mercury 72188)
    1964 - Down In My Heart / Tell Her Now (without Bocky) (Coed 588)

    Bocky & The The Visions (2)
    1964 - Mojo Hanna / The Spirit Of '64 (Philips 40224/Redda 1501)
    1964 - I'm not worth it / I’m pickin’ petals (Philips 40242)
    1965 - I Go Crazy / Good Good Lovin (Redda 1504)
    1966 - The Bounce / To be loved (Redda 1505)

    Bocky Dee'o

    1965 - I Can't Stand It Anymore / Hang On - Girl (Redda 1504)


    Biography :

    Bocky and the Visions (1961-65) This early pop/rock band started out as a four- man group with no instrumentation (think Four Seasons). Robert DiPasquale ( a.k.a. Bocky), the undeniable leader, quickly attracted fans with his powerful vocal style. Early members included Sonny Peters, Arnie Immerman, and Jimmy Randazzo, and there were also sax and horn players Mike  Geraci and Vic Walkuski. In 1961 the group recorded "All Through the Night" and "Tell Me You're Mine." Those who remember that early rock scene, however, best recall Bocky's 1964 lineup, which included Richie Greene (a.k.a. Dick Whittington) on lead guitar, Tony Bodanza (also known as Tony Styles) on rhythm guitar, Don Schwartz on bass, and Buddy Maver on drums.

    While playing at all the "in" clubs on both sides of Cleveland, Bocky and the Visions cut a deal with Philips record label, making it the first official Cleveland- area rock band to sign with a national label. "Spirit of '64" and "I'm Not Worth It," both written by Bodanza, got airplay on the top radio stations and became the group's biggest local hits.

    "Bocky and the Visions was the biggest [of the area groups at the time]," recalls fan and Outsiders member Sonny Geraci. "They had songs that hit the Top 10 in Cleveland. Kids, myself included, thought they were a national act because we always heard them on the radio." During its four-year reign as Cleveland's top band. During its four-year reign as Cleveland's top band, Bocky and the Visions opened for the biggest acts of the day at the "hottest" venues. At Public Hall they opened for Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, the Beach Boys, the Four Tops and The Shangri-Las.

    They also opened for the Animals at the Cleveland Arena, and for Jan and Dean at Euclid Beach Park. They appeared on the American Bandstand- type dance show The Big j Show {pre-Upbeat). "That whole period was a gas," Maver says. "Opening for the Rolling Stones in 1964 was particularly memorable. It was all so low- tech. I don't even think the drums were miked. Charlie Watts was set up on the floor, and there was no drum riser at all. " When Bocky and the Visions broke up in 1965 , members went on to other bands. Bocky wound up in Rastus, while Maver formed Richie and the Fortunes with Richie Greene, Bodanza, Schwartz (soon replaced by Jay Mohler), and sax player Terry MacLoud.


    Songs :

    The Visions (2)

               Marlene / Darling Dear            There'll Be No Next Time / So Close  

    Tell Me You're Mine                        All Through The Night

    Secret World (Of Tears) / Swingin'Wedding         Tommy's Girl / Oh Boy What A Girl

    Down In My Heart / Tell Her Now (without Bocky)

    Bocky & The The Visions (2)

    Mojo Hanna                                The Spirit Of '64

    I'm Not Worth It                         I’m Pickin’ Petals

        I Go Crazy                               Good Good Lovin

    The Bounce                                To Be Loved


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