Sonny Geraci


Sonny Geraci Famous memorial

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 5 Feb 2017 (aged 70)
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Plot section 72 plot 11
Memorial ID 176042230 View Source

Musician. He will be remembered as the lead vocalist for the 1960s, American rock band "The Outsiders." They scored a Top 10 hit with their signature song "Time Won't Let Me" (1966). He went on to the soft-rock ensemble "Climax" and as their lead vocalist, they earned a gold record for the single "Precious and Few" (1972). The Cleveland native grew up on a heavy dose of doo-wop, followed by the British Invasion and Motown, with hints of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. He started performing musically during his high school years and joined the group "The Starfires", fronted by guitarist Tom King. The unit later evolved into "The Outsiders" and under the Capitol label, they earned a number five placing on the American Billboard Charts with "Time Won't Let Me" (1966). Additional Top 40 hits included "Girl in Love" (1966), "Respectable" (1966) and "Help Me Girl" (1966). Geraci departed "The Outsiders" in 1970 and a legal battle for the right of the name to the band ensued, resulting in Tom King being awarded name rights. Geraci formed "Climax" immediately following this and earned a number three placing on the Billboard Charts with the mellow sounding "Precious and Few" (1972). Geraci reemerged during the 1980s, performing under the name "Peter Emmett" and recorded the album "The Peter Emmett Story" (1983). In 2007, he formed his own lineup of "The Outsiders." In 2012, he suffered a brain aneurysm which left him in a state of permanent decline.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 5 Feb 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 176042230
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sonny Geraci (22 Nov 1946–5 Feb 2017), Find a Grave Memorial ID 176042230, citing Knollwood Cemetery, Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .