The Accents

The AccentsFrom: Providence, RI, USA

Forming in 1966, The Accents hailed from Providence, Rhode Island. The original band consisted of Joseph Tutalo (lead guitar, vocals), Del Lufkin (bass), Joseph Salgueiro (hammond organ, vocals), Steven Fallone (drums, vocals), and Ricky Paolucchi (lead, rhythm, and 12-string guitar, vocals).

The Accents’ sound was Top 40, modelled after The Beatles, Grass Roots, Three Dog Night, and The Guess Who. The band was known for featuring a lot of vocals. The band was managed by Dick Martini, who watched over all of the group’s affairs. The Accents played a lot throughout New England at colleges and high schools, as well as many top nightclubs such as Bovie’s and Johnson Hummucks. The band opened for band such as The Left Banke, Steppenwolf, The Happenings, Jay & The Americans, and The Strawberry Alarm Clock.

The band eventually played top clubs in Los Angeles such as Gazzarri’s on Sunset Strip and top clubs in Newport Beach. They became very close with Dino Arrillio of A&M Records. They became friendly with The Carpenter’s and Herb Alpert, who was part owner. The Accents recorded their 1968 single “Birds In My Tree” / “She Cried” at Planet Records in Providence. They followed up with “Slow Down” / “Go Now” which was recorded in New York at RCA.

In the late ’70s, the band changed their name to Magic and were backed by Peter Russell of East Providence. Magic added singer Joe Rossi. They later added vocalists Paul DePetrillo and Ray Tambaschi and were very close to signing a contract with RCA. Magic received some airplay, but never broke nationally. They finally broke up in 1980.

Artist Info: 60sgaragebands.com

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From the 1967 single Gazzarri 45-90391

  • Friendly Stranger

From the 1968 single Planet 82468
Birds In My Tree

  • Birds In My Tree