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Artist of the day: Rob Parissi



Rob Parissi was 25 and playing guitar with his rock 'n' roll band Wild Cherry when he jotted some lyrics on a server's drink order pad. The words would make him a star. It was 1976 when Play That Funky Music topped the charts and later stuck at number 73 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time.

Today, Parissi, 62, spins smooth jazz in New Tampa and has a new song, Right Beside You, that did well this year on the adult contemporary charts.

"I try to keep as low a profile as possible," he said. "I'm sure Paul McCartney wants to go somewhere and have dinner.

"With this new single, at this point I can still go out and nobody knows me, but it's inevitable. It's going to happen, again. Back in my hometown, Steubenville, Ohio, they're naming a street after me. It's the longest street in my town. I hope I live up to it."

For more on Rob Parissi's evolution from hitmaking funk star to smooth jazz artist, click here for Elisabeth Parker's story.

[Last modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:07am]


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