Alive & Kicking (a.k.a. Alive 'N Kickin') is a veteran male-female pop/rock group that became famous during the early 1970s. They are best known for the soulful romantic pop ballad, "Tighter, Tighter" (1970).
Formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1968 while all the members were still in their teens, the original lineup consisted of Vito Albano (drums), Dave Shearer (guitar), Bruce Sudano (keyboards), Woody Wilson (bass), and lead singers Pepe Cardona (d. July 28, 2020) and Sandy Toder. Albano and Shearer were later replaced by drummer Ronny Pell and guitarist Johnny Parisio, respectively. Alive & Kicking began as a session band recording for Tommy James before signing with Roulette Records. In 1970, they released their eponymous debut album.
Alive & Kicking debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in the summer of 1970 with "Tighter, Tighter," which became a Top 10 hit in both Canada and the U.S and soon after went gold. Written and produced by Tommy James and Bob King, this smash was followed later that year by the upbeat rocker, "Just Let It Come" (1970), a minor hit. Alive & Kicking had their final charting song in 1971 with the soft rock ballad, "London Bridge."
After their split in 1971, Alive & Kicking reunited in 1976 with most of the original and early band members and have since then continued performing actively to the present day, with many personnel changes over the years. They are considered to be one of the top night club and wedding bands in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tri-state area. Original lead singer and co-founder Pepe Cardona remained with the band up to his passing in 2020.
- Rockawave.com remembers Alive & Kicking co-founder/lead singer Pepe Cardona.
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Alive And Kicking
- Tighter, Tighter 1970
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