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About us

A Staten Island based 7 piece band specializing in the music that was popular from the British Invasion Era to Woodstock & beyond…..spanning from the 60s to the 70s & 80s. The band covers The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Billy J. Kramer, The Searchers, Lula, Dusty sprinfield, Peter & Gordon, Dave Cark Five, Herman’s Hermits, The Kinks, and many other British performers of that time. They also cover other artists as well, including but not limited to The Turtles, Grass Roots, Mamas & Papas, Monkees, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Buckinghams, The Knickerbockers, Outsiders, Young Rascals, Traveling Wilburys, Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, Allman Brothers, Roy Orbison, The Ramones, The Eagles, Bryan Adams, Pat Benatar, Toto, Billy Preston, Doctor John, Joe Cocker, Classics IV, The Zombies, Santana, and many more.

Band Members:

JOHN REINHART (guitar, percussion, vocals)
John (Jay) was interested in music since he was in grammar school. He studied guitar at 7 years old. In Junior High School he was 1st cellist in the school orchestra. At age 12 (1962) he started a rock n roll band called The Thunderbolts. John was in many bands since then including Ball Of Fire, Prophecy, Fantasy, Crossroads, Band Of Gold, Johnny & The Raybands, City Lights and now London Fogg. After playing mostly every club & catering hall in the tri-state area, and gave the recording industry a good shot, John made a decision to go into concert productions. He dabbled with it back in 1967. In 1987, he produced an oldies concert series called The Solid Gold Super Shows which played at The Nassau Coliseum, The Felt Forum & The Beacon Theater and featured recording artists of the 50’s & 60’s including The Righteous Brothers, Ben E. King, Del Shannon, Bobby Rydell, Leslie Gore, Lou Christie, The Drifters, Little Anthony, The Skyliners, Reparata & The Delrons and The Duprees just to name a few. In 1999, John produced the Eighties Rock Explosion which played at the Continental Airlines Arena and featured Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, Jefferson Starship, Survivor and Loverboy. John established working relationships with WPLJ and WCBS. He appeared with his band several times on Don K. Reed’s Doowop Shop on WCBS-FM. He wrote several jingles for The Big Show on WPLJ. In the last 15 years John also produced some theatrical shows including Murder At Midnight which played at The Little Theater Off The Lane and Snug Harbor, Life Is A Cabaret which played at The Lane Theater, Barnard Hall and in Sayreville, NJ, Xampion, Jukebox Saturday Night and As Time Goes By for Our Lady Star Of The Sea. In 2005, John (with Arregatta Productions) produced “A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring Billy J. Kramer and RAIN which was held at the Union County Arts Center in New Jersey.

CHRISTINE REINHART (percussion, vocals)
Christine’s main area of the arts is in music. She was a member of the contemporary choir at Holy Child and was formerly a member of the contemporary choir at OLSS and at Holy Family in Brooklyn. Her acting debut was back in grammar school in Brooklyn. In more recent years, Christine’s performances included Holy Child’s 2001 Variety Show and Holy Child’s Salute To Broadway in 2003. She played Terri Sweet in the debut of Murder At Midnight which played at The Little Theater Off The Lane and at Snug Harbor. As a member of the OLSS Theater Group, she performed in As Time Goes By, Xampion and Juke Box Saturday Night. Other performances have been in the music industry, which included the Solid Gold Super Show concert series (1987 – 1988) which played at the Nassau Coliseum, Felt Forum and The Beacon Theater with Band Of Gold. She has also been performing at many catered affairs in the tri-state area throughout the 80’s with her band Fantasy and with Sweet & Mellow Orchestras. Christine has been interviewed several times with Band Of Gold on Don K. Reed’s Doo-Wop Shop on WCBS-FM. She performed and assisted her husband John in the production of Life Is A Cabaret (2000) at the Lane Theater. In recent years she sang lead and background in Johnny & The Raybands, City Lights and now London Fogg. Entertainment is literally in her blood. She, along with her husband John, has passed on their love of entertaining to all their children.

RICHIE MELI (drums, vocals)
Richie lost his mind at the tender age of 12 on Feb.9, 1964 while watching Ringo Starr of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time thinking, “now that looks like a good job!”. He had already been singing 4 part Doo Wop harmony “on the corner” with his brother (5 years his elder) since he was 10. Having had the gift of a high falsetto voice, the older guys would seek him out for stuff like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. Earliest influences are Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard, with a nod to Louis Prima (his fathers favorite), and Dion and The Belmonts as well as Buchanan and Goodman with all those “Flying Saucer” record ‘cut-ins’.
Richie plays guitar, Bass, and keyboards. The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson continue to be his favorite to this day. A veteran of such legendary concerts as Woodstock, The Concert for Bangla Desh, John Lennon’s One to One Concert, and 31 show at Fillmore East. Frank Zappa is his all time most attended artist, having seen him 26 times in concert!
Worked at Electric Lady Studios 1971-73 on West 8th St in NYC owned and built by Jimi Hendrix. Consulted on posthumous Jimi Hendrix recording “In The West”, Mixed Humble Pies “Rockin The Fillmore” live album with Peter Frampton and Eddie Kramer for 13 hours! Got to meet John Lennon and Frank Zappa at Electric Lady the day after the jammed together at Fillmore East June 1971, of which he was sitting first row center! Richie shook hands with 3 Beatles, George being the only one he never met! Richie graduated Wagner College 1975 with a B.A. in Music Education. Traveled extensively with bands and played a million weddings! He is still giving drum lessons and playing in London Fogg!

Rob’s versatility on the electric guitar allows the band to duplicate the classic rock sounds spanning from the 60s to the 80s. He can wail like Clapton, Santana and Hendrix, and switch instantly to the clean sounds of the Eagles and many of the artists from the early 60s.

JIMMY (The Captain) D’ALESSANDRO (Keyboards)
Jimmy learned to play the accordion at the age of 7. because it looked it fun to play and because everyone else was either playing the guitar or the drums. He took lessons for about 5 years and then in 1965 he heard good lovin by the Young Rascals and everything changed. He wanted to sound and play like Felix Cavalierre. He was also influenced by Booker T and the MG’s. Jimmy never thought keyboards could sound funky and cool before that moment. One jazz influence was Jimmy Smith. Jimmy was totally blown away by his lightning fast hands. When he heard Hush by Deep Purple and the amazing power of Jon Lord’s hammond, he then realized what a powerhouse the organ can be in a band. And of course there was Keith Emerson. Emerson showed Jimmy that the keyboards can be an out front presence in the context of a rock band. This is what Jimmy attempts to bring to London Fogg. He sets out to duplicate the orchestral sounds and other main parts of most of the repertoire to make the tunes sound like the original recordings. Some of Jimmy’s favorite artists not yet mentioned include Dusty Springfield. Tina Turner, Jethro Tull, Yes, Renaissance, and mostly all of the British Invasion artists, especially The Beatles and the Dave Clark Five.

MIKE “BYRDMAN” RUSCITTO (Bass Guitar, vocals)
Michael’s first experience with live music was watching John Reinhart’s band rehearsing in his back yard in 1964, as both yards were close together. The musical light really went off in Michael’s head the following year, when he was at the N.Y. World’s Fair and heard The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” on his transistor radio. He was transfixed by the sound of the electric 12- string guitar, and took lessons for a year. Just as he was getting comfortable playing guitar, another lightning bolt hit in the form of Chris Hillman’s bass playing on The Byrds “So You Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star,” and he immediately switched to Bass, and has been playing Bass guitar ever since. Mike is a veteran of many different bands, having played Rock, Jazz, Country, Metal, Original Compositions and has even been in Wedding Bands. Mike saw his first live concert in June, 1969, at the Fillmore East (The Byrds and Procol Harum), followed 2 months later by 3 days at Woodstock. He was also lucky enough to be at The Concert For Bangladesh. Mike plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. He credits his close friend Franky Vento for giving him the drive and encouragement to persevere through the difficult early learning period, when fingers were bleeding and patience was short (especially at 13 years of age). The learning process never stops, and it is a pleasure to play in London Fogg with such high caliber musicians, who constantly keep me on my toes.