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Passings: Peppi Marchello, Lead Singer of the Good Rats

Photo: Good Rats Webpage
Peppi Marchello, lead singer for the Long Island band the Good Rats, died on Wednesday from complications of recent open heart surgery.

The announcement came on the band's Facebook page:

Today Rock N Roll lost one of it's greatest singer songwriter's of all time. Unfortunately I have the most unbearable news to let all of Peppi Marchello's fans, family and friends know that he passed away this evening. I am still in shock and know that he will be missed forever. This has come as a shock to his family and our thoughts and prayers go out to them at this very sad time. I will keep everyone updated on any funeral arrangements that are to come. To my very dear friend, father figure, and sometimes known as my second husband I love you with all my heart forever RIP Peppi XOXO ♥
What followed was an amazing outpouring of grief and remembrance for the lead singer of a band that had an extremely loyal following even though they never had huge mainstream success.

Marchello was one of the five original members of the band when it formed in 1964 along with Ted Haenlein, Frank Stapleton, Eric Crane and Denny Ryan. The band was originally called the U-Men and mainly played in clubs around Long Island.

Two years later, the band signed their first record contract and began working on original material. In 1969, they released their debut album, We Are the Good Rats. Their fan base continued to grow in the New York area to the point where they played Madison Square Garden and the Nassau Coliseum along with smaller clubs like The Bottom Line.

After a series of albums, including their most popular, 1974's Tasty, the Good Rats broke up and, throughout the 1980's, Marchello made albums and toured with his son Gene under the names Popzarocca and Marchello. The pair, along with Gene's brother Stefan, reformed a version of the Good Rats in the 90's and released three studio albums. The new band continued into the new century and started the yearly festival Ratstock.

Peppi released the last Good Rats album, Blue Collar Rats: The Lost Archives last year on Uncle Rat Music.


TheMemorium said…
RIP Peppi Marchello. You were a great singer. Our thoughts go out to your friends and family. We created an online memorial in your honor:
Anonymous said…
Peppi, great rocker and a genuine person. You were the best. RIP sir.