This was The Jaggerz' only hit, but Iris went on to join Wild Cherry and formed his own band with keyboard player Mark Avsec, who was also in Wild Cherry. With his band, Iris had hits with "Ah! Leah!
," "Love Is Like A Rock
" and "My Girl." Iris told us about The Jaggerz: "We got turned down probably by 8 or 10 different record companies before Neil Bogart at Buddha decided to give it a shot. I don't know if anybody really heard a hit in it or not, but he did. He thought that it had a good shot at doing something, and he was right. I mean, it took off like crazy.
Back in those days I don't know that there were a lot of touring bands. There were some shows I remember doing that were big shows that we never would have done without a hit record. I remember in particular in Pittsburgh, we did Three Rivers Stadium and I remember The Beach Boys and The Supremes were there. We started doing shows like that, but they weren't like a tour. It wasn't like when we had 'Leah.' When we did those tunes, we went out on a club tour of our own or we did maybe a 6-week tour with this band or that band, opening for, like, Hall and Oates, or whoever it might be, but that didn't happen back when 'The Rapper' was popular." (Thanks to Donnie Iris for speaking with us about this song. In 2006, he released Ellwood City
, which is available on donnieiris.com
. Check out our interview with Donnie Iris