Jerry and his full band will be performing their distinctive brand of hard driving roots rock, heavy doses of rhythm and blues, rock and country, flavored with a unique mix of jazz and reggae sounds. Dance the night away to these sounds at the Ranch!
Born in Detroit and raised in Tampa, Riopelle began his musical career in Los Angeles in the 1960’s with the hit “The Thrill Is Gone,” a little number he wrote for Clydie King. The single caught the attention of producer Phil Spector, who hired Riopelle as a staff writer and producer. He went on to write and produce for The We Five, Brewer & Shipley, The Parade, Shango and many others. In the early ‘70s, when Riopelle released his first self-titled album for Capitol Records, Arizona listeners and radio programmers caught on quickly to this L.A. singer/songwriter's talent. In 1974, following the release of Riopelle’s third album Saving Grace, he performed as the support act for Dr. John at the legendary Celebrity Theatre on New Year’s Eve. That, coupled with the heavy radio play of Riopelle’s hits including "Walkin’ on Water," "Blues on my Table," "Red Ball Texas Flyer" and "Naomi’s Song" ensured that would be the last time Riopelle would be the opening act for anyone again in Arizona. Up until his recent state of “semi-retirement,” Riopelle played almost every New Year’s Eve in Phoenix, and to this day still has an extremely loyal following.
In 2005, Phoenix mayor, Phil Gordon, proclaimed Dec. 31st ‘Jerry Riopelle Day.’ In 2007, Riopelle was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Herb Alpert, Joan Baez, Leon Russell, Kenny Loggins, Rita Coolidge and Meat Loaf.
Doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets ($30 in advance, $35 day of show) go on sale
Friday, March 22nd at 10:00 AM at www.dannyzeliskopresents.com. This is a 21 and over show.