The Addrisi Brothers
The Addrisi Brothers are best remembered today for their early-'70s Columbia hit "We've Got to Get It on Again," and for writing the Association/Fifth Dimension hit "Never My Love." Don Addrisi (1938-1984) and Dick Addrisi (b. 1941) actually date back as a musical team to the 1950s. Their parents were part of a family acrobatic act, the Flying Addrisis, but Don and Dick chose music as their career, and by the mid-'50s, with the help from comedian Lenny Bruce, who was a fan, they got their first professional representation. The family was initially lured out to California by the prospect of Don and Dick getting parts on The Mickey Mouse Club -- that didn't work out, but they were eventually signed to Bob Keane's Del-Fi label, where they recorded a series of singles that veered from Everly Brothers-style rock & roll to somewhat more cloying teen-pop numbers. They never really hit it big, however, and after further attempts at recording success on Imperial and Warner Brothers, they turned their attention to songwriting -- both were natural musicians and Don was a music school graduate, and they were signed to Valiant Records. During this period, they signed up a new vocal act called the Association, who eventually recorded "Never My Love," an Addrisi Brothers original that went to number two on the charts and put them permanently on the map of songwriters. They re-emerged briefly as recording artists in their own right in the early '70s with a one-off hit single for Columbia entitled "We've Got to Get It on Again," and were probably most visible during that period as authors and singers of the title theme to the ABC series Nanny and the Professor -- their harmony singing was as good as ever. They continued working together until Don's death from cancer in 1984.
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Rock - Released March 7, 1972 | Columbia - Legacy
The Addrisi Brothers had a minor hit in 1959 with the Everly Brothers knock-off "Cherrystone," but their performing career didn't take off until the early '70s, when they landed upon an appealingly slick Californian folk-pop song. Named after their number 25 hit from 1972, the Collectables compilation We've Got to Get It On Again presents all of their 1972 album of the same name, adding three tracks -- "Words and Music," "I Can Count On You," "Lifetime" -- which inexplicably function as bookends on the disc instead of being added to the end of the disc. The placing of the tracks doesn't really matter, however, since the Addrisi Brothers were hardly album artists. They were songwriters, with each song as important as the next. They were competent songwriters, crafting inoffensive, ingratiating soft-rock and fans of that style will find a few gems here, even if only a handful of songs -- such as the title track and "Never My Love," which the brothers wrote for the Association in the '60s -- make a lasting impression. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo